What is your view on the following information concerning the future Iraq/Iran security alliance?
Saddam Hussein was Sunni. Sunni Arabs make up some 15 percent to 20 percent of Iraq's population, but they dominated the country's government and economy throughout the 20th century. If the new Iraq is a representative democracy--as is planned--power will shift to the Shiites, who comprise 60 percent of Iraqis.
==> In 1980, the Saddam Hussein government sentenced al-Maliki to death. Thereafter he lived in exile, first in Iran and later in Syria.
Shiite Muslim, Al-Maliki is the current Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party. Al-Maliki and his government succeeded the Iraqi Transitional Government. His 37-member Cabinet was approved by the National Assembly and sworn in on May 20, 2006.
===> TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The visit to Iran by Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reflected the complex relationship between mostly Shiite Iran and Iraq's government, dominated by Shiite allies of Tehran. Ties have grown stronger between the two, including new oil cooperation.
==> "This trip will strengthen bilateral relations. Iran and Iraq, as two brotherly neighbors, will stand by each other and unwanted guests (U.S.-led coalition forces) will leave the region," he said.
==> Al-Maliki described the talks as "very constructive" and called Iran "a very important country, a good friend and brother."