Ibrahim al-Jaafari was named interim prime minister of Iraq after Shiites won a plurality in the much-ballyhood elections in December (remember the purple thumbs?). The Shiites recently nominated him for a full four year term. Yesterday, Shiites reported that the American ambassador delivered what he called "a personal message from President Bush" to the Shiites saying that Bush "doesn't want, doesn't support, and doesn't accept" al-Jaafari as prime minister. The report was not denied by United States officials. Read about it
in today's New York Times
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