No floor has posed more of a challenge than the seventh, which houses the intelligence division. . . [which] has been hobbled by a power struggle between two of America's nominal allies in Iraq, the Kurds and the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.
The fight came to a head earlier this year with a death threat against the Kurdish deputy minister in charge of intelligence, Hussein Ali Kamal. The Kurdish leader, who controls the eastern wing of the floor, was battling for control of the intelligence apparatus with his deputy, a Badr militia commander who dominates the western side.
Okay, the Maliki government's major factions and supporters are in near open warfare to control a single floor of a single office building housing one of the more important ministries that needs to be working reasonably efficiently for the stated goals of the surge to be achieved. And this is not a parody or a farce.