The wife of an assassinated Sunni tribal leader credited with forging a key alliance with U.S. forces in Iraq is in critical condition in a Ramadi hospital following complications from a late pregnancy.
A source in Ramadi told The Washington Times that the 29-year-old wife of Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha had suffered liver and kidney failure from an emergency Caesarean-section delivery at Ramadi General Hospital last week. The sheik's baby is said to be doing well.
But the Ramadi source said Iraq's sectarian divisions are playing out even in the medical case: The Shi'ite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been slow to share revenues and resources with Sunni-dominated regions such as Anbar province, where Ramadi is located.
"The Maliki government is not supporting the Sunni population in Al Anbar and the hospitals don't even have the bare minimum supplies to function," the source said.
The sheik was killed in a bomb attack in Ramadi just 10 days after Mr. Bush's visit. The Islamic State of Iraq, the leading al Qaeda front group in the country, claimed responsibility for the attack.
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