An official in Kadhimi's office, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said that the prime minister has the difficult task of navigating domestic and international pressures.
＇He faces uneasy pressure from political forces and armed factions who are pushing for an announcement of American withdrawal, even though the withdrawal may have negative political and security effects for Iraq.＇
Diplomats in Baghdad warned ahead of the talks that expectations for the first round were low. A bit ＇overhyped,＇ is how one described it. ＇It's the warm-up before the game,＇said another. ＇They have to do it, but this isn't where you'll see results.＇ Both spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with diplomatic protocols.
A small group which disagrees with the main body of an organization and makes trouble.
The strongest armed faction in Algeria has changed its name to ＇al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb＇, thus announcing a move towards internationalisation.