"Arrest of Iraqi police officers played down - Twenty-three mostly low-ranking police and security officials were detained this week as part of an investigation into attempts to revive Saddam Hussein's banned Baath Party, government officials said Thursday. Some news reports said the officers were trying to organize a coup to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, but National Police Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf dismissed that as an ''unreal'' possibility. He said Maliki has a direct role in security, and it would be difficult for an officer to stage a coup."
They can "play it down" all they want.
But, remember. We are relying on these police officers to enable our withdrawal from Iraqi urban areas this summer.