This move by the Iraqi opposition, many of whom have complained of their marginalisation since war began, drew a sceptical response from the US. ‘The exact mechanism for choosing the interim authority will be determined after the conflict is over in consultation with the Iraqis,’ said US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher. US special envoy to the Iraqi opposition Zalmay Khalizad has been dispatched to northern Iraq to discuss the issue. In an interview on National Public Radio on 26 March, Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the US would expect to have ‘significant, dominating control’ over the post-war transition to independent government. Sciri leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim on 25 March warned that a prolonged US presence in Iraq after war could spark armed revolt (MEED 26:3:03).