July 4, 2014

Why We Stuck with Maliki -- and Lost Iraq

Ali Khedery, Washington Post

The Associated Press

To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki -- and why the United States has supported him since 2006.

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