August 11, 2014

Obama's Push for Regime Change in Iraq

Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

President Obama has been pushing for regime change for Iraq since late June, The Daily Beast has learned.

No, Obama has not proposed toppling Iraq’s government by force like his predecessor once did. But the president has instructed his diplomats in Washington and Baghdad to quietly support a member of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s own political party to be the next prime minister. On Sunday, the effort appeared to pay off, when a majority of Shi’ite politicians threw their weight behind Haidar al-Abadi, leading to Iraq’s president to instruct him to begin forming a new government.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraq, Haidar Al-Abadi

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