August 15, 2014

Maliki Exit Sets Stage for Deeper U.S. Role in Iraq

Cloud & Bennett, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

The resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki after a bitter final power struggle sets the stage for increasing U.S. arms shipments and military advisors, deepening America’s role in a conflict President Obama had sought to avoid. White House officials, who had urged Maliki to step down, praised him for agreeing Thursday to back Haider Abadi, a less divisive successor who they hope can unite Iraq’s political and religious factions against the Islamic State militants who control or threaten much of the country.

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TAGGED: Haider Abadi, Barack Obama, United States, Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraq


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