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Friday, August 15, 2014

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Thursday night that he is stepping down, averting a political crisis at a time when Islamic militants have seized control of large swaths of the country. The Obama Administration has blamed Maliki and his Shiite-dominated government for sparking much of the sectarian strife that has gripped his country, as minority Sunnis have felt alienated and have sympathized with armed Sunni extremists calling themselves the Islamic State.

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al-Maliki had been under intense pressure from within his own party, other Iraqis, neighbors in the region and the U.S. government to step down.

Iraq's new president had nominated Haider al-Abadi, a politician from al-Maliki's party to replace him, but al-Maliki had initially refused to back down and then threatened to file a court challenge.

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new manager at the pottery barn...

...but the belligerent customer who has been breaking the pottery over the past 11 years (and who cannot quite get around to blaming itself for the wretched condition of the store) is still there..

#1 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-15 10:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Exclusive: Sunni leaders open to joining Iraq government if conditions met

(Reuters) - Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland who rebelled against outgoing premier Nuri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government are willing to join the new administration if certain conditions are met, a spokesman said on Friday.

One of Iraq's most powerful Sunni tribal leaders said he was ready to work with the new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, provided he protected the rights of the minority sect, which was marginalized by Maliki."

www.reuters.com

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-08-15 10:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

So the CIA met his demands....cash and relocation. He'll be on a beach in Bora Bora with his harum within the week.

#3 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-08-15 01:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is the price Malaki must pay for being unwilling to keep US troops on the ground with complete immunity for whatever they do.

#4 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-15 11:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

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