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August 15, 2014 10:15 am
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Iraq’s Embattled Prime Minister Pledges to Step Aside

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Photo: wiki commons.

US Today – Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Thursday night that he is stepping down, ending a political crisis at a time when Islamist militants have seized large swaths of the country and remain on the offensive.

The Obama administration has blamed al-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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