U.S. ready to help new Iraq leader, Iran welcomes choice




 
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U.S. ready to help new Iraq leader, Iran welcomes choice
 
August 12th, 2014  
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U.S. ready to help new Iraq leader, Iran welcomes choice
By Michael Georgy and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country. Haider al-Abadi still faces opposition closer to home, where his Shi'ite party colleague Nuri al-Maliki has refused to step aside after eight years as premier that have alienated Iraq's once dominant Sunni minority and irked Washington and Tehran. A statement from Maliki's office said he met senior security officials and army and police commanders to urge them "not to interfere in the political crisis". At least 17 people were killed in two car bombings in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad - a kind of attack that has become increasingly routine in recent months.




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