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Obama throws support behind Maliki successor in Iraq

US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement on the situation in Iraq at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2014US President Barack Obama on Monday urged a quick political transition in Iraq in a rebuke to controversial prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. Obama said that he as well as Vice President Joe Biden called prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to offer support, as US forces conduct air strikes against Sunni Islamist extremists who have swept across Iraq. Stressing his position that there is “no American military solution” to the Iraq crisis, Obama called Abadi’s nomination to replace the controversial Nuri al-Maliki “a promising step.”

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