Iraq’s Maliki: I won’t quit as condition of U.S. strikes against ISIS

The Guardian reports: A spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has said he will not stand down as a condition of US air strikes against Sunni militants who have made a lightning advance across the country.

Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, on Wednesday made a public call on al-Arabiya television for the US to launch strikes, but Barack Obama has come under pressure from senior US politicians to persuade Maliki, a Shia Muslim who has pursued sectarian policies, to step down over what they see as failed leadership in the face of an insurgency.

Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate intelligence committee, told a hearing on Wednesday that Maliki’s government “has got to go if you want any reconciliation”, and Republican John McCain called for the use of US air power but also urged Obama to “make very clear to Maliki that his time is up”. [Continue reading…]

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1 thought on “Iraq’s Maliki: I won’t quit as condition of U.S. strikes against ISIS

  1. Norman

    If Maliki was elected by the people, is this another one of those U.S. wanting him out or the buck stops in Washington? Someone needs to take a hammer to the so-called brain trust-(Neocons)- in the U.S. about “you can’t always get what you want”. Face it, the U.SW. broke it, then left the pieces for others to pick up.

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