The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Maliki Quits, Ends Political Deadlock in Iraq

    There’s been a break in the clouds. Unpopular Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has withdrawn his re-election bid and endorsed his U.S.- and Iran-backed rival, Haider al-Abadi, just days after he mobilized tanks to protect his position. Both men are Shiites, and Maliki has been blamed for alienating minority Sunnis, thus enabling the success of Islamic State’s brutal insurgency. Abadi’s plate is full, starting with forming an inclusive government and stopping IS in their tracks.


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