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Middle East's deep divisions reflected in reactions to Obama speech
Middle East's deep divisions reflected in reactions to Obama speech

Reaction to President Obama’s vow to “destroy” the Islamic State militant group was predictably mixed throughout the Middle East and elsewhere on Thursday, with commentators and media outlets reflecting deeply divided opinions about U.S. actions in the region. In Baghdad, the office of Prime Minister Haider Abadi released a statement welcoming the U.S. stance as “supporting Iraq against Daesh and all terrorist groups,” using the common Arabic name for the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Leaders in the generally pro-U.S. Kurdish region in northern Iraq also were positive about the White House moves to eliminate...

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