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Is Iraq's new government the ally Obama is looking for?
Is Iraq's new government the ally Obama is looking for?

U.S. leaders hope the government approved by Iraqi lawmakers this week can unite the country’s fractured ethnic and religious communities against the extremist group known as Islamic State. Secretary of State John F. Kerry was quick to applaud the “new and inclusive” government, which he said was a “cornerstone” of the U.S. strategy to defeat the militants whose takeover of large chunks of territory pressured President Obama into a limited bombing campaign in Iraq. Obama, who plans to explain the strategy in more detail in an address to the nation Wednesday night, called to congratulate the new prime minister, Haider Abadi. He was assured of Abadi’s...

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