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Iraq's al-Maliki agrees to step aside

He endorses al-Abadi for premiership; U.S. welcomes move

Posted: August 15, 2014 at 3:16 a.m.

Volunteers in a brigade formed to fight the Islamic State militants parade Thursday near the Imam Hussein shrine in the southern Shiite city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad.

Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, relinquished the post to his nominated replacement late Thursday, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

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An Iraqi Yazidi woman and her daughter sleep under a bridge Thursday in Dahuk. The United Nations has declared the refugee cr... (By: KHALID MOHAMMED) (Credit: AP)

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