If Iraq’s al-Abadi fails to survive chaos, what role will U.S. play? | The Seattle Times

President Obama’s plan for fighting the Islamic State group is predicated on having a credible and effective Iraqi ally on the ground in Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

In recent days, the administration had been optimistic, despite the growing political unrest in Baghdad, about that critical partnership.

But that optimism — along with the administration’s strategy for battling the Islamic State group in Iraq — was thrown into doubt after protesters stormed Iraq’s Parliament on Saturday and a state of emergency was declared in the city.


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