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Iyad Allawi

Iraqi lawmakers approve new leaders to combat Islamic State

Iraq's parliament late Monday approved a new prime minister and Cabinet in response to international demands for a more inclusive government in Baghdad to fight Sunni militants waging violence across Iraq and Syria. Lawmakers endorsed Shiite Haider Abadi as prime minister to succeed Nouri Maliki, whose Shiite-controlled leadership had so alienated Iraq's Sunnis that many in the minority sect greeted the spring invasion of Islamic State extremists as liberators. As Islamic State has committed atrocities across the land it has seized and proclaimed a caliphate, the United States, the Arab League and many other countries pushed for replacing Maliki and his government ministers...