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Iraqi Parliament Approves New Prime Minister

Secretary of State John Kerry praised Iraq's parliament for approving a new unity government, calling the step a milestone for the country and a "cornerstone" of U.S. efforts against Islamic State extremists.
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Secretary of State John Kerry at a State Department briefing said that Iraq has cleared a major milestone in the fight against the Islamic State militant group by forming a government that has pledged to ease sectarian tensions, in Washington, Sept. 8, 2014.
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Secretary of State John Kerry at a State Department briefing said that Iraq has cleared a major milestone in the fight against the Islamic State militant group by forming a government that has pledged to ease sectarian tensions, in Washington, Sept. 8, 2014.

Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki (left) and incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi shake hands during the session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.
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Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki (left) and incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi shake hands during the session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.

Iraq's incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks to Iraqi lawmakers before submitting his government selections, in Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.
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Iraq's incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks to Iraqi lawmakers before submitting his government selections, in Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.

Iraq's incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, and Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq, during the session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 8, 2014.
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Iraq's incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, and Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq, during the session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 8, 2014.

Shiite Sheikh Humam Hamoudi (left), Iraq's new deputy speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, speaks with Iraq's incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as they attend a parliamentary session to vote on Iraq's new government at the parliament headquarters, Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.
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Shiite Sheikh Humam Hamoudi (left), Iraq's new deputy speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, speaks with Iraq's incoming Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as they attend a parliamentary session to vote on Iraq's new government at the parliament headquarters, Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.

Members of the incoming Iraqi cabinet speak to one another during a parliamentary session to vote on Iraq's new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.
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Members of the incoming Iraqi cabinet speak to one another during a parliamentary session to vote on Iraq's new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014.

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