Analysis

Iraq Has a New Prime Minister, but Who Will Defeat the ISIS?
Nouri al-Maliki, speaks at a podium surrounded by Iraqi lawmakers, including new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (far left), announcing that he is stepping down as prime minister on August 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Iraqi Government)
August 15, 2014
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| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
The abrupt resignation Thursday of Iraq’s embittered prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, ended a challenge to the man selected to replace him. But who is Haider al-Abadi and how will he save the country from the brutal terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?
The new prime minister like Maliki, is a Shiite but is viewed as a leader able to draw support from Iraqi Sunnis and Kurds. Unanswered in the government shakeup is the question of who will militarily defeat the ISIS? Forming a government of national unity will be an enormous challenge because Abadi will have to balance expectations from the United States and Iran, both of which have signaled support for him, and build confidence among disenfranchised groups. He will also have to rally the nation to repel the ISIS. But he will have little time to do those things.
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