Iraq’s political situation appears dire as prime minister fiercely digs in

By Loveday Morris, August 11, 2014

BAGHDAD — Special forces teams and army tanks surrounded the Green Zone housing Iraq’s government as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fiercely clung to power Sunday, taking the stability of the country to the brink at a moment when it is already facing a lethal challenge from radical Islamist fighters.

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