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Live Blog: Iraq In Turmoil


Iraqis hold posters of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in support of him in Baghdad.

Iraqis hold posters of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in support of him in Baghdad.

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-- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says EU foreign ministers gave their support for arms deliveries to Kurdish authorities during emergency talks in Brussels.

-- Iraq's leading Shi'ite religious figure, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, delivered a sermon in which he backed Prime Minister-designate Abadi. He said the transition was a rare chance to improve security and unity in Iraq.

-- U.S. President Barack Obama said the situation for Yazidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq has greatly improved since last week when he ordered air strikes to relieve pressure on the refugees from militants of the Islamic State.

-- The U.S. has praised Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for deciding not to stay in his post, calling it a "major step forward" in uniting Iraq. Maliki announced early today in a national television address that he was "withdrawing" his candidacy for the post of prime minister in favor of Abadi.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Iraq

18:01 15.8.2014

That concludes our live-blogging for Friday, August 15. Check out our Iraq page for all the latest developments.

17:55 15.8.2014

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17:41 15.8.2014

EU supports weapons deliveries to Kurds

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says EU foreign ministers gave their support for arms deliveries to Kurdish authorities in Iraq during emergency talks in Brussels.

Steinmeier is quoted by dpa as saying, “The EU welcomes that individual countries will respond positively to requests by the security forces of the Kurdish government for support."

He added that some EU states will not deliver arms, due to legal restraints or limited capacities. Steinmeier said that "eastern" member states were likely to supply equipment such as ammunition.

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