Aircrafts aboard the USS George H.W. Bush are flying missions over Iraq after Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamic militants and food drops for Iraqis trapped by the fighters. (AP/Hasan Jamali)
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BAGHDAD" Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is taking his struggle to keep his post to the courts after announcing he will file a legal complaint on Monday against the country's newly elected president.The late-night speech was Maliki's first since U.S. forces launched airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops in Iraq last week.Meanwhile, Iraqi special forces loyal to Maliki were deployed at Baghdad's main intersections Monday, police officials said. It was not immediately clear when Maliki would submit his complaint, presumably in a Baghdad court Monday.Obama said Iraq needed a prime minister -- an indication that suggests he's written off the legitimacy of the incumbent, Maliki.A week ago, Maliki ordered the Iraqi air force to support Kurdish forces against the militants, in a rare instance of cooperation between Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government, which have for years been locked in disputes over oil and territory.
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