Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Iraqi-Syrian border along the Fishkhabur bridge over the Tigris River at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraq's president named Haidar al-Abadi as the country's new prime minister to end Nouri al-Maliki's eight-year rule Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad.Obama also said the United States had successfully carried out targeted airstrikes to support Kurdish fighters in their battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), and conducted humanitarian relief missions to aid thousands of stranded women and children.The new political crisis comes just days after Washington launched its first military action in Iraq since pulling its troops out in 2011 . U.S. warplanes have bombed Sunni insurgents from ISIS, who have marched through northern and western Iraq since June. As police and elite armed units, many equipped and trained by the United States, locked down the capital's streets, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aimed a stark warning at Maliki against fighting to hold on to power.
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