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 August 11, 2014. (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Iraq's incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appeared more isolated Tuesday as he pressed his battle to remain in power while Iraqi politicians and the international community rallied behind a Shiite premier-designate who could be a more unifying figure, badly needed if the nation is to confront a spreading Sunni insurgency.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Tuesday the prime minister-designate, Haider al-Abadi, to work quickly to form an inclusive government and said the U.S. is prepared to offer it significant additional aid in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants. Abadi, the deputy speaker of parliament from Maliki's Shiite Dawa party, was selected Monday by President Fouad Masoum to be the new prime minister and was given 30 days to present a new government to lawmakers for approval.There were also those who defended Maliki's struggle to retain his job and who criticized Abadi's nomination.
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