Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi meets with Pastor Farouk Yousuf in Baghdad August 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)
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Iraq's prime minister-designate called on the countries numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently Monday, adding that discussions between political rivals to form a new government were "constructive and positive".The comments by Haider al-Abadi came at his first press conference since accepting the nomination to be Iraq's next prime minister, underlining how he is attempting to address the worries of the country's Sunnis, who say that Shiite militias are targeting them in religiously-mixed areas. A number of Shiite militias have answered a call by influential Iraq-based Shiite religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to support the Iraqi military, after large divisions fled from the State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants in the northern cities of Mosul and Tikrit.
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