Al-Qaeda inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo)
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As senior figures from both sides of the U.S. political divide are calling for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to quit, analysts warned that while it was unlikely for the current crisis to recede with him still in power, it might be too early for the Obama administration to echo this stance.Ellen Laipson, president of U.S.-based security firm Stimson, sees the possibility that the current crisis may even increase support for Maliki in some quarters.Perry said that the growing calls in Washington for Maliki to step aside will play on Obama's decision-making, but that the domestic atmosphere in Iraq will likely be more influential."If the U.S. really intervenes too late in the game in Iraq, they could lose further influence to Iran," he said, which "would be a real issue for the Obama administration".Awkwardly aligned in their friendships with Maliki, the U.S. and Iran are both watching the current situation very closely. Iran too sees flaws in Maliki, Laipson said, but, like the U.S., currently wants for lack of a better option.
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