Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in the city of Ramadi June 19, 2014. REUTERS
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Iraq's leader faced mounting criticism Friday for his Shiite-led government's failure to do more to woo the Sunni Arab minority as U.S. President Barack Obama promised military advisers but no immediate air strikes.Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki -- once seen as acceptable to both long-time foes Iran and the U.S. -- was criticized by a litany of American officials as well as Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, who also warned that time was running out to expel Sunni militants who have seized a vast swathe of northern and north-central Iraq.Obama, who based his political career on ending U.S. involvement in Iraq, has insisted the United States was not slipping back into the morass, and warned Maliki and his Shiite ally Iran that promoting sectarianism would spell disaster.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey and David Petraeus, the former top U.S. commander in Iraq, have all either called for Maliki to be more inclusive, or outright criticized him.
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