Iraq's al-Maliki agrees to step down as prime minister

August 14, 2014 9:14 PM

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Iraq's al-Maliki agrees to step down as prime minister

Aug. 13, 2014: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, Iraqi acting Defense Minister Sadun al-Dulaymi, right, government officials and parliament members attend the funeral procession of Maj. Gen. Majid Abdul-Salam, a pilot who was killed in Tuesday's helicopter crash in northern Iraq, at the headquarters of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step aside and support his nominated replacement in the post, potentially ending the political deadlock that has plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

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