Al-Maliki steps down

Nouri Al-Maliki

(NBC News) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki seemed determined to hold on to power, but pressure from the U.S., Iran, and even those within his own party ultimately lead to his resignation Thursday.

Maliki went on television to announce he would give up his post and his legal challenge against his successor, who stood next to him during his national address.

Most Iraqi leaders feel a new government is critical to unite the country, and President Obama agrees.

“We are urging Iraqis to come together to turn the tide against ISIL,” Mr. Obama said.

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