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US struggles to keep Iraqi leader at helm

Defections strike Maliki's coalition

By Farah Stockman
Globe Staff / August 21, 2007

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WASHINGTON -- US officials in Baghdad and Washington, under pressure to show political progress in Iraq to an increasingly skeptical Congress, are scrambling to shore up support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose shaky coalition government has been on the verge of collapse since a rash of Cabinet defections earlier this month, analysts and government officials said yesterday. (Full article: 1120 words)

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