Iraq PM adds political power struggle to crisis

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Florence Eid-Oakden, Chief Executive Officer and chief economist at Arabia Monitor, talks with Anna Edwards about the political turmoil in Iraq as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected a transition to his successor in the midst of the nation’s battle with the Islamic State and continuing air strikes and aid drops by the United States. She speaks on “The Pulse.”

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