Today, Iraq is still plagued by political turmoil. Its leaders are unable to form a new government long after March elections that left no clear winner. The uncertainty has created an opening for insurgents to pound Iraqi security forces. US President Barack Obama has pressed Iraq's leaders, saying it is time to show some urgency and be accountable.
US president Barack Obama said, "I encourage Iraq's leaders to move forward with asense of urgency to form an inclusive government that is just,representative, and accountable to the Iraqi people. And when that government is in place, there should be no doubt: the Iraqi people will have a strong partner in the United States. Our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to Iraq's future is not."
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