In his first press conference, Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate Haider Al-Abadi laid out his agenda and the challenges ahead of him as he strives to form a government to succeed the outgoing administration of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.  He seems to be well aware of the mammoth task he is facing, but determined to take on the most difficult obstacles.  So far, he has many reasons to be confident: wide domestic and international support, the backing of Iraq’s highest religious authorities, and t...

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