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Iraqi Leader Calls for Unity and Political Stability After U.S. Troop Departure

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Published January 01, 2012

Associated Press

BAGHDAD – Iraq's prime minister is calling for greater political stability to ensure the country's security after the end of the American military presence.

Nouri al-Maliki warned Iraqis against "excessive joy" over the departure of American troops, saying the country's security situation remains perilous. He spoke at a televised celebration in Baghdad on Sunday.

He called on all Iraqis to unite in the interest of the nation and stressed that Iraq needs political stability if it hopes to remain secure and rebuild.

Al-Maliki's comments come amid a political crisis that started after his government issued an arrest warrant for Iraq's top Sunni politician, re-igniting fears that sectarian tensions could divide the country.

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