Maliki will not step down as requested by US and allies before any air strikes begin

by The Daily Lede

  • Maliki’s spokesman, Zuhair al-Nahar, said on Thursday that the west should immediately support the Iraqi government’s military operation against Isis rather than demand a change of government. He insisted that Maliki had “never used sectarian tactics”.

    “Our focus needs to be on urgent action – air support, logistic support, counter-intelligence support to defeat these terrorists who are posing a real danger to the stability of Iraq, to the whole region,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.