Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi talks to Russian President Putin during their meeting at Kremlin in MoscowBy Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide. Washington is still betting on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stands at the center of President Barack Obama's strategy to roll back the latest conquests of Islamic State while keeping the United States from being pulled deeper into a conflict U.S. combat troops left in 2011.


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