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Obama welcomes nomination of new Iraqi PM

US President Barack Obama has said Iraq had taken a promising step forward with the designation of a new prime minister.

He urged for the formation of an inclusive government to address the needs of all Iraqis.

US forces had successfully carried out airstrikes against Islamist militants in northern Iraq and had stepped up military advice to Iraqis and Kurds.

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