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Political unrest, airstrikes rock Iraq

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Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and wave flags in a show of support for embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad Monday. Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the country's newly elected president. Hadi Mizban/AP

Iraqi President Fouad Massoum nominated a new candidate to replace Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki, but the move has sparked a stand-off, as Maliki says he plans to remain in power.

In northern Iraq, Islamic militants still roam the country where they've been attacking several cities in an attempt to consolidate power. In response, the White House has launched airstrikes to support the Iraqi and Kurdish forces, but the US has stopped short of putting troops on the ground.

Douglas Ollivant, senior National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, talked to Take Two on Monday about the situations brewing in Iraq.

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