Iraqi PM defiant in address to the nation

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said all Iraqi people are coming together to fight Sunni militants as he appealed for unity in an televised address to the nation.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki addressing  the nation on television.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki addressing the nation on television. Credit: APTN

Speaking from Baghdad, he said the Isis Islamist and Sunni fighters would be defeated by ordinary Iraqis volunteering to fight.

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