Iraq's Abadi: 'hero' who tackled mission impossible

Iraq's Abadi: 'hero' who tackled mission impossibleWhen Haider al-Abadi was tasked with forming a new Iraqi government in August 2014, just weeks after a lightning offensive by the Islamic State group, many believed he would fail. Three years later, the stocky prime minister with a close-cut white beard has transformed what many in Iraq considered “mission impossible” into a success story. “The standard view of Abadi was that he was indecisive, weak and bit too conciliatory for Iraqi politics,” says Fanar Haddad, a research fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore.

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