The National quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on what choices the United States faces concerning the deteriorating situation in Iraq: 

“The US understands that Maliki has two options: US help, or Iranian help,” said Faysal Itani, a resident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Centre for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council think tank.

“Therefore, the priority will be to stabilise the security situation — all talk of reform is meaningless before that.”

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