From Philadephia Daily News:
BAGHDAD – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki yesterday lashed out at U.S. and French politicians who have called on him to step down and accused U.S. forces of committing “big mistakes” in killing and detaining civilians in the hunt for insurgents.
It was the second outburst from the embattled leader in recent days as he has come under fire from an array of allies and adversaries who accuse him of failing to unite his cabinet and put key laws and programs in place.
He drew fresh criticism yesterday from two influential congressional Republicans.
Maliki trained his angriest words on a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Hillary Rodman Clinton of New York, and Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.).