The House Foreign Affairs chief said the U.S. has not moved "decisively to arm" the Kurds.
The Iraqi prime minister called holding onto his job "an ethical and patriotic duty."
"That seems a strange word to use,” a spokeswoman said.
Kerry said the United States fully supports Iraqi President Fouad Massoum.
There's been a brief break in the storm clouds over Baghdad and Kabul this week.
The former British prime minister pointed to two factors fueling the chaos in Iraq.
"I will never give up on my candidacy for the post of prime minister," Nouri al-Maliki said.
How to make sense of the different factions and forces now fighting in Syria and Iraq?
“If we had air cover, we would have averted what had happened," the prime minister says.
The Iraqi prime minister said the call to form an emergency government is a "coup."
U.S. officials are meeting with Shiite and Sunni political leaders.
The Speaker said there was "more than one step" to stabilizing Iraq.
His decision clears the way for Haider al-Abadi, who has support from the White House.
A regime is only synonymous with the current political leadership in an authoritarian state.
Incumbent Nouri al-Maliki is insisting that he should remain in power.
Partitioning Iraq is a formula for more war, for decades to come.
What happened in Iraq should not have been a surprise.
The Democrat said both administrations put too much confidence in the prime minister.
Early efforts at a new coalition in Baghdad have been unsuccessful.
Most of the legislature's 328 members didn't return after a short break.
Schiff said strikes would need to be accompanied by Iraqi reforms.
The Obama administration has been pressing for a new government in Iraq.
Without some form of unity within Iraq, the overwhelming probability is a full return to sectarian...
The former secretary of State slammed Nouri al-Maliki for exacerbating divisions.