Special forces loyal to Maliki deployed in key Baghdad areas: police

BAGHDAD Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:59pm EDT

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were deployed on Sunday night in strategic areas of Baghdad, police said, after he gave a tough speech on television indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop his bid for a third term.

Several police sources also said the forces had taken up positions at key entrances to the sprawling capital.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Sandra Maler)