Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki  [AFP]

Iraq's largest Sunni political faction resigned from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's cabinet, dampening reconciliation efforts.

The withdrawal is also another serious blow to the US which had hoped that Iraq's feuding political parties could pass legislation by September 15th in a sign of political progress.

So, what are the next moves by both al-Maliki's government and the Bush administration?

Find out on Inside Story at 17:30 GMT.

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