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  • Iraqi Prime Minister Disbands Seven Shiite Militia Groups [Annuls Other Maliki Decisions]

    09/14/2014 6:29:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Baghdad ^ | 14.09.2014 | Nuwar Faqie
    Shiite Militia groups taking up arms against IS Militants News / World Iraqi Prime Minister Disbands Seven Shiite Militia Groups 14.09.2014 Nuwar Faqie BasNews, Baghdad   Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi has reversed key decisions of former PM of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki by halting the activities of several Shiite militia groups.   Abadi has pledged to stop the activities of seven Shiite militia groups in Baghdad while at the same time indicated that he cannot impose his authority on two Shiite militia groups, which report to Maliki.   He revealed that some internal decisions that were made by the...
  • Embattled Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside

    08/14/2014 12:51:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 14, 2014
    Nouri al-Malki, the embattled prime minister of Iraq, announced on Thursday that he was stepping down after support from his party and associates in parliament slipped away.
  • Military Coup Rocks Iraq

    08/10/2014 2:40:05 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 360 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 8/10/2014 | by Thomas Ferdousi
    Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.
  • Coup brewing in Baghdad as U.S. airstrikes slam ISIS

    08/11/2014 5:22:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/14 | Dan Calabrese
    Iraq in chaos The situation in Iraq progressed over the weekend from frightening to utter chaos. The apparent good news is that U.S. airstrikes against the monsters of ISIS appear to be making some headway. The harder-to-judge news is the constitutional crisis brewing over the desire of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to assume a third term in office, despite the decision of the newly elected president not to re-appoint him. That goes directly against the Iraq constitution, the adoption of which was one of the main achievements that resulted from the U.S. invasion in 2003. If those in power in...
  • Iraqi PM to file complaint against new president

    08/10/2014 6:54:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise speech late Sunday, resisted calls for his resignation and accused the country’s new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government into a political crisis at a time it is battling advances by Islamic State militants. On Sunday night, in a nationally televised speech, al-Maliki declared he will file a legal complaint against the new president, Fouad Massoum, for committing “a clear constitutional violation". “This attitude represents a coup on the constitution and the political process in a country that is governed by a democratic and federal system,” al-Maliki...
  • Bush Officials OK with Guy Who Sold U.S. on WMDs as Iraq’s Next PM

    07/08/2014 8:45:19 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July8 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Save for the omnipresent Dick Cheney, the gaggle of Bush administration officials who emerged two weeks ago to lament the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq have largely disappeared from the public debate. But that doesn’t mean they’re gone. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Bush advisor Richard Perle both expressed openness in the past days to Ahmad Chalabi as a replacement for embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Chalabi is a notorious figure from the early days of the Iraq War, as he supplied the United States with a great deal of falsified intelligence upon which the Bush administration...
  • Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to defend kingdom

    06/26/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 6 replies
    Debka ^ | June 26, 2014 | Debka
    Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” This meant a general call-up of military units for a high level of preparedness. DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Egypt is assembling an expeditionary commando force to fly to Saudi Arabia and bolster its border defenses. This flurry of Saudi-Egyptian military steps comes in the wake of intelligence gathered by Saudi reconnaissance planes...
  • Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

    06/25/2014 8:18:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    BRUSSELS — Iran is directing surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad and is secretly supplying Iraq with tons of military equipment, supplies and other assistance, American officials said. Tehran has also deployed an intelligence unit there to intercept communications, the officials said. The secret Iranian programs are part of a broader effort by Tehran to gather intelligence and help Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government in its struggle against Sunni militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force, has visited Iraq at least twice to help...
  • Al-Maliki rejects calls for unified Iraqi government

    06/25/2014 5:41:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday rejected calls to create a new national unity government that the Obama administration has been pushing. "The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process," Maliki said in a televised address, according to Agence France-Presse. "The dangerous goals of forming a national emergency government are not hidden,” he added. "It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters.”Al-Maliki, however, said he is still committed to launching the process that...
  • Senior Arab Diplomat: John Kerry Is 'Greatly Misinformed' About Iraq

    06/23/2014 6:53:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 23, 2014 | Michael B Kelly
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just finished a meeting with Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, which not expected to be friendly, after the U.S. entertained the idea that the Iraqi Prime Minister should resign. A few days prior to his Middle East trip, the senior U.S. diplomat held a conference call with Sunni Arab leaders. According to a senior Arab diplomat briefed on the call, the U.S. contingent did not fully grasp the situation. "We felt...
  • Putin speaks to Iraqi PM, expresses support

    06/20/2014 12:28:44 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | AP
    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken by phone to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, expressing Moscow’s support for his action against the militant offensive. Putin confirmed Russia’s “full support for the Iraqi government’s action to quickly free the territory of the republic from terrorists,” the Kremlin said, adding that Putin and al-Maliki also discussed bilateral cooperation.
  • Hillary: Al-Maliki Must Go

    06/17/2014 11:27:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Time ^ | June 17, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside from his country as it gallops furiously toward civil war. In recent days, Sunni extremist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria moved within 50 miles of Baghdad, an alarming escalation that, the former Secretary of State told Fox News on Tuesday, the Iraqi politician had only exacerbated. Clinton said al-Maliki showed weak leadership by exhibiting a preference for Iraqi Shi‘ites and purging senior military leaders of the rival religious sect group. Clinton added that she is “not in favor of any...
  • Obama Says Short-Term Military Actions Required in Iraq

    06/12/2014 4:09:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 58 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/14
    US President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that short-term military actions will have to be taken in Iraq, following the take-over by an Al Qaeda break-off Islamist terrorist group over large portions of the country. Reuters reported that Obama said he is looking at "all options" as far as helping the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, noting "I don't rule anything out," when asked whether the United States is considering drone strikes or any other action to stop the insurgency. Speaking at the White House while meeting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot, Obama said there will be "short-term...
  • ISIL's Syria push 'a political disaster' according to Al Qaeda leader

    05/03/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | May/03/2014
    Iraqi Al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's global leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video message, urging the faction to redouble its efforts in Iraq instead. Zawahri has repeatedly tried to end infighting between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and another Al Qaeda-aligned group, the Nusra Front. He said on May 2 in a message translated by SITE Monitoring that if ISIL had accepted his decision not to get involved in Syria and had instead worked to "busy itself with Iraq, which needs double its...
  • Obama to host Iraqi prime minister on Nov. 1

    10/16/2013 12:40:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2013 3:27 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama plans to host Iraq’s prime minister at the White House on Nov. 1. …
  • Iraq’s Al Maliki is Obama’s Assad

    05/06/2013 1:23:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Israel Pundit ^ | May 5, 2013 | Mark Langfan
    Iraq’s Al Maliki is Obama’s Assad The only difference between al Maliki and Assad is that US President Obama personally installed and armed the Iranian stooge al Maliki as the new Shiite Saddam. By Mark Langfan, INN On January 10th 49 BCE, Roman General Julius Caesar crossed south over the red Rubicon river with his army. An all-out-to-the-death Roman civil war was inevitable. On April 23, 2013, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s Shiite tanks fired and murdered at least 23 unarmed Sunni protesters in the northern city of Hawijah as his tanks crossed red rivers of Sunni blood. An...
  • Iraqi PM accused of stoking sectarian tension

    01/05/2013 4:08:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 2013/01/05 8:31 am
    He’s one of the most powerful men in Iraq—and one of the least popular. Nuri al-Maliki has, for many Iraqis, forfeited his credibility as prime minister. His allegedly authoritarian and inefficient leadership style has even been criticized by members of the parties that make up the government coalition. No wonder—a year after the withdrawal of the US army, he can barely point to a single success. Unemployment is high, terrorists have infiltrated security forces and corruption is widespread. Some of his coalition partners are even accusing Maliki of behaving like Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein. “Maliki depends on a small,...
  • Photo brings Iran's plans for Iraq into sharp focus

    04/28/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Greater Dandenong Weekly ^ | 28 Apr, 2012 03:00 AM | PAUL MCGEOUGH
    A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran’s most senior clerics is about to extend his power—and Iran’s theocratic system—into Iraq.On his return from a visit to Tehran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office released statements on his meetings with several senior Iranian officials—but it was silent on Mr. Maliki’s encounter with 63-year-old Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. Despite a Baghdad blackout on what is understood to have been their third meeting in recent months, Iran’s government-run news agency IRNA released a photograph of Mr. Maliki and Ayatollah Shahroudi—who is Iraqi by birth—greeting each...
  • Saudi media attacks Iraq PM over Syria stance

    04/03/2012 5:57:54 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Saudi newspapers on Tuesday waged a scathing campaign against Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki over his implicit criticism of the kingdom and Qatar for their calls to arm Syrian rebels. "Gulf (states) should boycott Maliki and his government," wrote Tariq al-Homayed, the editor of Asharq al-Awsat, calling for the "punishment of all who stand with the tyrant of Damascus, first and foremost Maliki's government." "Boycott him to prevent the emergence of a new Saddam or another Bashar," wrote Homayed in the Saudi owned pan-Arab daily referring to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad. The...
  • Iraq Crisis Grows With New Threat

    12/27/2011 6:43:57 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 27, 2011 | SAM DAGHER
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki BAGHDAD—Iraq's political crisis entered its second week one step closer to the potential dissolution of the government, with a call for elections by a vital coalition partner and a suicide attack that extended the spate of violence that has followed the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki—already battling to sustain his Shiite Muslim-dominated government in a standoff with Sunni coalition partners—faced a new threat on Monday as the party loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for the dissolution of Parliament and new polls. At the center of the crisis are efforts...
  • Ex-Iran Guard commander visits White House with Iraq leader

    12/12/2011 7:34:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    A former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the FBI says played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen, accompanied Iraq’s prime minister to the White House on Monday, attending an event at which President Obama trumpeted the end of the Iraq War. Hadi Farhan al-Amiri, transportation minister in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, was part of the delegation that visited the White House to discuss Iraq’s future and Iran’s influence there, among other topics. -excerpt - Louis J. Freeh, who served as FBI director in the Clinton administration and the early months...
  • Saudi Arabia threatens the US over veto

    09/14/2011 12:34:50 AM PDT · by Never A Dull Moment · 26 replies
    Israpundit ^ | 9-14-2011 | By TURKI AL-FAISAL, NYT
    The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region. Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has. With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the “special relationship” between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by...
  • Saddam aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to hang

    10/26/2010 2:51:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 56 replies · 1+ views
    YahooNews (AP) ^ | 10/25/2010 | HAMID AHMED and BARBARA SURK
    BAGHDAD – Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging Tuesday for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties under the former regime. Iraq's high criminal court spokesman Mohammed Abdul Sahib did not say when Aziz, 74, would be put to death. The death sentence was for a conviction on charges of taking part in a Saddam-led campaign that hunted and executed members of the Shiite Dawa Party, of which current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member.
  • Foggy Bottom's Man in Baghdad

    03/14/2010 8:54:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 336+ views
    Pundicity/Michael Rubin ^ | Mar. 13, 2010 | Michael Rubin
    Before Iraq's first election in January 2005, the Bush administration debated whether to support any particular candidate. The Central Intelligence Agency wanted to funnel $20 million to its longtime favorite Ayad Allawi, who was then serving as prime minister in a U.S.-appointed government. But Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's top foreign policy adviser, argued that the U.S. should create a level playing-field and let the chips fall where they may. Ms. Rice won the day. And so did the United Iraqi Alliance, an alliance of Shiite parties led first by Ibrahim Jaafari and, after subsequent elections that year, by Nouri al-Maliki,...
  • Al-Maliki Turns His Back on Iran, Embraces Iraqi Nationalism

    09/02/2009 10:15:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,118+ views
    Memri.org via Right Side News ^ | 02 September 2009 | Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
    Nouri Kamal Al-Maliki, who became prime minister of Iraq in May 2006, was a compromise candidate. He was seen at the time as the weakest of the available candidates - a virtually unknown representative of the Islamic Al-Da'wa Party, at the time a junior partner in the predominantly Shi'ite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA). The occupying power, the United States, favored him because of his reputation as "independent of Iran," as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalman Khalilzad put it.(1)  To the surprise - and perhaps consternation - of both his critics and his allies, Al-Maliki not only won the elections, but...
  • Iraq declares victory as U.S. troops leave cities

    06/20/2009 6:06:47 AM PDT · by shove_it · 24 replies · 843+ views
    yahoo! via rooters ^ | 6/20/2009 | Khalid al-Ansary
    Iraq's leader declared victory Saturday as the country began to end a foreign occupation with the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities, and told Iraqis not to lose faith if the pullback resulted in attacks. As part of a security pact signed between Baghdad and Washington last year, U.S. combat forces must leave urban centers by June 30 and the entire force that invaded Iraq in 2003 must be gone by 2012. "It is a great victory for Iraqis that we are taking the first step toward ending the foreign presence in Iraq," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a...
  • Iraq Prime Minister Says There Is Now Proof of Ties Between Saddam’s Regime and Al Queda (2003)

    05/02/2009 1:01:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies · 1,599+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 9:22 am | Scott
    Maybe now that President Obama’s in charge of the war in Iraq, and there’s no need to lie, distort, or half quote truths to oppose the war (can’t oppose it if it’s run by a Democrat)…maybe now people will realize: 1) the matter was never closed by any investigation 2) there’s hundreds of times more information demonstrating ties than there is dismissing them BAGHDAD — The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki said Al Qaida worked closely with former operatives in Saddam Hussein regime. Officials said leading members of the Al Qaida network have coordinated operations with Saddam...
  • Exile returned to sign death order of man who tried to kill him

    04/30/2009 4:25:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 470+ views
    UTV ^ | April 30, 2009
    Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki had to flee from Iraq in 1979 to escape Saddam's henchmen Thursday, 30 April 2009 Nouri al-Maliki fled Iraq in 1979 to escape Saddam's henchmen, who he believed had orders to execute him. For the next 24 years, Maliki remained an exiled dissident, travelling between Jordan, Syria, Iran and Damascus - all the time raising political opposition to the immovable dictator he despised. Maliki was an establishment child in pre-Saddam Iraq. His grandfather was a poet and Shia Islamic cleric as well as education minister for a short time under the nation's last deposed monarch....
  • Report: Iraqi PM Cancels Visit To Tehran To Receive Obama in Baghdad

    12/25/2008 11:15:15 AM PST · by kristinn · 31 replies · 1,735+ views
    MEMRI ^ | Thursday, December 25, 2008
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki unexpectedly cancelled a scheduled visit to Tehran, which was to follow an official visit to Turkey. Reliable sources explained that Maliki’s sudden return to Baghdad has to do with the possibility that U.S. president-elect Barack Obama might be visiting U.S. troops in Iraq during Christmas. Source: Al-Wasat, Iraq, December 24, 2008
  • Larry Elder: Suppose the Shoe Thrower Targeted Saddam

    12/17/2008 9:18:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies · 1,014+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2008 | Larry Elder
    The name: Muntadhar al-Zeidi -- a new hero to many in the Muslim world. President Bush -- in a surprise, end-of-term visit to Iraq -- held a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Zeidi, an Iraqi "reporter," shouted, "This is your farewell kiss, you dog," and threw a shoe at Bush. The reporter quickly threw a second. The shoes missed their target only because an agile President Bush managed to duck.
  • Pope tells Iraqi leader Christians need protection

    07/25/2008 2:51:21 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 245+ views
    The Star ^ | July 25, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Benedict told Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday that minority Christians in Iraq needed more protection but the Iraqi leader assured him that Christians were not being persecuted. Maliki, who met the pope for 20 minutes at the pontiff's summer residence south of Rome, invited the pontiff to visit Iraq, saying a trip there would help the process of peace and reconciliation. "We renewed our invitation for His Holiness to visit Iraq. He welcomed the invitation. And we hope that he will be making the visit as soon as he can," he told reporters in the palace after...
  • Holy Father meets with prime minister of Iraq

    07/25/2008 1:48:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 147+ views
    CNA ^ | July 25, 2008
    Pope Benedict receives PM Nouri Al-Maliki Vatican City, Jul 25, 2008 / 10:31 am (CNA).- Today at Castelgandolfo, the Holy Father met with Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri Kamel Al-Maliki.  During the course of their meeting, Pope Benedict stressed the need to end violence in the country, and received an invitation to visit Iraq. According to a press release from the Vatican, their discussion, “provided an opportunity to examine a number of fundamental aspects of the situation in Iraq,” and its surrounding region.The heads of stated focused on the struggles of the “many Iraqi refugees, both inside and outside...
  • Who Are the Iraqis?

    07/25/2008 3:18:31 AM PDT · by WilliamReading · 9 replies · 175+ views
    Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki, despite owing his job to Bush and McCain, presented Obama with a big fat bouquet. His assertion, in an interview with Der Spiegel, that American forces should leave Iraq “as soon as possible,” and preferably on the 16-month timeline proposed by Obama, was just what the messiah ordered — effectively tossing McCain under one of those metaphorical buses the 2008 campaign seems to produce by the fleet. Now, let me be clear about my biases. I have been a supporter of the surge but not an enthusiastic one. I’ve always thought it necessary but insufficient in...
  • Al-Maliki Casts His Lot With A Pliant Obama

    07/24/2008 6:19:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 136+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 24, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    In a stunning upset, Barack Obama this week won the Iraq primary. When Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki not once but several times expressed support for a U.S. troop withdrawal on a timetable that accorded roughly with Obama's 16-month proposal, he not only legitimized the plan. He relieved Obama of a major political liability by blunting the charge that, in order to appease the MoveOn left, Obama was willing to jeopardize the astonishing success of the surge and risk losing a war that is finally being won. Maliki's endorsement left the McCain campaign and the Bush administration deeply discomfited. They underestimated...
  • Italy: Iraqi PM to meet Pope on official visit

    07/23/2008 6:50:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 135+ views
    AKI ^ | 7/23/2008
    Rome, 23 July (AKI) - Pope Benedict XVI will meet Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki on Friday for the first time during his official visit to Italy. Al-Maliki is due to arrive in Rome on Thursday to meet his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi on the second leg of his European visit after talks with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin on Tuesday. The Iraqi prime minister will meet the Pope at the pontiff's summer residence at Castelgandolfo, outside Rome. He will then hold separate talks with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state. Iraq is home to the Chaldean...
  • Foreign Tour Highlights Obama's Inexperience

    07/23/2008 5:19:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 135+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2008 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama got more than he bargained for from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki barely after his military crash course in the Middle East's war zones began. The freshman senator, making only his second trip to Iraq in two years, after a quick tutorial visit to Afghanistan (his first), got a well-timed campaign gift from Maliki, who embraced his plan to withdraw U.S. combat troops 16 months after taking office. In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, Maliki refused to take sides in the race, but, when asked about Obama's pullout timeline, he said, "Whoever is...
  • Maliki's Bet

    07/22/2008 3:54:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 113+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | July 22, 2008 | The Editors
    It's usually a bad idea for one democratic country to meddle in another democratic country's election. But the boost Prime Minister Maliki of Iraq just gave to Senator Obama in the American campaign has to be one of the most stunning pieces of political nerve in memory. It could have been a disastrous visit by the Democrat to Baghdad. Mr. Maliki could have left his meeting with Mr. Obama and said, "If America does what Mr. Obama wants and announces to our enemies when it will leave Iraq, Al Qaeda will regain the ground it has lost here, my country...
  • Obama didn't raise his troop plan with Maliki-Baghdad

    07/21/2008 8:24:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies · 144+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 21, 2008
    BAGHDAD, July 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama did not raise his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq within 16 months in his talks on Monday with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi government's spokesman said. "This issue, we do not discuss ... ," spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told reporters when asked if Obama had brought up the 16-month timeframe.
  • Maliki Aide's Statement Came After U.S. Call

    07/20/2008 1:04:29 PM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies · 123+ views
    WaPo ^ | 7/20/2008 | Dan Eggen
    The statement by an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calling his remarks in Der Spiegel "misinterpreted and mistranslated" followed a call to the prime minister's office from U.S. government officials in Iraq. Maliki had expressed support for a withdrawal plan similar to that of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in an interview with Der Speigel. U.S. troops should leave Iraq "As soon as possible, as far as we're concerned," Maliki had said. "U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight...
  • Breaking: Iraqi PM denies backing Obama's withdrawal plan

    07/20/2008 7:16:02 AM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 46 replies · 141+ views
    Chinaview.cn ^ | July 20, 2008 | Sun Yunlong
    BAGHDAD, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki denied that he has released statements backing a plan of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama which sets a timeframe for possible U.S. troops withdrawal from Iraq, the government's spokesman said on Sunday. Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that Maliki's statements to German magazine Der Spiegel "have been misunderstood and mistranslated and were not conveyed accurately regarding the vision of Senator Barack Obama on the timeframe for U.S. forces withdrawal from Iraq."
  • Does al-Maliki supports Obama withdrawl plan

    07/20/2008 7:45:22 AM PDT · by enewsreference · 6 replies · 184+ views
    http://www.enewsreference.com ^ | 07/20/2008 | eNews Reference
    Headlines: Maliki backs Obama's exit plan Obama Campaign Welcomes Maliki Support for TimetableWhite House sends press corps al-Maliki praise for Obama planIraqi PM says US should leave as soon as possibleMaliki Doesn't Endorse Obama Troop Withdrawal Plan (Update1)Iraqi Prime Minister backs plan to withdraw British and US troops ...
  • Iraq PM did not back Obama troop exit plan: government

    07/20/2008 2:46:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 61+ views
    The Clackamas Review/Reuters ^ | July 20, 2008 | Dean Yates
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki did not back the plan of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and his comments to a German magazine on the issue were misunderstood, the government's spokesman said on Sunday. Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that Maliki's remarks to Der Spiegel were translated incorrectly. The German magazine said on Saturday that Maliki supported Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months. The interview was released on Saturday. "U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right time...
  • Iraqi PM disputes report on withdrawal plan

    07/19/2008 5:45:27 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 56 replies · 172+ views
    A German magazine quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as saying that he backed a proposal by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months. Nuri al-Maliki told Der Spiegel that he favors a "limited" tenure for coalition troops in Iraq. Nuri al-Maliki told Der Spiegel that he favors a "limited" tenure for coalition troops in Iraq. "U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months," he said in an interview with Der Spiegel that was released Saturday. "That, we think, would be the right time frame for a withdrawal, with the...
  • Maliki: I Support Obama’s Withdrawal Timetable (W-T-* ALERT)

    07/19/2008 5:12:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies · 211+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/2008
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told a German magazine that he supports Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office. The apparent endorsement of a cornerstone of Obama’s foreign policy drew swift praise from the Obama camp. But the White House stressed that any timelines are contingent on “security gains” in the region. “U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes,” al-Maliki told the magazine Der Spiegel. He said he wants U.S. troops to leave...
  • Statement by the McCain Campaign [On Maliki Comment]

    07/19/2008 5:21:42 PM PDT · by flyfree · 9 replies · 79+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va., July 19 /Standard Newswire/ -- Today, McCain 2008 Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Randy Scheunemann issued the following statement: "The difference between John McCain and Barack Obama is that Barack Obama advocates an unconditional withdrawal that ignores the facts on the ground and the advice of our top military commanders. John McCain believes withdrawal must be based on conditions on the ground. Prime Minister Maliki has repeatedly affirmed the same view, and did so again today. Timing is not as important as whether we leave with victory and honor, which is of no apparent concern to Barack Obama. The...
  • Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan: report

    07/19/2008 7:08:00 AM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 73 replies · 297+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2008
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported prospective U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months. In an interview with Der Spiegel released on Saturday, Maliki said he wanted U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible. "U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes."
  • Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki demands US withdrawal timetable

    07/07/2008 2:27:21 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 16 replies · 186+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | July 7, 2008 | James Hilder
    Iraq said for the first time today that it wanted to set a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from its territory. US President George Bush has long resisted any set schedule for pulling his 145,000 soldiers out of Iraq, arguing that it would play into the hands of insurgents. But an emboldened Nouri al-Maliki, the Shia prime minister who last week boasted he had crushed terrorism in Iraq, suggested it was time to start setting timelines. “The current trend is to reach an agreement on a memorandum of understanding either for the departure of the forces or a...
  • A Partnership With Iraq.

    06/15/2008 7:06:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 94+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2008
    The Shiite government signals a desire for an alliance with the United States. Shouldn't that be welcomed?THOUGH IT was hardly noticed in Washington, Iraq's Shiite-led government sent a powerful message to Iran and to the Middle East last week. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition is often portrayed as an Iranian client, traveled to Tehran for a meeting with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The ayatollah bluntly declared that Iraq's "most important problem" was the continuing presence of U.S. troops. He pressured Mr. Maliki to stop negotiating a package of agreements with the Bush administration that would delineate a "strategic...
  • How Prime Minister Maliki Pacified Iraq

    06/11/2008 11:37:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies · 109+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2008 | y KIMBERLY KAGAN and FREDERICK W. KAGAN
    America is very close to succeeding in Iraq. The "near-strategic defeat" of al Qaeda in Iraq described by CIA Director Michael Hayden last month in the Washington Post has been followed by the victory of the Iraqi government's security forces over illegal Shiite militias, including Iranian-backed Special Groups. The enemies of Iraq and America now cling desperately to their last bastions, while the political process builds momentum. These tremendous gains remain fragile and could be lost to skillful enemy action, or errors in Baghdad or Washington. But where the U.S. was unequivocally losing in Iraq at the end of 2006,...
  • IRAQ: Big push coming in Sadr City

    05/08/2008 12:24:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 76+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 8, 2008 8:15 am | Ed Morrissey
    Iraqi soldiers have begun evacuating families from portions of Sadr City, a sign that a large offensive will start shortly against the Mahdi Army militia that have long controlled the sector of Baghdad. Two stadiums have been secured for sheltering the evacuees as the government of Nouri al-Maliki attempts to break Moqtada al-Sadr’s last stronghold and end mortar attacks on the Green Zone. Maliki also wants to end Iran’s influence in Iraq, which caused Iran to cut off security talks with Maliki and the US: