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  • Iraq politician warns elections may further alienate Sunnis

    01/25/2014 8:27:00 AM PST · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/25/2014 | Missy Ryan
    The speaker of Iraq's parliament warned on Friday that upcoming elections might be used to further marginalize already-frustrated Sunni Muslims, who have chafed against what they call unfair treatment from the country's Shi'ite prime minister. Usama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni, said in an interview during a visit to Washington that he feared attempts to discourage voting or "provoke the situation" in Sunni areas, or to sideline certain would-be candidates, were designed "to weaken Sunni representation in parliament." He also warned that poor security could pose problems for the parliamentary polls, scheduled for April 30. "If the security conditions worsen, the elections...
  • Iraq Car Bomb Kills Dozens, Hours After Ban Ki-Moon Visit

    01/13/2014 6:17:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 1 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1-14-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A series of car bombs near Baghdad has killed at least 21 people Monday, in the latest in a series of sectarian clashes ripping through Iraq. The attacks came just hours after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged the Iraqi government to address the root causes behind the clashes, in light of escalating violence. Four car bombs exploded in the Shi'ite districts of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 20 people; Al-Jazeera sets the number at 21 killed, Reuters UK at 25 killed and 76 wounded. In addition, gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Southern Baghdad, killing 3 policeman...
  • ‘Obama policy will lead region to war,’ warns ex-Iraqi MP who’s paid heavy price for dissent

    05/13/2013 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/10/13 | Elhanan Miller
    Mithal Al-Alusi, whose two sons were killed in a Baghdad ambush soon after he visited Israel, tells The Times of Israel he feels betrayed by the superpower which allowed him to return to his homeland Mithal Al-Alusi is angry. He is angry with Iran for supporting global terrorism. He is angry with Syrian President Bashar Assad for oppressing and killing his own people. He is angry with his own prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, for colluding with the two. But most of all, he is angry with US President Barack Obama for allowing this all to happen. “Obama has...
  • The Iraq We Left Behind

    03/25/2013 12:06:25 PM PDT · by Wuli · 32 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | March/April 2012 | Ned Parker
    Nine years after U.S. troops toppled Saddam Hussein and just a few months after the last U.S. soldier left Iraq, the country has become something close to a failed state. [snip] "The Iraqi state cannot provide basic services, including electricity in summer, clean water, and decent health care; meanwhile, unemployment among young men hovers close to 30 percent, making them easy recruits for criminal gangs and militant factions." [snip] Both Maliki and his rivals are responsible for the slow slide toward chaos, prisoners of their own history under Saddam.......Meanwhile, the Kurds maneuver gingerly around the divisions in Baghdad. Their priority...
  • 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's PM Maliki: democrat or autocrat?

    01/09/2012 12:28:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2012 11:39am EST | Serena Chaudhry
    To detractors, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki threw down the gauntlet with stunning speed when his Shi'ite Muslim-led government demanded the arrest of a Sunni Muslim vice president seemingly moments after the departure of U.S. troops. Already seen as having autocratic tendencies in a country where most people have known little but dictatorship, Maliki has long expressed doubt about the efficacy of his brawling partnership government of Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish factions. But the move to arrest Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and a demand that parliament remove Maliki's Sunni deputy, Saleh al-Mutlaq, ignited a political storm that threatens Iraq's shaky...
  • Iraq bombings: Nouri al-Maliki is playing with fire by inflaming sectarian tensions

    12/22/2011 4:53:29 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Thursday 22 December 2011 | David Blair
    Mr Maliki has become steadily more authoritarian, with critics accusing him of inflaming sectarian tensions Only four days after the US departure, Baghdad has duly suffered 14 near-simultaneous bomb attacks. President Barack Obama put Iraq's extremists on notice when he announced two months ago that America's military withdrawal would conclude in December. It was a fair assumption that he would want the troops home before Christmas, identifying this week as the most dangerous period. The bloodshed was almost certainly designed to exploit a security vacuum after the end of the US presence. But it also coincided with one of the...
  • Iraq PM tells Kurds to hand over Sunni leader

    12/21/2011 6:17:47 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    ABC/AFP ^ | December 22, 2011 | Anne Barker
    Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has urged Kurdish officials to hand over the country's Sunni vice-president on terrorist charges, in a row that has raised communal tension. Mr Maliki, a Shiite. ... Mr Maliki has also called for the sacking of Sunni deputy prime minister Saleh al-Mutlak, who has decried the Shiite-led national unity government as a "dictatorship". All this comes just days after US troops completed their withdrawal from the country, leaving behind what US president Barack Obama described as a "sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq". Mr Maliki ..."We gave Saddam a fair trial, and we will give Hashemi...
  • 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...
  • Iraqi lawmakers approve new government

    12/21/2010 6:26:30 AM PST · by arderkrag · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 21, 2010 | BARBARA SURK and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved on Tuesday a new government to be headed by incumbent Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, ending nine months of political deadlock that threatened to stall economic development and suck the country back into sectarian violence.
  • Allawi threatens to quit Iraqi government: report

    12/07/2010 5:15:58 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | December 7, 2010
    LONDON — Iyad Allawi, who won the most votes in Iraq's elections, threatened to quit a power-sharing government in an interview with Britain's Times newspaper on Tuesday. "Power-sharing is not happening," Allawi said. "It is not set to work in a meaningful way... If it does not change, I will not participate." Despite being lauded by international leaders including US President Barack Obama, Iraq's power-sharing pact has looked fragile ever since it was agreed last month after an eight-month impasse. Despite his Iraqiya block narrowly winning elections in March, Allawi has seen religious parties coalesce to form the biggest grouping...
  • 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.
  • Iraq wins independence as US ends combat role - Prime Minister Maliki

    08/31/2010 7:15:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/31/2010 | Serena Chaudhry and Rania El Gamal
    * 50,000 U.S. soldiers are staying on * Iraq now stands as equal to United States - Maliki * Biden in Baghdad to press leaders to form government BAGHDAD, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister said the end of U.S. combat operations on Tuesday restored Iraq's sovereignty and meant it stood as an equal to the United States, despite political deadlock and persistent violence. U.S. troop levels were cut to 50,000 before the partly symbolic deadline of Aug. 31 set by President Barack Obama to fulfil his pledge to end the war launched by his predecessor George W. Bush....
  • Mosul in revolt over torture claims at ‘al Maliki’s secret jail’

    04/28/2010 10:14:37 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 2 replies · 297+ views
    The National (Abu Dhabi) ^ | 4/28/10 | Nizar Latif
    BAGHDAD // Officials in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have threatened a campaign of civil disobedience against the government and the army after allegations of torture and abuse at a secret prison controlled by the office of the prime minister, Nouri al Maliki.
  • Iraqi PM Maliki injured in assassination bid amid election lead

    03/15/2010 5:55:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies · 370+ views
    debkafile ^ | March 15, 2010
    debkafile's intelligence and Baghdad sources disclose that prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was injured in an attempt on his life last Thursday, March 11. His armored convoy came under an RPG-automatic fire attack after a bomb hit his car. US and Iraqi authorities have blacked out the incident, but our sources learn that Maliki is being treated for moderate-to-serious injuries at the American military hospital. One source says he was hit in the arm. His doctors apparently found his condition was too serious for him to face TV cameras and deliver a broadcast statement to the nation scheduled Sunday March 14,...
  • How Prime Minister Maliki Pacified Iraq

    09/23/2009 5:27:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies · 380+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 10, 2008 | 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,...
  • 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 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...
  • Iraqi’s – Obama Policy On Iraq “Absurd”….Based On Petty Emotions Fm A Poor Leader

    08/09/2009 6:39:30 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies · 485+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-09-09 | Curt
    Very very sad: WHERE are the Americans?" Talk to Iraqis in Baghdad these days, and you'll likely hear the question. Of course, everyone knows where the Americans are physically. The 130,000 US troops cantoned in a diminishing number of barracks outside the cities make their presence felt on occasion. The thousands of civilian Americans who are helping build a new Iraq are also easy to spot. The question refers to the United States' fast-fading political profile. Those who deem Iraq as the biggest US foreign-policy success in decades are baffled by Washington's determined efforts to deny that reality -- indeed,...
  • Billion-Dollar Mystery in Iraq

    08/05/2009 3:54:14 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 555+ views
    The Nation ^ | 04 Aug 2009 | Robert Dreyfuss
    A multi-billion dollar mystery is unfolding in Iraq, and it may reach to the highest levels of the Iraqi government. It involves what the New York Times calls an "extremist Shiite group" that has now reconciled with Prime Minister Maliki and his regime. The group is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of five British contractors who, according to the Guardian, were installing a sophisticated financial tracking system in Iraq's ministry of finance in 2007. The story so far: Today, the Times reports: "An extremist Shiite group that has boasted of killing five American soldiers and of kidnapping five British...
  • Iraqi leader may ask U.S. to prolong stay (Says needs will be reassessed in 2011)

    07/24/2009 9:39:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 720+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2009 | Eli Lake
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said for the first time Thursday that Iraq may ask U.S. troops to stay in his country beyond a previously agreed 2011 deadline for withdrawal. While Iraqi and American military figures have spoken privately about a longer-term presence in part to maintain U.S. military equipment ordered by Iraq, the Iraqi prime minister has not previously acknowledged this publicly. When U.S. combat troops exited Iraqi cities last month under the terms of a Status of Forces Agreement, Mr. al-Maliki declared a national holiday to celebrate the milestone toward full Iraqi sovereignty. On Thursday, however, in response...
  • Gates, Maliki Discuss U.S.-Iraqi Security Partnership

    07/23/2009 4:50:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 254+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discussed Iraq security issues when the two met at the Pentagon late this afternoon. Gates and Maliki addressed the U.S.-Iraqi security relationship and equipment needs for Iraqi soldiers and police, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. Their conversation, Morrell said, focused “largely on our security partnership, on ways that we can continue to help the Iraqi security forces grow in size and capability, so that they are able to fully exert their sovereignty and protect the people from external and internal threats.” Gates acknowledged during...
  • US, Iraq hail new era of friendship (Prime Minister Maliki visits the USA)

    07/22/2009 5:14:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 392+ views
    AFP ^ | 7/22/2009 | Laurent Lozano
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hailed the seeds of a growing cooperation between their nations, pledging that out of the fires of war would come a new friendship. But they warned the path ahead could yet prove tough, with many obstacles to overcome and sectarian violence still threatening Iraq's stability. "Both of us agree that the bonds forged between Americans and Iraqis in war can pave the way for progress that can be forged in peace," Obama pledged after White House talks with Maliki. "America stands ready to help the Iraqi government build their...
  • The Prime Minister of All Iraqis?

    07/21/2009 12:55:25 PM PDT · by Jbny · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/21/2009 | Abe Greenwald
    Not that it’s important enough for mainstream media to highlight, but that elusive thing known as Iraqi political reconciliation (remember when its absence was a sign of the apocalypse?) may be upon us:
  • Makili Goes at It Alone

    07/20/2009 12:21:47 PM PDT · by Jbny · 4 replies · 357+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/20/2009 | Max Boot
    How worried should we be about reports such as this and this in the Washington Post about how restricted U.S. troops have become in Iraq? One article reports on how U.S. troops, worried about an insurgent plot to mortar their bases, were not allowed to operate in the neighborhood where the attack was supposed to happen — the Iraqis insisted on handling the issue themselves. This is part of a broader Iraqi initiative to take U.S. forces off the streets that is raising concerns among some Americans over being denied the authority to protect their own forces. The other Post...
  • Iraq's Premier Maliki Says He Plans to Thank U.S. for Sacrifices

    07/10/2009 8:36:00 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07-10-09 | GINA CHON
    BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki struck a conciliatory tone ahead of his trip to Washington, talking about his gratitude for U.S. sacrifices in Iraq, and offering to negotiate a settlement between Iraq's federal government and the country's Kurdish enclave as tensions heighten between the two. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal as he prepared for a visit to the U.S. on July 21, Mr. Maliki said he planned to thank America for its shared sacrifice with the Iraqi people in the tumultuous post-Saddam Hussein years since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. "We have [achieved] a combined victory...
  • Iraq was a just war

    06/19/2009 10:52:10 PM PDT · by DakotaRed · 7 replies · 539+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 02, 2009 | Omar Fadhil Al-Nidawi
    THE war in Iraq is officially moving to an end. Six years after Saddam Hussein's regime was toppled, several coalition members have ended their missions in Iraq - including Australia, which pulled out its troops 12 months ago - and the US is preparing to wrap up its military involvement in the country. If we examine the question from an American, British or Australian perspective, then it would be difficult to present an answer that could convince all critics. For the coalition members this was a war of opportunity, not a war of necessity. Going to war or not was...
  • Why'd Obama switch on detainee photos? Maliki went ballistic

    06/01/2009 8:03:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,004+ views ^ | June 1, 2009 | Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki warned that Iraq would erupt into violence and that Iraqis would demand that U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq a year earlier than planned, two U.S. military officers, a senior defense official and a State Department official have told McClatchy. In the days leading up to a May 28 deadline to release the photos in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, U.S. officials, led by Christopher Hill, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told Maliki that...
  • US says its raid in southern Iraq had Baghdad’s approval

    04/27/2009 11:24:50 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 8 replies · 1,137+ views
    WashingtonTV ^ | April 27, 2009 | Various
    Updated: Monday, April 27, 2009 11:30GMT—7:30AM/EST Washington, 27 April (WashingtonTV)—The US military on Sunday insisted that a raid it had conducted in the southern Iraqi city of Kut, was approved by the Iraqi government, despite Baghdad’s insistence that the action violated a US-Iraqi security pact. In a pre-dawn raid targeting Shiite militants, US forces shot dead an Iraqi woman and policeman, and detained six others. In a statement, the US military said that the woman was killed after she “moved into the line of fire.” “In an operation fully coordinated and approved by the Iraqi government, coalition forces targeted a...
  • Maliki (Iraq PM): Prosecute U.S. troops for raid

    04/27/2009 2:51:17 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 13 replies · 1,220+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 04/27/2009 | Ernesto Londono and Zaid Sabah
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, yesterday denounced a predawn U.S. raid in southern Iraq during which two Iraqis were killed, and he sought to prosecute the U.S. soldiers who carried out the operation. -snip- U.S. officials, speaking anonymously, suggested that Maliki's move could be politically motivated. National elections are due next winter. In a statement issued by the Iraqi government's Baghdad security command, which reports to the prime minister, Maliki called the raid "a violation of the security agreement." He said he would ask the top U.S. commander to "send those who carried out this action to the...
  • Iraq Resists Pleas by U.S. to Placate Baath Party

    04/26/2009 5:56:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 421+ views
    The NY Times ^ | April 25, 2009 | SAM DAGHER
    BAGHDAD — On April 18, American and British officials from a secretive unit called the Force Strategic Engagement Cell flew to Jordan to try to persuade one of Saddam Hussein’s top generals — the commander of the final defense of Baghdad in 2003 — to return home to resume efforts to make peace with the new Iraq. But the Iraqi commander, Lt. Gen. Raad Majid al-Hamdani, rebuffed them. After a year of halting talks mediated by the Americans, he said, he concluded that Iraq’s leader, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, simply was not interested in reconciliation. The American appeal —...
  • Iraq: Trouble for Maliki

    04/25/2009 2:25:37 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 275+ views
    Hudson NY ^ | April 24, 2009 | Nibras Kazimi
    Ayad al-Samarrai was elected speaker of the Iraqi parliament on Sunday after garnering 153 votes. There are 275 members in the Iraqi parliament, and 138 votes were all Samarrai would have needed to pass the threshold. The ‘yea’ votes in Samarrai’s favor spell trouble for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, since the same number could be arrayed to yield a vote of ‘no confidence’ in his cabinet. The ‘153’ bloc is an anti-Maliki coalition, rather than a pro-Samarrai faction. Those who backed Samarrai did so with the tacit understanding that his election would be the opening act in the drama to...
  • Nouri al-Maliki coailition scores landslide victory in Iraq elections (victory of Iraqi democracy)

    02/05/2009 8:26:01 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,492+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/06/09 | Deborah Haynes and Wail al-Obaidi
    Nouri al-Maliki coailition scores landslide victory in Iraq elections Deborah Haynes and Wail al-Obaidi in Baghdad Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s Prime Minister, savoured a stunning election victory last night, as improved security drew voters to his coalition and away from the sectarian division offered by hardline religious parties. The victory in provincial elections will encourage him to run for a second term in office in the approaching general election, less than a year after he was derided in the West for his ambitious military crackdown on militants. A coalition headed by Mr al-Maliki had landslide wins in Baghdad and Basra, the...
  • Al Maliki Ends Official Visit to Iran

    01/05/2009 10:24:10 AM PST · by Captain Kirk · 1 replies · 235+ views
  • Should Bush ask Maliki to pardon the shoe-thrower?

    12/24/2008 3:00:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 845+ views
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | Dec 24,2008 | Allahpundit
    Mark “Black Hawk Down” Bowden says yes. I think it’s a no-brainer, but for different reasons: The stunt was rude and no doubt embarrassing to the Iraqi authorities, but it is hardly a high crime. For Americans, the only serious issue raised by the shoe-throwing episode is how Mr. Zaidi was able to throw the second one. With its national pride at stake, the Iraqi government is unlikely to cut the journalist a break. If a gesture is to be made, it has to come from Mr. Bush… It would also be a small way of acknowledging that Iraqis have...
  • Bush, Maliki Sign Security Pact in Baghdad

    12/15/2008 3:32:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 374+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 – With fewer than 40 days left in office, President George W. Bush signed a security pact in Baghdad yesterday, putting an end in sight for the Iraq war after nearly six years of fighting. “The war is not over yet,” Bush said, “[but] it is decisively on its way to being won.” During a surprise farewell visit to Baghdad yesterday, Bush met with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a signing ceremony, affirming the two landmark agreements to withdraw U.S. troops and formalizing a long-term relationship between the two countries. “[The agreements] cement a...
  • In Baghdad, debating post-U.S. outlook

    11/21/2008 12:36:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 444+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 21, 2008 | By Campbell Robertson and Stephen Farrell
    BAGHDAD: Through the televised parliamentary brawling, shouting and points of order, the battle lines are becoming clear in the Iraqi political debate over a security agreement that would govern the last three years of the American military presence in Iraq. But the pact that is nominally at the center of the wrangling appears not to be the main problem. The quarreling is really about what the country will look like when the American troops eventually depart, and whether the security agreement will give too much control to the Shiite-led Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.When cornered on the stairways and...
  • Premier of Iraq Is Quietly Firing Fraud Monitors

    11/19/2008 11:08:32 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 199+ views
    The NY Times ^ | November 17, 2008 | JAMES GLANZ and RIYADH MOHAMMED
    The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is systematically dismissing Iraqi oversight officials, who were installed to fight corruption in Iraqi ministries by order of the American occupation administration, which had hoped to bring Western standards of accountability to the notoriously opaque and graft-ridden bureaucracy here. The dismissals, which were confirmed by senior Iraqi and American government officials on Sunday and Monday, have come as estimates of official Iraqi corruption have soared. One Iraqi former chief investigator recently testified before Congress that $13 billion in reconstruction funds from the United States had been lost to fraud, embezzlement, theft and...
  • Iraq Leader Claims He Helped Barack Obama Seize The Presidency

    11/05/2008 10:03:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 81 replies · 8,554+ views ^ | November 5, 2008 | Damien McElroy
    A senior Western diplomat in Baghdad said that Mr Maliki told close aides he would hold the new president to an obligation to oversee a rapid withdrawal of US troops, a key Iraqi government demand in recent talks. "Maliki has said he took the Iraq issue 'off the table' for Obama by endorsing his timetable during his visit to Baghdad in July," the diplomat told The Daily Telegraph. "Maliki firmly hoped for an Obama victory and has used expectations of such to drive a very hard bargain with the US over its presence in Iraq. "The prime minister has extracted...
  • Allegations of spying by U.S. rattle Iraq

    09/07/2008 8:12:24 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 19 replies · 183+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 5, 2008 | ANNA JOHNSON
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government reacted sharply Friday to published allegations that the U.S. spied on Iraq's prime minister, warning that future ties with the United States could be in jeopardy if the report were true. The allegations appear in a new book, The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008, by journalist Bob Woodward, who writes that the United States spied extensively on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his staff and other government officials. The report emerged as the two governments are in delicate negotiations over the future of American troops in Iraq. Those talks have already extended past...
  • Agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Iraq said to be in peril as Maliki ousts negotiators

    08/31/2008 8:35:33 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 119+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 31, 2008 | Ned Parker
    At the "make-or-break" stage of talks with the U.S. on the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has swept aside his negotiating team and replaced it with three of his closest aides, a reshuffle that some Iraqi officials warn risks sabotaging the agreement. The decision on the team negotiating the pact, which the Americans have described as the basis of a long-term strategic alliance between the United States and Iraq, remains so sensitive that it has not been announced. In disclosing the switch to the Los Angeles Times this weekend, a senior Iraqi official close to...
  • Report on Iraq

    08/04/2008 2:06:19 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 80+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 4, 2008 | Ben Giles
    Report on Iraq by: Ben Giles, August 04, 2008 Now that major gains have been made to bring stability to Iraq, it would be foolish for the United States to simply leave the country arbitrarily, military strategists say. “The purpose of this [war] is to advance our interests,” said Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute. “That’s why America fights wars. And I think that this conflict has the potential to advance our interests in the region and in the global war on terror dramatically, but only if we see it through to its conclusion.” Kagan’s consistent support of the...
  • Pope Speaks to Iraqi Leader on Religious Freedom

    07/27/2008 3:25:18 PM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 145+ views ^ | Jul. 25, 2008 | Phil Lawler
    Castel Gandolfo, Jul. 25, 2008 ( - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki met with Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) on July 25 at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Pope Benedict underscored his concern about the Christian minority in Iraq during the conversation. A Vatican statement released after the meeting noted that the Holy Father had decried the continuing violence in Iraq and pointed out that the bloodshed has taken a heavy toll on "the Christian communities which strongly feel the need for greater security." The Pope also spoke about the needs of Iraqi refugees and-- returning...
  • Maliki's Sophistication and Cunning (The politics of war)

    07/25/2008 7:30:23 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies · 90+ views
    Town Hall ^ | July 25, 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...
  • 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...
  • McCain’s Way Forward

    07/24/2008 6:21:11 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 3 replies · 92+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-24-08 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    IRAQI Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has cut the legs out from under John McCain by basically endorsing Sen. Barack Obama’s troop-withdrawal plan. Just when McCain had Obama on the defensive over the Democrat’s plan to surrender after we’ve won in Iraq, Maliki has made McCain look the naif for opposing a timetable for withdrawal. Unless McCain changes his approach, he’s lost the use of this issue. He can’t come out for staying in Iraq longer than the government we support wants.
  • 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...
  • Obama Abandons Commitment to Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

    07/23/2008 11:08:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 161+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 22 , 2008 Jul | Scott
    Senator Obama refuses to be boxed in between what he considers two “false choices”, either:1) …On such and such date, come Hell or high water we’ve gotten our troops out, and be blind to anything that happens in intermediate months2) …completely defer to whatever the commanders on the ground say (because his military and strategic knowledge is better than theirs)LINKBy dismissing out of hand the absoluteness of a calender date by which all Americans will be out of Iraq, Senator Obama has just capitulated the political left’s dogma for the past six years (a debate that started in 2002 before...
  • Der Spiegel Rewrote the Whole Maliki Interview — Of Course!

    07/23/2008 9:58:53 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies · 92+ views
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | July 23, 2008 | Patterico
    The Columbia Journalism Review has a maddeningly sloppy and incomplete, but also interesting and informative article about how the Maliki remarks came to be translated so differently by the New York Times and Der Spiegel. It turns out that, not only did Der Spiegel rewrite the critical passage without telling anyone, it also rewrote the whole interview, while pretending that it was a verbatim exchange. The piece quotes Der Spiegel’s second version of the remarks (the author of the piece seems blissfully unaware of the first version) and then the New York Times translation, and notes the differences: How come...
  • Behind Maliki's Games

    07/22/2008 10:09:28 PM PDT · by flyfree · 12 replies · 102+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2008 | Max Boot
    There is some irony in the fact that Democrats, after years of deriding Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as a hopeless bungler and conniving Shiite sectarian, are now treating as sacrosanct his suggestion that Iraq will be ready to assume responsibility for its own security by 2010. Naturally this is because his position seems to support that of Barack Obama. A little skepticism is in order here. The prime minister has political motives for what he's saying -- whatever that is. An anonymous Iraqi official told the state-owned Al-Sabah newspaper, "Maliki thinks that Obama is most likely to win in...
  • Backing for Barack (Iraqi Government Support)

    07/21/2008 11:47:13 AM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies · 166+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jul 21, 2008 | Updated: 1:12 p.m. ET Jul 21, 2008 | By Larry Kaplow and Lennox Samuels
    CAMPAIGN 2008 Backing for Barack Obama's troop-cut policy gets support from the Iraqi government Thaier al-Sudani / Getty Images-pool Obama and Maliki at their Baghdad meeting By Larry Kaplow and Lennox Samuels | Newsweek Web Exclusive Jul 21, 2008 | Updated: 1:12  p.m. ET Jul 21, 2008 Sen. Barack Obama got a red-carpet greeting in the Green Zone. The Democratic presidential contender, who was in Baghdad Monday, was seated one-on-one with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the end of his marble-lined salon, while Obama's senate colleagues sat at the side with the aides. But the greatest gesture of Iraqi hospitality came just after...