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  • Strange Sighting in Iraq

    04/01/2010 4:04:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 745+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2010 | Paul Greenberg
    What can this be approaching across the sands of Iraq? It can't be. It's not possible. It's not found in this unnatural habitat ... and yet there is. It shows the outward signs, including some of the innate strengths and inevitable weaknesses and distinctive eccentricities of that rarest of creatures in those Mesopotamian climes: democracy. It must be a mirage, like so many other fleeting signs of hope over the chaotic years in Iraq. And yet it betrays at least a couple of the characteristic traits of a lumbering democracy: a free election (at least by Iraqi standards) and a...
  • Iraq's top vote-getter reaches out to rivals (Allawi)

    03/27/2010 9:31:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 244+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2010 | Sinan Salaheddin AP
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi reached out to his rivals to form a governing coalition Saturday, staking his claim as the top vote-getter in Iraq's elections and saying he hoped to build strong relations with neighboring countries. Allawi's secular Iraqiya bloc edged out chief rival Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki by just two seats in the March 7 vote for a 325-member parliament. The razor-thin victory meant Allawi's road to regaining the premiership is anything but guaranteed, and a lengthy period of political negotiations -- possibly punctuated with violence -- likely lies ahead. Regardless of the outcome, the...
  • Allawi apprehensive about new Iraq (a shockingly accurate prediction on Iraq's future)

    11/27/2006 3:44:37 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 58 replies · 1,497+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2005 | David Ignatius
    <p>Ayad Allawi says he dreamed for years of two things -- toppling Saddam Hussein and establishing a democracy in Iraq. As an opposition leader and then interim prime minister, he helped achieve both goals. But as he prepares to leave office, Allawi worries that his country remains on the edge of a precipice.</p>
  • Secular challenger Allawi claims Iraq election win

    03/26/2010 4:32:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 417+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2010 | Katarina Kratovac AP
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A jubilant Ayad Allawi claimed victory for his secular, anti-Iranian coalition as final parliamentary returns Friday showed him edging out the bloc of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who angrily vowed to fight the results. The results, if they stand, will give Allawi the first opportunity to form a parliamentary majority and Iraq's next government. But they do not automatically mean that he will become prime minister, and the narrow margin sets the stage for months of political wrangling. "On this occasion, I'd like to congratulate the Iraqi people and extend the hand of friendship to all neighboring...
  • Iraq election could change history

    03/20/2010 4:26:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 373+ views
    QMI Agency via Toronto Sun ^ | 2010-03-20 | Salim Mansur
    The recent “tiff,” as George Jonas over at the National Post described the brouhaha between the United States and Israel, pushed aside the emphatically more significant story about the Iraq election from the top of the mainstream media’s news cycle. The election by all accounts was fair, yet there is obviously some distance to go before it might be said a culture of democracy flourishes in Iraq — the land once ruled by the great king Hammurabi in the second millennium before Christ. Nevertheless, this can be said of the Iraq election, despite the violence of those who fear democracy:...
  • Iraq PM and main rival tied on seat count: AFP projection

    03/16/2010 6:59:30 PM PDT · by Kevin J waldroup · 127+ views
    Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his main rival Iyad Allawi are set to win the same number of seats in Iraq's parliament, according to an AFP projection based on 80 percent of votes cast. Maliki's State of Law Alliance and Allawi's Iraqiya bloc are on pace to garner 87 seats each in Iraq's 325-member Council of Representatives, with less than 9,000 votes separating the two nationwide
  • Iraqi Voters Defy Violence

    03/07/2010 5:52:01 PM PST · by Yardstick · 25 replies · 214+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 7, 2010 | Charles Levinson
    BAGHDADDespite a spasm of violence early Sunday, Iraqis flocked to the polls in what appeared to be large numbers, in a hard fought and too-close-to-call parliamentary election representing a pivotal test of the country's fledgling democracy. A series of morning attacks cast an early pall over the day, as insurgents made good on threats to disrupt polling. At least 31 Iraqis died in dozens of mostly small attacks around the country as the voting began. The violence subsided by late morning without the sort of high-profile attacks that have shook the capital in recent months, killing in some cases more...
  • Thank God Saddam is gone

    03/07/2010 5:10:27 PM PST · by florm15 · 11 replies · 187+ views
    A Blog For People Who Love America ^ | 3.7.10 | Florencia Miguez
    Today, Iraqis made their voices heard, and MSNBC wants to give credit to Obama, even though he opposed the surge and maybe they even want to share some of that credit with Biden who wanted to divide Iraq into 3 countries. The truth is that President Bush deserves credit for taking action against a man that was a threat to the USA and what we stand for: Freedom. President Bush understood the threat that Saddam Hussein was, and he had the guts to do what was right. He didn't take a look at the latest Gallup poll before making a...
  • Hopeful Iraqis living in U.S. vote in national election at Irving hotel

    03/07/2010 2:31:42 PM PST · by Rastus · 2 replies · 36+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | March 7, 2010 | Joe Simnacher
    RVING Joyful Iraqi citizens from across the Southwest lined up at an Irving hotel Saturday to vote in their national election. "I feel free," said Asaad Alsaaidi of Arlington. "I feel I have the choice to vote for anybody I want. I feel freedom in Iraq." . . . Children accompanied their parents wearing the colorful clothing of their heritage and reflecting the festivity of the occasion. Some proudly displayed the adult accessory of the day the ink-stained finger of an Iraqi voter. "I vote, my wife vote, and my children put their finger in ink," said Alsaaidi,...
  • Live Thread: Obama to Read Rose Garden Statement on Iraq Elections (and Adam Gadahn?) at 3 p.m. EST

    03/07/2010 11:51:58 AM PST · by kristinn · 30 replies · 166+ views
    Sunday, March 7, 2010 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama is scheduled to read a statement at 3 p.m. EST about the Iraq elections which took place this weekend.TOTUS is set up in the Rose Garden, according to CNN.Will Obama mention the capture of American al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn?Will Obama wish his terrorist supporting fundraiser Jodie Evans of Code Pink good luck at the Oscars for her Academy Awards nominated film that is up for best documentary feature?Will Obama announce that he's cheating on Michelle again--with his smoking and fat-food eating?Will he use the statement to push his healthcare takeover?Will he take credit for the successful Iraqi...
  • A Drama-Free Election

    02/08/2009 7:47:40 AM PST · by vbmoneyspender · 3 replies · 408+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/16/2009 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    Making sense of Iraq's January 31 provincial elections isn't easy. That they were an enormous success for Iraq, and for the United States, is certainly true. When remembering 2006, when Iraqis were dying like flies in what the New York Times's Dexter Filkins described as a "symphony of suicide bombers," and when even staunch pro-war American liberals and conservatives saw the invasion as misbegotten, I grow more respectful of my old history teacher Martin Dickson, who counseled to measure time, especially in the Middle East, in centuries, not years. In the streets of Baghdad, especially those deeply scarred by violence,...
  • U.S. General Praises Successful, Legitimate Iraqi Elections

    02/04/2009 4:14:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 341+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2009 Iraqs government and its security forces deserve praise for overseeing the successful and mostly violence-free provincial elections that were held countrywide Jan. 31, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today. First and foremost, Id like to congratulate the government of Iraq for a successful, legitimate and credible election, Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters during a Baghdad news conference. Iraqi soldiers and police performed well during the election, Austin said, citing their well-coordinated and executed security plan. The hard work and dedication evidenced...
  • Iraq's Christian Assyrians Caught in Middle of Mosul Vote

    02/02/2009 11:57:40 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 956+ views
    AINA ^ | 2-1-2009 | AP
    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Christians still reeling from a string of murders last fall find themselves caught in the middle of a power struggle between Kurds and Sunni Arabs that was fueled by this weekend's elections. The minority community has faced years of violence and intimidation from al-Qaida in Iraq and other Islamic extremists. In the northern city of Mosul and surrounding areas, many also fear the Kurds want incorporate parts of the area into their semiautonomous region in northern Iraq. The issue came to the fore in Saturday's vote for members of ruling councils in most of Iraq's...
  • Low turnout in Iraq's election reflects a disillusioned nation

    02/01/2009 4:46:25 PM PST · by chessplayer · 32 replies · 1,042+ views
    Voter turnout in Iraq's provincial elections Saturday was the lowest in the nation's short history as a democracy, despite a relative calm across the nation. Only about 7.5 million of more than 14 million registered voters went to the polls.
  • Iraqi Citizens Witness Monumental Day

    02/01/2009 9:16:19 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 449+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Evan Loyd, USA
    An Iraqi man displays his purple finger after voting at the polling station in Yusifiyah during the provincial elections, Jan. 31, 2009. Every citizen who voted was required to dip their finger in indelible ink to ensure each cast but one vote. Photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd, 1st Armored Division. BAGHDAD — The citizens of Mahmudiyah Qada went safely to the election polls to vote during the provincial elections, Jan. 31. With no reports of serious violence, the free election was a monumental effort and achievement for the Iraqi Security Forces. The 17th Iraqi Army Division and Iraqi Police were...
  • The Good News from Iraq's Election Day

    02/01/2009 4:31:37 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 11 replies · 804+ views
    NewsWeak ^ | Saturday, January 31, 2009 12:54 PM | Larry Kaplow
    There are a lot of pitfalls in the path to Iraqi democracy. But they're getting the election part down. Today's voting to choose the leadership councils of 14 of the country's 18 provinces was orderly, safe and enthusiastic. As a reporter who's covered three before (not counting the one in 2002 in which Saddam claimed 100 percent support from 100 percent turnout), this election day lived up to its promise to show the best potential of Iraq. In any polling station you found thoughtful voters, like a distinguished architect or the relative of the Jordanian royal family, a retired Army...
  • Obama praises peaceful Iraq polls (Hey Obama, what happened to the "quagmire" in Iraq?)

    01/31/2009 6:40:35 PM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies · 890+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/31/2009 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has congratulated Iraqis for holding a largely peaceful vote for provincial councils across the country. He called the elections "an important step forward" for Iraqi self-determination. PM Nouri Maliki hailed them as "a victory for all the Iraqis". There was a strong turn-out in Sunni areas, which boycotted the last polls. The first nationwide vote in four years is seen as a test of stability before a general election due later this year. "I congratulate the people of Iraq on holding significant provincial elections today," Mr Obama said in a statement. "This important step forward should...
  • Iraq holds peaceful election, Obama, U.N. applaud (Back off Obama, this is Bush's and troop's win)

    01/31/2009 2:38:03 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 982+ views
    yahoo ^ | 1/31/2009 | reuters
    Iraqis held their most peaceful election since the fall of Saddam Hussein on Saturday, voting for provincial councils without a single major attack in a poll that demonstrated the country's dramatic security gains. U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the poll as an important step toward Iraqis taking responsibility for their future. "I congratulate the people of Iraq on holding significant provincial elections today," he said in a statement. "The purple fingers have returned to build Iraq," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said after the polls closed, referring to the indelible ink stains on index fingers that show voters have cast their...
  • Elections Bringing Change to Iraq

    01/31/2009 9:05:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 451+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jerry Saslav, USA
    A campaign poster for Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki hangs from a building in Baghdad's Sadr City district, Jan. 29, 2009. The nation is holding its first free provincial elections entirely run by Iraqis, Jan 31. Photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. SADR CITY — Something new is coming to Iraq.  The signs are in the air, plastered on walls, buildings, light posts lining the road and even strung between buildings. Provincial elections are being held today, and most public structures have, in some way shape or form, campaign posters attached to them.There have been elections in...
  • Iraq's Eye in the Sky Safeguards Voters

    01/31/2009 9:08:08 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 611+ views
    BAGHDAD Flying high above Baghdad, the Iraqi Air Force demonstrated its capability to view polling stations and other potential critical-incident locations in preparation for the upcoming Provincial Elections. This eye in the sky is a sensor system, similar to that of a U.S. Predator UAV, down-linked for display into the Iraqi Prime Ministers National Operations Center. The demonstration of this capability was conducted for the Iraqi National Security Advisor, Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, other senior Government of Iraqi officials, and Coalition military advisors, Jan. 28. The demonstration was designed to showcase the functional capability of the Iraqi Air Forces King...
  • Polls Close in Iraq Elections, No Major Violence

    01/31/2009 9:05:11 AM PST · by STARWISE · 73 replies · 3,386+ views
    Fox News/AP ^ | 1-31-09
    Iraq's provincial elections have wrapped up without any reports of serious violence. Polls closed at 6 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) on Saturday an hour later than planned after millions of voters cast ballots for influential regional councils around most of Iraq. There were no reports of major violence. Iraqi authorities imposed a huge security operation around the country that included traffic bans in major cities and extensive checkpoints and surveillance posts. The U.S. military also was out in force but did not take a direct role in the election security.
  • The Bush Legacy: Iraqi's Go to the Polls

    01/31/2009 5:26:43 AM PST · by sswenviron · 33 replies · 1,083+ views
    Environmental Republican ^ | 1/31/09 | Scott
    You haven't heard much in the MSM because they've essentially stopped reporting anything from Iraq save a large bombing. Even when they do report about it, it's with a negative spin. They're pissed that George W. Bush had the nerve to order the surge and give Gen David Petraeus the tools needed to win. They wanted a loss and once it appeared we were victorious, all reporting stopped.
  • Coalition Troops Observe Early Iraqi Voting

    01/30/2009 4:17:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 323+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jody Metzger, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 30, 2009 With coalition soldiers watching from a distance, Iraqs provincial elections got off to a smooth start Jan. 28 as the countrys security forces, hospital patients and detainees had a chance to cast their ballots early. Army Col. Wilton Gorske, left, chief of communications with the 4th Infantry Division serving in Multinational Division Baghdad, gets a briefing from Army Maj. Peter Dargle, officer in charge of the division operations sections Iraqi security forces cell, at the Combined Press Information Center in Baghdads International Zone during the first day of voting in the Iraqi provincial elections,...
  • Iraqis Prepare to Vote in Jan. 31 Provincial Elections

    01/29/2009 5:00:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 274+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 Iraqis of all backgrounds are preparing to vote during their countrys first election since 2005, a senior Defense Department official said here today. An Iraqi Army colonel shows his purple index finger indicating that he voted during the provincial elections in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 28, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Douglas York(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. More than 15 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in the Jan. 31 provincial elections, which will select representatives for 440 council seats across the countrys 18 provinces, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told Pentagon...
  • Iraqi Police Forces Vote in Istaqlal Qada

    01/29/2009 3:46:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 266+ views
    Members of the Iraqi National Police show off their newly inked fingers after voting in the provincial elections at the Bilal Al Habashi School in the Istaqlal Qada of northeastern Baghdad, Jan. 28, 2009. Photo by Scott Flenner, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. ISTAQLAL — Members of the Iraqi Police and National Police kicked off the provincial elections by placing their vote at the Bilal Al Habashi School in Istaqlal Qada in northeast Baghdad, Jan 28. “This is a good step for Iraq and the people. They have free opinions to vote wherever they want and for any person they...
  • Iraqi Security Forces: Ensuring Votes Count

    01/29/2009 3:52:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 270+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, USA
    A truckload of Iraqi Policemen head to a local voting station in Baghdad's Adhamiyah district, Jan. 28, 2009, to cast their vote in the country's second election since the fall of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav. CAMP VICTORY — During the 2005 provincial Iraqi elections, voters had their fingers stained with election ink to prevent them from voting twice. Some held their fingers up in pride as they took part in democracy; others hid their faces from cameras, afraid of becoming victims of sectarian violence. This year, ink or not, Iraqi Security Forces will make their...
  • Iraqis Showcase Election Plans for U.S. Soldiers, Civilians

    01/28/2009 9:23:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 227+ views
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 28, 2009 Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Divisions 3rd Brigade Combat Team and embedded provincial reconstruction team members traveled yesterday to schools in the Adhamiyah, Istaqlal and Sadr City districts here to observe preparations for Iraqi provincial elections scheduled for Jan. 31. Iraqi National Police officers discuss provincial election preparations with U.S. soldiers of the 4th Infantry Divisions 3rd Brigade Combat Team during a visit to the Bilal al-Habashi School in northeastern Baghdads Istaqlal neighborhood, Jan. 27, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Scott Flenner(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The provincial elections -- the first...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Prepare for Safe Elections

    01/28/2009 9:26:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 242+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Jan. 28, 2009 During the 2005 provincial Iraqi elections, voters had their fingers stained with election ink to prevent them from voting twice. Iraqi army Pvt. Ryhad Ghani Kadhum shows off his ink-stained finger after voting in his country's second election since the end of Saddam Hussein's regime in Adhamiyah district, Baghdad, Jan. 28, 2009. The early voting day was designated for members of the Iraqi security forces, emergency personnel and displaced and disabled civilians to cast their vote. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Some held their...
  • Iraq votes in key test of nation's stability (HUGE NEWS! Purple fingers UP!)

    01/28/2009 8:35:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 795+ views
    Iraq votes in key test of nation's stabilityPosted: 29 January 2009 1136 hrs Iraqi soldiers stand outside a polling center in Najaf, Iraq BAGHDAD: Millions of Iraqis vote on Saturday in an election seen as a gauge of how far the war-torn nation has progressed since a US-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein from power almost six years ago. Iraq has in the past year seen a stark improvement in its security situation, but tens of thousands of police and soldiers will guard the country's first ballot since 2005, testing their ability to keep the peace. The stability of Iraq has...
  • Obama's Islamist challenge

    01/28/2009 3:38:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 295+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 28, 2009 | Editorial
    This Saturday, about 15 million Iraqis will be voting in council races across most of the country's provinces. A nationwide election will follow at the end of 2009. These, together, could determine whether Iraq evolves into the Arab world's first representative democracy, where the majority respects the rights of the minority. The price for establishing a stable, safe and free Iraq, assuming one eventually emerges, has been staggering. For Americans, maybe $3 trillion; 4,000 soldiers killed and 30,000 wounded. Some 100,000 Iraqis have died - "only" 8,000 in 2008, compared to around 20,000 in 2007. Perhaps two million Iraqis became...
  • FREEDOM: Early Voting in Iraq Is Mostly Smooth

    01/28/2009 1:24:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 289+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | by Suadad al-Salhy
    BAGHDAD Thousands of soldiers, police officers, hospital patients and prisoners cast ballots on Wednesday as part of early voting in Iraqs provincial elections. Overall, however, the voting appeared to go smoothly, Iraqi election officials said. About 615,000 people, most of them employed by Iraqs security forces, were eligible to vote Wednesday, three days before Saturdays election. Government officials said the early balloting would help ensure that security forces would be on duty to protect polling stations on Saturday, when about 14 million more Iraqis are eligible to vote. More than 14,000 candidates are running for 440 seats on provincial...
  • Big turnout as Iraqis vote in first stage of election

    01/28/2009 11:28:12 AM PST · by LomanBill · 7 replies · 605+ views
    AFP ^ | 28 Jan 2009 | AFP
    BAGHDAD (AFP) Several hundred thousand Iraqis voted on Wednesday in the first stage of a landmark provincial election, the country's first ballot since 2005...
  • Iraqi Army attempts to halt voter registration attacks as Iraq prepares for fall election

    07/16/2008 8:20:16 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 5 replies · 272+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/16/2008 | Bill Murray
    An Iraqi policeman stands guard outside a voter registration center in Mosul as US and Iraqi troops enter. When Iraqi Army Brigadier General Noor Aldeen visited his old secondary school in northern Mosul this week, he had little time to reminisce about placing first in spelling and arithmetic. His former school in the neighborhood of Al Nomaniya is an election registration site for upcoming regional elections in October, making it a popular place for a terrorist attack in the coming weeks. Almost all of the 57 registration sites in Iraqs third-largest city are at primary and secondary schools --...
  • East Rashid Goes to Voting Booth

    03/09/2008 10:36:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Nathaniel Smith, USA
    Voters from Southeast Rashid raise their hands in favor of a candidate during elections at Joint Security Station Doura in southern Baghdad, March 5. The elections were the first of their kind, providing the people with seven representatives to the Government of Iraq. Photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Smith, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. BAGHDAD — In the United States, “Decision ‘08” is getting into full swing with political parties holding primaries and caucuses in states around the Nation. In southern Baghdad, the story is no different as the people of East Rashid held elections this week to determine...
  • Iraq govt plans reshuffle, cites loyalty doubts

    08/27/2006 12:06:30 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 6 replies · 466+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 27 2006 | Alastair Macdonald
    Iraq's prime minister plans to reshuffle his cabinet just 100 days after it was formed because of frustrations with some ministers' performance and disloyalty among others, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih told Reuters. snip. Some changes will involve the movement of radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, several political sources said on Sunday. A key player in the government formed in May after months of wrangling, Sadr denies his Mehdi Army militia runs some of the sectarian death squads behind much recent violence. "There will be a government reshuffle. There will be some changes in a number of cabinet portfolios," Salih,...
  • Iraq government plans reshuffle

    08/27/2006 8:49:03 AM PDT · by jdm · 6 replies · 512+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 8-27-06 | Alastair Macdonald
    Iraq's prime minister plans to reshuffle his cabinet just 100 days after it was formed because of frustrations with some ministers' performance and disloyalty among others, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih told Reuters. In a weekend interview, he said Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki would make the changes soon in an "important signal" of commitment to efficiency in his national unity coalition and to his efforts to rally factions behind a reconciliation plan to avert civil war. Some changes will involve the movement of radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, several political sources said on Sunday. A key player in the government...
  • Our Strategy for a Democratic Iraq (Op-Ed by Iraqi Prime Minister)

    06/09/2006 11:37:19 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 453+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2006 | Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
    BAGHDAD -- The completion of the national unity government Thursday in Iraq marks the starting point for repaying Iraqis' commitment to and thirst for democracy. We are at this juncture thanks to the bravery of the soldiers, police and citizens who have paid the highest price to give Iraq its freedom. Our national unity government will honor these sacrifices by pursuing an uncompromising agenda to deliver security and services to the Iraqi people and to combat rampant corruption. This government will build on the additional momentum gained from the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in order to defeat terrorism and...
  • President's Remarks on the Formation of a New Government in Iraq

    05/21/2006 12:30:36 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 33 replies · 1,665+ views
    White House ^ | May 21, 2006 | President George W. Bush
    8:33 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: The formation of a unity government in Iraq is a new day for the millions of Iraqis who want to live in freedom. And the formation of the unity government in Iraq begins a new chapter in our relationship with Iraq. This morning, I called the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker to congratulate them on working together to form the unity government. I assured them that the United States will continue to assist the Iraqis in the formation of a free country, because I fully understand that a free Iraq will be an...
  • New Iraqi Government Approved

    05/20/2006 1:56:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 1,384+ views
    BAGHDAD, May 20, 2006 In a watershed day in Iraqi history, the country's Parliament today approved 39 ministers and state secretaries that form the elected, representative government. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announces his new Cabinet in the Baghdad convention center May 20. Multinational Force Iraq photo The Parliament confirmed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's choices for the Iraqi national unity government. The 37-member Cabinet contains representatives from all major parties and all major ethnic and secular groups. Following the vote, the ministers took their oath of office during a session broadcast throughout Iraq. The Parliament met at the...
  • President Congratulates Iraqis on Formation of New Unity Government

    05/20/2006 2:58:39 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 7 replies · 642+ views
    The White House ^ | 5/20/06 | The White House
    I congratulate Prime Minister Maliki on the formation of Iraq's new unity government. Iraqis now have a fully constitutional government, marking the end of a democratic transitional process in Iraq that has been both difficult and inspiring. This broadly representative unity government offers a new opportunity for progress in Iraq. The new government reflects Iraq's diversity and opens a new chapter in that country's history. Iraq's new leaders know the period ahead will be filled with great challenge. But they also know that they -- and their great country -- will not face them alone. The United States and freedom-loving...
  • Iraqi Parliament Approves Cabinet of Incoming PM Nouri al-Maliki

    05/20/2006 4:00:14 AM PDT · by RobFromGa · 60 replies · 3,765+ views
    FoxNews ^ | May 20, 2006 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq's parliament approved the country's new Cabinet Saturday, opening the way for the inauguration of a national unity government three years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein. Incoming Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki told the 275-member parliament that he would make restoring stability and security the top priority of his new administration. Approval of the Cabinet is the final stage in formation of a national unity government the United States hopes can calm the violence raging in the country. < snip > The 37-member Cabinet took months of negotiations to form after the Dec. 15 elections and...
  • The Truth - Iraqi elections mean Nothing to the democrats!

    05/13/2006 2:36:12 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 736+ views
    FoxNews | May, 13, 2006 | nuconvert
    The Truth - Iraqi elections mean Nothing to the democrats! FOX just had a discussion about President Bush's upcoming speech this Monday night. When asked about the impact it would have, "democratic strategist" Mary Ann Marsh said, "Bush giving a speech, is like having an election in Iraq, it doesn't mean anything". How Foul and Disgusting!!
  • New Iraqi government formation to be announced Tuesday

    05/07/2006 2:10:30 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 19 replies · 1,305+ views
    KUNA ^ | May 7 2006
    Iraqi Vice President Dr. Adel Abdulmahdi and Acting Prime Minister Nouri Al-Malki said that the new government formation will be announced in less than three days. Parliamentarian bloc leaders met Saturday evening at Abdulmahdi's house, and although the gist of the meeting was not announced, Dr. Abdulmahdi said that the first formed Iraqi government will be announced this week. Dr. Abdulmahdi said that there are no complications in forming the government, however, politicians and leading figures should take action to control the daily violence that has broke out in different areas of the country. Information indicate that the Ministry of...
  • Allawi SG of Iraqi National Security Council

    04/29/2006 8:15:41 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 10 replies · 383+ views
    Bahrain News ^ | April 29 2006
    Dr. Iyad Allawi has been chosen as Secretary General of Iraqi National Security Council, this was revealed by Iraqi Parliament.
  • Bush: New Iraqi Government Represents Diverse Society

    04/25/2006 6:00:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 699+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, April 25, 2006 The makeup of Iraq's new unity government reflects the diversity of its society, President Bush said here today. "After months of patient negotiations, Iraqi leaders reached an agreement on a unity government," Bush said in a speech on energy policy. "This new leadership reflects the diversity of Iraq, and it reflects the will of the Iraqi people who defied the terrorists and killers and went to the polls last December." The Iraqi parliament April 22 elected seven high-ranking officials, including President Jalal Talabani, who then named Jawad al Maliki as prime minister-designate. The new government...
  • A Major Victory (Iraq)

    04/24/2006 12:56:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies · 1,713+ views
    NRO ^ | April 24, 2006 | Masthead Editorial
    The selection of a compromise prime minister in Iraq is a major victory for that countrys fledgling political class, and for the Bush administration. Purveyors of doom on Iraq now have some explaining to do: If the country is in the midst of a full-scale civil war fatal to our project there, how is it that elected representatives of the major factions were able to sit down and hammer out an agreement on the top positions in a national unity government? Iraq pessimists act like they have a special immunity from ever having to recalibrate their view of the conflict,...
  • Iraq Reaches 'Important Milestone' in Forming Unity Government

    04/23/2006 3:39:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 948+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Elaine Wilson
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2006 After months of deadlock, Iraq reached an "important milestone" in its journey toward democracy with an agreement on top leadership posts for a national unity government, President Bush said yesterday. The parliament elected a president, two vice presidents, a parliament speaker and two deputies yesterday. President Jalal Talabani then named Jawad al Maliki as prime minister-designate. "This agreement represents compromise and consensus among many different Iraqi groups and it came after months of patient negotiations," Bush said in a speech at the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento. "The agreement reflects the will of the...
  • Update 28: Al-Jaafari Ally New Nominee for Iraq PM

    04/21/2006 10:50:40 AM PDT · by stop_fascism · 56 replies · 2,274+ views
    Forbes & AP ^ | Friday, April 21, 2006 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD, Iraq Shiite politicians agreed Friday to nominate Jawad al-Maliki as prime minister, replacing the incumbent in a bid to clear the way for a long-delayed new government, two Shiite officials said. Al-Maliki is a top ally of outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, whose nomination had sparked sharp opposition from Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders and caused a deadlock lasting months. Leaders of the seven parties that make up the Shiite alliance agreed on al-Maliki's nomination in a meeting Friday evening, said Jalal Eddin al-Sagheer, a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the largest...
  • Iraqi Lawmakers End Months of Deadlock ~ Jawad al-Maliki to form a new government

    04/22/2006 9:05:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies · 4,147+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 22, 2006 at 9:0:53 PDT | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's president formally designated Shiite politician Jawad al-Maliki to form a new government Saturday, starting a process aimed at healing ethnic and religious wounds and pulling the nation out of insurgency and sectarian strife. The move ends months of political deadlock among Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds that threatened to drag the nation into civil war. Al-Maliki has 30 days to present his Cabinet to parliament for approval. Parliament elected President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, to a second term and gave the post of parliament speaker to Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, a Sunni Arab. Al-Mashhadani's two deputies were to...
  • Iraqi President Talabani Re-Elected

    04/22/2006 7:59:02 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 686+ views
    The Times NW Indiana News ^ | April 22, 2006 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq - After months of political deadlock, Iraq's parliament convened Saturday and filled top leadership posts, starting the process of putting together a new government aimed at pulling the country out of insurgency and sectarian strife.</p> <p>President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, was elected to a second term, and the post of parliament speaker went to Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, a Sunni Arab. Al-Mashhadani's two deputies were to be Khalid al-Attiyah, a Shiite, and Aref Tayfour, a Kurd.</p>