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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...
  • Maliki Agrees to Relinquish Power in Iraq

    Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Thursday night that he had agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, potentially ending a crisis in which his deployment of extra security forces around the capital had raised worries of a military coup.
  • Endgame: Maliki to step down, support Abadi as new prime minister of Iraq

    08/14/2014 3:11:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/14/2014 | AllahPundit
    America was tired of him, Iran was tired of him, the Sunnis were really tired of him, even the country’s Shiite-in-chief thought it was time for him to move along. There’s no doubt he would have dug in on last weekend’s attempted coup if he thought the military would protect him, but they were prepared to cut him loose as well.And so an ignominious reign ends with a whimper. Maliki: I withdraw my candidacy for PM in favour of Abadi to safeguard unity & stability of Iraq, political process pic.twitter.com/iSIAWI3oai— Sajad Jiyad سجاد (@SajadJiyad) August 14, 2014 It was...
  • Why the White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS [Playing Politics With Lives]

    08/11/2014 9:21:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August11, 2014
    07.06.14 Why the White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS Team Obama was told, over and over, that the Iraqi army couldnt stop a terror group that was ready to pounce. But Washington was a prisoner to its paradox of an Iraq policy. On November 1, 2013, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the White House, and made a rather stunning request. Maliki, who celebrated when the last U.S. troops left his country in 2011, asked Obama to quietly send the military back into Iraq and help his beleagured Air Force develop targets for air strikes; thats how serious...
  • Coup underway in Iraq Confirmed. Video added

    08/10/2014 11:22:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 10, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This was popped up in the headlines, and details are still sketchy, but something potentially big is afoot in Iraq. (And for once, were not talking about their being under attack by ISIS.) We were first tipped off on Twitter as well as a quick draw compilation of tweets from inside Iraq provided at Pundit Press. Here are a few, along with Pundit Presss summary, keeping in mind that this isnt confirmed yet: Iraqs 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...
  • ISIL's Syria push 'a political disaster' according to Al Qaeda leader

    05/03/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | 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...
  • 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 Iraqs embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise speech late Sunday, resisted calls for his resignation and accused the countrys 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...
  • Troops surround Baghdad Green Zone as embattled Prime Minister Maliki appears to cling to power

    08/10/2014 3:11:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 8-10-2014 | News.com
    UNCONFIRMED reports suggest troops have sealed off Baghdads Green Zone in an apparent coup. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority in parliament. He technically remains prime minister until parliament sits and votes. But Mr Maliki has this morning lashed out against his opponents, calling them ministers for ISIS. Today I will file a formal complaint to the federal court against the president, he said, in a surprise address at midnight Iraq time. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority...
  • Military Coup Rocks Iraq

    08/10/2014 2:40:05 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 360 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 8/10/2014 | by Thomas Ferdousi
    Iraqs 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.
  • Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls

    07/16/2014 3:42:17 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/16/2014 | Raheem Salman and Maggie Fick
    Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country. The failure highlights the difficulties of Baghdad's struggle to recapture territory from the insurgents who seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities last month in a rapid offensive which threatens to fragment Iraq on ethnic and sectarian lines. The setback came as Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament on Tuesday. That was a long-delayed first step towards a power-sharing government urgently...
  • U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force

    07/14/2014 4:30:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 7/13/2014 | ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    A classified military assessment of Iraqs security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdads forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials. The report concludes that only about half of Iraqs operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month. Adding to the administrations dilemma is the assessments conclusion that...
  • Insurgents enter military base northeast of Baghdad: officials

    07/11/2014 9:09:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/10/2014 | Raheem Salman
    Sunni insurgents battling forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki broke into a military base in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, a security source and a local official said. They said militants fought their way into the base on the edge of Muqdadiya town, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of the capital. The northern side of the town was already under their control before Thursday's clashes. The area around Muqdadiya has seen sustained fighting in recent weeks since fighters led by the hardline Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, seized the northern city of Mosul and...
  • Why We Stuck With Maliki -- And Lost Iraq [Important read!!]

    07/05/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by Enchante · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/05/2014 | Ali Khedery
    <p>"The crisis now gripping Iraq and the Middle East was not only predictable but predicted and preventable. By looking the other way and unconditionally supporting and arming Maliki, President Obama has only lengthened and expanded the conflict that President Bush unwisely initiated. Iraq is now a failed state, and as countries across the Middle East fracture along ethno-sectarian lines, America is likely to emerge as one of the biggest losers of the new Sunni-Shiite holy war, with allies collapsing and radicals plotting another 9/11."</p>
  • Why we stuck with Maliki and lost Iraq

    07/03/2014 8:34:30 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/3/2014 | ALI KHEDERY
    To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and why the United States has supported him since 2006. I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have traveled across three continents with him. I know his family and his inner circle. When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls. In 2006, I helped introduce him to the U.S. ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for...
  • Obama sells Hellfire: White House hopes to send 4K missiles to Iraq for ISIL fight

    07/02/2014 3:55:30 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/1/2014 | Doug Ernst
    The Obama administration is hoping that 4,000 Hellfire missiles might turn the tide in Iraq as the Middle Eastern nation takes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Officials were told by the State Department last week that the Obama administration is trying to complete the sale with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikis Shiite-led government. Members of the Senate and House foreign relations committees will conduct a review of the planned sale. The process can take up to 40 days....
  • Sunnis, Kurds shun Iraq parliament after no Maliki replacement named

    07/01/2014 12:06:47 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/2014 | Raheem Salman and Oliver Holmes
    Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of Iraq's new parliament on Tuesday after Shi'ites failed to name a prime minister to replace Nuri al-Maliki, dimming any prospect of an early national unity government to save Iraq from collapse. The United States, United Nations, Iran and Iraq's own Shi'ite clergy have pushed hard for politicians to come up with an inclusive government to hold the fragmenting country together as Sunni insurgents bear down on Baghdad. The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot spearheading the insurgency, the Islamic State, has declared a "caliphate" in the lands it has seized...
  • Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets Will Turn Tide (Putin Punks Obama Again)

    06/26/2014 4:15:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 80 replies
    The BBC ^ | Wednesday, June 26, 2014 Last updated at 17:22 ET
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days. "God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists' dens," he said. He said that the process of buying US jets had been "long-winded" and that the militants' advance could have been avoided if air cover had been in place. Isis and its Sunni Muslim allies seized large parts of Iraq this month. Mr Maliki was speaking to the BBC's Arabic service in his first interview for...
  • John Kerry ignored by everyone as Iraq dissolves

    06/25/2014 5:58:47 PM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    Red State ^ | 25 Jun 14 | Streiff
    Three things have happened in the past weeks that are making it obvious that the nation that has been Iraq since 1919 will soon cease to exist. First, the Turks have spoken in an approving way of the idea of an independent Kurdistan inside of what is now Iraq and has moved to address the issues that have fueled a long running Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. Second, Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki has cast his lot firmly and unambiguously with Iran. In his weekly televised address, Mr Maliki called on “all political forces to reconcile” in the face of a...
  • Report: Kurds offered to help stop ISIS months ago but didnt hear back from the White House

    06/24/2014 9:19:07 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 24 2014 | Allahpundit
    Its not some shadowy anonymous source from the peshmergas middle management whos claiming this, do note. Its Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurds prime minister. Thats the second time in four days that a major foreign official has accused Obamas America of being a fickle, disengaged ally. Thoughtfully considering the Kurds offer and declining so as not to get sucked back into Iraq would be one thing, but thats not what happened according to Barzani. Apparently, we simply didnt respond. The Kurds became especially alarmed at signs that ISIS had already formed a shadow government in Mosul, weeks before initiating the carefully...
  • Could Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki Be Forced Out?

    06/23/2014 9:13:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 June 2014 | Michael Knight
    Overshadowed by Iraq's intensified security crisis, the country certified the results of the 30 April parliamentary elections on 1 June - triggering the start of efforts to ratify the next prime minister and his cabinet with at least 163 seats in the 325-member parliament. Two-term Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and his State of Law alliance performed well, winning 92 seats directly and being able to count on at least a further 10 to 20 seats held by close allies. Mr Maliki's Shia opponents could muster about 60 seats, the Kurds a further 53, the numerous Sunni Arab or nationalist lists...
  • Iraqi forces ready push after Obama offers advisers

    06/20/2014 8:43:08 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/20/2014 | Isra' al-Rubei'i
    Iraqi forces were massing north of Baghdad on Friday, aiming to strike back at Sunni Islamists whose drive toward the capital prompted the United States to send military advisers to stiffen government resistance. President Barack Obama offered up to 300 Americans to help coordinate the fight. But he held off granting a request for air strikes from the Shi'ite-led government and renewed a call for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to do more to overcome sectarian divisions that have fuelled resentment among the Sunni minority. [....] In the area around Samarra, on the main highway 100 km (60 miles) north of...
  • Iraq's Maliki: I won't quit as condition of US strikes against Isis militants

    06/19/2014 6:40:09 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 19, 2014 | Martin Chulov, Spencer Ackerman
    "A spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has said he will not stand down as a condition of US air strikes against Sunni militants who have made a lightning advance across the country." ****** Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate intelligence committee, told a hearing on Wednesday that Maliki's government "has got to go if you want any reconciliation", and Republican John McCain called for the use of US air power but also urged Obama to "make very clear to Maliki that his time is up". ***** Obama is said to be still weighing military options, and...
  • VP Biden calls PM Maliki, Speaker Nujaifi, and IKR President Barzani

    06/19/2014 6:23:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    US Embassy - Baghdad ^ | June 18, 2014 | The White House
    Vice President Biden spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi, and President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani. The United States has been working to support the Iraqi government and all of Iraq's communities in their common fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Vice President discussed the security situation, the U.S. assistance currently being provided to Iraqi security forces, and additional measures that could be taken under the Strategic Framework Agreement. In each call, the Vice President also stressed the need for national unity in responding...
  • Iraq crisis: US 'urging Maliki to resign'

    06/19/2014 6:21:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | June 19, 2014
    The US is reported to have demanded the resignation of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki as a condition for US military intervention. The Wall Street Journal says the US has signalled its desire for unity government in Iraq without Maliki. Maliki's government has rejected calls for the prime minister to quit. His spokesman, Zuhair al-Nahar, said the west should focus instead on providing immediate military help to the Iraqi government.
  • Iraq formally asks US to launch air strikes against rebels

    06/18/2014 4:02:29 PM PDT · by kingattax · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 6-18-14
    Iraq has formally called on the US to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have seized several key cities over the past week. "We have a request from the Iraqi government for air power," confirmed top US military commander Gen Martin Dempsey in front of US senators. Earlier the Sunni insurgents launched an attack on Iraq's biggest oil refinery at Baiji north of Baghdad. Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki earlier urged Iraqis to unite against the militants. Government forces are battling to push back ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and its Sunni Muslim allies in Diyala and...
  • 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 Shiites and purging senior military leaders of the rival religious sect group. Clinton added that she is not in favor of any...
  • Iraqi PM fires four top security officers for fall of Mosul: statement

    06/17/2014 2:50:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2014
    raq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fired four of his top security officers on Tuesday for abandoning their "professional and military duty" a week after the fall of the northwest city of Mosul to Sunni militants, the government said. Top officers, including Lieutenant General Mehdi Sabah Gharawi, the top commander for Nineveh province where Sunni fighters have gained ground, were fired because they "failed to fulfill their professional and military duties", according to a government statement read out on state television.
  • Iraq's Maliki defies call to reach out, accuses Saudis of 'genocide'

    06/17/2014 1:42:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2014 | By Ned Parker
    Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide". Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia for supporting militants in the past, but the severe language was unprecedented. On Monday Riyadh blamed sectarianism in Baghdad for fuelling the violence.
  • Iraq conflict: PM fires senior officers over rebel advance

    06/17/2014 12:24:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 17, 2014
    Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has fired senior officers for failing to halt a sweeping advance by Sunni Islamist rebels. Four army commanders were dismissed for failing to perform "their national duty", a government statement said on Tuesday. Iraqi forces have been engaged in heavy clashes with the rebels who have seized several key cities in the past week.
  • Clinton: Dont provide military aid to Iraq

    06/13/2014 12:18:19 PM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday said the U.S. shouldnt provide military assistance to Iraq despite the threat from an Islamist militant group that has captured major cities. [READ MORE] I agree with the White Houses rejection and reluctance to do the kind of military activities that the Maliki government is requesting, mainly the fighter aircraft to provide close support for the army and also to go after targets, the former secretary of State said on BBCs Newsnight. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly asked the Obama administration to launch airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....
  • 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...
  • Iraq Asked U.S. for Strikes, Officials Say

    06/11/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials. But Iraqs appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was closed when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, declined to comment on Mr. Malikis...
  • Iraqi Election Fear: No One Is Safe Anymore (Allawi interview)

    04/29/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 28, 2014 05:50 PM | Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbumer
    (Ayad) Allawi, the son of a Shiite businessman, joined the nationalist Baath party when he was a medical student, but in the 1970s, became an opponent of Saddam, who had already begun using brutal methods to steer the country. Today, 11 years after Saddams fall, violence, corruption and abuses of power still dominate daily life in Baghdad. Allawi blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for this chaos. [] I have nothing against the Iranian leadership. In fact, I accommodated it often enough during my time as premier. But I am no proponent of a theocracy. I am a secularist. I wanted...
  • 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 whos 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 Malikis 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
    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...