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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kerry, Iraqis Vow To Eradicate Islamic State; French Offer Airstrikes

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Iraq’s new leaders met with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Baghdad on Wednesday and pledged a united fight by Shiites, Kurds, and Sunnis against the Islamic State militant group occupying much of the country’s north. Haider al-Abadi, who was named prime minister late Monday, promised […]

September 10, 2014

White House Hails Maliki Departure As ‘Major Step Forward’

Washington (AFP) — The White House welcomed Nuri al-Maliki’s decision to drop his bid to remain Iraq’s prime minister as a “major step forward” to unite a country divided by a jihadist offensive and political infighting. In abandoning his bid to stay in power, the divisive Maliki has bowed to huge domestic and international pressure, […]

August 15, 2014

Iraq Premier-Designate Has His Work Cut Out For Him

By Shashank Bengali and Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Early in 2007, with Iraq embroiled in sectarian violence, American diplomats in Baghdad tried to persuade a key Shiite Muslim lawmaker to support the easing of a ban on the Sunni Arab-dominated Baath Party. At a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, the lawmaker, Haider […]

August 14, 2014