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Monday, May 21, 2018

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

Al-Maliki Urges Iraq’s Neighbors To Join Fight Against Islamists

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called Wednesday for support from neighboring countries in his government’s struggle against Islamist insurgents, saying the formation of an Islamic caliphate in much of Iraq and Syria threatens the entire region. The declaration of the caliphate by the radical terrorist group […]

July 2, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Faults U.S. In Crisis

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament will meet next week to begin the process of forming a new government, officials said Thursday, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the United States for his army’s inability to stop Sunni Muslim insurgents who are threatening his grip on the country. In an interview […]

June 26, 2014

Al-Maliki Seeks State Of Emergency After ISIS Seizes Second Largest Iraqi City

By Mitchell Prothero and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Foreign Staff ISTANBUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged his parliament Tuesday to declare a nationwide state of emergency after militants from an al-Qaida offshoot seized control of a large swath of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in a humiliating sequence of events that saw Iraq’s U.S.-trained security forces […]

June 11, 2014