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Endorse This: Rudy Giuliani Says Hillary Clinton “A Founding Member Of ISIS”

George W. Bush himself, in his book Decision Points, admits “Thousands of armed men had just been told they were not wanted. Instead of signing up for the new military, many joined the insurgency.”

March 24, 2016

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

Obama Welcomes Nomination Of New Iraqi PM

Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday urged a quick political transition in Iraq in a rebuke to controversial prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. Obama said that he as well as Vice President Joe Biden called prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to offer support, as US forces conduct air strikes against Sunni Islamist extremists who […]

August 11, 2014

Maliki Spurned As Iraq President Nominates New PM

Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq moved closer to turning the page on Nuri al-Maliki’s controversial reign Monday when his own clan spurned him for another prime minister to save the country from breakup. The much-awaited political breakthrough in Baghdad came as Kurdish troops backed by U.S. warplanes battled to turn the tide on two months of […]

August 11, 2014

Putting Pressure On al-Maliki, Biden Calls Iraq Prime Minister Appointee

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau EDGARTOWN, Mass. — As the United States tries to pressure Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside, Vice President Joe Biden called al-Maliki’s disputed successor Monday to urge him to form a new government. In a statement released Monday here, where President Barack Obama is vacationing, the White […]

August 11, 2014

Haider Al Abadi Named To Replace Maliki As Troops Take To Baghdad’s Streets

By Adam Ashton, McClatchy Washington Bureau BAGHDAD — Iraq’s political crisis deepened Monday, with Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki entrenching himself in the capital’s International Zone while the coalition his political party belongs nominated a rival to succeed him as head of the government. The country’s highest court reportedly ruled against a demand by Maliki […]

August 11, 2014

Iraq’s al-Maliki Offers Amnesty To Opponents

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki offered amnesty Wednesday to tribes that fought his government, a conciliatory gesture as he struggles to keep the country from falling apart and secure a third term in office. While the pardon did not extend to tribes that have “shed blood,” al-Maliki’s […]

July 2, 2014

Iraqi Commandos And Shiite Militias Battling To Retake Tikrit

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi army commandos and Iranian-trained Shiite Muslim militias pressed their first significant counteroffensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Friday, battling Sunni insurgents in rebel-held Tikrit after a dramatic helicopter assault into the town Thursday afternoon. The assault’s stakes are high for Iraq’s […]

June 27, 2014

Leading Iraqi Cleric Demands Consensus On A Premier As Fighting Rages

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — Iraq’s most influential cleric demanded Friday that squabbling lawmakers agree on a prime ministerial candidate before parliament convenes next week as a fierce battle continued at a strategically located university north of Baghdad. The call by Shiite Muslim cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in his weekly sermon came […]

June 27, 2014

Iraq PM Under Fire As U.S. Mulls Air Strikes On Militants

Baghdad (AFP) – Top U.S. officials warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against “sectarian” policies as President Barack Obama Thursday weighed calls for air strikes on Sunni insurgents bearing down on Baghdad. The sharp criticism of the embattled premier came as he scrambled to push back militants who have seized the second city Mosul and […]

June 19, 2014

Kerry: U.S. Seeks To Help All Iraqis, Not Maliki

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted in remarks aired Thursday that Washington is seeking to help all Iraqis, not merely prop up Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as Islamic extremists press an assault to capture more territory. And he also sought to dispel concerns that the United States was planning to work […]

June 19, 2014