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Kerry Warns Iraq’s Maliki Not To Cause Trouble

Sydney (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to cause trouble as he threw his weight behind newly-elected President Fuad Masum to help fight Islamic militants. His comments came after Maliki announced Sunday on state television he would be filing a complaint against Masum and […]

August 11, 2014

Top U.S. Envoy Hails Abadi As Iraq PM Nominee

Washington (AFP) — A senior U.S. diplomat with responsibility for Iraq on Monday congratulated Haidar al-Abadi on being tasked by President Fuad Masum to form a new government as prime minister. “The United States stands ready to fully support a new and inclusive Iraqi government,” added Brett McGurk, who is U.S. deputy assistant secretary of […]

August 11, 2014

Iraq PM Rejects Salvation Government As Jihadists Bolstered

Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq’s premier rejected forming a salvation government to confront jihadists whose sweeping offensive in the country was bolstered Wednesday when Al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise pledged loyalty to them at a border town. NATO was due to hold key discussions Wednesday on Iraq, where the UN says nearly 1,100 people have been killed as […]

June 25, 2014

Iraq PM Under Mounting Criticism As U.S. Holds Back On Air Strikes

Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq’s leader faced mounting criticism Friday for his Shiite-led government’s failure to do more to woo the Sunni Arab minority as U.S. President Barack Obama promised military advisers but no immediate air strikes. Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, revered among Iraq’s majority community, warned that time was running out to expel […]

June 20, 2014