Nuri al-Maliki - updates

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Iraq parliament approves PM's anti-corruption plan

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Abadi s reform program and an additional list of measures also approved by parliament only outline steps to be taken – actual implementation will be a difficult process

Iraqis watch at a cafe in the capital Baghdad on August 11, 2015, as Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi delivers a televised statement after parliament unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform program aimed at curbing corruption. Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq PM calls for sweeping reforms in response to protests

Aug 09, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The proposed reforms at least some of which require the approval of the cabinet and parliament follow a call for tough measures by Iraq s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani

SWEEPING CHANGES. In this file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, gestures during a press conference  in Baghdad, Iraq, December 18, 2014. Hadi Mizban/Pool/EPA

Iraq MPs approve new government

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:20 AM

New premier Haidar al Abadi had come under heavy international pressure to form an inclusive government to win broad support against militants

NEW GOVERNMENT. Members of the new Iraqi cabinet during a parliamentary vote of confidence at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, Iraq, 08 September 2014. Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraqi forces press advance as parliament stormed

Sep 02, 2014 - 10:22 PM

UPDATED The military gains came as a senior UN rights official says ISIS jihadists had carried out acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale in Iraq and caretaker premier Nuri al Maliki vows the country would be the group s graveyard

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers take up position near Amerli town, northern Baghdad on 31 August 2014. Stringer/EPA

Iraq's Maliki concedes defeat, backs PM designate

Aug 15, 2014 - 8:19 AM

Maliki threw in the towel after an acrimonious political battle and backed his designated successor Haidar al Abadi a fellow member of the Shiite party Dawa

AL-MALIKI. Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (C) attends the first session of the Iraqi parliament along with others senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad, Iraq, 01 July 2014.

'Far fewer' stranded on Iraq mountain than thought – US

Aug 14, 2014 - 7:31 AM

UPDATED The Pentagon said that – based on a firsthand assessment by a small party of US troops – the plight of those on the mountain was better than feared and an evacuation mission is far less likely

A screenshot provided on 13 August 2014 taken from a video by Austrian Politician Michel Reimon shows Iraqi Yazidi refugees gathering near a helicopter in northern Iraq, 10 August 2014. Michel Reimon/Handout/EPA

UN 'genocide' warning as support grows for new Iraqi PM

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:14 PM

The political transition comes at a time of crisis for Iraq

TO SAFETY. Iraqi families fleeing violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, gather at the Kurdish checkpoint in Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on July 1, 2014. Safin Hamed/AFP

Maliki spurned as Iraq president nominates new PM

Aug 11, 2014 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED The much awaited political breakthrough in Baghdad came as Kurdish troops backed by US warplanes battled to turn the tide on two months of jihadist expansion in the north

Newly elected Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi (L) watching as Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker Haidar al-Abadi (R) after he was tasked with forming a government during a brief ceremony broadcast on state television, August 11, 2014. Iraqi President's Office/Handout/AFP

Iraq PM to sue president, security forces deploy across Baghdad

Aug 11, 2014 - 8:01 AM

Nur al Maliki alleges that Iraq s newly elected president Kurdish veteran Fuad Masum has violated the constitution twice essentially by failing to designate him as the prime minister

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in a press conference in Baghdad, January 13, 2014. Ahmed Saad/Pool/AFP

Obama the unhappy warrior plunges back into Iraq

Aug 09, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Barack Obama becomes the fourth US president in a row to take military action there after George Bush drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait Bill Clinton bombed its air defenses and George W Bush invaded

File photo of US President Barack Obama by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency

Jul 24, 2014 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of of Baghdad led by the jihadist Islamic State group has brought Iraq to the brink of breakup with the government struggling to assert any authority beyond its Shiite power base

Baghdad in political, diplomatic push amid battlefield stalemate

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:55 AM

The breakthrough came hours before a meeting in Baghdad between UN chief Ban Ki moon and Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki

ON THE LOOKOUT. Volunteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) hold a position at a checkpoint in the city of Diyala, north of the capital Baghdad, on July 23, 2014. Amer al-Saadi/AFP

Crisis-hit Iraqis feel betrayed by bickering leaders

Jul 08, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Even when parliament reconvenes prospects for a speedy formation of a new consensus government appear slim

AL-MALIKI. Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (C) attends the first session of the Iraqi parliament along with others senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad, Iraq, 01 July 2014.

Jihadist 'caliph' to Muslims: Obey me

Jul 06, 2014 - 8:21 AM

al Baghdadi: If you see that I am wrong advise me and put me on the right track and obey me as long as I obey God

'CALIPH' An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adDressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi. al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Iraq's Maliki down but not out

Jul 05, 2014 - 5:32 PM

Experts have cast doubt on Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki s chances of keeping his post as factions struggle to form a government after April polls but sectarian allegiance may yet rescue the Shiite Arab leader

File photo of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from AFP

US seeks regional support to end Iraq political chaos

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki s offer comes after a farcical opening to the new parliament in Baghdad despite international calls for Iraq s fractious politicians to unite urgently to combat insurgents

SECURITY OUTPOST. Iraqi soldiers take up position on the borders between Anbar and Karbala south west of Iraq on 29 June 2014. Alaa al-Shemaree/EPA

ISIS declares caliphate as Iraq presses counter-offensive

Jun 30, 2014 - 11:49 AM

ISIS s announcement comes as Iraq takes delivery of the first batch of warplanes from Russia with the newly purchased Su 25s expected to be pressed into service

AIR STRIKE. Iraqis inspect the damage at a market after an air strike by Iraqi army, in central Mosul city, northern Iraq, June 28, 2014. Photo by EPA

Iraq PM pushes political solution to militant offensive

Jun 26, 2014 - 11:14 PM

On the ground Iraqi forces launches a helicopter borne assault aimed at opening the way for militant held Tikrit to be retaken while the autonomous Kurdish region s president Massud Barzani further staked its claim to the disputed city

File photo of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

Israel offers to help Arab nations over Iraq crisis

Jun 26, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Israel could provide effective and reliable assistance to moderate Arab states who are dealing with extremists Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Iraq's Sadr vows to 'shake the ground' against militants

Jun 26, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Sad also voices opposition to American military advisers meeting with Iraqi commanders

PRO-SADR. Iraqi Shiite fighters carry a board with a portrait of Muslim Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as they take part in a parade on June 21, 2014 in the capital, Baghdad. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Kerry to push Kurds on Iraqi unity

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED The US Secretary of State s unannounced trip to Arbil comes a day after he pledged intense American support to Iraq to repel the insurgent offensive

SURPRISE TRIP. US Secretary of State John Kerry looks on during a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (not pictured) in Baghdad, Iraq, 23 June 2014. Thaier al-Sudani/Pool/EPA

Kerry backs Iraq against 'existential' militant threat

Jun 24, 2014 - 12:03 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki and other Iraqi leaders to urge a speeding up of the government formation process in order to face down the insurgents

EXISTENTIAL THREAT. US Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the security situation in Iraq with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on June 23, as insurgents continue to expand their control across the country. Photo by Thaier Al-Sudani/Pool/EPA

Kerry in Iraq as Sunni militants press western front

Jun 23, 2014 - 3:06 PM

2ND UPDATE Kerry is on a mission to push for Iraqi unity and stability to confront a militant offensive threatening to tear the country apart

SURPRISE VISIT. US State Secretary John Kerry visits Iraq as the country falls deeper into crisis. File photo by EPA

Militants seize more Iraq towns as US presses unity

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:39 AM

It is the latest in a series of setbacks for Iraqi forces which are struggling to hold their ground in the face of an insurgent onslaught that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and sparked fears that the country could tear itself apart

READY FOR BATTLE? Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants, on June 16, 2014 in the southern city of Basra. Stringer/AFP

Obama warns Iraq on unity

Jun 21, 2014 - 7:52 AM

US President Barack Obama says American sacrifices had given Iraq a chance at a stable democracy but it had been squandered

Obama to send advisors to Iraq, open to military action

Jun 20, 2014 - 9:02 AM

UPDATED According to a US defense official President Barack Obama is leaning toward a limited course of action that would embed the commandos with Iraqi forces

Iraq PM calls up reserve officers to active duty

Jun 19, 2014 - 11:27 PM

Officers from brigadier general and lower have been transferred to units according to their specialization and classification

Iraq PM under fire as US mulls air strikes on militants

Jun 19, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Baghdad has formally requested that Washington launch air strikes on the advancing militants but there were no signs US military action was imminent

'LEAD IRAQ.' In this photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks at the opening of counter-terrorism conference in Baghdad, Iraq last March 12, 2014. File photo by Karim Kadim/Pool/EPA

Iraq appeals for US air strikes on advancing militants

Jun 19, 2014 - 12:06 AM

UPDATED The appeal came as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS were pressing a week long offensive that has brought them close to the capital

READY. An Iraqi young boy holds a gun from the window of a vehicle carrying volunteers joining Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities on June 16, 2014 in the capital Baghdad. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

Iraq PM vows to 'face terrorism' as militants strike refinery

Jun 18, 2014 - 9:45 PM

We will face terrorism and bring down the conspiracy Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki vows in televised remarks adding that Iraq will teach militants a lesson and strike them

File photo of Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki from EPA.

Iraqi Kurd PM issues warning over ISIS offensive

Jun 17, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Kurdistan regional PM Nechirvan Barzani tells the BBC it will be difficult to find a resolution with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki in power and recommended an autonomous region for Sunnis as a potential solution

FLEEING TO SAFETY. Iraqis who fled the violence in Mosul stand in a queue at a checkpoint in Erbil, Kurdistan region, north Iraq, 11 June 2014. Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Iraq forces preparing for counter-offensive

Jun 14, 2014 - 4:06 PM

The jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have overrun a large chunk of northern and north central Iraq since Monday

Obama rules out sending troops as cleric calls Iraqis to arms

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces the US president says

Iraqi leaders to blame for army's collapse – US

Jun 14, 2014 - 10:21 AM

We had gotten them on their feet and helped build their capacity and quite frankly they did not take advantage of that opportunity State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf tells reporters

Thousands of Iraqis volunteer to battle militants

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:04 PM

With security forces seemingly unable to halt the advance Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki announces the government would arm civilian volunteers

US 'looking at all options' in Iraq – Obama

Jun 13, 2014 - 9:38 AM

US officials refuse to say publicly what military options are being considered except to rule out sending troops back into the country invaded by the US in 2003

TALKS. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during a meeting with US President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office on November 1, 2013. Photo by AFP

500,000 Iraqis flee Mosul after seizure by militants – IOM

Jun 11, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Vehicles have been banned from the city center and people are fleeing on foot in the face of indiscriminate shelling says the Geneva based migration organization

Jihadists seize Iraq's 2nd city, Nineveh province

Jun 11, 2014 - 12:08 AM

Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki asks parliament to declare a state of emergency

Heavy clashes, suicide bombings kill 36 in north Iraq

Jun 07, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Violence is running at its highest levels since 2006 2007 when tens of thousands were killed in sectarian conflict between Iraq s Shiite majority and Sunni Arab minority

63 killed in Iraq post-election attacks

May 29, 2014 - 7:15 AM

The attacks fuel fears of a return to communal conflict that left tens of thousands dead in 2006 and 2007

Rivals challenge Iraq PM's election success

May 25, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Iraq s political parties have already begun meeting and maneuvering as they seek to build post election alliances

Iraq violence kills over 30 people in 24 hours

May 04, 2014 - 8:30 PM

The bloodshed comes just days after a parliamentary election

SECURITY. Iraqi policemen stand guard during the Iraqi legislative election at a polling station in Baghdad, Iraq, 30 April 2014. Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraq PM bullish on new government but long road ahead

May 01, 2014 - 9:36 PM

UPDATED Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Malik says he had the votes to put together a ruling coalition

PM 'certain' of victory as Iraqis stream to polls despite unrest

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED The two days preceding the election saw about 90 people killed in a spate of shootings and bombings

THIRD TERM? In this photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks at the opening of counter-terrorism conference in Baghdad, Iraq last March 12, 2014. File photo by Karim Kadim/Pool/EPA

Polls open in Iraq parliamentary election

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:36 PM

More than 9 000 candidates are competing for 328 seats in parliament

Iraqis vote with violence high and tensions rising

Apr 27, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Unlike in previous general elections however no major cross sectarian party is seen as capable of winning seats across the country

Iraq attacks kill 11 as elections loom

Apr 27, 2014 - 12:35 AM

As elections near Iraq experiences more violence A police officer says that at least two of the assassinations appear to be revenge attacks

Iraq speaker targeted in blast as 21 militants killed

Feb 10, 2014 - 11:36 PM

The unrest comes amid the worst protracted period of bloodshed in nearly 6 years

ATTACK AND BLAST. An attack on a parliamentary speaker and a premature car bomb explosion renewed nationwide violence in Iraq,

Baghdad bombs, including near Green Zone, kill 33

Feb 06, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Diplomats have urged the Shiite led government to reach out to the Sunni Arab minority to undercut support for militancy but Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki has taken a hard stance

Iraq executes 26 men on terrorism charges: ministry

Jan 21, 2014 - 9:59 PM

UN chief Ban Ki moon urged Iraq to halt executions but was publicly rebuked by Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki

EXECUTION. Iraq executes 26 men convicted of 'terrorism.'