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Obama lauds Iraq's 'promising step'

Obama lauds Iraq's 'promising step'

US President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq's prime minister-designate is a "promising step forward". He acknowledged that Iraq had been through "difficult days", and urged its political leaders to work together. Earlier on Monday, Iraq's president asked Abadi to form a new government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri...

Top Shia cleric calls for new govt in Iraq

Top Shia cleric calls for new govt in Iraq

The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shia majority called for a new, "effective" government Friday, increasing pressure on the country's prime minister as an offensive by Sunni militants rages on. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments at Friday prayers contained thinly veiled criticism that Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in office since 2006, was to blame...

How Maliki fell out of favour with US

How Maliki fell out of favour with US

In October 2011, Barack Obama and his national security committee sat down for the most important conference call they had held on Iraq. On the videolink from Baghdad was Nouri al-Maliki, a man whom the US had backed as a second-term leader a year earlier, writes theguardian.com. Folders and briefing pads were piled in...

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom. The...

Iraq goes to polls amid violence

Iraq goes to polls amid violence

Iraqis are voting in the country's first parliamentary elections since the withdrawal of US troops three years ago. Polling began at 07:00 local time (04:00 GMT) and closes at 19:00. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping to win a third term in office amid a growing insurgency in the west of the country. Iraq is experiencing...

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