NURI AL MALIKI

  • Nuri alMaliki refuses to go as Iraqis turn to a new leader August 14, 2014

    Baghdad: An increasingly isolated Nuri alMaliki again protested his removal as Iraqi prime minister on Wednesday, as his own political party and his former sponsor in Iran publicly endorsed a successor who many in Baghdad hope can halt advancing Sunni jihadists. Although abandoned by former backers in the United States and...
  • Power struggle on Baghdad streets as Maliki replaced but refuses to go August 12, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri alMaliki's eightyear rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad. Washington, which helped install Maliki following its 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam...
  • Maliki defiant as his special forces deploy in Baghdad August 11, 2014

    Baghdad: Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki were deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop a bid for a third term, police sources said. ProMaliki Shi'ite militias stepped up patrols...
  • Barack Obama says tackling Iraq's insurgency will take time August 9, 2014

    Baghdad: President Barack Obama said on Saturday US airstrikes had destroyed arms that Islamic State militants could have used against Iraqi Kurds, but warned there was no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to tear Iraq apart. Speaking the day after US warplanes hit militants in Iraq, Obama said it...
  • Kurds seize Iraq oilfields, ministers pull out of government July 12, 2014

    Baghdad / Kirkuk: Kurdish forces seized two oilfields in northern Iraq and took over operations from a staterun oil company on Friday, while Kurdish politicians formally suspended their participation in Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki's government. The moves escalated a feud between the Shi'iteled central government and the autonomous Kurdish region driven...
  • Iraq PM says hopes for deal on new government in next parliament session July 2, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki said on Wednesday that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government, a day after the new parliament's first session ended without agreement on top government posts. "A state of weakness occurred but God willing in the next session (planned...
  • British foreign secretary in Baghdad for talks June 26, 2014

    Baghdad: British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in Iraq's capital Baghdad in a surprise visit on Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders, media reported. Hague is expected to meet top Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki, to discuss bilateral ties and the political and security developments in the country, Xinhua...
  • Iraq insurgents seize oilfields, hit air base as US advisers arrive June 26, 2014

    Baghdad: Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as US special forces troops and intelligence analysts arrived to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki, who is fighting for his job and is under...
  • Iraq Crisis: Militants attack air base, US advisers arrive June 25, 2014

    Baghdad: Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as US military experts arrived to set up an operations centre to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki, who is fighting for his job and...
  • Iraq appeals for US air strikes on advancing militants June 18, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq asked the United States on Wednesday to carry out air strikes on Sunni militants, who attacked the country's main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north. The appeal came as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were pressing a weeklong offensive that...
  • Scores killed during battle for Iraq provincial capital, main oil refinery shut June 17, 2014

    Baghad: Scores of Iraqis were killed on Tuesday during a battle for a provincial capital, and fighting shut the main oil refinery, starving parts of the country of fuel and power as an uprising by Sunni insurgents threatens Iraq's survival as a state. Government forces said that that they repelled an...
  • Iraqi Kurds slam Baghdad legal action over oil shipment May 25, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's Kurdish region slammed legal action filed by the central government against Turkey, saying on Sunday it was illegitimate and likely to fail, the latest in worsening ties between Baghdad and Kurdistan. The Kurdish Ministry of Natural Resources statement came just days after Baghdad's Oil Ministry filed a request for...
  • Iraq: 7 car bombs kill over 75 people, PM seeks world's support January 16, 2014

    Baghdad: Bomb attacks and shootings killed at least 75 people in Iraq on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said, making it one of the bloodiest days in months. In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of...
  • Iraqi PM on 3day visit to India from Thursday August 21, 2013

    India and Iraq, second largest oil exporter to the country, are expected to ink a key pact on energy cooperation among other agreements during the threeday visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki from Thursday. In a first bilateral visit by a head of government in 38 years, the Iraqi Prime...
  • Iraq: Series of car bombs kills at least 31 May 20, 2013

    Baghdad: At least 20 people were killed by a series of car bombs in mainly Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Monday and 11 others were killed by attacks in the southern city of Basra, police and medics said. Scores of people have been killed in attacks over the...
  • Top US diplomat Kerry asks Iraq to stop arms to Syria March 25, 2013

    Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and said he told Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki of his concern about Iranian flights over Iraq carrying arms to Syria. Kerry also urged Iraq's Sunni Muslim, Shi'ite and ethnic Kurdish factions to commit to the political...
  • Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 33 in Iraq's Kirkuk February 3, 2013

    Kirkuk, Iraq: A suicide bomber driving a car and gunmen disguised as police killed at least 33 people in Iraq's Kirkuk on February 3 when they tried to storm a city police headquarters, police sources said. Kirkuk, a religiously and ethnically mixed area of Arabs, Kurds and Turkman, is at...
  • At least 36 killed in wave of Iraq blasts April 20, 2012

    Baghdad: More than 20 bombs hit cities and towns across Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 36 and wounding almost 150, police and hospital sources said, raising fears of sectarian strife in a country whose authorities are keen to show they can now maintain security. In Baghdad, three car bombs, two...
  • Bombs hit police in Baghdad, 14 dead: sources October 12, 2011

    Baghdad: Two suicide car bombers and a car bomb hit police in separate districts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding around 60, interior ministry and police sources said. One bomber rammed an explosivesfilled car into a police station in central Alwiya district, killing...
  • Hundreds protest in Iraq, TV station torched February 21, 2011

    Arbil: Gunmen raided and set fire to a television station in northern Iraq on Sunday, shutting down broadcasts of protests inspired by unrest around the Arab world, station and government officials said. At least four people were wounded in the city of Sulaimaniya as hundreds of protesters took to the streets....
  • Two killed, 47 injured in Iraq protest violence February 18, 2011

    Baghdad: Two people were killed and 47 wounded during a protest in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Thursday, sources said, as Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki called for demonstrations to be kept peaceful. Protests also hit the southern city of Kut, the oil hub of Basra, the northern oil city...
  • Iraqi PM Maliki to form govt by midDec November 27, 2010

    Bagdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki said on Saturday that he would form a government by midDecember that would incorporate all the main political factions, including rival Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya bloc. President Jalal Talabani formally asked Maliki on Thursday to form a government, giving him 30 days to choose a...
  • 62 dead, 150 injured in Baghdad blast June 25, 2009

    Baghdad: More than 60 people were killed and at least 150 wounded on Wednesday when a bomb exploded at a crowded market in the Iraqi capital, media reports said. The explosion, which took place in the Maridi market in eastern Sadr City area of the Iraqi Capital, left 62 people dead...
  • Shoed out, Bush says it was a size 10 | Booted out! December 15, 2008

    New Delhi: Just a month to go before his controversial term as President of the US ends, George W Bush was literally given the boot in Iraq on Sunday. An Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at Bush at a news conference in Baghdad which he was addressing alongside Iraqi Prime...
  • Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush, calls him dog December 14, 2008

    Baghdad: An Iraqi reporter called visiting US President George W Bush a "dog" in Arabic on Sunday and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Baghdad. Iraqi security officers and US secret service agents leapt at the man and dragged him struggling and screaming out of the...
  • Iraqi PM urges dialogue over Iraq March 11, 2007

    Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki on Saturday urged officials from regional and world powers to pursue dialogue to settle disputes over Iraq. ''We call for peaceful dialogue to settle disputes, including the international, regional, interregional issues,'' Maliki told delegates to a regional conference in Baghdad, including deputy foreign ministers and...
  • Iraqi PM chalks out new plan for Iraq January 7, 2007

    Atlanta: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri almaliki announced a new security plan for Baghdad, that he hopes will target militias and strengthen his government. Almaliki didn't offer specifics, but did say Iraqi soldiers would take the lead. His remarks come just days before President Bush is expected to announce a new strategy in...
  • Iraqi PM: 'I'm not America's man' October 28, 2006

    Baghdad (Iraq): Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki told the top US diplomat in Iraq, "I'm not America's man in Iraq," during a private meeting Friday, a senior aide said. AlMaliki and US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad were talking about the US military's plan for timelines to achieve key political and security goals,...
  • We haven't given Iraq a 'timetable': US October 27, 2006

    Washington: The US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says the US is not giving the Iraqi Government an ultimatum, should it fail to meet socalled "benchmarks" for quelling sectarian violence and taking over security duties. You're looking for some sort of a guillotine to come flowing down if some date isn't...