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Iraq Parliament Approves Cabinet Overhaul, Bolstering PM Abadi

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Aug 15 – Iraq’s parliament approved the appointment of Jabar Ali al-Luaibi, former head of the main state oil firm, as oil minister in a cabinet overhaul on Monday that bolsters Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s leadership. Luaibi, who led the South Oil Company that produces most of the OPEC nation’s crude,

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Iraq PM Urges End to Protests While Army Busy Fighting Daesh

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, May 26 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi appealed on Thursday for an end to protests against his government while the armed forces are fighting to retake the city of Falluja from Daesh insurgents. Abadi is trying to refocus the attention of Iraq’s unruly political parties on the war on Daesh so

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U.S., Iran Keep Iraqi PM in Place as He Challenges Ruling Elite

By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, April 5 – The United States and Iran have formed an unlikely tacit alliance behind Iraq’s prime minister as he challenges the ruling elite with plans for a non-political cabinet to fight corruption undermining the OPEC nation’s economic and political stability. Local calls for Haider al-Abadi’s removal —

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Powerful Iraqi Cleric Says Supporters’ Protests Meant to Help Reforms

BAGHDAD, March 7 – Powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday street protests by his supporters demanding the Iraqi government’s resignation were intended to bolster the resolve of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised reforms. Last Friday, in the biggest show of opposition yet to Abadi’s authority, Sadr told around 200,000

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Terrified Families Emerge From Rubble After Battle of Ramadi

RAMADI, Iraq, Jan 2 – Terrified families waved white flags as they emerged from homes reduced to rubble in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, where government troops were still battling Daesh fighters holed up on Friday, five days after the army recaptured the city center. The provincial capital in the fertile Euphrates River valley west

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Iraqi PM Says Turkey Not Respecting Agreement to Withdraw Troops

By Saif Hameed and Ece Toksabay BAGHDAD/ANKARA, Dec 31 – Iraq’s prime minister accused Turkey on Wednesday of failing to respect an agreement to withdraw its troops from the country’s north and its foreign minister said if forced, Iraq could resort to military action to defend its sovereignty. The diplomatic dispute flared after Turkey deployed

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Daesh Suffers Double Blow as Ramadi Falls, Leaders Killed

By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Dec 30 (Reuters) – U.S.-led forces have killed 10 Daesh leaders in air strikes, including individuals linked to the Paris attacks, a U.S. spokesman said, dealing a double blow to the militant group after Iraqi forces ousted it from the city of Ramadi. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi

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Iraq’s Growing Pains

Regional tensions bolster Iraq’s internal divisions By Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih Ankara’s push to bolster its position in the region has resulted in deployment of extra troops at a military camp in Iraq to train armed forces. This caused further sectarian tensions in the country, whose Iran-backed government considers the move a

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With Ramadi Encircled, Iraqi Forces Brace For Urban Warfare

By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Iraqi forces appear better positioned than ever to launch an offensive against Islamic State militants controlling Ramadi, now that months-long efforts to cut off supply lines to the city are having an effect, but plenty of risks remain. The fall of Ramadi, the capital

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Political Turmoil in Iraq: A Battle of Wills

A crisis between the Iraqi parliament and its prime minister looms large BY  Suadad Al Salhy WHEN the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi introduced his first package of administrative and fiscal reforms in August—including the removal of his predecessor, Nouri Al Maliki as vice president—he was betting that few would dare to oppose him. It

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