Haider Al Abadi

Sunni Tribesmen Battling Daesh Demand Federalism in Iraq

By Michael Georgy SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq, Nov 30 – As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Daesh seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq’s political class than the militants trying to kill them. The men – and one woman – from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday

[ Read More ]

Turkey has Right to Combat Threats in Syria and Iraq

By Tulay Karadeniz and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA, Oct 12 – President Tayyip Erdogan warned Iraq’s prime minister he should “know his limits” after he criticised Turkey’s military presence there and said the Turkish army, shaken by a failed coup bid, had not lost so much standing as to take orders from him. NATO member Turkey

[ Read More ]

Iraqi Minister’s Downfall Hurts Prospect for Financial Bailout

By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Sept 28  – Last week’s dismissal of Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, the latest convulsion in Baghdad’s increasingly unstable politics, risks delaying billions of dollars in badly needed budget support from international lenders and investors. Parliament dismissed Zebari, a prominent Kurdish official who served previously as foreign minister for more than

[ Read More ]

Iraq PM Orders Probe Into Corruption Allegations Over Weapons Deals

BAGHDAD, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations of corruption in weapons deals that risks re-igniting a political crisis ahead of planned military moves to retake Mosul from Daesh. Infighting over anti-corruption measures, which stalled government activity for several months and sparked clashes between protesters and

[ Read More ]

Iraqi PM Sacks Security Chief, Six State Bank Executives

BAGHDAD, June 7 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday sacked the intelligence director and the chief executives of six state-owned banks, all appointed by his predecessor. He gave no reason for the dismissals. But Abadi has been pursuing reforms aimed at improving the economy and weeding out corruption and incompetence in state institutions,

[ Read More ]

Iraq Announces Start of Falluja Operation

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 23 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Daesh stronghold of Falluja after the military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. “Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory

[ Read More ]

Obama, Iraqi PM Want Tighter Security After Green Zone Storming

WASHINGTON, May 22 – U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi agreed on the need for tighter security in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone after protesters stormed the area, the White House said on Saturday. At least four anti-government protesters were killed and 90 injured on Friday in clashes with security forces in the

[ Read More ]

Iraq Takes Aim at Media as Security Forces Struggle to Contain Strife

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, May 15  – Iraq’s Shiite-led authorities have shut the offices of two television channels popular with Sunni Iraqis and ordered a satirical show off air, tightening control over the media as political tensions rise in Baghdad. The crackdown, which began in March, appears to be prompted by concerns that the channels

[ Read More ]

Iraqi Leader Says Political Crisis Helps Daesh Attack

By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, May 15 – A political crisis in Iraq is hampering the fight against Daesh, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said on Saturday after some of the bloodiest attacks on Baghdad this year. Abadi’s government has been crippled for weeks since parties resisted a cabinet reshuffle aimed at fighting corruption. In a televised speech,

[ Read More ]

Suicide Attacks Kill Two West of Baghdad Following Bloody Day

BAGHDAD, May 12 – Two suicide bombings claimed by Daesh in a town near Baghdad killed two policemen and wounded eight others on Thursday, police and medics said, a day after Daesh bombs left at least 80 people dead in the Iraqi capital. The death toll made Wednesday’s three suicide bombings at a busy market

[ Read More ]