Haider Al Abadi

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

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U.S. Says Iraq’s PM In “Strong Position” Amid Political Unrest

By Phil Stewart STUTTGART, Germany, May 3- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi is in a strong position despite political unrest in Iraq, thanks in part to battlefield successes and his commitment to a multi-sectarian state, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday. “He seems to be in a very strong position. Obviously we support him

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Iraqi Protesters End Green Zone Sit-In For Now After Issuing Demands

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 2 – Protesters camped out in Baghdad’s Green Zone for 24 hours left the heavily fortified government district on Sunday after issuing demands for political reform but they pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the pressure. Iraq has endured months of wrangling

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Sadr’s Supporters Camp Outside Iraq Parliament; Political Crisis Deepens

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 1 – Hundreds of supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al Sadr stormed parliament inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday and camped out nearby after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified central

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Iraq: Make or Break

Iraq’s state of play is holding back reform BY Mohammed A. Salih Even by the standards of the ever-dramatic world of Iraqi politics, today’s stakes are at a current high. On March 31, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi proposed a near complete reshuffle of his cabinet, with a list of 10 candidates chosen on the basis of

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Iraq’s Sadr Begins Sit-In Inside Green Zone To Push For Reforms

By Kareem Raheem and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, March 28 – Powerful Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Al Sadr entered Baghdad’s Green Zone, the heavily-fortified center of the capital housing government buildings and embassies, on Sunday to keep up pressure on the government to enact reforms. Thousands of Sadr‘s supporters began a sit-in at the district’s gates more than a week

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Iraq’s Sadr May Extend Sit-In To Demand Reforms

BAGHDAD, March 27 – Powerful Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Al Sadr may extend a sit-in protest that his followers are holding in Baghdad to demand a government overhaul to fight corruption, local television said on Saturday. “The sit-in may be extended,” said a news flash on Al Taif, a channel affiliated with his political group. It did

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Obama Intervened Over Crumbling Iraqi Dam As U.S. Concern Grew

By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, March 22 – On Jan. 21, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraq’s prime minister in Davos, Switzerland, and handed him a personal note from President Barack Obama pleading for urgent action. Obama’s confidential message to Haider Al Abadi, which was confirmed to Reuters

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As Iraqi Civilian Rule Weakens, Shiite Clerics Call The Shots

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, March 21 – With Iraq’s politicians tainted by corruption and the army’s standing hurt by battlefield defeats, two Shiite clerics have re-emerged as leaders in matters of state. In their different ways, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani and Hojatoleslam Moqtada Al Sadr, Iraq’s two most influential Shiite leaders, are pressuring Prime

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Iraqi Cleric Sadr Calls Sit-In, Urges Action Against Corruption

BAGHDAD, March 12 – Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a sit-at the gates of Baghdad’s heavily fortified government district, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised anti-corruption reforms. The protest, that Sadr said would start on Friday, threatened to escalate tensions over a long-awaited economic overhaul in

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