Haider Al Abadi

Iraq PM Abadi Secures Shiite Support For Cabinet Change Plan

AGHDAD, March 7 – Iraq’s main Shiite groups on Sunday voiced support for Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi’s plan to overhaul the government and combat corruption, state TV said. The broadcaster cited a statement issued by the National Alliance, a loose gathering of Shiite groups that controls the majority of seats in parliament, after a meeting with

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Iraq’s Abadi Keeps Iran at Arm’s Length in War On Daesh

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Feb 21 – As fighting in Iraq raged last summer, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani came across unexpected opposition to his plans to defeat Daesh. Soleimani is the commander of Iran’s Al Quds brigade and has been a key figure in the fight against the Sunni Islamist group in Iraq. That fight

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Iraq: Game Plans

The Muslim Brotherhood has set out plans for a Sunni province in Iraq BY Suadad Al Salhy Despite its dwindling fortunes elsewhere, the Muslim Brotherhood or the Ikhwan, continues to thrive in Iraq. Their North African counterparts have not fared so well since the Egyptian army ousted President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, and set about

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Iraq’s Sadr Calls For Technocratic Government, Swift Reform

BAGHDAD, Feb 13 – Powerful Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al Sadr said on Saturday the country needed a technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms. The remarks by Sadr, whose Al Ahrar bloc holds 34 seats in parliament and three cabinet posts, were the first

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Iraq’s PM Finds Himself Caught in The Crossfire, Again

By Suadad Al Salhy WEB EXCLUSIVE This past weekend has seen Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi at the center of yet another political storm following the announcement by U.S. officials that they planned to deploy more troops on the ground. Abadi has received messages—both direct and indirect—from Shiite political partners alluding to the risks

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