Nuri Al Maliki

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

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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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