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Apr 26, 2011

Iraq’s air force needs help beyond this year: Maliki

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s air force will need support beyond this year but any extended presence of U.S. troops would have to be supported by all the main political groups, Iraq’s prime minister said on Tuesday.

The United States is due to withdraw its 47,000 remaining troops from Iraq by December 31, more than eight years after the U.S.-led invasion, as part of a joint security pact.

Apr 16, 2011

Iraq may ditch $57 million of food ration cooking oil

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – About $57 million worth of cooking oil once destined for Iraq’s national food ration program may be fed to animals because it was left outdoors for three years and passed its expiry date for human consumption.

A parliamentary committee Saturday suggested turning the wasted 30,000 metric tons of vegetable oil into fodder after saying it was left sitting at the port of Umm Qasr since 2008 while officials squabbled over the price.

Apr 11, 2011

Iraq sets deadline to dismantle Iran exile camp

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Iraqi government has set a year-end deadline for residents of an Iranian dissident camp to leave the country, a government spokesman said on Monday, after a violent crackdown last week in which at least 10 people died.

Camp Ashraf, a dusty, 25-year-old village in a rural area northeast of Baghdad, is the base of the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, a guerrilla group that opposes the Shi’ite cleric leaders of neighbouring Iran.

Mar 15, 2011

Analysis: Iraq’s Maliki wields protests to consolidate power

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will not solve Iraq’s problems in three months, but by imposing a 100-day deadline on his cabinet to respond to violent protests he has bought time to consolidate his power.

Joining a wave of protests across the Arab world, thousands of Iraqis have taken to the street to decry power shortages, lack of jobs, poor basic services and corruption. At least 10 people were killed on the most violent day two weeks ago.

Mar 11, 2011

Iraq Sunni fighters still waiting for promised jobs

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – After years of fighting al Qaeda, Ahmed Ali gave up on Iraqi politicians’ promises of a new government job, put down his weapons and moved away from his village to work as a fruit and vegetable peddler.

Ali, a member of the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia, left his home in Mishahda, north of the Iraqi capital, at the beginning of January, a few days after al Qaeda killed five of his fellow Sahwa in a growing wave of reprisals.

Mar 10, 2011

Meet protest demands or go, deputy tells Iraq leader

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki should step down if his government fails to meet his own 100-day target to improve its performance in the wake of Egypt-inspired protests, one of his deputies said.

The remarks, by Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, reveal the deep divisions remaining in a fractious coalition government formed in December after nine months of wrangling following an inconclusive election.

Feb 5, 2011

Iraqi premier says will give up half his salary

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – As unrest sweeps the Middle East, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said he would give up half of his salary, a possible bid to head off simmering discontent.

Iraqis have held sporadic protests against food, power and water shortages and their plight acquired particular attention this month as a wave of anti-government protests rocked the region.

Dec 24, 2010
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Attack fears cloud Christmas for Baghdad Christians

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(Photo: Pictures of victims killed in an attack of Our Lady of Salvation church shown there on Christmas Eve in Baghdad December 24, 2010/Mohammed Ameen)

Normally on Christmas Eve, Ban Zaki puts on festive clothes and takes her family to Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation church for lively holiday celebrations.

Not this year.

Dressed in black and fighting back tears, she has brought her three children to the church to honour her late husband, who was killed along with 51 others when Iraqi forces stormed it after militants took hostages during Sunday mass on Oct 31.

Dec 22, 2010

Iraqis happy to have government, wary of sectarian divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Ordinary Iraqis expressed relief to have a new government on Wednesday after nine months of stalemate, but hopes for stability were tempered by concerns about what they saw as sectarian fault lines in its make-up.

Weary after years of war, Iraqis have been waiting for a new government since an inconclusive March election, which triggered months of bargaining among Shi’ites, Sunnis, Kurds and other factions jostling for power.

Dec 22, 2010

Iraqis happy to have gvt, wary of sectarian divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Ordinary Iraqis expressed relief to have a new government on Wednesday after nine months of stalemate, but hopes for stability were tempered by concerns about what they saw as sectarian fault lines in its make-up.

Weary after years of war, Iraqis have been waiting for a new government since an inconclusive March election, which triggered months of bargaining among Shi’ites, Sunnis, Kurds and other factions jostling for power.