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Oct 3, 2010

Kurds ready to talk with Maliki on Iraq government

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Kurdish lawmakers said they would begin their quest to play kingmaker in the formation of a new Iraqi government on Monday with a possible alliance with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the top of the agenda.

But the Kurds, whose support could give Maliki the seats he needs for a governing majority, said they would press demands that have often put them at odds with the central government in Baghdad, including the right to negotiate oilfield contracts.

Oct 3, 2010

Iraq crackdown on bombers brings silenced killings

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Militants in Iraq are resorting increasingly to guns with silencers to attack security forces and government officials, as successes against insurgents have made it harder for them to carry out trademark bombings.

Analysts say the new, more evasive method of targeting enemies has coincided with the political limbo that has gripped Iraq since an inconclusive March election, giving insurgents some space and time to explore new methods of attacks.

Oct 1, 2010

Iraq Shi’ite union picks incumbent Maliki for PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An alliance of Iraq’s Shi’ite political blocs picked incumbent Nuri al-Maliki on Friday as its nominee for prime minister, alliance officials said, ending months of wrangling that had stalled formation of a government.

The decision by the National Alliance, a merger of Maliki’s Shi’ite-led State of Law coalition and the Tehran-friendly Iraqi National Alliance (INA), marked a breakthrough in talks among Iraq’s political factions for a new government after a March 7 parliamentary election that produced no clear winner.

Sep 29, 2010

Analysis: Iraq Shi’ites may pick Maliki for PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Nuri al-Maliki looks likely to be nominated by his Shi’ite coalition to lead Iraq’s government for a second term despite increasing acrimony among his partners and threats by a Sunni-backed bloc to boycott his government.

Officials from the National Alliance, a merger of Maliki’s State of Law coalition and the Iran-friendly Iraqi National Alliance (INA), coming out of a closed-door meeting on Monday said they were leaning toward Maliki.

Sep 24, 2010

Iraq’s winning bloc rejects Maliki as PM again

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The alliance which won most votes in Iraq’s March election said on Friday it would not join any government headed by incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a step that could further complicate forming a government.

Iraqiya, a cross-sectarian alliance led by former prime minister Iyad Allawi, was the bloc that won the most seats in the 325-seat parliament, heavily backed by minority Sunnis.

Sep 22, 2010

Iraq Shi’ite blocs may need more time to name PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A five-day deadline for Iraq’s Shi’ite-led political blocs to choose a candidate for prime minister may not be enough and there is no guarantee incumbent Nuri al-Maliki will win a second term, Iraqi politicians said.

On Tuesday, the National Alliance, a merger of Maliki’s State of Law coalition and the Iran-backed Iraqi National Alliance, gave itself five days to pick a nominee in a move to end six months of political impasse since an inconclusive March 7 parliamentary election.

Aug 29, 2010

Iraqis say war “not ending” despite U.S. drawdown

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s message this weekend that Iraq would “chart its own course” may have been welcome news for war-weary Americans, but it has fueled anxieties about the future among Iraqis.

“The war is not ending. The war against terrorism continues here,” Nuri al-Moussawi, a 51-year-old Baghdad resident, said.

Aug 26, 2010

Iraqis who fought view U.S. exit with mixed feelings

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Sunni fighter Abu Mujahid lost a leg battling U.S. Marines in the Iraqi city of Falluja, scene of some of the fiercest battles of the Iraq war.

Small pieces of shrapnel still pit his skull and scars decorate his body after a missile strike in 2004 by a U.S. warplane on the city in the western province of Anbar — Iraq’s Sunni heartland and once a stomping ground for al Qaeda..

Aug 25, 2010

Insurgents attack Iraqi police as U.S. pulls back

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Suicide bombers and other attackers killed at least 62 people in coordinated attacks on Iraqi security forces throughout the country Wednesday, less than a week before U.S. troops formally end combat operations.

The bombings also wounded more than 250 people, underscoring the fragility of Iraq’s security and the uncertainty of its political situation more than five months after an election that produced no outright winner and as yet no new government.

Aug 25, 2010

Insurgents attack Iraqi police, scores killed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Suicide bombers and other attackers killed at least 62 people in coordinated attacks on Iraqi security forces throughout the country Wednesday, less than a week before U.S. troops formally end combat operations.

The bombings also wounded more than 250 people, underscoring the fragility of Iraq’s security and the uncertainty of its political situation more than five months after an election that produced no outright winner and as yet no new government.