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Jul 4, 2010

Biden nudges Iraqi leaders to end deadlock

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden urged Iraqi leaders on Sunday to press ahead and form a government after four months of post-election deadlock but said neither Washington nor anyone else should dictate to them.

In talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the top vote winner in the March 7 election, ex-Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Biden promised U.S. support for Iraq’s democracy as it emerges from sectarian war but struggles to halt a stubborn insurgency.

Jul 4, 2010

Biden urges Iraqi leaders to form government

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday met Iraqi leaders locked in an impasse four months after an inconclusive vote and expressed hope they would not delay much longer in forming a government, Iraqi officials said.

In talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the top vote winner in the March 7 election, ex-Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Biden stressed U.S. support for democracy in Iraq, Allawi said.

Jun 7, 2010

Police targeted in Iraq attacks, 11 people dead

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen and bombers killed at least 11 people and wounded scores in a string of attacks in western Iraq and the capital Baghdad on Monday, targeting mainly police and Sunni ex-insurgents who turned against al Qaeda.

In Baghdad, a car bomb in the western Mansour district killed three people and wounded nine, while four roadside bombs in other areas of the city hit police patrols, killing two officers and wounding more than 20 civilians.

Jun 7, 2010

Frustrated Iraqis wait, hope for gov’t in summer heat

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Fridays were a favourite of Sunni insurgents in Iraq; rich pickings for suicide bombers among the Shi’ites at prayer.

The drumbeat of attacks has slowed since the sectarian war of 2006/07, and this past Friday only the heat pounded unforgiving off the concrete of Baghdad’s al-Hurriya square.

Jun 4, 2010

Mideast rivals vie for influence over Iraq gov’t

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United States might be trying to disentangle itself from Iraq, but there is no shortage of contenders to take its place.

A battle between Iraq’s neighbours for influence in Baghdad is being played out between Iraq’s Sunnis, Shi’ites and Kurds, complicating efforts to stitch together a government three months after an inconclusive parliamentary election.

Jun 2, 2010

Iraqi high court certifies March vote results

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Supreme Court on Tuesday certified the final results of a March 7 parliamentary election, affirming the narrow victory of a cross-sectarian coalition led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

Iraqis had hoped the election would help stabilize their nation after years of sectarian war. But the inconclusive vote exposed deep divides and opened the door to insurgents determined to disrupt the political process.

Jun 1, 2010

Iraq high court approves March 7 election results

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Supreme Court certified the final results of a March 7 parliamentary election on Tuesday, an important step toward the formation of a new government.

The high court approval allows electoral blocs to begin serious negotiations to form a government after an election that produced no clear winner. A cross-sectarian coalition led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi won two more seats than a mainly Shi’ite group headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

May 29, 2010

Corrected: Death and betrayal stalk police in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At 10 a.m. on Monday this week, Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Khalaf says the police department in the Iraqi town of Ramadi issued an order for him to return to the force after eight months out of work.

At 1:45 p.m. the same day, a bomb detonated remotely tore through his kitchen wall, killing his 20-year-old nephew, also a police officer.

May 28, 2010

Death and betrayal stalk police in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At 10 a.m. (6 a.m. British time) on Monday this week, Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Khalaf says the police department in the Iraqi town of Ramadi issued an order for him to return to the force after eight months out of work.

At 1.45 p.m. the same day, a bomb detonated remotely tore through his kitchen wall, killing his 20-year-old nephew, also a police officer.

May 27, 2010

Iraq vote results face another possible delay

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Supreme Court asked election officials on Thursday to clear up legal issues surrounding an appeal against a candidate, a move that could further delay the certification of March 7 election results.

Tensions have been rising in Iraq after the inconclusive parliamentary election, with a proposed alliance of major Shi’ite electoral blocs raising concern that minority Sunnis could be marginalized.