Iraq Kurd oil exports may remain victim to political strife despite deal

BAGHDAD, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- While two companies are technically prepping their northern Iraq oil fields for exports to Turkey, political disputes between the central Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government remain.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

No room for militias in Iraqi politics

BAGHDAD, April 14 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials agreed to a draft provision of the law on provincial elections to take place Oct. 1, though it bans political parties retaining their militias.

Analysis: Blackwater -- Guilty as charged?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Even though the commission investigating the alleged indiscriminate shooting by Blackwater employees over the weekend has only just been stood up, some voices are already rushing to judgment, condemning the contractors as cold-blooded “mercenaries.”

Iraq Press Roundup

Al Itijah Al Akhar newspaper in an editorial criticized Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government and the way it deals with the current situation in Iraq.
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Iraq Press Roundup

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Baghdad-based independent Al Mada newspaper Monday ran a story with the headline “Talabani has talks with Maliki, Adil Bdul Mehdi on situation; rejects resignation of the Iraq Accordance Front ministers; welcomes the political council's position toward prisoners."
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

U.N. offers to aid new Iraqi leaders

UNITED NATIONS, April 6 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent congratulations to newly elected Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, emphasizing the need for national unity.
Adil Abdul-Mahdi
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (L) and President Jalal.Talabani (2nd-L) hold a meeting in Baghdad, Iraq with Vice.Presidents Adil Abdul-Mahdi (2nd-R) Tariq al-Hashimi, (3rd-R) and the presidential council's secretary Nasir al-Ani (R) on July 15, 2007. The group met to discuss the political crisis the country is passing through as well as.the release of detainees who were not involved in crimes (UPI Photo)

Adil (Adel) Abdul-Mahdi (al Muntafiki) (Arabic: عادل عبد المهدى‎ ) (born 1942 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi Shi'a politician, economist, and is one of the two current Vice Presidents of Iraq. He was formerly the Finance Minister in the Interim government.

Abdel-Mahdi is a member of the powerful Shi'a party the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, or SIIC. Long based in neighboring Iran, the group opposed a United States administration but holds close ties with the other U.S.-backed groups that opposed Saddam Hussein, including the Kurds and the Iraqi National Congress.

He is a trained economist who left Iraq in 1969 for exile in France. He worked for French think tanks and edited magazines in French and Arabic. Adel Abdul Mahdi is also referred to as Adel Abd al'Mahdi, as well as other various derivations (this highlights the continual difficulties of transliteration from Arabic into English). Abdul-Mahdi was educated in France, and is the son of a respected Shiite cleric who was a minister in Iraq's monarchy. He attended high school at Baghdad College, an elite American Jesuit secondary school.

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