Maliki gets tough after bloody unrest

BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Iraqi prime minister during an emergency session called on members of his government to do a better job within 100 days or get sacked.

Iraqi officials awaiting U.S. response

BAGHDAD, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials are waiting for the U.S. government's response to the proposed bilateral security pact, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh said Thursday.

Iraq Press Roundup

On Friday, Iraqi newspapers discussed the issue of the negotiated long-term strategic agreement between the United States and Iraq.
ALAA MAJEED, UPI Correspondent

U.S. Iraq policy moves from tragedy to farce

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The dilemmas generated by U.S. President George W. Bush's contradictory and confused policies in Iraq have been moving from tragedy to farce.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani rejects SOFA

NAJAF, Iraq, July 8 (UPI) -- Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani Tuesday rejected the security deal between Iraq and the United States on the grounds it violates Iraqi sovereignty.

All eyes on Najaf

NAJAF, Iraq, April 23 (UPI) -- Najaf is the center of Shiite Islam in Iraq, and with its clerics split between politics and the gun, if it turns violent the rest of the south may follow suit.

Analysis: Iraq, 5 years and gaffes later

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- This Wednesday will mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Five years during which time America has been at war; make that wars, in the plural. While Iraq, due to the sheer scale of the conflict, seems to take center stage, there are two other wars being fought simultaneously. One is in Afghanistan against the resurgent Taliban who simply refuse to be beaten, and the other is the one President Bush likes to call "the war on terror."
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Commentary: Logistical conundrums

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Watching them drive by at 30 mph would take 75 days. Bumper-to-bumper, they would stretch from New York City to Denver. That’s how U.S. Air Force logistical expert Lenny Richoux described the amount of vehicles that would have to be shipped back from Iraq when the current deployment is over. These include, among others, 10,000 flatbed trucks, 1,000 tanks and 20,000 Humvees.

Four U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Gunmen shot and killed the deputy of Iraqi Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani near his home in Najaf, Iraq.

Al-Jazeera barred from Iranian UAE event

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 15 (UPI) -- The Arabic al-Jazeera television network was thrown out and prevented from covering a news conference by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Abu Dhabi.

U.S. helicopter shot down in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces fought with hundreds of gunmen Sunday in what may have been one of Iraq's deadliest battles in years, The New York Times reported.

Car bomb at Iraqi Shiite shrine kills 9

NAJAF, Iraq, April 6 (UPI) -- A car bomb near a sacred Shiite Muslim shrine in the Iraq city of Najaf exploded Thursday, killing nine people and wounding about 30 others.

54 Sunnis dead in mosque revenge violence

BAGHDAD, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Baghdad and surrounding areas were under a 6 p.m. curfew Thursday in an effort to quell the violence that followed the bombing of a Shiite shrine.

Iraq welcomes Mousa's visit

BAGHDAD, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Iraq welcomed plans by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa to make his first visit since the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Top Iraqi Shiite wants 'yes' charter vote

BAGHDAD, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Leading Iraqi Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has called on the country's majority Shiite community to vote "yes" in Saturday's constitutional referendum.

Sectarian tensions rising in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 20 (UPI) -- Despite local, Arab and foreign efforts to ease sectarian tensions in Iraq, the assassination of Sunni and Shiite clerics has sparked fears of civil strife.

Iran FM meets Iraq's Ayatollah Sistani

BAGHDAD, May 19 (UPI) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi visited Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's highest Shiite religious authority, Thursday in the holy city of Najaf.

Jordan blasts Iraqi Shiite accusations

AMMAN, Jordan, March 13 (UPI) -- Jordan has strongly rejected accusations by Iraqi Shiite leaders that it is interfering in Iraq's affairs and trying to ignite sedition among Iraqis.

Shiites pushing for Islamic Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Results of Iraq's election are expected to bring to power Shiite clerics who make no secret of their desire to turn the nation into an Islamic republic.

Iraq election results expected by Thursday

BAGHDAD, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission said Saturday the final results of last week's general election will be announced before Thursday.

Iraq on eve of election: silent, tense

BAGHDAD, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Election workers laboring under heavy security Saturday readied polling places for Iraq's first nationwide election in nearly half a century.

Allawi rising in run-up to Iraqi election

BAGHDAD, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Iraq's interim prime minister appears to be gaining momentum in the run-up to the nation's election, the Los Angeles Times said Tuesday.

Sunni Muslim group owns killing of Shiite

BAGHDAD, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials searched Saturday for a political leader's teenage daughter, abducted as she walked home from a math tutoring session in Baghdad, CNN said. The abductors used the 16-year-old's cell phone Friday night to send a text message to Khadim Youse

Gunmen kill 5 in Baghdad hotel raid

BAGHDAD, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Gunmen raided a hotel in central Baghdad Thursday and killed five employees with a Turkish company supplying U.S. forces with concrete blocks.

Shiites urge Sunnis to vote

BAGHDAD, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Members of the Shia United Iraqi Alliance Sunday urged disaffected Iraqi Sunnis to participate in the Jan. 30 elections.
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