Maliki's plan to manipulate Iraq's election

Maliki's plan to manipulate Iraq's election

BRUSSELS, April 21 (UPI) -- MEP Struan Stevenson: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.
Struan Stevenson, MEP
Biden reached out to Iraqi, Kurdish leaders to discuss oil export management

Biden reached out to Iraqi, Kurdish leaders to discuss oil export management

March 21 (UPI) -- Vice President Biden conveyed America's commitment to helping Iraq and Kurdistan reach a permanent agreement regarding Iraq's oil export management.
JC Finley
Civilians paying price for Iraqi insecurity, EU says

Civilians paying price for Iraqi insecurity, EU says

BAGHDAD, March 13 (UPI) -- The European commissioner in charge if humanitarian aid said Thursday the people of Iraq were once again suffering as a result of national security issues.

ICRC's Maurer arrives in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, March 10 (UPI) -- Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said Monday from Iraq humanitarian aid is hard to come by because of the violence.

Iraq: 'This is war,' say Kurds in oil fight with Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's dispute with Iraq's Kurdish minority over its independent oil exports has escalated with the central government blocking Kurdistan's share of the state budget and banning two airlines that operate between Europe and the Kurds' semiautonomous northern enclave.
U.N. 'impressed' by Iraqi vote preparation

U.N. 'impressed' by Iraqi vote preparation

BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- U.N. special envoy to Iraq Nickolay Mladenov said he was "impressed" by how well elections officials have prepared for the April contest.

Genocide in Fallujah

STRASBOURG, France, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The unfolding tragedy in the Iraqi city of Fallujah seems to have slipped off the international radar screen as the focus of the global community drifts from Syria to Ukraine and back again.
STRUAN STEVENSON, UPI Outside View Commentator
Violence in Iraq's Anbar province ongoing, ICRC says

Violence in Iraq's Anbar province ongoing, ICRC says

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday there are "no signs" conflict in Iraq's western Anbar province is letting up.

Iraq's turmoil likely to grow as Shiite leader Sadr bows out

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki battles to recapture a third town seized by al-Qaida insurgents amid fears Iraq's sliding toward another sectarian civil war, the decision by Shiite religious leader Moqtada al-Sadr to withdraw from politics weeks before parliamentary elections is expected to add to Iraq's swelling crisis.

Cleric urges voters to keep Iraq out of 'hands of dishonest'

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Iraqis must vote in upcoming parliamentary elections to prevent the country from falling "into the hands of the dishonest," a powerful cleric said Tuesday.

Iraq: Execution-style killings signal return of Shiite death squads

BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The growing number of dead men found in the streets and canals of Baghdad, mostly shot in the head, some bearing the marks of torture, is stirring fears that the Shiite death squads who slaughtered hundreds, possibly thousands, of Sunnis during the dark days of Iraq's sectarian bloodbath are back in business.

Iraqi pipeline attacks raise fears of threat to oil

BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were in an attack this week on a northern army base guarding an oil pipeline, the first assault to involve such high casualties amid concerns that an al-Qaida insurgency in western Iraq is spreading to vital oil-producing regions.

New generation of al-Qaida warlords make deadly mark

BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- As al-Qaida mounts a widening insurgency in Iraq, fights in Syria's civil war and opens up new battle fronts across the Middle East and North Africa, a new generation of commanders has emerged to lead the resurgent jihadists.

Turkey concerned by Iraqi violence

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Turkey's "most sincere desire" is for a sense of peace and stability to return to Iraq.

EU concerned by Iraqi political fault lines

BRUSSELS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Council of the European Union said Monday Iraq is a democracy in transition where internal political divisions pose a threat to national security.

IDPs in Iraq complicate security, analyst warns

BAGHDAD, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A large population of displaced people in Iraq's western Anbar province may offer insurgent groups a place to hide, a risk analyst said Friday.

Tensions rise as Iraqi Kurds' oil flows to Turkey

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- As Iraqi Kurdistan exports oil northward to Turkey through its own pipeline despitef dire warnings from Baghdad about the consequences of such independent action, the prospect of a collision between Iraq's central government and the semiautonomous Kurds increases.

U.S.: Politics part of security equation in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Security in Iraq is related to political issues and all parties in that regard need their "legitimate grievances" addressed, the U.S. State Department said.

HRW report documents abuses suffered by Iraqi women in prison

BAGHDAD, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Iraqi authorities detain thousands of Iraqi women, subjecting them to torture and mistreatment, including threats of sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said.

HRW: Al-Qaida action in Iraq 'abhorrent'

BAGHDAD, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday the slaying of Iraqi forces by members of al-Qaida is proof serious crimes are being committed in Iraq.

Maliki girds for Fallujah assault, stakes are high for Iraq

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Amid sustained shelling, Iraq's military is getting ready to mount major assaults against al-Qaida forces who seized large areas of the western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi Dec. 30.
Iraqi army increases shelling of militant-controlled Fallujah

Iraqi army increases shelling of militant-controlled Fallujah

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The Iraqi army has increased shelling of Fallujah as the first part of a mission to expel militants who have taken control of the city.
Aileen Graef

Fallujah nearly empty, ICRC says

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The restive Iraqi city of Fallujah is nearly deserted, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, and those left behind are in urgent need of help.

U.S. seeks to rescue Iraq's Maliki with $6.2 billion Apache deal

BAGHDAD, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The United States wants to sell Iraq 24 state-of-the-art AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 500 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles in a $6.2 billion deal to help Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki crush a swelling insurgency led by al-Qaida that threatens his embattled government.

Kurds' oil deal with Turkey 'endangers Iraq's budget'

BAGHDAD, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The feud between Iraq's central government and the minority Kurds' semiautonomous enclave over oil is reaching critical mass, if the head of parliament's treasury committee is to be believed.
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