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.
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Nouri al-Maliki

Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki (Arabic: نوري كامل محمّد حسن المالكي‎ Nūrī Kāmil al-Mālikī; born June 20, 1950), also known as Jawad al-Maliki or Abu Esraa, is the Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party. Al-Maliki and his government succeeded the Iraqi Transitional Government. He is currently in his second term as Prime Minister. His first Cabinet was approved by the National Assembly and sworn in on May 20, 2006; his second Cabinet, in which he also holds the positions of acting Interior Minister, acting Defense Minister, and acting National Security Minister, was approved on December 21, 2010.

Al-Maliki began his political career as a Shia dissident under Saddam Hussein's administration in the late 1970s and rose to prominence after he fled a death sentence into exile for 24 years. During his time abroad, he became a senior leader of Dawa, coordinated the activities of anti-Saddam guerillas and built relationships with Iranian and Syrian officials whose help he sought in overthrowing Saddam.

Al-Maliki was born in Janaja village in Abu Gharaq, a central Iraqi town situated between Karbala and Al Hillah. He is a member of the Al-Ali Tribe, an offshoot of the Bani Malik tribe. He attended school in Al Hindiyah (Hindiya). Al-Maliki received a bachelor's degree at Usul al-Din College in Baghdad, and a master's degree in Arabic literature from Baghdad University. Al-Maliki lived for a time in Al Hillah, where he worked in the education department. He joined the Islamic Dawa Party in the late 1960s while studying at university. His grandfather, Muhammad Hasan Abi al-Mahasin, was a poet and cleric who was the president of the Revolutionary Council (Al-Majlis Al-Milli) of the Iraqi revolution against the British in 1920, and served as Iraq's Minister of Education under King Faisal I.

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