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Who is the new Iraqi prime minister?

Who is the new Iraqi prime minister?

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 17 (UPI) --Haider Al-Abadi, simply put, he's the man who's going to save Iraq from an orgy of violence. Or at least he's going to try.
Claude Salhani
Iraqi Shiite cleric Sistani backs Abadi as prime minister

Iraqi Shiite cleric Sistani backs Abadi as prime minister

BAGHDAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani voiced his support during Friday prayers for newly designated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
JC Finley
White House commends Iraqi PM Maliki on resignation decision

White House commends Iraqi PM Maliki on resignation decision

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) --The White House commended Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on his decision to resign so that government formation could move forward.
JC Finley
After tense political standoff, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki resigns

After tense political standoff, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki resigns

BAGHDAD, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has reportedly agreed to resign following a tense political standoff after his replacement was named earlier this week.
JC Finley
U.N. grades Iraq's humanitarian crisis as most severe

U.N. grades Iraq's humanitarian crisis as most severe

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14 (UPI) --The United Nations assigned a "Level 3" grade, the highest level of emergency, to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.
Ed Adamczyk
Iraqi PM Maliki claims 'ethical and patriotic duty' to stay in power

Iraqi PM Maliki claims 'ethical and patriotic duty' to stay in power

BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 (UPI) --Days after the Iraqi president named a new prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki refuses to step down until a federal court determines the legality of the nomination.
JC Finley
New Iraqi prime minister gets U.S., Iranian approval

New Iraqi prime minister gets U.S., Iranian approval

BAGHDAD, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi received the approval and encouragement of both the United States and Iran after his nomination.
Ed Adamczyk
Obama provides update on military and humanitarian aid to Iraq

Obama provides update on military and humanitarian aid to Iraq

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) --Speaking from Martha's Vineyard, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed Iraq's appointment on Monday of a new prime minister as "a promising step forward..."
JC Finley
VP Biden reiterates support for new Iraqi government, despite concerns of Maliki blowback

VP Biden reiterates support for new Iraqi government, despite concerns of Maliki blowback

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) --Vice President Joe Biden reiterated U.S. support for Iraq's new government during calls Monday with President Fouad Massoum and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
JC Finley
Iraqi President Massoum's nomination of new prime minister angers Maliki

Iraqi President Massoum's nomination of new prime minister angers Maliki

BAGHDAD, Aug. 11 (UPI) --On Monday, Iraqi President Fouad Massoum nominated Haidar al-Abadi to replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
JC Finley
Iraq's Parliament elects speaker

Iraq's Parliament elects speaker

BAGHDAD, July 15 (UPI) --Iraq's Parliament elected a speaker Tuesday, and legislators hailed the achievement as the start of unifying the national government.
Ed Adamczyk
Baghdad denounces Kurdish oil raids

Baghdad denounces Kurdish oil raids

BAGHDAD, July 14 (UPI) --The Iraqi Oil Ministry said it denounced the takeover of two key crude oil production facilities by Kurdish military forces in the north of the country.
Daniel J. Graeber
Kurds end Iraqi government involvement

Kurds end Iraqi government involvement

ERBIL , Iraq, July 11 (UPI) --The Kurdish bloc will no longer participate in Iraq's government, the former foreign minister said Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
Iraq's Maliki ousts Kurdish foreign minister Zebari, installs Shiite replacement

Iraq's Maliki ousts Kurdish foreign minister Zebari, installs Shiite replacement

BAGHDAD, July 11 (UPI) --Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confirmed Friday he replaced Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, with Hussain Shahristani, a Shiite.
JC Finley
Kurds take control of more oil

Kurds take control of more oil

BAGHDAD, July 11 (UPI) --Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are called on to take on terrorist groups rather than seize control of oil operations, the Iraqi Oil Ministry said Friday.
Daniel J. Graeber
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Nouri al-Maliki
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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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