Tlar talks about Maliki.

Tlar Maliki just won’t go away. He now is trying to obstruct the voting for president by nominating a bunch of guys from the SOL which he intends to run one after another in an attempt to stall the process. We have already seen an article where the SOL is stating Wednesday they should just introduce the nominees not vote on them. I’m sure they would love to postpone another week the actual vote. He claims is trying to punish the Kurds for their “polices” but the truth is different. He is just trying to stall the process of building the government.

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Tlar say Maliki has been dumped.

Tlar The SOL has all but dumped Maliki as their nominee. Maliki said he will resign in exchange for two things….Immunity of all charges even murder and if he gets to pick the next PM are what he wants in exchange for his resignation…The SOL’s power base has also been eroding as many of their members (about half or more) have come out against Maliki. The SOL has said they will offer three nominees…. The coalition has also offered up three nominees. Either Chalabi or Mahdi will ultimately be the prime minister….The PM position may take a few days past Wednesday…

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State of Law: Maliki only has the right to choose his replacement as prime minister

Baghdad / Iraq News Network:   confirmed a coalition of state law, Wednesday, that the president of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki only has the right to choose his replacement as prime minister, and on his shoulder the responsibility for the nomination of the most efficient of the cluster for this position. Said Coalition MP Samira al-Moussawi said in a statement today “The task of choosing the alternative of state law for submission to the National Alliance to form a government rests with the head of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki, the outgoing.” and added, “The issue of alternative Maliki discussed by the leaders of the National Alliance did not tell us one name alternative until now,” indicating that “the person who will agree it should be regaining national consensus as called for by reference.” She continued, al-Moussawi said the “National Alliance asked us to provide a candidate non-Maliki to form a government as our coalition won the highest percentage of the vote,” asserting that “it is the responsibility of al-Maliki only choose candidate designee nor the validity of the members of the state of law in that. “It is said that the Iraqi parliament has chosen on Tuesday, Salim al-President of the Parliament, and chose Haider Abadi, deputy First, Aram Sheikh Mohammed as second deputy, all of whom spare no absolute majority (half +1) of the House of Representatives.

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Maliki to Arab Nations: ‘Do Not Allow Iraq’s Division’

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting to stay in power against overwhelming Sunni and Kurdish opposition, warned Arab countries that Iraq’s division would rumble across the region.

“The idea of dividing Iraq will not work out by any means,” he said in his televised weekly speech on Wednesday, as Iraq appeared to be sliding toward splintering into Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish portions.

“The division will not be geographical only, but the people and resources will also divide, he warned. S

Addressing member nations of the Arab League, the Shiite prime minister said: “Do not allow Iraq’s division to take place. The fire of division will spread to other countries.”

Maliki’s comments came a day after Iraqi politicians named a Sunni moderate, Salim al-Jabouri, as the speaker of parliament. But the political bickering over forming a new government has gone nowhere, as Maliki refuses to refrain from a third term in office, despite the turmoil that has shaken the region.

Iraq’s Kurds have announced plans for an independence referendum, and the Sunnis are in a massive rebellion against the Shiite-government in Baghdad, hand-in-hand with jihadi-led rebels who have captured a third of the country.

Maliki confirmed that the presidency of Iraq would still go to a Kurd.

“The Iraqi president should be appointed as soon as possible, and only 15 days are left, I think,” he said.

“The appointed should be a suitable person, and should respect the constitution, the unity of Iraq and be against the division of Iraq. Otherwise we will face problems,” Maliki warned.

The incumbent president, Jalal Talabani, is a Kurd who has been absent and in Germany since a stroke in December 2012.

Meanwhile, the Kurds – including ministers in the Iraqi cabinet – have disengaged from Baghdad completely, following accusations by Maliki that Erbil was harboring Islamic extremists.

So far the candidate for Iraq’s presidency has not been confirmed by the Kurds, but many have hinted that Barham Salih, the former Kurdish prime minister, will most likely be named.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has backed Maliki’s efforts to keep Iraq united, has also warned that Iraq’s division would lead to “catastrophic consequences.”

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Maliki to Arab Nations: ‘Do Not Allow Iraq’s Division’

Nouri al-Maliki.Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting to stay in power against overwhelming Sunni and Kurdish opposition, warned Arab countries that Iraq’s division would rumble across the region.

“The idea of dividing Iraq will not work out by any means,” he said in his televised weekly speech on Wednesday, as Iraq appeared to be sliding toward splintering into Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish portions.

“The division will not be geographical only, but the people and resources will also divide, he warned. S

Addressing member nations of the Arab League, the Shiite prime minister said: “Do not allow Iraq’s division to take place. The fire of division will spread to other countries.”

Maliki’s comments came a day after Iraqi politicians named a Sunni moderate, Salim al-Jabouri, as the speaker of parliament. But the political bickering over forming a new government has gone nowhere, as Maliki refuses to refrain from a third term in office, despite the turmoil that has shaken the region.

Iraq’s Kurds have announced plans for an independence referendum, and the Sunnis are in a massive rebellion against the Shiite-government in Baghdad, hand-in-hand with jihadi-led rebels who have captured a third of the country.

Maliki confirmed that the presidency of Iraq would still go to a Kurd.

“The Iraqi president should be appointed as soon as possible, and only 15 days are left, I think,” he said.

“The appointed should be a suitable person, and should respect the constitution, the unity of Iraq and be against the division of Iraq. Otherwise we will face problems,” Maliki warned.

The incumbent president, Jalal Talabani, is a Kurd who has been absent and in Germany since a stroke in December 2012.

Meanwhile, the Kurds — including ministers in the Iraqi cabinet — have disengaged from Baghdad completely, following accusations by Maliki that Erbil was harboring Islamic extremists.

So far the candidate for Iraq’s presidency has not been confirmed by the Kurds, but many have hinted that Barham Salih, the former Kurdish prime minister, will most likely be named.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has backed Maliki’s efforts to keep Iraq united, has also warned that Iraq’s division would lead to “catastrophic consequences.”

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Washington Post: Maliki will announce his resignation

According to the Washington Post, quoting media sources, especially by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will announce his resignation within days, indicating he would support an independent candidate to succeed him,
the newspaper said in a news Mguetillt published on Wednesday that al-Maliki agreed to step down from running for a third term, provided that the method appropriate to his person and reservation prestige, according to sources,
revealed the desire of al-Maliki headed by the National Alliance, the successor to the Jafari greedy state office,
and was Nahar newspaper had revealed earlier in the day about the “abandonment of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced his candidacy for the presidency of the new government for a third term, after a request from the reference Najaf and Iran. ”
The newspaper said the request came “to end the conflict inside and outside of the National Alliance about the prime minister.”
According to the Lebanese newspaper that according to the leaks, “the negotiations within the National Alliance conducted in connection with the nomination of a replacement for the succession of al-Maliki., but the discussions revolve around the timing of the announcement abandoning stand, where some parties prefer to announce his move after the achievement of results in the field of security. ”

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Maliki to Arab Nations: ‘Do Not Allow Iraq’s Division’

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting to stay in power against overwhelming Sunni and Kurdish opposition, warned Arab countries that Iraq’s division would rumble across the region.

“The idea of dividing Iraq will not work out by any means,” he said in his televised weekly speech on Wednesday, as Iraq appeared to be sliding toward splintering into Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish portions.

“The division will not be geographical only, but the people and resources will also divide, he warned. S

Addressing member nations of the Arab League, the Shiite prime minister said: “Do not allow Iraq’s division to take place. The fire of division will spread to other countries.”

Maliki’s comments came a day after Iraqi politicians named a Sunni moderate, Salim al-Jabouri, as the speaker of parliament. But the political bickering over forming a new government has gone nowhere, as Maliki refuses to refrain from a third term in office, despite the turmoil that has shaken the region.

Iraq’s Kurds have announced plans for an independence referendum, and the Sunnis are in a massive rebellion against the Shiite-government in Baghdad, hand-in-hand with jihadi-led rebels who have captured a third of the country.

Maliki confirmed that the presidency of Iraq would still go to a Kurd.

“The Iraqi president should be appointed as soon as possible, and only 15 days are left, I think,” he said.

“The appointed should be a suitable person, and should respect the constitution, the unity of Iraq and be against the division of Iraq. Otherwise we will face problems,” Maliki warned.

The incumbent president, Jalal Talabani, is a Kurd who has been absent and in Germany since a stroke in December 2012.

Meanwhile, the Kurds – including ministers in the Iraqi cabinet – have disengaged from Baghdad completely, following accusations by Maliki that Erbil was harboring Islamic extremists.

So far the candidate for Iraq’s presidency has not been confirmed by the Kurds, but many have hinted that Barham Salih, the former Kurdish prime minister, will most likely be named.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has backed Maliki’s efforts to keep Iraq united, has also warned that Iraq’s division would lead to “catastrophic consequences.”

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Kurds ‘quit Iraq government’ in Maliki snub

The Kurdish political bloc has stopped all participation in Iraq’s national government over prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s comments that Kurds were hosting Sunni rebels in Erbil.

Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshiyar Zebari, said on Friday that Kurdish politicians would stop running their ministries, a day after they had announced a boycott of cabinet meetings.

The ministries affected include Zebari’s foreign ministry, the trade ministry, the ministry of migration, the health ministry and the deputy premiership, the Reuters news agency reported.

Kurdish MPs would continue to attend the parliament, elected on April 30, Zebari said, adding the country risked falling apart if an inclusive government was not formed.

“The country is now divided literally into three states; Kurdish; a black state [the area controlled by the Islamic State group] and Baghdad.”

Despite the foreign minister’s comments, the Iraqi state television said reports that the Kurdish bloc had suspended participation in the government were not “fully accurate”.

It quoted Kifa Mahmoud Karim, an adviser to the Kurdish regional government’s president, as saying the ministers consider themselves to be “on leave”.

Karim said the politicians would go back to Baghdad once the parliament agreed on nominations for the presidency and speaker of the house.

Also on Friday, Kurdish peshmerga soldiers took control of two oilfields near Kirkuk on Friday, expelling Arab workers and replacing them with Kurdish personnel, the oil ministry said.

The Kurdish forces had moved in to Kirkuk in June shortly after Iraqi government forces fled in face of an offensive by Islamic State group fighters.

Sistani condemnation

In a separate development, Iraq’s most revered Shia religious leader, Ali al-Sistani, called on politicians to “close ranks” and to stop what he called their “radical discourse”.

The Iraqi prime minister’s accusation that the Kurdish regional government was harbouring fighters from the Islamic State group sparked a war of words between him and the Kurdish regional president, Massoud Barzani.

Iraq’s political fractures were exposed after a rebellion led by Islamic State group fighters seized large parts of the country.

Maliki has accused the Kurds of exploiting the crisis to push for statehood.

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Has Maliki retired?

DC:   [via Adept1] In Iraq…we have had phone calls confirming that Maliki has retired… We are quite ready for the new PM, Speaker and President. They have been selected although not formally voted on. Everyone is in gear and ready to go, in terms of the ministers who have been selected. The customs, border agents, and CBI are all ready for this to get done. Everyone has calmed down and the security situation in Iraq is better due to actions against ISIS and others. Iraq is absolutely ready to go.The agencies are all green: UST, Fed, banks, UN, IMF, administration is absolutely ready to go and get things done. Everyone…is in the right seat for this to be executed. We don’t have the exact time…Now that everything has settled down, it’s ready to go!

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Motahidoin assures boycotting next government if Maliki nominated as PM

Baghdad   –MP, Ahmed al-Massari, of Motahidoin Alliance threatened to boycott the next government if the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, heads the next government as its Prime Minister.

Massari stated to AIN “We have no idea about postponing holding the next parliament session and we do not know about the reasons behind postponing it,” noting that “Nominating the next parliament Speaker is not settled yet.”

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Maliki: We will not allow Nujaifi to take any position in the three presidencies

Shafaq News / State of Law coalition led by outgoing Prime Minister ,Nuri al-Maliki confirmed on Thursday, “absolute” rejection for the former parliament speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi to take any of the positions of the three presidencies.

“Whether the presidency of the parliament or the presidency would be to the Sunni Arabs, we in the State of law coalition will not allow and will not accept Osama al-Nujaifi to assume any of the positions for our belief that Nujaifi has failed in the political process in Iraq through delaying the previous Parliament ,”The leader of the coalition, Mohammed al-Sayhood told “Shafaq News”.

He added that “if Nujaifi assumed the presidency of the Republic or the presidency of the parliament , he will end what has remained, we believe that they are maneuvering the candidate names for office to submit Nujaifi as a candidate finally.”

Motahedoun coalition led by Nujaifi has refused to nominate Maliki as prime minister and called the National Alliance to provide candidates for the position with the exception of al-Maliki.

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Maliki Big Loser in the Blame Game

There’s plenty of blame to go around for ISIS’s progress in Iraq. (Photo: State Department / Flickr)

There’s plenty of blame to go around for ISIS’s progress in Iraq. (Photo: State Department / Flickr)

Everyone wants to blame Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for the military success of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) in Iraq. For instance, appearing on Fox News,

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized the U.S. for arming “Islamic rebels who kill Christians” in Syria and who are now militant in Iraq and said “the person most culpable” for the crisis in Iraq is President Maliki. Paul hit back at Sean Hannity’s oversimplification of the Iraq crisis and attempts to blame President Obama and Democrats on Hannity’s radio show this week.

In April, Dexter Filkins reported for the New Yorker:

The capture of Iraqi territory by Islamic extremists, barely two years since the last American soldiers left, prompted an extraordinary wave of soul-searching in Iraq and the United States, which lost more than thirteen hundred men and women in Anbar Province. Much of that reflection, in both countries, centered on Maliki, the man in whom the United States invested so much of its hopes and resources.

… From the beginning, Maliki was fixated on conspiracies being hatched against him—by his Iraqi rivals, by the Baathists he imagined were still in the Iraqi Army, even by the Americans. A former American diplomat described it as “Nixonian paranoia,” adding, “We had a hundred and fifty thousand troops in the country, and he was obsessed that a few dozen former Baathists were going to try to overthrow him.”

Equally as destructive, a longtime associate told Filkins that, to Maliki, “all politics is short term. He doesn’t have any vision for the state.”

More recently, at Al Arabiya, Abdulrahman al-Rashed wrote:

There is no doubt that Maliki is fully responsible for this crisis. … Maliki has taken over power, taking advantage of this American protection. He has expelled his Shiite allies and took all the decisions by himself. He excluded and offended about one-third of the Iraqi population, Arab Sunnis, and therefore this situation can only generate a continued disobedience, which threatens the stability of Iraq and the state’s structure.

“Of course,” wrote the author of a report with no byline at Conflict Forum, “it is easy for external observers to blame PM Maliki for all Iraqi ills.”

But it was not Maliki that set up the Kurdish autonomous region, or who armed the Peshmerga; nor was it Maliki who disbanded Sadam Hussein’s army or initiated de-Ba’athification or who purged the Sunnis from power. It is true that the Prime Minister is neurotically suspicious of conspiracies mounted against him — a pathology which has deadened and ossified Iraqi politics. But his caution and suspicions, albeit exaggerated and damaging politically, can hardly [be] said to have been entirely without basis.

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Maliki: Syria carried out air strikes against ISIL near Al Anbar

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) On Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki confirmed that Syria carried out air strikes against militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, near the Iraqi border on Tuesday.

Maliki said in a statement for BBC, “The Syrian fighter jets bombed insurgent positions near the border of Qaim on Tuesday,” adding that “the strike was directed to a point on the Syrian side of the border.”

Maliki indicated that “Iraq did not ask for these raids,” asserting that “Baghdad welcomed such attacks against the elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”

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Maliki: Syria carried out air strikes against ISIL near Al Anbar

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) On Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki confirmed that Syria carried out air strikes against militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, near the Iraqi border on Tuesday.

Maliki said in a statement for BBC, “The Syrian fighter jets bombed insurgent positions near the border of Qaim on Tuesday,” adding that “the strike was directed to a point on the Syrian side of the border.”

Maliki indicated that “Iraq did not ask for these raids,” asserting that “Baghdad welcomed such attacks against the elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”

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Hague Appeals for Unity in Baghdad, as Maliki Turns to Syria and Iran

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague made an urgent appeal for political unity in Baghdad against a jihadi blitz, but amid indications Iraq’s Shiite prime minister was turning to Iran and Syria in face of a Western reluctance for military involvement.

Hague’s unannounced visit came just as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confirmed that Syrian warplanes had carried out border raids against the militants, who include the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Sunni jihadis have captured cities and key installations, such as two border posts with Syria, since beginning their rampage about a fortnight ago. They vow to march on Baghdad to oust the Shiite government.

The Iraqi military has largely collapsed since the rebel advance began with the capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. But as Hague prepared to go into talks in Baghdad, state television showed army troops in control of the Baiji refinery, the country’s largest, which reportedly had fallen.

“The immediate priority, and the focus of my discussions today, is to help and encourage Iraqi leaders to put sectarian conflicts behind them and unite across all political parties,” Hague said in Baghdad, adding he would also be meeting with Massoud Barzani, president of the autonomous northern Kurdistan Region.

“The Iraqi state is facing an existential threat, with huge ramifications for the future stability and freedom of this country. The single most important factor that will determine whether or not Iraq overcomes this challenge is political unity,” Hague said.

He expressed the same view as US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Baghdad Monday before traveling to the Kurdish capital of Erbil.

But in the time that Kerry left Baghdad and Hague arrived, Maliki reneged on a pledge to the US secretary that he would quickly form a salvation government to stop Iraq from splintering into Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish portions.

“The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process,” he said on state television Wednesday.

Hague, however, came with an urgent appeal for unity.

“As a friend of Iraq, the UK believes the urgent priority must be to form an inclusive government that can command the support of all Iraqi people and work to stop ISIS in its tracks,” he said.

The British minister said the UK can provide diplomatic, counter-terrorism and humanitarian support to Iraq. He said his government has already provided five million pounds in emergency relief to Iraq and “there is more that we will be able to do in support of a unified Iraqi government.”

But Maliki, who has pleaded for US air strikes against the militants, has only received 300 advisors from Washington, which has been his main Western backer up to now.

Maliki confirmed that warplanes in Syria — where ISIS is also fighting and where he has helped the regime receive weapons from Iran by opening Iraqi territory — had carried out raids against the militants on the border with Iraq.

“There was no coordination involved, but we welcome this action,” he told the BBC. “We welcome any Syrian strike against ISIS, because this group targets both Iraq and Syria,” he said. “The final winners are our two countries.”

The avowed goal of ISIS is to create an Islamic state on territory straddling both Iraq and Syria.

Following the Syrian air raids earlier this week, reportedly inside Iraq, the White House warned Damascus to stay out of the war next door.

As Maliki refused to budge, ISIS militants were reported to be fighting only an hour away from Baghdad.

Maliki’s rejection of Western appeals for a unified government was seen as an indication he is counting on support from elsewhere, namely Shiite Iran.

The New York Times reported that Tehran is supplying Maliki with tons of military equipment every day. It said that the very powerful commander of Iran’s elite Quds force, Qassem Soleimani, has been in Iraq to coordinate the fight against insurgents.

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Maliki ‘welcomes Syrian strikes’ on rebels

The Syrian air force has carried out air raids against Sunni rebels on the Syrian side of the Iraq-Syria border this week, the Iraqi prime minister has told the BBC.

Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday told the British broadcaster he “welcomed” any such strike against the rebels, led by the formerly al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), adding that his government did not request Tuesday’s aerial raids.

On Wednesday al-Qaeda’s Syrian arm, al-Nusra Front, also made a local pledge of allegiance to ISIL, further bolstering the group’s control of the border area.

The purported raids by Syria came after ISIL-led fighters took control of the border town of al-Qaim on the Iraqi side of the frontier, providing them a strategic route into Syria, where the group is also active.

Overnight ISIL seized a town near Baghdad, Mansouriyat al-Jabal, that is home to four natural gas fields where foreign companies operate, security forces said.

ISIL fighters have overrun large parts of five provinces north and west of Baghdad, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and displacing hundreds of thousands.

On the diplomatic front, William Hague, the British foreign secretary, arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for talks with Maliki centred on the crisis gripping the country.

Hague was also scheduled to meet Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraqi parliament speaker, and other political leaders.

Britain has recently ruled out any military involvement in Iraq, but Hague said a British “operational liaison and reconnaissance team” arrived in Baghdad over the weekend and that Britain would provide humanitarian assistance as needed.

He has also said that as many as 400 British citizens may be fighting in Syria and that some may also be fighting in Iraq with ISIL.

Iraq’s presidency said a session of parliament would be held on July 1, the first step to forming a new government that many hope will be inclusive enough to undermine the ISIL campaign.

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Maliki: The national salvation government is a coup against constitution

BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki described the government of national salvation, which is demanded by some, as a coup against the constitution.

He said in his weekly speech today that “the armed forces are able to open the roads linking the provinces and liberate cities, which came with the support of Religious Authority and people.”

Maliki said: “We will attend the first session of the House of Representatives and we will commit by the Constitution and in response to the call of religious authority and people who participated in the elections.” / End

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Maliki rejects pressure for unity government

The Iraqi prime minister has said he will not bow to international pressure on forming a national unity government to tackle the Sunni rebellion in the north, calling the idea a “coup” against the constitution.

Nouri al-Maliki’s statement on Wednesday came a day after the US secretary of state, John Kerry, left Iraq after pushing for an agreement between Kurdish, Sunni and Shia leaders.

In his weekly televised address, Maliki said: “The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process.

“It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters.”

The speech came a day after US military advisers arrived in Baghdad. The US says Iraqi politicians must create a unity government before it sends futher help.

Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said the prime minister’s comments would be seen as direct rebuttal to the US insistence of a unity deal before more help is sent.

Maliki’s electoral bloc won by far the most seats in April 30 parliamentary elections with 92, nearly three times as many as the next biggest party, and the incumbent himself tallied 720,000 personal votes, also far and away the most.

Refinery takeover

Also on Wednesday, Iraqi State TV broadcasted video claiming to show Iraqi troops in control of the oil refinery at Baiji, amid contesting claims as to who was in control there.

The footage, shot by a journalist sympathetic to the government, shows an army helicoper briefly landing at the site before leaving.

Khan said that the video, which the government said was shot on Tuesday, seemed to suggest Iraqi troops were in control of at least part of the refinery.

The Iraqi government would have been hesitant to send a journalist to the area if it wasn’t confident it was clear of rebels, Khan said.

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Kurds Signal Loyalty to Iraq, But Not to Maliki

ERBIL, Iraq — The U.S. urged the semiautonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan to stand with the country’s central government, amid speculation the Kurds would push for independence as the country plunged into sectarian violence.

Concerns in Baghdad, Washington and elsewhere that the Kurds were moving toward seceding from Iraq rose in recent months as they began unilaterally exporting oil in defiance of the central government’s warnings not to do so.

Their worries deepened this month when the Kurds responded to rapidly advancing Sunni insurgents by sending in their forces to replace the fleeing Iraqi military, expanding the territory they control by more than a third, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Fear over Iraq’s disintegration led Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday to urge the Kurdistan Regional Government’s leaders to cooperate with Baghdad, despite their long-standing antipathy for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, as the Shiite leader seeks to start forming a new government by July 1.

Mr. Kerry stressed in his meeting with Kurdish President Massoud Barzani that the U.S. believed Kurdistan would be stronger if it remained part of a unified Iraq, even if it operated with significantly more autonomy. Mr. Barzani, in turn, told Mr. Kerry that the Kurds wouldn’t take part in a government that Mr. Maliki led. But his government has signaled it won’t make any sudden moves towards independence.

The Obama administration sees the Kurds as a vital part of its hopes for a new government in Baghdad that would also be inclusive of Sunni Arabs and Kurds, stemming support for the insurgency.

Mr. Kerry’s plea came hours after Mr. Barzani told CNN that Iraq is “falling apart” and Kurdish people should “now determine their future,” although he stopped short of calling for an independent state. Kurdish officials are indicating that they won’t seek outright independence for now, but rather greater autonomy.

“We want to have control of our economic destiny, we don’t want to be under Baghdad’s control again,” Ashti Hawrami, Kurdistan’s minister of natural resources and an architect of the push for more autonomy by exporting oil, said in an interview. “If [the U.S.] want to be helpful to Iraq, they need to help establish a federal system.”

Kurds have coveted independence since Western colonial powers divvied up the Middle East after World War I. Their strategy to pursue greater autonomy but remain within the Iraqi state is a bid to preserve the stability that has reigned in Kurdistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 that ousted Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein, said local officials, diplomats and international businessmen.

Erbil’s stance seeks to avoid antagonizing not only Baghdad, but also Washington, which has long opposed a Kurdish independence bid for fear it could Balkanize Iraq.

“KRG officials are very careful not to be seen taking advantage of the situation to push a goal that would be destabilizing,” said Crispin Hawes, managing director at Teneo Intelligence, a New York-based political risk advisory. “Their current level of authority does lead them toward de facto independence, but they’re very careful not to use that word outside the region.”

Rather, Kurdish leaders have focused on building self-governing institutions and attracting energy giants including Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. that helped kick-start a resources-driven economic boom.

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Aggiedad talks about Kerry meeting with Maliki

Aggiedad77 Article: “U.S. official: Kerry will discuss the potential for tripping over Iraq’s oil supplies” Oh this should give everyone in Iraq a warm fuzzy feeling…Sec of State Kerry is allegedly going to show up in Iraq…now of all times…now after so much damage has been done…let’s pay a little attention to a country we once tried to save from the very menace they face today…a menace that someone uttered “were on the run” not so long ago…I’m sure that there will be a warm welcome for him…it is kind of funny…this talk of oil disruption is not even remotely close to being a reality…nothing in the way of exports to the north or the south have been threatened.

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BGG discusses Maliki fighting.

BGG [with the seating of parliament on Tuesday does that look like a good day for maliki to leave one way or the other?] Maliki is fought the seating of Parliament tooth and nail…once they are seated – it is a very short walk to the end for him. Once Maliki is gone – things will get much easier. [With the conflict on going and M being "forced" out is ISX, July 1 upgrade on track? And if so, Do you think it forces CBI to RV prior to July 1?] My comment will be – the financial side of things sure feels like it is on it’s own timeline entirely… particularly in light of Turki’s recent comments about the potential value of the Dinar. [Can our liquidity event happen with M in place?] not impossible – however, at this point – I would at least think the IMF/WB would want to be certain he is a non-factor.

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Gulf Leaders Blame Iraq’s Maliki for ISIL Crisis

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah (L) attends Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in Riyadh June 2, 2014.WASHINGTON (VOA) — As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continued along a bloody path toward Baghdad, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. has stepped up “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets” in Iraq to get a clearer picture of what’s going on there.

With better information about what ISIL is doing and where, the U.S. can better support the Iraqi military in countering the threat of Sunni Islamist forces. That may be good news for the Iranian-backed Maliki government in Iraq, but is not expected to sit well with Sunnis outside of Iraq — in particular, Sunni monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries.

“This is very much a situation of competing narratives,” said Salman Sheikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

“The Maliki government, the Assad government, as well as Iran, are seeing this very much as a fight between elected governments and Sunni extremists, al-Qaida extremists,” he said.

“On the other side, you’ve got a narrative which is very much about the grievances that are being done to the Sunnis’ heartland, particularly in Iraq by Maliki, and of course by a minority in Syria to the majority Sunni population,” Sheikh said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia for supporting the Sunni extremists with weapons and cash. But Saudi and the other Gulf countries throw the blame right back at the Iraqi leader, a Shi’ite, saying his own “sectarian and exclusionary policies” led to the current crisis.

They also criticize the United States for its ongoing support of Maliki, warning that if the U.S. continues to back him, it could ignite a regional sectarian war.

The situation is therefore enormously complex, Sheikh said, and one that places the United States in a political quandary.

Crisis was predictable

“Iraq is a mosaic of cultures, histories, ethnicities, religions and sects,” said Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, former Qatari Ambassador to the U.N. and to the U.S.

“And it used to be very inclusive, very open, respectful of all its political elements — Kurdish, Arab Sunni, Arab Shia, Arab Christian and others.”

But not anymore, he told VOA, stressing that his remarks are his own and not representative of any government.

“Everybody was expecting something big to happen in Iraq when Maliki came back as Iraqi prime minister four years ago,” Al-Khalifa said. “Instead of really opening up Iraq and making it a model for the religions, Maliki became beholden to the Iranians’ strategic goals in the region, i.e., to dominate the whole Middle East and the Gulf, and he created a sectarian state — as a matter of fact, an Iranian state within Iraq — because even Shi’ite Arabs suffered under him a lot.” Al-Khalifa also said Maliki squandered hundreds of billions of dollars that should have been spent on improving Iraq’s faulty infrastructure. Meanwhile, sectarian violence was building, especially in the northeast tribal areas of the country. When Iraqi security forces cracked down on Sunni protesters in Anbar province in April, tensions spiraled out of control.

While it may have seemed as if ISIL came out of nowhere, observers in the region saw it coming months ago, Al-Khalifa said.

The Qatari diplomat also warned that U.S. intervention in Iraq on behalf of Maliki’s government could be seen by those tired of Western intervention as “a new crusade” aimed at destroying Arabs and Islam. And Maliki, with help from Iran, could read it as green light to stay put and continue his sectarian politics.

Sectarian Showdown?

President Obama also said Thursday the U.S. will head up a diplomatic effort with Iraqi and regional leaders to support stability in Iraq.

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East and Europe this weekend for consultations with U.S. allies.

David Ottaway, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a former Washington Post Middle East correspondent said he is doubtful that Maliki himself can achieve political unity. Tensions between the Iran-backed government and Iraq’s Sunnis have been simmering for far too long.

“The Sunnis have smarted ever since they lost power in Baghdad in 2003, and over time it’s just gotten worse and worse,” Ottaway said. “I don’t see how Maliki will get any Kurds or Sunnis at this point to join in a coalition government.

“I think it’s rather headed in the opposite direction — towards a Sunni-Shia shootout.”

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Iranian source: Maliki agrees to the immediate application of Article 140 which included all areas of the Kurdish region

(Voice of Iraq) – NNA Iranian source revealed that Nechirvan Barzani’s visit to Tehran was an urgent request from Tehran has been met within one day.

According to the site (Quraish) source said the Iranians have handed over a letter signed by Nuri Maliki Prime Minister to the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq similar to the terms of agreement content and authenticated by Tehran to open a new relationship between Arbil and Baghdad after the developments of Mosul, Tikrit and towns in Diyala, however, the organization Daash terrorist.

source added that the message requests from the Kurds allowing the use of the territory of the province Kurdish for any military purposes to achieve superiority and sudden tide logistical support to the restoration of Nineveh province, and the province of Tikrit.

in detail included the message, according to the same source approval Maliki and all parties that fall under the coalition political immediate application of Article 140 of the constitution and the annexation of Kirkuk and other disputed territories, without exception, to the Kurdistan Region, as well as the development of the left coast from Mosul in full under the administration of the Kurdish and authorize the forces of the Kurdish Peshmerga and the security services asayesh security file it in the pan Nineveh. , and at the level of the oil Ostagiz the Iraqi government for the region to export oil from Kurdistan for a period of five years and the right to enjoy the amounts export a full five-year term for the benefit of the region and then make the region’s share from the general budget of Iraq thirty percent.

Tehran has vowed to ensure the agreement and its implementation. , and later held the Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani held a meeting with leaders of the Kurdish parties and discussed the offer from al-Maliki and Iran together.

A statement from the meeting that all Kurdish parties do not prefer a military solution in Iraq.

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Maliki confirms his respect for demands of the new parliament

BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / .. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Wednesday, its full readiness to respond to the legitimate demands of the respectable people of Iraq, expressing optimism that the new House of Representatives will address a large part of the current crisis.
Maliki said during his weekly vassal / Baghdadi News /, that “there is a process of falsification of facts that have not reaped Iraq thing, where he continued to counterfeiting that the rebels are rebels clans and the owners’ demands and this abuse of the clans and the owners of the real demands that we respect and are ready to respond to them because they are the sons of the Iraqi people “.
Maliki said that “few days will witness the first session of the new parliament, which will address a large part of the current crisis.”
Maliki said that “Mazad of our strength is the supreme authority fatwa volunteered thousands of the people,” stressing that “these volunteers will be the mainstay of the Iraqi army.”
He said, “The Iraq unified all walks of life in the face of al-Qaeda,” pointing out that “the Iraqi people took the initiative to volunteer and join the Iraqi army to confront terrorists and protect his country,” stressing that “we will face terrorism and fall plot backed by regional states,” We say to these countries, “said terrorists will come back to you for igniting your own and shake Arrouckm. ”
He also said, “Iraq is a unified Psonth and Shiites, and this is our mission, and I’d say yes there are negative practices issued by Askaran and civilians from the remnants of militias and gangs.”
Al-Maliki acknowledged the existence of negative practices of military and civilian militias and remnants of the gangs, he said, “but we are determined to prevent the carrying of arms outside the framework of the armed forces and the escalation of the confrontation to defeat terrorism and Daash.” / End / 21 /

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Maliki confirms his respect for demands of the new parliament

BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / .. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Wednesday, its full readiness to respond to the legitimate demands of the respectable people of Iraq, expressing optimism that the new House of Representatives will address a large part of the current crisis.
Maliki said during his weekly vassal / Baghdadi News /, that “there is a process of falsification of facts that have not reaped Iraq thing, where he continued to counterfeiting that the rebels are rebels clans and the owners’ demands and this abuse of the clans and the owners of the real demands that we respect and are ready to respond to them because they are the sons of the Iraqi people “.
Maliki said that “few days will witness the first session of the new parliament, which will address a large part of the current crisis.”
Maliki said that “Mazad of our strength is the supreme authority fatwa volunteered thousands of the people,” stressing that “these volunteers will be the mainstay of the Iraqi army.”
He said, “The Iraq unified all walks of life in the face of al-Qaeda,” pointing out that “the Iraqi people took the initiative to volunteer and join the Iraqi army to confront terrorists and protect his country,” stressing that “we will face terrorism and fall plot backed by regional states,” We say to these countries, “said terrorists will come back to you for igniting your own and shake Arrouckm. ”
He also said, “Iraq is a unified Psonth and Shiites, and this is our mission, and I’d say yes there are negative practices issued by Askaran and civilians from the remnants of militias and gangs.”
Al-Maliki acknowledged the existence of negative practices of military and civilian militias and remnants of the gangs, he said, “but we are determined to prevent the carrying of arms outside the framework of the armed forces and the escalation of the confrontation to defeat terrorism and Daash.” / End / 21 /

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PM Maliki is the biggest problem plaguing Iraq according to Hillary Clinton

According to the former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, is “the main problem afflicting Iraq”, pointing out that the U.S. administration “were not satisfied with him at all”.

This statement is made by Hillary Clinton during her visit to Toronto to publicize her recent book released under the name of “Difficult Choices”, which dealt with the political memories through her work as secretary of state.

The former minister added that “the United States will not support Iraq without knowing what Maliki will do with current events and knowing who is controlling the Iraqi army.

She pointed out that “the crisis initiated by the organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant can be transmitted to both Turkey and Iran.”

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Maliki Lashes Out At Sunnis and Riyadh, As Rebels Make New Gains

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — As Sunni militants in Iraq made new gains with the capture of Tel Afar, consolidating wins as they march toward Baghdad, Iraq’s Shiite prime minister defied calls to reach out to the country’s Sunnis and accused Riyadh of backing the rebels.

The fall of Tal Afar to a mix of jihadis and loyalists of the ousted Iraqi regime and military came just a week after the rebels captured the second-largest city of Mosul and vowed to continue to Baghdad, where they want to topple Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

“The center of Tal Afar and most of the sub-districts and villages except Dhumar and Rabia have fallen,” said an Iraqi official who spoke to Rudaw on condition of anonymity. “Eighty percent of the population has fled.”

He added that the military had lost contact with the top commander in Nineveh province, where Mosul is the capital and Tal Afar is a key town on a highway to Syria.

“We have lost contact with General Abu Walid. He has probably gone into hiding,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

But the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is involved in the fighting, said it had captured the commander.

Iraqi security forces have lost large swathes of territory to the Sunni militants, who are believed to enjoy local support from disgruntled fellow Sunnis who say they are fed up with a government that favors only the majority Shiite population.

The United States, which backs Maliki, has said it wants to the see the unpopular premier embrace the disgruntled Sunni population.

But Maliki, who is vehemently opposed by Iraq’s Sunnis, Kurds and even some fellow Shiite parties, declared he was fed up with the main Sunni political bloc.

He said he was tired of “traitors” in the government and military, and accused Saudi Arabia of backing the rebels and fuelling”genocide.”

“We hold them responsible for supporting these groups financially and morally,” Maliki said, directing his accusations at neighboring Sunni Saudi Arabia, which denies financing the ISIS.

He accused Riyadh of being behind “crimes that may qualify as genocide: the spilling of Iraqi blood, the destruction of Iraqi state institutions and historic and religious sites.”

The only real winners of the turmoil in Iraq have been the country’s Kurds, who are also Sunnis but are ethnically distinct from the Arab population.

After the Iraqi army deserted in droves following the rebel attack on Mosul, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) deployed its Peshmerga forces in large swathes of Kurdish-populated territories outside its official borders. The so-called “disputed territories” are also claimed by Shiites and Sunnis.

An official from Tal Afar who was fleeing with the population told Rudaw that residents had escaped en masse to the Kurdish-controlled town of Shangal.

A Rudaw correspondent said that thousands were fleeing to Shangal and other areas under Peshmerga control.

The fall of Tal Afar is significant because of its location on a highway that runs to Syria, where ISIS is also engaged in fighting the Damascus regime.

The declared aim of the ISIS is to create an Islamic enclave that straddles both Iraq and Syria.

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Maliki Fires Military Commanders for Mosul Rout

UN Moves to Safeguard Staff As Iraq Violence Swells

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Posted 2014-06-18 07:46 GMT

UNITED NATIONS — UN officials scrambled to keep staff members in Iraq out of harm’s way Tuesday as an insurgent group that burst into northern Iraq from the civil war in Syria captured swaths of the country, killing soldiers and civilians in a wave of violence advancing toward Baghdad.

The mortal threat from the Sunni-led Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaida offshoot, is so severe that President Barack Obama is mulling military options, including use of drones and, perhaps most tellingly, appears open to coordinating efforts to stop the group with a longtime adversary: Iran.

Already, the Obama administration has sent an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf and Shia-led Iran has dispatched special forces into Iraq in an effort to help embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to reports.

The Obama administration has shown a willingness to work with Iran to buttress Iraq, Iran’s Shia ally, but rejects Iran’s military support for its other major Shia ally: Syria.

One UN official said the circumstances on the ground suggest the interconnected conflicts in Syria and Iraq are on the verge of sparking a regional war. Other observers have said that Syria, in its fourth year of an escalating war with no end in sight, could devolve into aicles   Reports   Books   Maps   Letters   Links   Contact   Subscribe   Login

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Maliki congratulates Iraqis, MPs for approval on elections results

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Baghdad (AIN) –The Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, congratulated the Iraqis and the MPs for the approval of the Federal Court on the elections results.

In a press statement received by AIN, Maliki said “We are about to finish implanting the democratic process and starting a new phase of the political process that we hope to witness flexibility, national unity and unified efforts to face terrorism that shows enmity to all Iraqis.”

“We also hope to achieve the national unity to combat terrorism and saving Iraq,” he concluded. /End/

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Maliki grants security officials left their units, last chance to rejoin security forces

Baghdad    –The Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, granted the security forces who left their units, a last chance to rejoin their units.

While meeting the security officials in Smara, he said “I grant the officials who left their units, a last chance to re-join them.”

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Defiant Maliki vows to defeat Iraq rebels

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on his countrymen to take up arms and defend the nation regardless of which sect they belong to in a tough address to army officers broadcast on state television.

Maliki spoke to the officers in the city of Samarra on Friday and told them that volunteers were arriving to help defeat Sunni rebels who have this week swept through mainly Sunni territory towards Baghdad.

“We are not sectarian, we will fight as a nation,” Maliki said in the speech, which was shown on state television on Saturday.

“We will talk the language of justice, we will talk the language of freedom, we will talk the language of all Iraqis regardless of their sect.”

Maliki said the cabinet had granted him unlimited powers to confront the fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated Sunni rebel groups.  

“Samarra will not be the last line of defence, but a gathering point and launchpad,” Maliki told officers in the city, which lies about 125km north of the capital on the road to rebel-controlled Mosul.

“Within the coming hours, all the volunteers will arrive to support the security forces in their war against the gangs of ISIL, Maliki, who leads the Shia-dominated government, said. ”This is the beginning of the end of them.”

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most influential Shia cleric, had also urged people on Friday to take up arms and defend the country.

During his trip to Samarra, Maliki visited a revered Shia shrine that was bombed by Sunni fighters in 2006, an attack which touched off sectarian bloodletting that killed tens of thousands of people.

Iran and US

In a separate development, Iran could contemplate cooperating with the United States on restoring security to Iraq if it saw Washington confronting “terrorist groups in Iraq and elsewhere,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.

Rouhani, a relative moderate who has presided over a thaw in Iran’s relations with the West, added that Tehran stood ready to provide help to Iraq within the framework of international law, but so far Baghdad had not requested such assistance.

Shia Muslim Iran has been alarmed by the seizure of towns not far from the Iranian border.

“We all should practically and verbally confront terrorist groups,” Rouhani told a news conference broadcast live on state television. 

US officials said there were no contacts going on with Iran over the crisis in Iraq.

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Maliki arrives in Samarra

Salah-il-Din (AIN) –The General Commander of the Armed Forces arrived in Samarra city to supervise the military operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

A source from Samarra Operations Command stated to All Iraq News Agency stated “Maliki arrived in Samarra city and met the Local Officials in Salah-il-Din province.”

Earlier, the Supreme Religious Authority called the citizens to join the security forces and fight the terrorist groups.

The Representative of the Religious Authority Sheikh, Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalayi, stated during Friday Prayer “The Supreme Religious Authority calls the citizens who are able to hold the weapon, to join the security forces and fight the terrorist groups.”

“The Religious Authority considers those who are going to be killed while fighting terrorists as martyrs,” he concluded. /End/

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2 days left until Maliki is out

6-12-2014  Tlar 2 days left until he [Maliki] is out. This guy is dangerous. I wonder what next great thing he will do to save Iraq. Probably have parliament arrested for treason, or terrorism, or corruption or something like that. It won’t change a thing other than to hasten his demise. Maliki’s mindset is, “I will kill them all if I have to.” He is becoming a mindless rabid dog and he is going to be put down. Nothing he has done will stop this government from changing. That’s not me being optimistic. That’s a fact jack.

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Iraq’s Maliki ‘appealed for US air strikes’

Iraq’s prime minister has asked the United States to carry out drone and air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, but the US has so far refused to get involved, according to a report. 

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the request was made by Nuri al-Maliki last month as the threat from ISIL escalated.

Al Jazeera’s David Schuster, reporting from New York, said while there had been no official comment from the US on the story, US officials had been “quick to point out that the situation in Iraq is under constant review”. 

“The response could be quite different in the days and weeks ahead,” Schuster said.

Sources in Washington indicated that the US was weighing possibilities for more military assistance – including drone strikes – to Baghdad. However, others signalled that the US instead wanted to strengthen Iraqi forces.

The city of Tikrit on Wednesday became the second to fall to ISIL in two days.  

Sources told Al Jazeera that gunmen had set up checkpoints around the city, which lies between the capital Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city which was captured by ISIL on Tuesday.

“All of Tikrit is in the hands of the militants,” a police colonel told the AFP news agency. A police brigadier general told AFP that fighters attacked from the north, west and south of the city, and that they were from ISIL.

A police major told the agency that ISIL had freed about 300 inmates from a prison in the city, which is the capital of Salaheddin province.

UN condemnation

Iraqi state television reported that special forces soldiers were fighting to regain control of city. Sources claimed the Iraqi soldiers had cleared the city of ISIL fighters, but these reports remain unverified.

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There were reports that the nearby city of Kirkuk, home to Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, was also being attacked by ISIL. Fighters had guaranteed the safety of Iraqi soldiers if they gave up their weapons.

The AFP reported overnight that ISIL had advanced in the Hawijah, Zab, Riyadh and Abbasi areas west of Kirkuk. It was also reported that 15 Iraqi security personnel had been executed at their posts. 

The fighting comes after half a million people are reported to have fled Mosul since the city fell to ISIL.

The Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration said the Mosul takeover had “displaced over 500,000 people in and around the city”, a quarter of the city’s population.

The Turkish government also said that ISIL had stormed its consulate in Mosul, taking staff and the consul captive.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned the upsurge of violence and the taking of Mosul by what it described as a “terrorist organisation” attempting to destabilise the region.

The 15-nation council also demanded the immediate release of the Turkish hostages.

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Mnt goat talks about Maliki creating violence.

Mnt Goat Islamic militants overran parts of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, on Tuesday…Is this not the day the judiciary was supposed to announce the ratified election results thus the players in the new government of Iraq. Maliki was not going to be part of it. The timing of this event could not be more obvious as to what Maliki is attempting to do. He is creating this violence with the hope that the parliament will cave in under pressure for a solution and grant him the powers he requested.

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Tlar says Maliki lost the election.

Tlar Maliki has lost this election big time and the coalition has won. The election results are not yet ratified but the coalition’s lead is an impossible hill for Maliki to climb. There will be a government change soon. Last night a new hitch was put in this get along. Maliki announced that the ISIS and or Daash has moved in and taken Mosul the 2nd largest city in Iraq. He is calling for the parliament to declare Marshall law which is required by law. It won’t happen. The election results are supposed to be released today. Maliki is calling for a complete cessation of the election and if parliament declares Marshall Law, that would leave Maliki in charge until it is undeclared. The timing, the motive and the orders are suspicious. Today [Tuesday] or tomorrow we should have an answer to this situation.

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Maliki declares state of “maximum alert” in the country

Shafaq News / Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki announced the state of alert in the country on the background of current events in Mosul city and being overrun by the elements of Daash.

Al-Maliki said at a press conference in Baghdad, attended by “Shafaq News”, that “ the government on decided Tuesday to declare a state of maximum alert in the country.

Maliki called the Iraqi parliament to declare a state of emergency in Iraq, on the background of the existing security events.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has acknowledged on Tuesday, the fall of the Mosul city, the center of Nineveh province by “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, known for short as “Daash” or “ISIL” , announcing the formation of a government crisis cell to take the necessary measures to restore areas controlled by armed groups in Iraq.

“ Iraq is in a state of emergency, as efforts must be concerted to face the challenges after terrorist groups were able to control the important regions in Nineveh, adding that the council decided to declare a state of maximum alert, and mobilize all energies to face dangerous challenges,” Maliki added.

“The Council of Ministers urges citizens to take up arms and confront the armed groups, mobilized all the political, financial and popular capabilities to restore all areas dominated by terrorists”.

Maliki went on saying that the council of Ministers called the international organizations , the United Nations and the European Union to support its stance in the fight against terrorism and called the neighboring countries to cooperate with Iraq and prevent the infiltration of armed groups and cut funding them”.

Maliki concluded the statement by saying that the Council of Ministers decided to restructure the security forces and draw plans to end the presence of militants in Nineveh province and has provided all the powers of the Council for mobilization and the formation of a special crisis cell to follow the mobilization and armament processes to take the necessary measures.

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Maliki declares state of “maximum alert” in the country

Shafaq News / Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki announced the state of alert in the country on the background of current events in Mosul city and being overrun by the elements of Daash.

Al-Maliki said at a press conference in Baghdad, attended by “Shafaq News”, that “ the government on decided Tuesday to declare a state of maximum alert in the country.

Maliki called the Iraqi parliament to declare a state of emergency in Iraq, on the background of the existing security events.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has acknowledged on Tuesday, the fall of the Mosul city, the center of Nineveh province by “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, known for short as “Daash” or “ISIL” , announcing the formation of a government crisis cell to take the necessary measures to restore areas controlled by armed groups in Iraq.

“ Iraq is in a state of emergency, as efforts must be concerted to face the challenges after terrorist groups were able to control the important regions in Nineveh, adding that the council decided to declare a state of maximum alert, and mobilize all energies to face dangerous challenges,” Maliki added.

“The Council of Ministers urges citizens to take up arms and confront the armed groups, mobilized all the political, financial and popular capabilities to restore all areas dominated by terrorists”.

Maliki went on saying that the council of Ministers called the international organizations , the United Nations and the European Union to support its stance in the fight against terrorism and called the neighboring countries to cooperate with Iraq and prevent the infiltration of armed groups and cut funding them”.

Maliki concluded the statement by saying that the Council of Ministers decided to restructure the security forces and draw plans to end the presence of militants in Nineveh province and has provided all the powers of the Council for mobilization and the formation of a special crisis cell to follow the mobilization and armament processes to take the necessary measures.

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Maliki discuss with Mladenov need for international efforts to combat terrorism.

BAGHDAD / Nina /– Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, discussed with the representative of UN Secretary-General in Iraq Nikolay Mladenov need for concerted international efforts to combat terrorism and cracking terrorists.

He said during a meeting, according to a statement by his office: “Iraq is fighting a real battle against terrorism,” noting that “national unity conference in Anbar will work on the reunion and unify efforts to defeat terrorism./End

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Poppy says Maliki is not a lame duck.

Poppy3 MALIKI IS NOT A LAME DUCK HE IS A DEAD DUCK AND WILL NOT SURVIVE…SOME STILL GIVE HIM HOPE AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF STILL REMAINING BUT HE WILL NOT IN MY OPINION. WITH ALL THE CONSTANT DISRUPTION TO PROGRESS AND HELPING THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ…THEY WILL NOT ALLOW HIM TO DOMINATE THE COUNTRY ANY LONGER. THATS WHY ALL THESE BLOCS ARE FORMING NEW ALLIANCES AND BUILDING A COALITION BETWEEN GROUPS THAT HAVE NEVER AGREED BEFORE JUST TO HAVE THE POWER TO RULE AGAINST HIM EVER BEING PM AGAIN OR ANYONE LIKE HIM. THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO MOVE FRONT AND CENTER ON THE WORLD STAGE SO GET READY.

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Iraqi Shiite Alliance: Maliki Candidacy is Invalid

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Iraqi National Alliance (INA), composed of the country’s leading Shiite parties, said it was surprised that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s partner coalition had unilaterally nominated him for a third term.

It demanded his candidacy be removed until internal procedures are finalized.

The INA reaction came after Maliki’s State of Law coalition unilaterally nominated him as its candidate for a third-term as prime minister.

After the April 30 Iraqi elections, which were swept by Maliki and his coalition, the premier should be smiling broadly. But the victory has not enlivened his dour demeanor.

That may be because the Shiite prime minister has managed to make an enemy of Iraq’s Kurds, Sunnis and even fellow Shiite blocs.

The autonomous Kurds have balked at a third term for Maliki, the large Sunni minority feels likewise and even some Shiite parties say they have had enough of him.

“The alliance (INA) is surprised that the brothers in the State of Law coalition have put forward their candidate, independent from the lists of the National Alliance, and prior to the completion of internal mechanisms and programs,” said a statement by the major components of the alliance after a meeting in Baghdad.

It said INA rejects any candidate for the presidency of the Council of Ministers without consultation with all parties within the alliance.

“INA asks brothers from State of Law to withdraw their candidate for the post of prime minister,” the statement said. “The coalition confirms the need for the emergence of a candidate from INA after the finalization of the mechanisms and standards and specifications” for naming candidates, it added.

“The nomination of any candidate has to be based on the standards and the internal program of the National Alliance,” the statement noted.

Maliki’s State of Law unilaterally named the current incumbent as its sole candidate for the premiership. The coalition won 92 of Iraqi parliament’s 326 seats in the April elections, and by law would need 165 seats to form a government.

Despite the fragmentation of the political parties along sectarian and ethnic lines, it appears that the Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis are ready to form major parliamentary blocs and coalitions, in order to strengthen their positions in negotiations for the next government. The process is expected to take months.

In the meantime, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani issued a decree to form a six-member negotiating team, from the Kurdish political parties that won 62 seats in the elections, to start negotiations with other Iraqi forces.

The Sunnis are seeking to form a major alliance under the leadership of Mutahidun leader Osama al-Nujaifi, whose list won 28 seats.

Based on the Iraqi Supreme Court ruling of 2010, the largest parliamentary bloc has the right to name the prime minister and form the next government.

Maliki has announced his intention to form a majority government, but the National Alliance also rejected that idea, viewing it as inconsistent with the current situation in Iraq.

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Maliki: the Preparatory Committee in Anbar meets tomorrow

BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that “the national initiative of unity conference in Anbar came at an appropriate time with the progress Qmade by the security services and the sons of the Awakening and the tribes.”

He said in his weekly today: “The Preparatory Committee for the Conference will meet tomorrow to put the mechanisms and the agenda of this conference for the success of this conference, which will solve the crisis of Anbar.”

He explained that “all the tribes and politicians across Anbar and other provinces welcomed and showed their willingness to help in the success of this conference.” / End

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Maliki has learned the stealthiness of most wary of cats

6-3-2014 Aggiedad77   Article “Maliki: implicitly 175 votes and achieved the majority needed to form a government”

I promised you that Maliki was not down and out…I believe he has learned the stealthiness of most wary of cats…in the dark of the night he has amassed this following…he wants to get the government formed quickly.

Article: “Maliki: we have achieved the necessary majority to form a government”

Maliki spoke to Iraqi citizens on national television to announce he now has 175 seats of Parliament supporting him…Maliki claims that his opponents are seeking to install a weak PM that will allow certain blocs to pass laws that will not be contested by anyone, such as Maliki now…

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Mnt goat talks about Maliki not getting support

Mnt Goat Maliki is simple not getting the support he anticipated. What I cannot understand is how some can still cling to the notion that Maliki has won a 3rd term as prime minister already. I do not expect that Iraq will take 5-6 months to form this new government as in 2010. This government should be formed quickly since they have been planning for this since 2012.

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