Iraq’s prime minister warned Wednesday that a victory for rebels in the Syrian civil war would create a new extremist haven and destabilize the wider Middle East, sparking sectarian wars in his own country and in Lebanon.
A political crisis that threatens more sectarian strife in Iraq took another twist Monday as the bloc loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for the dissolution of Parliament and early elections.
Millions of Iraqis risked their lives in March to exercise their fundamental democratic right to vote. Yet three months later, Iraq has no functional or stable government.
Iraq’s electoral commission said Tuesday that it would announce partial results of parliamentary elections on Wednesday, providing an incomplete picture of the vote that will nevertheless provide the broad outlines of the country’s political landscape. Party officials have acknowledged that a relatively small number of seats may separate Iraq’s leading coalitions, a sign that negotiations […]
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki dismissed his Baghdad security commander Wednesday in response to criticism after this week’s car bombings and a spate of recent high-profile attacks that crippled state institutions. Gen. Aboud Qanbar’s removal was announced just ahead of Maliki’s scheduled visit to parliament today to address the chamber about Tuesday’s four car bombings […]