July 31, 2003 |
After weeks of struggling to choose a leader, Iraq's U.S.-picked interim government named its first president on Wednesday -- a Shiite Muslim from a party banned by deposed President Saddam Hussein. Ibrahim Jafari, a Shiite and spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party, was picked to be the first of nine men who will serve one-month stints leading postwar Iraq. He will hold the presidency in August.
February 20, 2005 |
He is a soft-spoken general practitioner whose life's work has been guiding a secretive Islamic party in exile in Iran and Britain. It has made him both resolute and cautious. He doesn't even use his real family name. Now the ascetic man in the background, Ibrahim Jafari, could end up as the prime minister of Iraq. Jafari isn't the only candidate hoping to lead the new transitional government after its historic election Jan. 30.
March 15, 2005 |
Kurdish and Shiite Muslim leaders agreed Monday to convene Iraq's new parliament this week even if they fail to iron out some of the wrinkles in their deal to form a coalition government. Shiite officials said they had also agreed to reach out to the country's Sunni Muslim community to name the parliamentary speaker for the 275-member National Assembly, which convenes Wednesday.
July 8, 2005 |
Former foes Iran and Iraq said Thursday that they would sign a military cooperation agreement that would include Iranian help in training Iraq's armed forces, despite likely U.S. opposition. The agreement marks a breakthrough in relations between the two countries, which fought a bitter 1980-88 war. And it comes in spite of repeated U.S. accusations that Shiite Muslim Iran has undermined security in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003. "It's a new chapter in our relations with Iraq.
July 18, 2005 |
Iran's president pledged Sunday to increase security cooperation with Iraq, saying Tehran "will do its utmost" to restore stability in its neighbor, with whom it fought an eight-year war in the 1980s. Mohammad Khatami offered Iran's cooperation while meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, who is making the first visit here by an Iraqi head of government since Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003.
March 9, 2006 |
Iraq's Shiite vice president finally agreed Wednesday to sign a presidential decree calling parliament into session, a critical but precarious step in forming a government. Adel Abdul Mehdi's signature cleared the way for the muchdelayed first session as early as Sunday but also openly signaled a fundamental disagreement within once-unified majority Shiite Muslim ranks.
June 6, 2005 |
Seeking to expedite Saddam Hussein's prosecution, Iraq will put the former dictator on trial in connection with 12 of the best-documented crimes among more than 500 allegedly committed by the former Iraqi dictator, a key official said Sunday. Laith Kubba, spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, said the government was confident that court proceedings in the case would begin within two months.
September 18, 2005 |
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari on Saturday offered the United Nations a rosy picture of the situation in his nation, saying it was "regaining security and stability." "We are marching toward political stability and economic prosperity," he said at the 60th session of the 191-nation U.N. General Assembly. About 250 people have been slain in Iraq since Wednesday, when a suicide bomber killed more than 110 day laborers by luring them to his minivan with promises of work.
June 30, 2005 |
A Sunni Arab politician who brokered secret talks between insurgents and American officials said Wednesday that he had formed a group to give political voice to Iraqi fighters and demanded a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal. Former Cabinet member Ayham Sameraei, who holds Iraqi and U.S. citizenship, is thought to have strong tribal links throughout Iraq's so-called Sunni Triangle region.
August 26, 2005 |
Police said the bodies of 36 shooting victims had been found south of Baghdad, and several Iraqis died overnight in clashes in the southern part of the country. Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Abdel Haneen Hamoud said by telephone that the bodies of 36 men were found in a shallow river, each with a single bullet wound to the head. In the south, the clashes between rival Shiite groups apparently were triggered by differences over a draft constitution.