June 25, 2005 |
President Bush served notice Friday that he intended to hold fast to his plans for Iraq, promising Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari that "there are not going to be any timetables" for withdrawal of U.S. troops. In a joint appearance with Jafari at the White House, Bush said he would not be guided by polls showing shrinking American support for the war. "My job is to set an agenda, and to lead toward that agenda," he said. Jafari concurred: "This is not the time to fall back," he said.
April 3, 2006 |
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on an unannounced visit to the Iraqi capital amid a months-long political crisis, publicly questioned the leadership of interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, the strongest indication yet that the United States wants him out of contention as head of Iraq's permanent government.
February 13, 2006 |
Iraq's interim prime minister, a mild-mannered religious scholar accused by critics of lacking charisma and effectiveness, fended off a strong challenge within his coalition Sunday and appears certain to retain his post in the country's first permanent government since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
February 23, 2005 |
Two years ago, as the U.S. planned to march into Baghdad, many in the Bush administration had a vision for Iraq's first freely elected government in decades. It would be a pro-U.S. regime that would support American military bases, embrace U.S. businesses and serve as a model for democracy in the region. Now as Ibrahim Jafari seems certain to become Iraq's new prime minister, the U.S. faces the prospect of dealing with a government whose views may be closer to Tehran's than to Washington's.
April 21, 2006 |
Beleaguered Iraqis were given new hope that the parliament they elected four months ago would finally form a long-term government after interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari loosened his grip on the top job Thursday. Jafari's fractious Shiite Muslim coalition is to vote today on whether to keep him as its candidate for prime minister or choose a fresh face who might win wider backing from Iraq's disparate ethnic and religious groups.
March 11, 2006 |
When Jalal Talabani was sworn in to Saddam Hussein's old job last April, the veteran Kurdish leader defined himself as a father figure who would use the presidency to bridge Iraq's ethnic and sectarian divides and conduct its foreign affairs as a traveling head of state.
March 13, 2005 |
With Iraqis increasingly concerned about a security vacuum, the man who is expected to become the next prime minister on Saturday defended the winning blocs, which have not formed a government nearly six weeks after millions of people risked their lives to vote. In an interview, Ibrahim Jafari, the nominee of the slate that won the most votes in the Jan. 30 election, said it could take two more weeks to close a deal.
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.
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.