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.
January 9, 1999 |
The leaders of two rival Iraqi Kurdish groups who control northern Iraq in opposition to Baghdad held peace talks Friday. It was the first time they had met inside the mountainous enclave in four years. Jalal Talabani, chief of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or PUK, met former enemy Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP, in Barzani's hilltop stronghold of Salahuddin, a KDP official there said. Kurdish-run northern Iraq, protected by a U.S.
September 7, 2005 |
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Tuesday that he had been told that ousted leader Saddam Hussein had confessed to killings and other crimes. But Talabani named no specific crime, and it was unclear what details he might have learned about a legal process intended to be separate from politics. It also was unclear whether, according to Talabani's account, Hussein had confessed to crimes or had acknowledged that he had ordered killings and other actions that he considered legal.
August 28, 2005 |
The U.S. military announced Saturday that it had released nearly 1,000 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison over the last few days in response to a request by Iraqi authorities. The move, the largest prisoner release to date, followed appeals by Sunni Arabs to start freeing thousands of prisoners who had been in the jail for months without being charged.
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.
May 11, 2006 |
Iran's top diplomat in Baghdad presented his credentials to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani as his nation's first ambassador to Iraq in more than 25 years, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
May 14, 2003 |
The U.S.-sponsored Iraqi TV station began broadcasting Tuesday, although staff members complained of American censorship, including efforts to stop it from airing passages from the Koran. Baghdad residents with electricity saw the Iraqi flag appear on their screens as an Arab nationalist anthem played. The Iraqi Media Network then aired canned interviews and decades-old music shows. Plans to air a half-hour live news program were postponed because of disputes over editorial control.
August 8, 2002 |
A key Iraqi opposition figure said Wednesday that his group would not "blindly" commit to any U.S. plan to topple President Saddam Hussein. "We have made no decision yet to participate or not in the attack," said Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of two Kurdish factions controlling northern Iraq. He was in Ankara for a meeting with Turkish leaders before flying to Washington for meetings with U.S. officials and other opposition figures.