November 18, 2006
THE FIG LEAF that Iraq has a fledgling but functioning government that stands between its sectarian strife and full-scale civil war was blown away in a raging political storm this week. It's now clear that not only is Iraq's government incapable of controlling events on the ground, the warring Sunni and Shiite-controlled ministries can't even agree on what is happening beyond their walls. The fragile coexistence of Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq's new parliament is in peril.
November 18, 2006 |
Sunni Arabs lashed out at Shiite Muslim politicians during Friday prayers, angrily condemning the government's arrest order for Iraq's top Sunni cleric. Interior Minister Jawad Bolani announced Thursday that Harith Dhari, chief of the Muslim Scholars Assn., a Sunni group, was wanted for inciting violence. Bolani is a Shiite.
November 7, 2006 |
Iraq's new interior minister on Monday announced charges against 55 police officers and other department employees, amid heavy U.S. and domestic pressure to clean up his security forces. U.S. officials and members of the once-dominant Sunni Arab minority believe the ministry has been infiltrated by Shiite Muslim militiamen and become a tool in the country's sectarian war.
December 11, 2009 |
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Thursday emerged virtually unscathed from a parliament session called over this week's car bombings in the capital and a series of explosions since August that have caused lawmakers to publicly question his handling of the security situation in Iraq. As Maliki parried with lawmakers for nearly six hours, the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group for insurgents that includes Al Qaeda in Iraq, claimed responsibility for Tuesday's bombings, which killed 127 people.
February 26, 2008 |
An explosion killed a police commander Monday during a visit by a man in a wheelchair who might have been a suicide bomber or an unwitting victim of insurgents, officials said. If the man was used by militants, it would be the third time this month that Iraqi security forces say disabled people were used to carry explosives that killed themselves and others.
February 10, 2010 |
Iraq has given hundreds of guards linked to the private security company formerly known as Blackwater a week to leave the country or face arrest, Interior Ministry officials said Wednesday. The order follows the dismissal in December by a U.S. federal judge of murder charges against five Blackwater guards accused of killing Iraqi civilians in a 2007 shooting incident on Baghdad's Nisoor Square. The Iraqi government said that 17 people died in the shooting, in which Blackwater guards opened fire on the busy square after they said they had come under attack, though an FBI investigation found only 14 deaths.