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.
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.
October 1, 2006 |
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said Saturday that he supported the Iraqi prime minister's plan to disband sectarian militias through negotiations while using his military to go after the most extreme elements. Khalilzad said he disagreed with recent complaints by U.S. military officials in Iraq and politicians in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri Maliki hasn't been doing enough to rein in Shiite militias implicated in thousands of death squad killings. Khalilzad said complaints by senior U.