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October 3, 2010 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
A Shiite Muslim competitor accused Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Sunday of hoarding power and lacking a vision for Iraq, suggesting that the incumbent still was a long way from securing a new term. "It's a question of programs and policies," Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi told The Times, saying his group had rejected Maliki's policies in his first term. "Up till now, we haven't seen anything that would make us change our decision. " Abdul Mehdi's party, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, has long been regarded as one of the powerbrokers in the post- Saddam Hussein era. The party has refused to endorse Maliki, and Abdul Mehdi faulted the prime minister for what he termed "mobilization of power, bad governance, [and]
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March 22, 2010 | By Ned Parker and Caesar Ahmed
Iraq's political process lurched toward crisis Sunday as the country's prime minister, president and interior minister threw their weight behind a ballot-by-ballot recount of the nation's parliamentary elections. In addition, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, whose election slate is locked in a tight race with that of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, invoked his military powers as Iraq's commander in chief to insist that the Independent High Electoral Commission respond to the recount demand issued by his political bloc and others.
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January 4, 2007
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said in a published report that he wished he could leave office before his four-year term was up and would not run again. "I didn't want to take this position," Maliki told the Wall Street Journal. "I only agreed because I thought it would serve the national interest, and I will not accept it again." Maliki became prime minister in May, and his time in office has been defined by a surge in sectarian violence and a lack of progress.
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July 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki was misunderstood when he said Americans could leave "any time they want," an aide said Sunday. Maliki told reporters Saturday that the Iraqi army and police were capable of maintaining security when U.S. troops leave. "We say in full confidence that we are able, God willing, to take the responsibility completely in running the security file if the international forces withdraw at any time they want," Maliki said.
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April 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Iran refused to allow the Iraqi prime minister to fly across its airspace as he was traveling to Tokyo, members of the delegation traveling with Nouri Maliki said early today. Two delegation members said Maliki's plane was diverted Saturday night to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he stayed in the airport for more than three hours while his government aircraft was refueled and a new flight plan was filed. The delegation members spoke about the incident by telephone from Dubai.
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April 5, 2008 | Ned Parker and Caesar Ahmed, Times Staff Writers
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Friday declared a halt to raids on armed Shiite Muslim gangs in Baghdad and southern Iraq, just a day after announcing his intent to carry out operations in districts of the capital that are under de facto control of a key Shiite cleric's militia. The new statement, released by Maliki's office, left unanswered whether the prime minister was retreating or taking a break from his pledge to take on lawless elements often associated by U.S.
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September 20, 2007 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Wednesday demanded that the U.S. Embassy here replace the private security company Blackwater USA because of its involvement in a weekend shooting incident that reportedly left 11 Iraqis dead. Embassy officials, who are guarded by Blackwater personnel when they venture out of the heavily protected Green Zone, rebuffed the suggestion, saying Blackwater's fate would be resolved only after an investigation was completed.
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August 22, 2007 | Tina Susman and James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writers
President Bush and his top envoy in Baghdad offered tepid endorsements of Iraq's prime minister Tuesday, in comments suggesting a new distancing from the beleaguered Shiite Muslim political leader. Bush, speaking at a summit meeting in Canada, said Nouri Maliki's future was in the hands of the Iraqi people.
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November 12, 2007 | Doug Smith and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Sunday prodded U.S. officials to hand over three former aides of Saddam Hussein who have been condemned to die for their role in a campaign that killed as many as 180,000 Kurds. Despite pressure from within his government to spare one of the men, Maliki said all three would be hanged once their American captors relinquished custody. Though the death sentences were issued in June, U.S. officials have continued to hold the men while their fate is debated.
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September 5, 2008 | From the Washington Post
The Bush administration has conducted an extensive spying operation on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, his staff and others in his government, according to a new book by Washington Post editor and author Bob Woodward. "We know everything he says," according to one of multiple sources Woodward cites about the practice in "The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008," scheduled for publication by Simon & Schuster on Monday. The book also says the U.S. troop "surge" of 2007, in which President Bush sent nearly 30,000 additional U.S. forces to Iraq, was not the primary factor behind the steep drop in violence there during the last 16 months.
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