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September 11, 2011 | By Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Saturday accepted the resignation of Iraq's top corruption fighter, whom some observers labeled a casualty of political infighting in a country where graft is rampant. Raheem Uqaili, the chairman of the independent watchdog Integrity Commission, had drawn admirers and detractors alike for taking on cases targeting key figures in the Defense Ministry and other government agencies. A statement by Maliki's office said that "based on the wishes of the chairman of the Integrity Commission," the prime minister had accepted the request to step down.
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July 19, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Abbas al Nouri pauses as a particularly loud car roars past the cafe on the main thoroughfare. The overly solicitous waitress lingers, a hint of recognition in her eyes. At the table, the conversation inevitably focuses on Al Nouri's native Syria. "The father who cannot listen to his children is a failure, and this is something that destroys the family," Al Nouri says, the metaphor describing the war pitting armed rebels against the government of President Bashar Assad.
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July 19, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Abbas al Nouri pauses as a particularly loud car roars past the cafe on the main thoroughfare. The overly solicitous waitress lingers, a hint of recognition in her eyes. At the table, the conversation inevitably focuses on Al Nouri's native Syria. "The father who cannot listen to his children is a failure, and this is something that destroys the family," Al Nouri says, the metaphor describing the war pitting armed rebels against the government of President Bashar Assad.
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February 13, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
RAMADI, Iraq - The call to prayer echoes across the quiet highway in western Iraq and a few hundred men gather along the roadside in the frigid night air. Each has a story to tell: a father whose son languishes in jail without trial; a veteran who cannot get a job; a student so terrified of the police that he avoids Baghdad. In the morning, they know the area will fill with thousands of people like them, with stories like their own. Under the flutter of tribal flags, they will shout boisterously the same words heard from protesters across the Arab world: Down with the regime.
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July 4, 2010 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Vice President Joe Biden, the White House point man on Iraq policy, arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for meetings with the two front-runners in slow-moving negotiations to lead the Iraqi government as U.S. troops pull out. Iraqis voted on March 7, and there are widespread expectations that naming a prime minister and forming a new government could take many more weeks. In the meantime, a sense of uncertainty pervades the country and U.S. troops are in the process of drawing down to a total of 50,000 by the end of August.
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July 5, 2010 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Vice President Joe Biden met with Iraq's two front-runners for prime minister on Sunday and expressed unhappiness over the slow pace for forming the next government, according to Iraqi politicians. Biden, who spent the morning with U.S. forces on the Fourth of July, shuttled between afternoon meetings with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and secular politician Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya coalition won the single largest number of seats in parliament, 91, compared with the Maliki bloc's 89 in elections nearly four months ago. Since the national vote, both Iraqi leaders have insisted that they earned the right to head the next government.
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August 16, 2010 | By Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times
A major U.S. diplomatic push aimed at promoting a coalition government between the top two vote-getters in Iraq's inconclusive national elections suffered a setback Monday when former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi broke off negotiations with his nearest rival, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Allawi's Iraqiya bloc, which narrowly came in first in the March voting, announced it was suspending talks with Maliki's State of Law bloc until Maliki apologizes for a comment in a TV interview aired Monday in which he described Iraqiya as a Sunni bloc.
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March 30, 2010
In Iraq, winning the vote and winning power are two entirely different propositions. Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's secular Iraqiya bloc has garnered the most seats in parliament, beating current Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's predominantly Shiite State of Law coalition. Allawi's 91 seats give him a plurality, not an outright majority, in the 325-seat parliament, but the constitution says that the top vote-getter should have the first shot at forming a government. Nevertheless, Maliki has been challenging the election results every which way, within the elastic boundaries of the law. He has tried but so far failed to secure a recount of what international observers determined to be a sufficiently fair and transparent vote.
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March 23, 2010 | By Ned Parker and Raheem Salman
Senior politicians from Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's ruling coalition warned Tuesday that Shiite Muslim-dominated southern Iraq could severely loosen its ties with Baghdad if the nation's electoral commission failed to meet its demand for a manual recount of ballots in parliamentary elections. The politicians, who also echoed Maliki's warning Sunday that sectarian violence could return without a recount, accused the U.S. Embassy of working against them. In turn, Western diplomats and advisors to the Iraqi government described Maliki's circle as terrified of losing power and said Iraq was entering a dangerous period.
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July 20, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
Nearly a year after pulling out of Iraq's "unity government," the main Sunni Arab political bloc returned to the Shiite Muslim-led Cabinet on Saturday, in a breakthrough for efforts to mend relations between the country's largest religious communities. The decision represented a victory for Shiite Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, who earlier this year was facing calls for a vote of no confidence over his failure to build an effective governing coalition. U.S.
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December 13, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
With the last U.S. troops set to depart Iraq, President Obama on Monday welcomed a new phase of "equal partnership" with the Iraqi government, even as both sides admit uncertainty about how that will work. "We're here to mark the end of this war," Obama said, appearing alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki at the White House, and to "begin a new chapter in the history between our countries — a normal relationship between sovereign nations. " The Obama administration faces a host of challenges in postwar Iraq, where the role of the U.S. military in providing future training and assistance for security forces has yet to be defined, beyond both leaders saying it was vital to Iraq's long-term stability.
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September 11, 2011 | By Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Saturday accepted the resignation of Iraq's top corruption fighter, whom some observers labeled a casualty of political infighting in a country where graft is rampant. Raheem Uqaili, the chairman of the independent watchdog Integrity Commission, had drawn admirers and detractors alike for taking on cases targeting key figures in the Defense Ministry and other government agencies. A statement by Maliki's office said that "based on the wishes of the chairman of the Integrity Commission," the prime minister had accepted the request to step down.
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July 31, 2011 | By Raheem Salman and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced Saturday that Iraq plans to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets, signaling his intent to seek a long-term American military training presence in the country. But in an indication of the risks for the American military here, a U.S. watchdog group said that Iraq had become more hazardous. "Iraq remains an extraordinarily dangerous place to work," Stuart Bowen, chief of the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, said in a report. "It is less safe, in my judgment, than 12 months ago. " The report notes that 44 Iraqi government and security officials have been assassinated since April.
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July 27, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
In an illustration of its growing muscle in Iraq as U.S. influence wanes, anti-American cleric Muqtada Sadr's movement has won pardons for at least 50 prisoners jailed for crimes including murder, kidnapping and attacks on U.S. troops. The amnesties come at a time when U.S. forces remaining in Iraq have faced an increased number of attacks, many by Shiite Muslim militias associated with the Sadr movement. And they have angered some senior Iraqi officials, who charge that the law is being applied selectively and bent to fit a hidden political agenda.
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July 11, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Sunday that weapons supplied by Iran are behind a rash of attacks against American forces in Iraq, part of an escalating campaign of violence ahead of the planned U.S. troop withdrawal by the end of the year. "We're seeing more of those weapons going in from Iran, and they've really hurt us," said Panetta, who arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit after a two-day stop in Afghanistan. U.S. officials said 15 U.S. troops were killed in June, the most in any month in two years.
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May 12, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Raheem Salman and Salar Jaff, Los Angeles Times
Six months after agreeing to form a national unity government, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and his secular rival Iyad Allawi are again exchanging insults and cannot agree on such basic issues as who should run the nation's police and army. The rift, though unlikely to send Iraq back into sectarian violence, does have Iraqi and Western analysts concerned that the country will continue on a dysfunctional path as American troops move to complete their withdrawal by year's end, nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
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March 30, 2010 | By Ned Parker and Caesar Ahmed
An Iraqi government commission said Monday that it would bar six newly elected parliament members from office, accusing them of having been members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. The move, if upheld by a panel of judges, would take away at least two seats from the secular Iraqiya list, currently the largest bloc in the upcoming parliament, and risk tainting the election results in the eyes of the many minority Sunni Arabs who voted for the slate. If the candidates are banned, it could rob the Iraqiya bloc of its plurality in the new 325-member parliament.
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February 2, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
An elite security force affiliated with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki that has been accused of abuse transferred about 280 detainees out of a notorious Baghdad jail last fall shortly before an international team was to inspect conditions there, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday. The New York-based advocacy group said the detainees who'd been hastily moved out of the Green Zone facility known as Camp Honor before the inspection were taken to Camp Justice, another jail in Baghdad's Kadhimiya neighborhood, and were still under the authority of special units.
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April 20, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Misurata, the only rebel-held city in western Libya, has asked that NATO troops be sent to fight alongside the rebels holding off Libyan forces, a local government representative said Tuesday. "If they don't come, we will die," Nouri Abdul Ati, a member of the 17-member ruling body in Misurata, told reporters as heavy machine gun fire, rockets and mortar rounds exploded in the near distance. "Grad rockets don't leave anybody alive," he said, referring to the truck-mounted rockets used by the Libyan military.
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March 15, 2011 | By Raheem Salman and Salar Jaff, Los Angeles Times
The Iraqi government announced Monday that it would shut down a controversial jail that has been dogged by allegations of abuse. The jail in Baghdad's high-security Green Zone, called Camp Honor, fell under the nominal supervision of the Justice Ministry. But it was actually controlled by two elite security branches affiliated with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's military office, the Baghdad Brigade and Counter-Terrorism Bureau. The detention center had its own investigators and barred families and lawyers from visiting.
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