Nouri Al Maliki

Let Us Not Overlook the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq

Mike Adamson | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Mike Adamson

It is not our role to discuss how best to bring peace, but it is up to us to address the impact of the conflict on civilians and their humanitarian needs. The need to scale up assistance is great and urgent. Access will become increasingly difficult in some areas - already aid agencies have to negotiate to reach people in need on a daily basis. More supplies are desperately needed in order to support ever-growing numbers of displaced people. Iraqi Red Crescent and ICRC volunteers and staff must be able to deliver assistance safely. Let there be no doubt that the crisis in Iraq has developed into a humanitarian one - and that addressing it is what the term humanitarian means.

Is Iraq a Cold House for the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is becoming increasingly feasible that the Kurds will no longer remain in the cold house that Iraq again became and parts of which are now ablaze. The response to the yes or no question on independence is becoming a definite maybe.

Saudi Arabia Has Just Deployed 30,000 Troops To Its Border With Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq after a video emerged showing 2,500 Iraqi soldiers deserting the area. The military...

Mehdi Hasan

Bomb Isis Or We'll Ask Iran To, Top Iraqi Politician Warns United States

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics

One of Iraq's most senior politicians has warned that the country could ask Iran to carry out air strikes against the jihadist group, Isis - if the Un...

The Sudden Disintegration of the Iraqi Military

Nehad Ismail | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's sectarian policies backfired dramatically last week as, confronted with just a few thousand jihadist fighters, his army fell apart.

Iraq's Revolution

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

For the mullahs in Tehran, the fall of Maliki and his replacement with a non-sectarian, fully democratic government in Baghdad would be anathema and the Iranian President Rouhani has already stated that he will intervene in Iraq to stop the terrorists.

A Fictitious ISIL to Scare Us Away From the Truth in Iraq

Lord Maginnis | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

We need to be careful not to be duped again by Maliki and his Iranian masters. Let us put aside the ISIL and focus on what Maliki has done and is doing to that country. Iraqi people have been victimised for more than 11 years.

'We Could Go Back To Iraq,' Says Ex-Defence Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

The consequences of a victory for extremist insurgents in Iraq are so "potentially catastrophic" that the possibility of sending British troops should...

Understanding the Kurdish Oil Dispute

Gary Kent | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds of Iraq cannot be accused of impatience over exploiting their energy riches. Oil has been underground for millennia and as it bubbled to the surface was used in traditional medical treatments. But those who ruled Iraq neglected it, apart from the Kirkuk region which was forcibly taken from the Kurds...

Widespread Fraud in Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The conclusion must be that this election - the first to take place in Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops - has been significantly corrupted to the point where the result, when it finally emerges, will almost certainly be fraudulent.

Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Iraq - Genocide in Fallujah

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The unfolding tragedy in the Iraqi city of Fallujah seems to have slipped off the international radar screen, as the focus of the global community drifts from Syria to Kiev and back again. The humanitarian situation in Fallujah is dire.

International Indictment Against Top Aide Points Finger of Guilt at Iraqi Prime Minister

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The strategic importance of Iraq because of its central position between Syria, Iran, Jordan Saudi Arabia and Turkey cannot be underestimated. That is why it is essential to see the election of a moderate, non sectarian government in Baghdad, which could play a pivotal role in resolving conflict in the Middle East and ending the spiral of violence in Iraq itself.

President Obama Must Understand Nuri Al-Maliki Is the Cause of Violence in Iraq not the Solution

Lord Maginnis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As long as the hostages are unjustly held, and suffering through abhorrent conditions, the U.S. should not adopt silence in dealing with the captors. Instead they must demand that Maliki releases the hostages now or future bilateral relations could be harmed.

Media Mayhem in Iraq and Al Jazeera Arabic is a Victim Yet Again

Nehad Ismail | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK
Nehad Ismail

On Sunday 28th April, the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission announced the suspension of the operating licenses of nine Iraqi Satellite TV Stations and the closure of the Baghdad Offices of Al Jazeera Arabic. The justification given was that the mainly Sunni stations were inciting hatred and divisions in Iraq.

The Loss of Democracy in Iraq

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

While the West frets over the increasingly bellicose utterances of North Korea's deranged delinquent dictator and wrings its hands in frustration over the on-going bloodbath in Syria, attention has strayed from Iraq as it spirals towards civil war.

In Search of a Bigger Hammer: Sectarianism in Iraq

Joe Twyman | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Twyman

Sectarianism is there and it is still both a significant problem and a major stumbling block to moving the country forward. While this was most obviously demonstrated by the sectarian killings that dominated the local news for so long, it was also clearly evident when we analysed the key drivers for Iraqi's voting preference.

UN Should Respond Positively to the Goodwill Gestures of Ashraf Residents

David Amess | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Politics
David Amess

This Sunday marks our Easter Sunday. That is always special. But this year there are two days next week with special significance for the Iranian dissidents. One is a day of mourning incidentally the Easter Sunday; the other a day of anticipation.

A Prison Called 'Liberty' Not Fit for Iranian Dissidents in Iraq

David Amess | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Politics
David Amess

Imagine exchanging your home for a prison. Instead of the house you have known for decades, you must now live in a hut the size of a shipping container. You can take only the belongings you can physically carry, and must therefore leave almost everything behind.

Regime Change in Iran: The Conditions Are Ripe

Lord Carlile | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

Ashraf residents must believe that theirs is a story of betrayal. It was the US, after all, that, after liberating Iraq, promised to protect them if they agreed to disarm. The US is out of Iraq, but the residents are far from safe. A second betrayal is now in the making. For a body such as the United Nations, silence in the face of oppression is nothing short of scandalous.

The Answer to All of Iraq's Problems: Centralism or Federalism?

Shwan Zulal | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK
Shwan Zulal

Fans of a federal union of states in Iraq are accusing PM Nouri al-Maliki of taking on the role of dictator in Iraq. They see separation of sects as t...

Iraq in 2012, a Dictatorship Worse Than Saddam?

Abbas Rezai | Posted 01.03.2012 | UK
Abbas Rezai

As the last US Forces pull out of Iraq before Christmas, this already troubled country sinks in even more violence and mayhem.

Understanding the Baghdad Bombings

James Denselow | Posted 21.02.2012 | Home
James Denselow

Four days after the official US troop presence ended, Baghdad has been struck by bombings that are a reminder that for ordinary Iraqis the horror cont...

The Democratic Governments and UN Leaders should take urgent actions to prevent a massacre at Camp Ashraf in less than 40 days

Hossein Abedini | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Hossein Abedini

On Friday 18 November, the Government of Iraq (GoI) orchestrated in coordination with the Iranian regime's embassy in Iraq a despicable show outside Camp Ashraf, home to 3400 Iranian opposition members, portrayed as a "massive demonstration" by Iraqi citizens calling for the expulsion of Ashraf residents from Iraq.

Exxon Deal Beckons Kurdistan's Advent

Shwan Zulal | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK
Shwan Zulal

n a game changing oil deals in Kurdistan region, Exxon Mobil has signed a contract for six blocks with Kurdistan Regional Government, reported the FT. There were rumours about a major US oil company circling in Kurdistan region, but expert dismissed any deals because of the danger of being black listed by Baghdad.