January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi ...[read more]
December 28, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Iraqi police arrested Ahmed al-Awlani, an MP and prominent Sunni supporter of anti-government protests, on Saturday in the city of Ramadi. Awlani, a member of the Sunni supported Iraqiya bloc was reportedly wanted on terrorism charges along with his brother, Ali. Ali and five bodyguards were ...[read more]
August 27, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament members passed the measure in January to limit the offices of premier, president and parliament speaker ...[read more]
January 26, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A media adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday that the government will take legal action on behalf of the victims of the November 2005 Haditha killings, in which 24 Iraqi civilians were killed. Government spokesman Ali al-Moussawi expressed displeasure with the outcome of ...[read more]
December 31, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 31, 2009, Judge Richardo M. Urbina of the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges against five Blackwater guards indicted for their involvement in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in September 2007. Following the dismissal, ...[read more]
September 11, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Saturday accepted the resignation of the country's lead corruption watchdog, Raheem Uqaili. Uqaili was the chairman of Iraq's Integrity Commission, an independent corruption monitoring agency that investigates officials from the Defense Ministry and other ...[read more]
February 3, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 3, 2008, the Iraqi Presidency Council announced the approval of legislation allowing most former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to be reinstated to public life despite disagreement among the three-member council. The Accountability and Justice Law, passed by the Iraqi ...[read more]
February 2, 2011
by Matt Glenn
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday accused military officials overseen by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of running a secret jail in Iraq that is not subject to inspection by international groups and torturing suspects in another detention center. The report claims that the Iraqi Army's 56th ...[read more]
January 31, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday defended an Iraqi Supreme Court decision finding that several independent agencies must be placed under the control of the government. Among the agencies affected are the Central Bank of Iraq, the Supreme Commission of Human Rights, the Independent ...[read more]
November 15, 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi
Iraqi parliamentary officials on Saturday unanimously approved a power-sharing agreement whereby Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani will remain in power for an additional term, despite tension over governmental power positions for the country's minority Iraqiya ...[read more]

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