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  • **FILE** Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi (Associated Press)

    Allawi cites 'dictatorship,' Iranian control in Iraq

    Iraq's former prime minister says the United States is ignoring an "emerging dictatorship" in his country, telling The Washington Times that Iran is "swallowing" Iraq and dictating its strategic policies.

  • The new Iraqi government is pictured at a swearing-in ceremony in Baghdad on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved the new government, which will be headed by incumbent Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (bottom right). The installation of the officials ends nine months of political deadlock that threatened to stall economic development and suck the country back into sectarian violence. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    New Iraqi government sworn in — at last

    Parliament swore in a new Iraqi government Tuesday after nine months of bitter political haggling, solidifying the grip that Shi'ites have held on political power since Saddam Hussein's ouster while leaving open the question of whether the country's disgruntled Sunni minority will play a meaningful role.

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waits to submit his new government for approval to the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad on Tuesday. Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved the new government. (Associated Press)

    Iraqi parliament OKs new government

    The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a new government headed by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who apparently has appeased the Sunni-backed bloc that bested his own party in the country's March elections.

  • **FILE** Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    New WikiLeaks disclosures tell of Iran's hand in Iraqi politics

    Iran continues to dominate WikiLeaks disclosures, with new releases from Baghdad and Beirut showing concerns about Iranian meddling in Iraqi politics as well as the establishment of a nationwide fiber-optic network by its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.

  • In this photo released by the Iraqi government, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (second from right) on Thursday formally asks Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (second from left) to form the next government in Baghdad. Mr. al-Maliki agreed. (Associated Press)

    Al-Maliki renominated as Iraqi prime minister

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani formally renominated Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to his post Thursday, giving him 30 days to assemble a government.

  • Government spokesman Haider al-Mullah speaks to the news media in Baghdad on Thursday. Parliament met later in the day to form a new government. (Associated Press)

    Sunnis' walkout jars Iraq parliament

    Iraq's president gave Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the nod to form the next government Thursday after an eight-month deadlock, but a dramatic walkout from Parliament by his Sunni rivals cast doubt on a power-sharing deal reached by the two sides less than a day earlier.

  • Leaders of Iraq's main political blocs meeting Monday are (front row, from left) ex-Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and ex- Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Iraqi government via Associated Press)

    Bombs rock Iraq as leaders seek power-sharing deal

    Four deadly explosions rocked Iraq Monday as political leaders hustled to seal a power-sharing agreement in time for the convening of the country's Parliament.

  • Iraqi security forces inspect a damaged car at a bombing site in Baghdad on Monday, Oct. 4. 2010. Police say the roadside bombing targeted the convoy of a deputy minister in Iraq's government, killing the minister's bodyguard and injuring at least seven people. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Iraq's Sunni-backed bloc united against al-Maliki

    A Sunni-backed bloc that came first in elections seven months ago is united against the bid by Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to remain in office, a party spokesman said Monday, in another clear sign of deep divisions over efforts to end Iraq's political impasse.

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