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Latest Nouri Al-Maliki Items
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today that al-Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shi'ite and Sunni militant groups. 8:57 p.m.
Sunni preachers yesterday denounced the shooting of a Koran, Islam's holy book, by a U.S. sniper in Iraq after a series of apologies by military commanders and President Bush.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq´s most influential Shi´ite cleric has been quietly issuing religious edicts declaring that armed resistance to U.S.-led foreign troops is permissible - a potentially significant shift by a key supporter of the Washington-backed government in Baghdad.
Of all the tactical moves Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki made in March to wrest control of southern Iraq from Shi'ite extremists, none was more important than his government's meetings with tribal sheiks.
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi soldier fatally shot two American troops while they were patrolling together north of the capital, the U.S. military and an Iraqi official said yesterday. The Iraqi official said the suspect has links to militant groups.
The Bush administration is optimistic the Iraqi government will take an important step toward political reconciliation by passing at least one major law before the next progress report in March from the top U.S. general and U.S. ambassador in Iraq.
BAGHDAD (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit today to Kirkuk in the oil-rich Kurdish region, where the U.S. administration has emphasized what it sees as new signs of cooperation and progress, and then flew to the Iraqi capital for meetings with national leaders. Video: Secretary Rice in Iraq
Top Senate Democrats have started to acknowledge progress in Iraq, with the chairman of the Armed Services Committee yesterday saying the U.S. troop surge is producing "measurable results."
U.S. military officials suspect the bombings of Yazidi villages in Iraq last week are a sign that al Qaeda is shifting tactics in an effort to create civil unrest among the three prevalent groups in the region.