Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr meets PM Abadi, hinting at coalition

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A meeting between nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was held a day after the announcement of the Iraqi parliamentary election results to reaffirm close ties between both parties in forming a future government, a source close to Sadr revealed. A statement released by Abadi on Saturday said that the meeting with Sadr came for the sake of working together to speed up the process of forming a new government, and ensure that the government will be strong, ...

Al Arabiya correspondents report from several cities during Iraq Elections

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Iraqis voted on Saturday for the first time since the defeat of Islamic State, with Prime Minister Haider Abadi, an ally of both the United States and Iran, trying to fend off powerful Shiite political groups that would pull the country closer to Tehran. Iraqis expressed pride at the prospect of voting for the fourth time, but also said they had scant hope that the election would stabilize a country beset by conflicts, economic hardship and corruption. Al Arabiya correspondents have been ...

Iraq to close airports and border crossings during election

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Iraqi authorities said Wednesday they will close the country's borders and airspace for 24 hours over an upcoming parliamentary election as they seek to impose a security lockdown. The measures running throughout Saturday are similar to ones applied during previous nationwide polls in the conflict-wracked nation. Some 24.5 million Iraqi voters are registered to cast their ballots in the fourth parliamentary vote since the 2003 toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein. The poll comes just five months ...

Here are potential candidates that could win Iraq premiership after elections

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

As Iraqi parliamentary elections approach on May 12, several names are floated as the top candidates with a chance of winning big and being elected the country’s next prime minister should their party succeed. Haider al-Abadi: Like all Iraqi prime ministers since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003, Abadi, 66, belongs to the country's Shiite Arab majority. But this year the Shi'ite vote, typically enough to produce a clear victor who can claim the right to form a governing coalition, is split. ...

VIDEO: Iraq rallies military factions to secure upcoming elections

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The Iraqi government is securing the upcoming elections due on May 12 by rallying military factions that would exert unified efforts, alongside Iraq’s air forces to protect and supervise the security situation up until the results. Security measures will extend to the provinces of Kurdistan to ensure the protection of the Ministry of Interior and all electoral centers. The security plans were launched on Saturday, and will extend until the results are announced According to local sources ...

Drive-by shooting kills eight north of Baghdad

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Iraqi officials say gunmen in two speeding cars opened fire on civilians near a town north of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 13. Eyewitnesses told the police they saw the gunmen displaying the black ISIS flag. Two police officials said Wednesday that the attack happened late the night before in a busy commercial area near Tarmiyah. The town is located about 50 kilometers north of Baghdad. Iraq is heading into parliamentary elections on May 12 - the first balloting since the ...

Iraqi man uses campaign fever to win back his sweetheart

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Taking advantage of nation-wide elections, one Iraqi man has emptied his pockets to panel Baghdad with posters to campaign for love and win back his ex-fiancée.“I’ve loved this women for two years. We were engaged and planned on getting married... but before the wedding, people claimed that I had cheated on her,” said Haidouz, using a pseudonym.“We argued and the issue grew when her family got involved, and our relationship fell apart.”Brokenhearted, Haidouz ...

Iraq’s move to rush oil bidding could deter some firms

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Iraq is opening more of its untapped oil and gas resources to foreign developers, hoping to boost revenues after its costly war with ISIS, but analysts say the rushed bidding process - now timed to precede national elections - could draw a lukewarm response. Last month, Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi unexpectedly moved the date to receive bids from late June to April, meaning the bidding would be held before May 12 national elections. Some believe Al-Luaibi, who is campaigning for a seat in ...

More than 300 sentenced to death in Iraq for ISIS links

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Iraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to ISIS, judicial sources said Wednesday. The suspects are being tried by two courts, one near the former militant stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq and another in Baghdad which is dealing notably with foreigners and women. Since January in the capital, 97 foreign nationals have been condemned to death and 185 to life in prison, according to a judicial source. Most of the women ...

12 years after his death, where is Saddam Hussein’s body?

Monday, 16 April 2018

Saddam Hussein’s mausoleum in his hometown of al-Awjah in Iraq was where his body was laid to rest 12 years ago following his hanging in December of 2006. US president George W. Bush had then personally authorized the immediate transfer of the dictator's body on an American military helicopter from Baghdad to the northern city of Tikrit, near Al-Awjah. Sheikh Manaf Ali al-Nida, a leader of the Albu Nasser tribe to which Saddam's clan belongs, held on to a letter his family signed when they ...

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