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Iraq Rejects Draft Law Letting Non-US Troops Stay

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's parliament rejected for the second time Saturday a draft law allowing foreign troops from countries other than the United State...

Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki May Be Weakened By Security Pact Dealmaking

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Parliament's approval of a security pact with the U.S. has propelled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki into a position of strength unsurp...

Iraqi Parliamentarian Acquitted For "Crime" of Visiting Israel

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Robinson

Following a visit to Israel in September, the Iraqi Parliament stripped human rights activist Alusi of his legal immunity and threatened him with prosecution for the "crime" of visiting Israel.

Stuff Happens: The Pentagon's Argument of Last Resort on Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In a nutshell, the Pentagon's argument couldn't be simpler or more red-bloodedly American: We have too much stuff there to leave Iraq any time soon.

Maliki Defends Troop Withdrawal Pact On Iraqi National Television

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Iraq's prime minister delivered a nationally televised address Tuesday to rally domestic support for a U.S.-Iraqi security pact, calli...

Iraq Dismisses Oversight Officials Despite Soaring Corruption

NY Times | JAMES GLANZ and RIYADH MOHAMMED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD -- The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is systematically dismissing oversight officials who were installed to fight corrupti...

Iraqi PM Maliki Now Supports US "Withdrawal Agreement", Source Says

McClatchy Washington Bureau | Leila Fadel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has informed Iraq's presidency council that he now supports a security agreement with the United States, a S...

Ahmadinejad: Guns N' Roses

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamal Dajani

Obama had said that he was prepared to hold tough presidential negotiations without preconditions with Iran; it seems that he may just have to do so earlier than he might have expected.

Withdrawing from the Empty Rhetoric on Iraq

Adam Blickstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Blickstein

If the Iraqi government caves to Bush administration demands and agree to vaguer language on American withdrawl, then what message does that send to the Iraqi people?

US Security Pact Should Be Rejected, Shiite Clerics Say

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Shiite clerics warned the government Friday not to sign a security pact that would keep U.S. troops in Iraq until 2012, as the prime m...

US Security Agreement Tears Maliki Between US And Iran, WaPo Says

Washington Post | Mary Beth Sheridan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD, Oct. 27 -- A deal to authorize the presence of American forces in Iraq beyond 2008 is forcing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to choose betwee...

The Obama Challenges

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

As President, Obama will need to confront two costly wars, global terrorism, an economy on the brink and a serious energy crisis. Don't expect immediate change.

Iraq Seeks Security Pact Rewrites, Right To Try American Soldiers

Reuters | Mariam Karouny and Peter Graff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq demanded changes to a draft security pact with the United States Tuesday after it failed to win the support of its political ...

US-Iraq Withdrawal Plan Reached, Mirrors Obama's Plan

The Independent | Patrick Cockburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq and the United States have finally agreed on a security pact which would mean that US forces would withdraw from Iraq by 2011, American and Iraqi...

Jason Linkins

Bush Uses Iraq-Based Troops As Domestic Political Pawns, And Almost Nobody Notices

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported on an extraordinary revelation in the ongoing negotiations between the Bush White House and Nouri al-Maliki's Iraqi ...

Report: Bush Pushed Back Iraq Withdrawal To Help McCain

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last July, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said U.S. troops should be out of Iraq "as soon as possible" and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) w...

RNC: "USA, USA"

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamal Dajani

Patriotism and "Country First" have become the theme for John McCain's campaign. Several speakers, including the Republican nominee himself, John McCa...

New Bob Woodward Book: US Spied On Iraqi Leaders

Washington Post | Steve Luxenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Bush administration has conducted an extensive spying operation on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his staff and others in the Iraqi government, a...

Maliki's Growing Defiance Of US Worries Allies And Critics

McClatchy Newspapers | Leila Fadel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has been on a roll, and American officials are getting worried. Once perceived as a sectarian Shiite ...

Iraqi Prime Minister Jeopardizes Withdrawal Agreement By Ousting Negotiators

LA Times | Ned Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the "make-or-break" stage of talks with the U.S. on the withdrawal of American troops in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has swept aside his nego...

Seth Colter Walls

Sen Leahy On Iraq: Maliki Realizes Obama Will Win [VIDEO]

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Monday afternoon, Vermont Senator Pat Leahy spoke with the Huffington Post on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention. Addressing the b...

Bush, Maliki Clash Over Status Of Withdrawal Agreement

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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Seth Colter Walls

Obama Foreign Policy Aide: McCain Is Out Of GOP Mainstream On Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama's chief foreign policy adviser Susan Rice just strolled past past the Huffington Post office inside media pavilion number 5 here at the D...

Hey, Look Over Here

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

As the cable shows occupy themselves with campaign to-and-fro and Olympic swimmers, take some time to read this piece from the invaluable Gareth Porter about recent developments in Iraq.

Jordan's King Visits Iraq, Urges Arabs To Support

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — Jordan's King Abdullah II held talks Monday with Iraq's prime minister after coming to Baghdad on an unannounced visit, the first by a...