04 June 2020
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Erbil — After five months of difficult negotiations, Iraq's parliament approved the intelligence chief Mustafa Al-Kadhimi as the country's new prime minister on Thursday. The long-time spy master, who appears to have U.S. backing, will now lead a government to replace the one forced to resign months ago amid widespread protests. But his biggest challenge may be convincing a fed-up public that he'll act in their interest before he acts in the interest of the U.S. or any other foreign power. "This…
BAGHDAD: Iraq's outgoing premier Adel Abdel Mahdi was seen as an independent who could unite rival factions and revive the economy, but he leaves office amid a fiscal calamity and brewing geopolitical tensions. The 77-year-old formally stepped down last year following anti-government protests that left more than 550 dead, making him the first prime minister to resign since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. But he stayed on as caretaker PM for five months as Iraq's notoriously…
BAGHDAD--Mustafa al-Kadhimi received the approval of parliament Thursday to serve as Iraq’s sixth prime minister after months of political wrangling and interference by Iran in the process. Despite the approval of 15 ministers in his cabinet, twelve other portfolios, including oil and foreign affairs, are still to be voted. But based on provisions of the Iraqi constitution, Kadhimi can already assume the duties of the office. New prime minister was able to clinch the support of Shia factions which had…
Iraqi politics has entered a crunch week that could see either a new government led by a figure allied with Washington or a deepening of its crisis amid oil price setbacks. Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al Kadhimi has until May 9 to win a vote of confidence in Parliament after being chosen for the job by President Barham Salih last month. But there has been a deafening silence since he submitted his manifesto to the house last Wednesday. Mr Al Kadhimi's…
IRAQ’S prime ministerial merry-go-round continues to spin apace. Spy chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, director of the country’s National Intelligence Service, is now the third prime minister designate this year, following the withdrawal of the two previous prospective candidates. They failed to secure enough support to form a government after the fall of caretaker controller Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the shady former prime minister and puppet of the Iranian mullahs, who was forced to resign last November amidst widespread protests. Past winners of the…
Among the most interesting landmarks in the life of any country, whose people delude themselves that they were living in a normal “state”, is when its government goes to war against one of its most senior civil servants. This is exactly what happened last week when the de facto rulers of Lebanon held Riad Salameh, the Governor of Lebanon’s Central Bank, responsible for the horrific financial and economic collapse. The fact is that this collapse is but yet another advanced…
April 28 (UPI) April 28 (UPI) -- Iraq's prime ministerial merry-go-round continues to spin apace. Spy chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, director of the country's National Intelligence Service, is the third prime minister designate this year, following the withdrawal of Adnan al-Zurfi, the previous prospective candidate, after he failed to secure enough support to form a government. He appears to have won the backing of all of the main Shi'ite parties, as well as the key Kurdish and Sunni factions. Crucially, he also seems…
The Iraqi border has a special strategic appeal. It was once called the “Eastern Front” with Iran. The western side has now become the “front” with Iran as well. With undeclared insistence that is spoiled only by “mysterious raids”, a hidden US-Iranian struggle to capture the Iraqi-Syrian borders is raging. A new player has joined the battle. Russia has plunged into this complex theater, expanding its military presence in the US sphere of influence and meddling with Al-Tanf base through…
We first met Ali Almikdam in late January. Along with thousands of others, he had been living in a tent in Baghdad's Tahrir Square for about four months, protesting the government. "We will never stop our demonstrations," he told us as we whipped through the square in a yellow Tuk-tuk. It was lined with colorful tents and adorned with Iraqi flags. Loudspeakers blasted a song that said "We will stay!" It was the largest homegrown political movement in Iraq's modern history, but the…
Three new unknown militia groups – Usbat Al-Thaereen, Ashab Al-Kahf and Qabdat Al-Hoda – have recently emerged and issued threats against the U.S. presence in Iraq. One of the three, Usbat al-Thaereen (League of Revolutionaries) attracts the most attention. Indeed, it released a video on its official Telegram channel on April 3, showing drone footage of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone. “U.S. embassy, our eyes are tracking your movement, and you will not achieve what you are planning,”…
Iraq is in a state of economic andpoliticalfreefall, made infinitely worse by Tehran’s determination to exploit its neighbor’s woes for its own benefit. With its own economy in a disastrous state, Iran has buried itsfangsintoBaghdad, as well as Beirut and Damascus, in a fatal and unrelenting death grip; determined to drag its neighbors down with it. Having been paralyzed by months of mass protests, followed bythecoronavirusdisease(COVID-19)shutdown, Iraq has been disproportionately impacted by the recent decline in oil prices. In a…

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