Iraq politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Iraq politics


Iraq parliament orders full election recount

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Confusion has gripped Iraq since the vote won by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's electoral alliance with communists, even with negotiations to form a new government underway

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. File photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq PM challenges Tillerson on Iran remarks

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Tillerson and Abadi, in Baghdad, also discussed 'government measures taken to restore the authority of the federal government in Kirkuk'

Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in historic independence vote

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:16 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The non-binding vote on the Kurds' long-cherished dream of independence, initiated by veteran leader Massud Barzani, has angered not only the federal government but also neighboring Turkey and Iran

PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE. Iraqis drive past posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum for the Kurdistan region on September 24, 2017, in central Kirkuk. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Mattis in Baghdad as Iraq presses assault on ISIS bastion

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis shows US support for Iraqi forces as they pressed an assault on Tal Afar the Islamic State ISIS group s last major bastion in the country s north

TO THE MIDEAST. US Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks to reporters on board a flight to Jordan for the start of a regional tour on August 20, 2017. Paul Handley/AFP

Iraq forces launch operation to retake western area

Jan 05, 2017 - 3:26 PM

The main targets of the operation are Aanah Rawa and Al Qaim the westernmost Iraqi towns along the Euphrates Valley

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier is silhouetted while French President visits a military outpost on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, on January 2, 2017. Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP

Iraq forces advance in town south of Mosul

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Iraqi forces take key positions in the center Qayyarah officials say on the second day of an operation to recapture the northern town from jihadists

In this file photo, Iraqi soldiers hold a position on the frontline on the outskirts of the Kurdish-controlled area of Makhmur, some 60 kilometers (35 miles) south of Mosul, on July 17, 2016, during a military operation to recapture the northern Nineveh province from ISIS. Safin Hamed/AFP

Iraq PM sacks commander after Green Zone breach – statement

May 05, 2016 - 6:54 AM

The removal of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed Ridha may indicate that security forces will take a harder line against demonstrators who are expected to protest later this week

TAKEOVER. Iraqi protesters wave national flags as they gather inside the parliament after breaking into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" on April 30, 2016. Photo by Haiar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Protesters quit Baghdad's Green Zone after unprecedented breach

May 01, 2016 - 8:40 AM

UPDATED The breach gives Iraqis access to places they are rarely allowed to enter

TAKEOVER. Iraqi protesters wave national flags as they gather inside the parliament after breaking into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" on April 30, 2016. Haiar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Iraq parliament chaos prevents cabinet vote

Apr 14, 2016 - 7:46 AM

Lawmakers argued and hurled water bottles at each other in the parliament hall forcing a recess

Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the parliament in Baghdad on April 13, 2016, during a sit-in by lawmakers to protest against the system of ministries being distributed according to political quotas. Sabah Arar/AFP

ISIS lost a fifth of its territory since January 2015 – analysts

Mar 17, 2016 - 8:10 AM

IHS Jane s says the jihadists control 73 440 square kilometers 28 360 square miles of ground as of March 14 an area equivalent to around half the size of England

In this file photo, a flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

US steps up anti-ISIS raids, Iran invited to Syria talks

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Friday s October 30 talks in Vienna are seen as a way to end Syria s civil war by creating an interim unity regime and paving the way for Syrian President Bashar al Assad s exit

These US Navy F-18E Super Hornets were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State (IS or ISIL) targets in Syria. File photo by US Dept of Defense/Sgt Shawn Nicke/Handout/EPA

Iraq PM scraps 11 cabinet posts in reforms drive

Aug 17, 2015 - 9:57 AM

Haider al Abadi scraps 3 deputy premier positions and 4 ministries and merges 4 more ministries with others reducing the size of the cabinet by a third

EMPTY CHAIRS. A file picture dated September 8, 2014 of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (L) waiting for the members of his new cabinet to arrive during a parliament session in Baghdad, Iraq. Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraq parliament approves PM's anti-corruption plan

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Abadi s reform program and an additional list of measures also approved by parliament only outline steps to be taken – actual implementation will be a difficult process

Iraqis watch at a cafe in the capital Baghdad on August 11, 2015, as Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi delivers a televised statement after parliament unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform program aimed at curbing corruption. Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq PM calls for sweeping reforms in response to protests

Aug 09, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The proposed reforms at least some of which require the approval of the cabinet and parliament follow a call for tough measures by Iraq s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani

SWEEPING CHANGES. In this file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, gestures during a press conference  in Baghdad, Iraq, December 18, 2014. Hadi Mizban/Pool/EPA

Kerry vows global coalition will defeat jihadists

Sep 10, 2014 - 11:12 PM

The top US diplomat says the Iraqi army would be rebuilt as part of the long awaited strategy against the Islamic State

Iraq MPs approve new government

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:20 AM

New premier Haidar al Abadi had come under heavy international pressure to form an inclusive government to win broad support against militants

NEW GOVERNMENT. Members of the new Iraqi cabinet during a parliamentary vote of confidence at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, Iraq, 08 September 2014. Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency

Jul 24, 2014 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of of Baghdad led by the jihadist Islamic State group has brought Iraq to the brink of breakup with the government struggling to assert any authority beyond its Shiite power base

Jihadist 'caliph' to Muslims: Obey me

Jul 06, 2014 - 8:21 AM

al Baghdadi: If you see that I am wrong advise me and put me on the right track and obey me as long as I obey God

'CALIPH' An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adDressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi. al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Iraq's Maliki down but not out

Jul 05, 2014 - 5:32 PM

Experts have cast doubt on Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki s chances of keeping his post as factions struggle to form a government after April polls but sectarian allegiance may yet rescue the Shiite Arab leader

File photo of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from AFP

Iraqi parliament session ends in chaos

Jul 01, 2014 - 9:58 PM

Some lawmakers refused to return

US military advisers begin 'limited' mission in Iraq

Jun 25, 2014 - 8:25 AM

The primary task of the advisers is to evaluate the state of the Iraqi forces and not to turn the tide against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

READY FOR BATTLE? Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants, on June 16, 2014 in the southern city of Basra. Stringer/AFP

UN's Ban urges Iraq to address 'root causes' of unrest

Jan 14, 2014 - 7:04 AM

But Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki insists the Anbar unrest was not due to internal problems and that dialogue with militants is not an option

In this file photo, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference in Manila, Philippines, 22 December 2013. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Iraq fugitive VP gets death term on day of carnage

Sep 10, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Iraq s fugitive Vice President Tareq al Hashemi a top critic of Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki was convicted of murder and sentenced to the gallows

Ramadan game brings Iraq city together

Aug 22, 2012 - 6:45 AM

Will Siniyah bring peace in a city shadowed by conflict?

SCOTLAND? NO, IT'S KIRKUK, northern Iraq. Screen grab from YouTube (urukiiraqi)

Baghdad at 1,250: a far cry from past glories

Aug 16, 2012 - 2:16 PM

Baghdad once the capital of an empire and the centre of the Islamic world now a far cry from its past glories after being ravaged by years of war and sanctions

Water flows from the Kahramna Square fountain, which depicts a scene from the "1001 Nights" tales, in central Baghdad on July 31, 2012. Baghdad was once the capital of an empire and the centre of the Islamic world, but at 1,250 years old, the Iraqi city is a far cry from its past glories after being ravaged by years of war and sanctions. AFP PHOTO/ALI AL-SAADI