Iraq seeks to reclaim leadership role, status in Arab world

Asia & Pacific 04/15/19, 01:14

After decades of conflict, Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role and status in the Arab world with a centrist policy and a determination among the country's top leaders to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to ...

Iraqi leader says there’s ‘consensus’ on US troops presence

World 03/29/19, 13:37

Iraq's president says he does not see any "serious" opposition when it comes to the presence of American forces in Iraq as long as they are there specifically to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Barham Salih says ...

Iraqi TV: Iran’s president arrives in Baghdad on 3-day visit

Asia & Pacific 03/11/19, 01:42

Iraqi television says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Iraq, making his first official visit to the neighboring nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Rouhani landed in Baghdad on Monday. He is scheduled to meet with ...

Iraq welcomes Nobel Peace Prize winner Murad

World 12/12/18, 03:26

Iraqi activist Nadia Murad is meeting with her country's president in Baghdad after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence. Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery ...

Iraq’s president meets Saudi king after visiting rival Iran

World 11/18/18, 12:02

Saudi Arabia's King Salman received Iraq's president in Riyadh on Sunday, a day after the Iraqi official visited the kingdom's rival, Iran.Barham Salih's back-to-back visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia reflect the delicate balance Iraq seeks to maintain in a region where its two powerful neighbors are battling for supremacy.Salih ...

Iraq to swear in president after independent tapped to be PM

World 10/03/18, 04:07

Iraq's newly-elected president is set to be inaugurated a day after tapping an independent Shiite lawmaker for the post of prime minister.Barham Salih, a longtime Kurdish politician, is scheduled to take office on Wednesday, a day after being elected by parliament. Under an unofficial agreement dating back to the 2003 ...

Update: Shiite independent tapped to be next Iraqi PM

World 10/02/18, 16:30

The Latest on Iraq's election of a new president, a step toward forming a new government following May elections (all times local):11:15 p.m.Iraq's new president has tasked veteran Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi with forming a new government nearly five months after national elections were held.Abdul-Mahdi, who was tapped to be ...

Iraq elects new president in step toward forming government

World 10/02/18, 14:49

Iraq's parliament elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the country's new president on Tuesday, a step toward forming a new government nearly five months after national elections.State TV said Barham Salih, of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, won 220 votes out of the 273 lawmakers who attended Tuesday's session. He ...

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