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September 03, 2015
Iraq president says constitution should not be bypassed
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
Iraqi President Fuad Masum said Wednesday Iraq's constitution should be amended rather than bypassed, in an apparent criticism of the premier's plan to abolish the constitutionally mandated vice presidency. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered Iraq's three vice presidential positions to be scrapped and their funding reallocated as part of a reform drive aimed at curbing rampant corruption and government waste in response to weeks of protests. Masum called on his website for "protecting the ... read more

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Top Shiite cleric plays major role in Iraq reform drive
As Iraq attempts to curb rampant corruption and streamline the government, the country's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, is playing a crucial role supporting the reform drive. ... more
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Iraq inquiry finds officials grossly mismanaged Mosul crisis
Top officials ignored ample warnings of an impending attack on Iraq's second city Mosul and grossly mismanaged the crisis that saw jihadists seize it, a parliamentary report obtained by AFP says. ... more
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Iraq PM orders major cuts in guards for officials
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Thursday ordered major cuts in the number of guards for officials, the latest step in a reform drive to curb corruption and streamline the government. ... more
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'Legal vacuum' as Iraqi Kurd leader's term expires
Iraqi Kurdistan president Massud Barzani's extended term expired on Thursday, leaving the autonomous region in a "legal vacuum" that Kurdish political parties are still trying to resolve. ... more
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Iraq PM delays China trip over security, reform drive
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi postponed a planned visit to China due to security developments and the need to follow up on a wide-ranging reform drive, his office said. ... more
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Iraq lawmakers refer report on Mosul fall to judiciary
Iraqi lawmakers voted Monday to refer to the judiciary a report holding top officials, including ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki, responsible for the fall of second city Mosul, the parliament speaker said. ... more
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Iraq probe finds Maliki, others responsible for Mosul fall
An Iraqi parliamentary investigation found ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki and other officials responsible for jihadists overrunning second city Mosul, in a report being sent for possible legal action, lawmakers said Sunday. ... more
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Iraq PM scraps third of cabinet posts in reform drive
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the removal of 11 of 33 cabinet posts Sunday, the first concrete step in a reform drive to curb corruption and streamline the government. ... more
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Iraq PM condemns US officer's remarks on partition
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office condemned Thursday outgoing US army chief General Raymond Odierno's "irresponsible" statement on the possibility that Iraq might be partitioned. ... more
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UK families threaten lawsuit over Iraq war inquiry delay
The families of British troops killed in the Iraq war vowed legal action Thursday against the long-delayed inquiry into the conflict unless it publishes its findings by the year's end. ... more
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Departing US army chief says Iraq may have to be partitioned
The US Army's outgoing chief of staff warned Wednesday that reconciliation between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq is becoming harder and that partitioning the country "might be the only solution." ... more
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Bush, Clinton trade blame over Iraq war
A decade of anger over the Iraq war resurfaced in the 2016 US election race Tuesday, with Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton's campaigns trading blame about that country's continued instability. ... more
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Iraq parliament approves PM's anti-corruption plan
Iraq's parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform programme aimed at curbing the corruption and government waste that sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests. ... more
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Iraq parliament approves PM's anti-corruption plan
Iraq's parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform programme aimed at curbing corruption and reducing government waste that has sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests. ... more
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Iraq PM rolls out sweeping reforms after protests
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday proposed scrapping top government posts and curbing privileges in an ambitious reform drive sparked by swelling popular anger over corruption and poor governance. ... more
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Displaced Iraq Christians in frontline prayer for return
Christian clerics prayed in the ruins of a monastery not far from jihadist positions in northern Iraq Thursday to mark a year since the exodus of Iraq's Christians from nearby ancestral lands. ... more
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Displaced Iraq Christians in frontline prayer for return
Christian clerics prayed in the ruins of a monastery not far from jihadist positions in northern Iraq Thursday to mark a year since the exodus of Iraq's Christians from nearby ancestral lands. ... more
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Iraq's Jon Stewart combats jihadists with laughs
Defying death threats, an Iraqi television comedian is fighting the Islamic State group with biting satire aimed at lifting the aura of fear that is one of the jihadists' strongest weapons. ... more
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Iraqis vent rage at power shortages, 'corrupt' leaders
Several hundred Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad Friday to vent their anger at the chronic electricity shortages, which they blamed on government corruption. ... more
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IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
The International Monetary Fund approved a $1.24 billion emergency loan for Iraq Thursday, saying the country needs extra support in the face of the Islamic State insurgency and depressed oil prices. ... more
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Iraq Shiite chief sees no change in Turkey stance on IS
Hadi al-Ameri, a top leader of Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitaries, argued Monday there was no evidence Turkey had changed its position on the Islamic State jihadist group. ... more
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Iraq forces retake university on edge of Ramadi
Iraqi government forces recaptured a university campus Sunday on the outskirts of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, seizing a key position for any offensive to retake the city, officials said. ... more
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Turkey army blames PKK for deadly attack as truce unravels
The Turkish army on Sunday blamed PKK militants for a deadly car bomb attack that killed two of its soldiers in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, as a fragile truce risked collapsing after Ankara's air strikes on rebel positions in Iraq. ... more
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UN closes Iraq health programmes for lack of funding
The United Nations has suspended health programmes reaching a million people across Iraq because of massive under-funding, it said on Monday. ... more
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