Maher Chmaytelli

Populist cleric Sadr all but wins Iraq election

16 May 2018

BAGHDAD Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, has all but won Iraq's parliamentary election, the electoral commission said, in a surprise turn of fortune for the Shi'ite leader. | Video

Prediger Sadr bei Parlamentswahl im Irak überraschend vorn

14 May 2018

Bagdad Bei der ersten Parlamentswahl im Irak nach dem Sieg über die Extremistenmiliz IS liegt laut Zwischenergebnissen überraschend der langjährige US-Gegenspieler Moktada al-Sadr in Führung.

Iraqis vote as Abadi seeks to fend off Iran-backed rivals

13 May 2018

BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq Iraqis voted on Saturday for the first time since the defeat of Islamic State, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a rare ally of both the United States and Iran, trying to fend off powerful Shi'ite groups that would pull the country closer to Tehran. | Video

Exclusive: Iraq used Baghdadi aide's phone to capture Islamic State commanders

10 May 2018

BAGHDAD Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and used an app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group into a trap, a security advisor to the Iraqi government said on Thursday.

Trumps Iran-Entscheidung erhöht Brisanz von Irak-Wahl

10 May 2018

Bagdad/Berlin Mit dem Rückzug der USA aus dem Atomabkommen mit dem Iran rückt die Parlamentswahl im Irak verstärkt in den Fokus.

Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia chief aims to lead Iraq

08 May 2018

BAGHDAD If Hadi al-Amiri triumphs in Iraq's election on Saturday it would be a crowning achievement for the dissident turned Shi'ite militia leader who spent more than two decades fighting Saddam Hussein from exile in Iran.

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric hints at renewed opposition to Maliki return

04 May 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq's powerful top Shi'ite cleric suggested on Friday that he had not abandoned his opposition to ex-prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is bidding to return to power in elections on May 12.

With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel

03 May 2018

(This April 18 story has been corrected to remove erroneous reference to Iraq's first finance minister, Sasoon Eskell, being buried near Baghdad. He is in fact buried in Paris.)

Iraq's Maliki poses as Shi'ite champion in race for top job

02 May 2018

BAGHDAD Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fulfilled his life-long goal of wresting power from the country's minority Sunnis after the fall of Saddam Hussein but his drive to entrench Shi'ite dominance proved his downfall.

No oil majors win contracts in Iraq oil licensing round

26 Apr 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq failed to attract investment from the top global energy companies in its oil and gas exploration/development contract auction on Thursday, with no major firms winning any bids and only Italy's Eni submitting an offer.

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