Politicians and foreign diplomats said they were doggedly working Friday to salvage a newly-minted Iraqi government power-sharing deal, a long-awaited agreement that threatened to unravel just hours after it was announced with great fanfare.
After eight months of bickering and political paralysis, Iraqi leaders were thought to have finally reached a power-sharing agreement Thursday for a new government, but that deal appeared to fall apart late in the day as members of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya List walked out of the parliamentary session.
The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq presented his diplomatic credentials to top Iraqi officials hours after arriving in the country Wednesday.
Ahmed Hassan Rasul spent 10 years in the mountains of northern Iraq as a peshmerga guerilla, fighting for independence for Iraq's Kurds against the forces of Saddam Hussein.
The fate of Iraq's newly revised election law again hinges on the approval of the country's Sunni Arab vice president, who is under pressure to sign the much-contested plan.
The Kurdish bloc in the Iraqi parliament intends to boycott the vote on a proposed election law if the oil-rich province of Kirkuk is banned from voting in next year's national elections, two Kurdish lawmakers said.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will likely not seek re-election once his term ends.
Iraqi leaders are applauding President Obama's plan to withdraw most U.S. troops from the country by August 2010.
Iran's supreme leader says that all occupied forces should leave Iraq or Iraq will face some threats. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.
The second-highest ranking official in Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's political party resigned Saturday, along with four other high-ranking Kurdish politicians, officials said.
A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at -- but missed -- President Bush during a news conference Sunday evening in Baghdad, where Bush was making a farewell visit.
Iraq's president on Sunday pledged nearly $900,000 to help Christian families who have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul because of killings and threats.
A parked car bomb detonated Sunday in an outdoor market in Baghdad, killing nine civilians and wounding 13 others, an Interior Ministry official said.
Coalition forces in Baghdad have killed the man believed to be the mastermind of recent bombings in the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said.
At least 22 police officers and Awakening Council members were killed in an ambush southwest of Diyala Wednesday, a U.S. military official said.
Two U.S. soldiers were charged Saturday with the murder of an Iraqi detainee.
Iraq's president has rejected the recently passed provincial elections law, his office said on Wednesday -- a move that appears to doom what has been touted as all-important legislation for the country.
Iraq's parliament on Tuesday passed a law setting guidelines for provincial elections, despite a boycott by Kurdish lawmakers.
A bomb detonated near the Iraqi first lady's motorcade in downtown Baghdad on Sunday, wounding soldiers and at least two civilians, but the president's wife escaped without injury, officials said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, heading home after a two-day visit to Iraq, again touted his country's closer relations with Iraq and reiterated his criticism of the United States.
Ahmadinejad's trip to Iraq may signal warmer ties between the long-time enemies. CNN's Michael Ware reports.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in Baghdad Sunday for the start of a historic two-day trip, said "visiting Iraq without the dictator is a good thing."
CNN's Michael Ware reports on Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's historic visit to Iraq.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived Sunday in Baghdad for the first-ever visit by an Iranian president to Iraq
A bill that could pave the way for some members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to return to public life became law in Iraq on Sunday despite reservations from the country's leading Sunni Arab politician.
Authorities imposed a curfew in Hilla on Sunday after a roadside bomb killed a provincial police chief and two other officers, an official with the Interior Ministry said.
A legal debate and reconciliation politics have delayed the scheduled executions in Iraq of three Saddam Hussein-era officials and the hiatus is causing an uproar among Iraqi officials.
The perception is that the U.S. has a double standard with regard to Kurdish insurgents. But it's the Kurds themselves who must reign in the rebels
The Turkish prime minister indicates he's not willing to wait forever. CNN's Phil Black reports
With Turkish officials under pressure to strike at Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush has told Turkey's president his administration will keep pressing Baghdad to clamp down on the rebels, the White House said Monday.
Rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, will announce Monday a unilateral cease-fire following a deadly attack on Turkish forces, a spokesman for Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told CNN.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has blasted the United States for the arrest Thursday of an Iranian and called for his immediate release.
Saddam Hussein's cousin known as "Chemical Ali" and 14 others faced charges of crimes against humanity for the brutal crushing of a Shiite uprising after the 1991 Gulf War Tuesday as Iraq's third trial against former regime officials began with three of the defendants already sentenced to death in another case.
The Iraqi prime minister and president announced a new alliance of moderate Shiites and Kurds in a push to save the crumbing government Thursday
Commanders are operating under the assumption that at least two of three U.S. soldiers missing in Iraq are alive, military officials told CNN.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki made an unannounced trip Tuesday to Ramadi, where he met with Sunni tribal chiefs credited with helping turn the tide against al Qaeda in Iraq.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was in a Jordanian hospital on Monday after experiencing dizziness and low blood pressure a day earlier in Iraq, his son and a physician said.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani fell ill and was flown from northern Iraq to neighboring Jordan on Sunday for treatment of what his son called "fatigue and exhaustion coupled with dehydration."
Eleven Shiite pilgrims were ambushed, shot and killed Wednesday as their caravan returned from the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, an Interior Ministry official in Baghdad said.
Iraqi and Iranian authorities slammed the United States on Monday for having arrested several Iranians who were visiting Iraq.
President Bush said Wednesday he will not be rushed into a decision on "a new way forward in Iraq," but pledged that his new strategy will give troops there all the tools they need to "complete their mission."
Unemployed laborers were among nearly two dozen people killed Wednesday in Iraq in bombings and mortar fire.
The U.S. military said Monday that four American soldiers were killed and three wounded by two roadside bombs Sunday in Baghdad as suspected sectarian violence cost another 51 Iraqis their lives.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani rejected the Iraq Study Group's report Sunday, calling it "very dangerous" to Iraq's sovereignty and constitution.
Nine U.S. troops died in Iraq during the weekend, including five killed by roadside bombs, the U.S. military reported Sunday.
Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday said American policies in Iraq are the "main cause" of that country's violence and insecurity, and withdrawal of "foreign forces" is the first step to ending the country's discord, according to an Iranian news agency report.
Insurgents Monday targeted key oil sites in Iraq, firing mortar rounds into an oil distribution center in northern Iraq and bombing a pipeline in a southern suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is expected to meet in the next few days with high-ranking officials from Iran and Syria, neighbors that the United States has blamed for many of Iraq's problems.
Just hours after a suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Iraq, U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Monday that the nation is in "grave danger" of falling into civil war.
President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday he foresees Iraqi forces taking over security in all 18 provinces by the end of the year.
Baghdad's morgue reported that 1,091 people were killed in the city's daily violence in April, the Iraqi president's office said in a statement Wednesday.
U.S. and Iraqi troops killed more than 100 insurgents last week in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, a U.S. Army officer said Monday.
Three private security contractors were killed, and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle Sunday morning, the British Foreign Office said.
Iraqi lawmakers gathering for its second session of parliament on Thursday decided to postpone the session for two days amid a possible breakthrough over the contentious issue of the prime minister's post.
At least 10 people were killed and 22 wounded Tuesday in Baghdad and three other Iraqi cities.
Iraq's new parliament, faced with the difficult task of selecting the nation's leaders, will hold its first session this weekend, President Jalal Talabani said Monday.
A top commander in Iraq's army was shot to death on a western Baghdad road Monday in one of a string of attacks that killed at least 10 other people, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.
Gunmen dressed as Iraqi police commandos attacked a Sunni mosque in a western Baghdad neighborhood late Saturday, killing three mosque guards and wounding six others in an hour-long gunfight, police said.
A mortar round killed seven people and wounded 15 others at a busy market in a southeastern Baghdad suburb early Saturday, said an emergency police official, one day after a daytime curfew brought relative peace.
In a dramatic show of solidarity amid fears of escalating violence, Iraq's leaders from virtually all political factions met Saturday to discuss the formation of a national unity government.
Iraqi leaders attempted Thursday to stop sectarian violence that has escalated since a revered Shiite shrine was bombed in Samarra, prompting widespread reprisals against Sunnis.
A car bomb detonated in a marketplace in the southern Baghdad suburb of Dora on Tuesday afternoon, killing 20 people and wounding another 25, police said.
Jalal Talabani draws on a cigar and ponders the question.
The United Iraqi Alliance and Kurdish alliance -- the Shiite-led and Kurdish coalitions that prevailed in the January 30 elections -- are considered front-runners in Thursday's parliamentary elections.
British troops could leave Iraq by the end of 2006, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has predicted.
Three U.S. service members have died in separate incidents in Iraq while insurgents targeted Iraqi security forces, authorities said Sunday.
Gunmen killed the brother of Iraq Vice President Adil Abdul Mehdi and his driver early Sunday in eastern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official told CNN.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says evidence points to Iranian ties to bombings in Iraq, although Britain does not have definite proof.
Meeting Tuesday with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, President Bush renewed his pledge to assist Baghdad in building a democracy and to help the fledgling government defeat insurgents.
Iraqi forces will assume responsibility for security at Baghdad International Airport, a government official said, following its closure to civilian traffic Friday.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has said ousted leader Saddam Hussein deserves to be executed "20 times a day" for his crimes against humanity.
Saddam Hussein has confessed that he gave orders to execute thousands of Kurds in the late 1980s, according to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Iraqi police arrested four people in connection with a string of car bombings Wednesday morning that killed at least 43 people and wounded 88 in central Baghdad, the Transportation Ministry said.
Iraq President Jalal Talabani said Saturday that he hopes his country will reach the key milestone of completing a draft constitution within 24 hours -- a day before Monday's deadline.
A suicide car bomb killed 25 people and wounded 33 others Sunday near al-Rashad police station in Baghdad, the city's emergency police said.
The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq met Saturday with leaders of the Iraq's fledgling government and said that "security challenges" cannot be met with military might alone.
Gunmen on Tuesday shot dead a Sunni Arab member of the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution, authorities said.
A group of European Union members was in Baghdad Thursday, marking the first such high-level delegation visit to the country since the ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein.
Former dictator Saddam Hussein could go on trial "within two months," and U.S. troops might begin leaving Iraq in large numbers by the end of 2006, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told a group of international journalists Tuesday.
President Bush firmly backed Iraq's fledgling government Tuesday, echoing comments by his vice president that the country's insurgency will be defeated.
Insurgents continued a stepped-up wave of bombings Friday, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens more, Iraqi police said.
The insurgency in Iraq is "about where it was a year ago," in terms of attacks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said but he said American and Iraqi troops are gaining ground in the two-year-old conflict.
Iraqis made two grisly discoveries Wednesday, finding more than 50 bodies in the Tigris River and 20 Iraqi soldiers shot to death west of the capital, officials said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made an unannounced visit to Baghdad Tuesday, praising Iraq for its fledgling democracy and noting improvements in the country's security forces.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq early Tuesday on an unannounced visit, hours after a U.S. Embassy official said a U.S. citizen working for a contracting company was kidnapped from a construction site in Baghdad.
The newly elected president of Iraq said Sunday he expects that U.S. troops will be gone from his country within two years.
Iraq's new president, Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, took the oath of office Thursday, promising to help create a democratic government that represents his country's diverse population.
Iraq's new transitional assembly took an expected but historic step Wednesday, electing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the nation's president -- a symbol of the new Kurdish clout in the largely Arab nation.
After weeks of political deadlock, Iraq's Transitional National Assembly on Sunday took a step towards forming a new Iraqi Government nine weeks after the country's historic elections, electing a Speaker and two deputies.
The Kurdish leader expected to be selected Iraq's transitional president said the recently elected National Assembly will form a government when it meets next week.
Calling for democracy and freedom in the midst of insurgent attacks, the leaders of Iraq's interim government Wednesday challenged the country's new National Assembly to strive for "national unity."
The newly elected Iraqi National Assembly is scheduled to have its first meeting March 16, political officials have told CNN.
Iraqi leaders began looking ahead to forming a National Assembly and filling top posts after the release of "final uncertified" election results.
The Iraqi prime minister's office said Wednesday it is committed to Transitional Administrative Law, a document backed by Kurdish leaders and opposed by the country's top Shiite cleric in a dispute that could lead to a governmental crisis.
Nearly simultaneous suicide bombings of the offices of two Kurdish political parties in the northern Iraq town of Erbil Sunday morning killed at least 56 people, including at least five senior Kurdish officials, a coalition spokesman said.
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