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I'm not usually one to argue with The Clown - but....


No sign of surrender as Iraq's Maliki fights for political life


(Reuters) - In eight years in power, Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Maliki has never faced such a threat. Swathes of his country have fallen to Sunni insurgents. Rivals are seeking his downfall. Foreign sponsors in Washington and Tehran are wary or worse. Even friends are openly contemplating his demise.


Yet the virtuoso player of Iraq's political game shows no sign of surrendering any time soon.


His opponents say Maliki is responsible for the vehemence of the insurgency because of policies that alienated Sunnis, pushing tribes to back a revolt by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which seized the main northern city Mosul on June 10 and has since marched virtually unopposed towards Baghdad.


Washington, while publicly saying it has no plan to pick Iraq's rulers, has made clear it wants more inclusive leadership in Baghdad. Iran, which has widespread influence among Iraq's Shi'ite parties, has played its cards close but has conspicuously avoided rallying around Maliki.


Even members of Maliki's own bloc now concede that the combative 64-year-old Islamist may need to go, if rival Shi'ite groups as well as Sunnis and Kurds are to be assembled into a new ruling coalition.

"Iraq after June 10 is not the same as before. Everything has changed," said a senior member of Maliki's coalition on condition of anonymity. "Everything is on the table ... If the others insist they will only go forward if Maliki is not prime minister, we are ready to discuss it."


"Maliki will be included in this decision-making and the transition must be smooth. I think he has an open mind about it, and is weighing options. He understands it might come to that," the senior ally said. A second member of Maliki's coalition confirmed there was talk of replacing him from within.


Six weeks ago, Maliki seemed more secure in power than ever. In an election, his State of Law coalition emerged as easily the biggest party, with 94 seats in the 325-seat legislature. Two rival Shi'ite blocs that had hoped to unseat him fell far short, winning only about 30 seats each.


In a television address the morning after the vote, he mused with characteristic diffidence that he served only at the nation's request.


"My mother didn't give birth to me so I could become prime minister. I was born to be a farmer, laborer, student or an official," he said. "I have the honor to serve my country."


Despite the pressure since then, Maliki could still hold on. Infighting among his own list and other Shi'ite candidates aspiring for his job may let him triumph again


The senior Maliki ally said the premier does not want to end his term as the man who presided over Iraq's dissolution. Some, like his close friend Sami Askari, a former parliamentarian, say Iraq cannot afford a leadership change now.


"People are rallying and marching behind Maliki because of ISIL," Askari said. "His chances are still strong."


Ultimately, ditching Maliki may be the price his State of Law bloc needs to pay to form a ruling coalition. Iraqi politicians say the lack of endorsements from Washington and Tehran have emboldened rivals to insist on Maliki's departure.


But the negotiations have barely begun. Parliament, riven with factionalism and egos, is now set to meet by July 1 to begin the process of agreeing the new government, which could take months, leaving Maliki in power as caretaker leader while the war against ISIL rumbles on.

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WOW this sounds tooooo good to be true.   :o


Thug in your opinion how credible are these sources.   :ph34r:


Oh man I sure hope this is true.    :backflip:


The Report Of A Resignation Speech At 10 PM Was Premature At Best Since It's Now Almost Midnight There !


However, John Kerry Gave A News Conference A Couple Of Hours Ago With Maliki Seated Next To Him Insisting On An Immediate Formation Of A New Government !


Here Are A Few Articles Coming Out As A Result ...





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Last updated: June 23, 2014 8:28 pm

Iraq must form new government, Kerry warns in Baghdad

John Kerry called on Iraq’s leaders to immediately form a new government that includes all the country’s political and religious factions, as the US secretary of state scrambled to head off the break-up of the country by a surging rebel alliance.

This should happen “not next week, not next month, but now”, Mr Kerry said at the heavily fortified US embassy in Baghdad, where he held talks with Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, and other leaders. Iraq was facing an “existential crisis”, he warned.

Mr Kerry suggested that the US might still conduct air strikes against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as Isis) even before the formation of a new government.

“Isis cannot be given safe haven anywhere. That is why I reiterate [President Barack Obama] will not be hampered if he deems it necessary, if the formation is not complete,” he said.

Mr Maliki’s perceived sectarian rule has fuelled support among Sunnis for Isis which, along with other insurgent groups, has over-run government forces in Mosul and other cities and is threatening the central government in Baghdad.

Mr Kerry and Mr Maliki agreed that a new government must be formed by July 1, a timetable that radically compresses negotiations to choose a cabinet.

In Washington, the unfolding crisis has undermined Mr Obama’s claim to have left the country in a state of peace after the withdrawal of US troops and forced him to reconsider US military involvement in the country.

Mr Kerry, who is on a week-long tour of the Middle East, is expected to seek political support from allies in the Gulf for possible US military action against Isis and its partners. Mr Obama said last week that the US would send 300 military advisers to Iraq and was considering “targeted air strikes” against the militants.

Mr Kerry held two hours of talks with Mr Maliki to discuss efforts to crush the insurgency that is threatening to tear the country apart. He also met foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, Shia leader Ammar al-Hakim and Osama al-Nujaifi, the Sunni speaker of parliament.

“Iraq’s future depends on the ability of its leaders to come together to take a united stand,” Mr Kerry told journalists after the talks. “They must form a new government as rapidly as possible within the framework of the country’s constitution.”

Isis and allied insurgent groups seized control of Mosul and much of the Sunni dominated provinces of Salahadin and Anbar earlier this month and began attacking districts around the capital just as Iraqi politicians were beginning the process of forming a new government after April 30 general elections.

Iraqi officials are eager for US help in combating the Isis threat, describing it as a Washington obligation.

“Iraq has a co-operative treaty with the US, and Iraq is now in a crisis because of Isis and the neighbouring countries trying to spread destruction,” said Ali Shaber, a Shia member of parliament. “The mutual co-operation is very important because the US participated in the creation of the Iraqi security forces, and they didn’t train them well enough. So they should retrain the Iraqi army.”

Militants surged through Iraq’s western desert over the weekend, seizing three border crossings and four towns en route to the strategic Haditha dam. If they succeed in seizing the dam, they could cause significant disruption to power and water supplies.

Isis has previously tried to divert water sources at the Euphrates river to put pressure on the Iraqi government and has cut water supplies to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Militants seized the Qaim border crossing with Syria on Saturday, while on Sunday, pro-Isis supporters posted on social media saying that militants had taken the al-Waleed crossing with Syria. This was later confirmed by Iraq officials.

The Traibil border post, Iraq’s only crossing with Jordan, has also been seized. It is not clear which group now controls the post. Isis supporters claim it is in their hands but tribal sources in the area also claim control of it, according to a Reuters report. Iraqi state television said the government had retaken control.

Isis itself has yet to confirm the weekend advances, which could mean a different Sunni militant group is behind them. However, it could be maintaining a strategic silence.

At the same time as moving further into new territory in Iraq, Isis has also sustained its advance northwest towards Turkey in the rebel-held regions of northern Syria, in a further sign of how the group is connecting its operations between the two countries.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Isis had seized several villages along the route to the border town of Azaz, from which the group had been forced to withdraw five months earlier.

The militants are also fighting for the strategic town of Tal Afar near the Syrian border, from which Iraqi forces had hoped to launch a counter-offensive against the rebels. The town is home to mostly Shia Turkmen, raising concerns of more sectarian bloodshed in the area.




Kerry told the Iraqi leaders need to form a government as soon as al-Maliki and promised to abide by the deadline

Author: BS, MK 

Editor: BS 6/23/2014 6:28 p.m.

Long-Presse / Baghdad

Detection and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Monday, about being told Iraqi leaders need to form a new Iraqi government as soon as possible "within the framework of the Iraqi constitution, as explained," al-Maliki told him his commitment to the deadline for the selection of the three presidencies, "beginning next July", he stressed the need to form Iraqi government that includes all components of the Iraqi people, Shiites, Kurds, Sunnis.

Kerry said at a press conference building, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and attended (range Press), "stressed in my meetings today with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President of the Islamic Supreme Council of what t-Hakim and Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, the need for faster formation of the government Iraq as soon as possible within the framework of the Iraqi constitution. "

Kerry added that "the United States will support the constitutional process in Iraq and calls to adhere to the timetable for the formation of the Iraqi government," stressing "the need to choose the chair of the Parliament of the Republic and in accordance with the constitutional framework."

Kerry pointed out that "al-Maliki promised to abide by the time the deadline set by the Constitution for the selection of the three presidencies, beginning next July," and underlined "the need for the formation of an Iraqi government that includes all the components of a comprehensive Iraqi people a year, Shiites and Kurds."

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived today, Monday, to Baghdad to visit unannounced, is the first U.S. official and an international official since Allomnah situation worsens in the country, after the control of the organization Daash on a number of Iraqi cities.

Come and visit Kerry within the framework of his tour in the Middle East began from Egypt where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah political and confirmed at the conclusion of their talks on the formation of a consensus government in Iraq and the need to preserve the unity of Iraq, is also the first official U.S. and international high-Iraq since the worsening security situation in the country and control of the organization Daash on a number of Iraqi cities since the tenth of June the current.

It is also the second visit for Kerry to Iraq since he took office as Secretary of State, as was his first visit to the country in the (March 24, 2013).

The organization Daash may impose its control over the northern city of Mosul, the center of the province of Nineveh, (405 km north of Baghdad), in (June 10, 2014), and seized the security headquarters where the airport, and released hundreds of detainees, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of families of the city to neighboring regions and the Kurdistan region, also extended Activity Daash, to the provinces of Salahuddin, Kirkuk and Diyala.

It is noteworthy that Iraq currently stands at a dangerous crossroads, may lead to torn, as a result of the deepening political crisis and violence in its lands, as a result of the control of armed groups on large tracts of land, and control of their entire cities, notably Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad ).



Iraqi Leader Commits to Steps on Forming New Government

No Word on Whether Prime Minister, Fallen From U.S. Favor, Will Seek a Third Term

BAGHDAD—Secretary of State John Kerry said he received a commitment from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to begin the process of forming the next national government in Baghdad by July 1.

Mr. Kerry met with Iraq's leader for nearly two hours Monday to stress the need for a new Iraqi government to unify its Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities against the mounting threat posed by the al Qaeda-linked militia, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, that has gained control of large swaths of western Iraq in recent weeks.

The top U.S. diplomat, in an unannounced, one-day stop in Baghdad, also met with top Shiite and Kurdish leaders Monday to press the same point.

"The goal of today was to get clarity," Mr. Kerry said. "Prime Minister Maliki firmly, and on multiple occasions…affirmed his commitment to July 1 when the Parliament will convene."

The Iraqi leader didn't immediately comment on his conversation with Mr. Kerry.

Mr. Kerry said at a news conference that it isn't Washington's place to choose the next Iraqi leader. But senior U.S. officials privately have said that Mr. Maliki, a Shiite, should not serve a third term because his policies alienated Sunnis and Kurds during his eight years in office.

The Iraqi leader hasn't commented in recent days on his commitment to a third term or if he'd be willing to step aside.

Iraq held parliamentary election in April, and the results were ratified by the country's judiciary last week. Under the Iraqi constitution, parliament must convene and first elect a legislative speaker and national president, before then choosing a prime minister.

Mr. Maliki's party won a plurality of seats in Iraq's 328-seat party and will need to form alliances with Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties to win the prime minister a third term.

Mr. Kerry's meeting with Mr. Maliki at his private office took place as ISIS seized control of shared Iraqi border crossings with Syria and Jordan in recent days, and consolidated its control over major Iraqi cities, such as Mosul.

"This is clearly a moment when the stakes for Iraq's future couldn't be higher," Mr. Kerry told reporters following his day of meetings in Baghdad. "ISIS is not fighting, as it claims, on behalf of Sunnis. ISIS is fighting to divide Iraq. ISIS is fighting to destroy Iraq,"

Mr. Maliki's leadership also has been questioned by Iraq's most powerful Shiite voice, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who indicated Friday that Mr. Maliki should recast his approach or consider stepping down.

"The things that the Iraqis need to do to kind of pull their country together are really things that the next government needs to do," said a senior U.S. official traveling with Mr. Kerry in Baghdad Monday. "It's a little late for the outgoing government, when there's no parliament, to do things to kind of pull the country together."

Mr. Kerry also met Monday with senior Iraqi politicians who will play leading roles in forming the new Iraqi government.

Among them were Ammar al-Hakim, chief of one of Iraq's largest Shiite parties, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, and a potential kingmaker in the deliberations over a new government.

The top U.S. diplomat also met with the speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Osama Al Nujaifi, who's one of the highest-ranking Sunni officials in Iraq.

The two men discussed the growing threat ISIS poses to both Iraq and the wider region.

"These are difficult times for Iraq and the world if we don't cooperate," Mr. Nujaifi told Mr. Kerry ahead of their meeting.

Mr. Kerry responded, "I'm here obviously to convey to you President Obama's and the American people's commitment to help Iraq. We have two tracks as you know: one is the security situation and the other is the political situation. And we need to work them in parallel."

As Mr. Kerry visited Baghdad on Monday, the U.S. government was beefing up its military support for the Iraqi government.

U.S. officials said that more supplies in the form of ammunition, light arms and aerial munitions will be shipped to western Iraq in coming days. The Pentagon is establishing two new "fusion centers," posts set up to better coordinate the Iraq's army's intelligence gathering and military operations against ISIS.

Mr. Kerry stressed that President Barack Obama maintained the right to strike ISIS targets at any time now that American military assets have been moved back into the region. These include U.S. aircraft carriers now stationed in the Persian Gulf.

"President Obama has not declared that he will wait," Mr. Kerry said.,7,121,122,201,401,641,1009


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We all want a RV...


Who is PM is not the deciding factor. Please don't give negative response to people just because they think this is false.


There are those that think that the RV will happen with the current PM even though he has been touted as "the" reason it has not happened.


It is not a Lobster idea alone.

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And Now The Iranian's Are Continuing To Strategically Distance Themselves From Maliki 


So As Not To Be Seen As Backing A Loser ...




Iranian split toward Maliki

Iran's supreme leader supported third term for the owners as a "pole in the axis of resistance", as described, while refusing Chairman of the Expediency survival of Maliki, especially after the sudden collapse of security experienced by Iraq.

Toss Tehran Ahmad al-Saadi
Split decision-makers in Iran over the new Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who will succeed after they are last in the fortunes of his prime minister for a third term weak. 

According to Iranian sources informed that the Chairman of the Expediency Council Hashemi Rafsanjani and his team (including the President Hassan Rohani) reject the survival of Maliki as prime minister for a third term, especially after the collapse of the security the country has experienced and the control of insurgents "Daash" on a number of provinces north and west of Iraq. 

Sources confirm that the team led by Rafsanjani is not preferred names of the characters that are examined within the "Shiite House" in the bag attaches prime minister, noting that the team entrusted with the task of choosing Rafsanjani, head of the Iraqi government and the leaders of the Shiite parties. 

Rafsanjani and deliver a team with strong opposition by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is considered "one of the most important al-Maliki Copts axis of resistance led by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon." 

And explains the current leader of Iran, the conflict in Iraq is currently between Tehran and Saudi Arabia. 

The statement indicates Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to Khamenei for International Affairs, and President of the Center for Strategic Research Complex Expediency, that "the war Daash in Iraq is a psychological war aimed at Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki," stressing that the victory in the end it will be an ally of the army and the government led by al-Maliki. 

According to media close to Iran's support of the current owners, that the votes given to the latter list, which amounted to 96 seats can not be ignored and therefore represents the majority Shiite citizens who voted for the owners. 

The door remains in Iraq is wide open to choose the next prime minister after he realized especially regional understandings between Washington and Tehran. 

Close to Maliki to toss: premature naming the prime minister 

For his part, confirms the leadership of the State of Law coalition led by al-Maliki, Ali Falh network news toss it was too early to put the name of the next prime minister in light of the intensification of fighting between the army and terrorists, he says. 

Falh said: "We have to know what will happen and what he wants representatives of the Kurds and the Sunni component after the events that took place in Mosul." 

The Iraqi sources close to the Iraqi Shiite alliance, uncovered, on Sunday, the latter made a decision to change the current Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki, in the case ended with the battle between the security forces and the militant organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. 

And opposes the Sadrist movement and a coalition of the wise and the Kurdistan Alliance and the Sunni blocs, Maliki as prime minister for a third term despite leading in the parliamentary elections. 

Sources confirm Speaking to toss the network that the position taken by the Shiite alliance comes after requiring President Barack Obama to support Iraq if the formation of a government of national unity representing all components miss by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. 

According to sources, al-Maliki agreed to step down on condition that a candidate of the mass of a coalition of state law to compete for the post of prime minister within the National Alliance. 

Sources say that the candidates who have been trading their names within the Shiite alliance, is the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi, and the second is Bayan Jabr, leader of the coalition of citizens, led by head of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim, with a third candidate is Tarek Najm, a leader of the Dawa party suite Maliki, and enjoys great acceptance in Iran, while the fourth candidate is the Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad, a member of the National Reform Movement, led by al-Jaafari. 

Sources to show that in case it is not consensus on a candidate from among those four Almarchihan, Ibrahim al-Jaafari will be the former prime minister, a compromise candidate, he has the support of the Liberal bloc before, led by Moqtada al-Sadr. 

According to a report published by the website "Nameh News," a close associate of one of the men in power in Iran, "said Tehran is working on two lines, one politician, led by Sheikh Hashemi Rafsanjani and the other military, led by Gen. Qassem Soleimani to find a solution to the Iraqi crisis. 

The report revealed that former Iranian President, Chairman of the Expediency, Hashemi Rafsanjani, who enjoys good relations with Saudi officials, the open channels of communication with the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Tehran to search for a solution to the Iraqi crisis.
24/06/2014 00:15:16: Freshness


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Ya, It Wouldn't Open From My Iphone But It Did On My Laptop ! ;)


ooooooh you are in trouble clown!!!


U Get Used To It When U Start Off Born On Probation ! :o


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Ya, It Wouldn't Open From My Iphone But It Did On My Laptop ! ;)



U Get Used To It When U Start Off Born On Probation ! :o


  :D       :D       :D


That is not the issue.. your link does not have the file id of the article...

here is a proper article like from that page


you link is lacking that id= part...


obviously I have found it and here is the translated link


Just remember that this is from a .com site and not a


They are in Abu Dhabi which seems to be in conflict with Iraq and the USA right now with our support of Iran by not stopping their nuclear actions.


Abu Dhabi is loosing influence and not happy that Iraq is gaining it.

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