Politics Apr 21

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Iraq PM Seeks Neighbors’ Diplomatic, Fiscal Help

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday urged other Arab countries to reopen their embassies in the capital and to cancel his country's debts as a show of support for his government as it cracks down on militias in Iraq.

Nation Apr 07

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Aide Says Cleric Al-Sadr Willing to Disband Militia

An aide to Muqtada al-Sadr said Monday the Shiite cleric will consult with top religious leaders and disband his Mahdi Army if they order it. The militia has been fighting government forces in several places in Iraq.

Nation Mar 26

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Iraq Leader Gives Basra Gunmen Ultimatum

As fighting continued between Iraqi security forces and Shiite militia fighters in the oil-rich port city of Basra, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gave an ultimatum Wednesday for gunmen to lay down their arms and forsake violence by week's end.

Nation Mar 25

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Fighting Rages for Control of Oil-Hub Basra

Iraqi police and soldiers battled Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi fighters Tuesday for control of key neighborhoods in Basra, the country's second-largest city, as the radical Shiite cleric threatened a countrywide campaign of civil revolt.

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