Stop Fundamentalism – President of Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, is scheduled to arrive for a visit to Washington next week, said a State Department spokesperson yesterday. During his visit, Barzani will meet with Vice President Biden and a number of State Department officials including Deputy Secretary Burns.
Stop Fundamentalism – A number of Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s representatives in various Iraqi cities have been targeted by terrorist attacks during the past three day, say Iraqi media reports.
Stop Fundamentalism – The Iranian Resistance in a press release Thursday night denounced Nouri al-Maliki’s call for the arrest of 126 residents of Camp Ashraf on charges of terrorism. The Iranian exile group says Maliki is acting on the behest of the Iranian regime to crackdown on its main opposition movement which has been based in Camp Ashraf in Iraq for the past 25 years.
The measure seems to be yet another attempt by the government of Iraq to press the group to leave Iraq. That is in spite of the fact that all members of group, known as Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK, have filed to request for asylum from the United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR.
Stop Fundamentalism - Baghdad Television reported about an argument between Nouri al-Maliki and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the phone about Iraq’s political crisis today.
A source told Baghdad TV today that a phone conversation between the two country’s prime ministers went soure when Erdogan tried to talk to Maliki about Tareq al-Hashimi’s terror allegations and the way he treats his Deputy Prime Minister, Saleh Al-Mutlaq, both Sunni Muslims from Iraqi bloc.
Stop Fundamentalism – UNAMI invited Iraqi political parties to use dialogue as the means to resolve the current political crisis in the country. Meeting with Iraq’s parliament speaker, Osama Al-Nojaifi, Martin Kobler, called on all sides to “find common ground in the spirit of partnership” based on Iraq’s constitution.
In a statement released following the meeting on Monday by United Nations Assistant Mission in Iraq, the Head of the mission, Martin Kobler, who also serves as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Iraq, supported the idea of a national conference to resolve the situation.
Stop Fundamentalism – A spokesman for the Iraqi bloc told Asharq Alawsat that while Nouri al-Maliki is still the Prime Minister, no national agreement can be reached.
“Any congress meeting to achieve a national unity will not be realized while Maliki is still the Prime Minister,” said Haidar Al-mulla, Iraqi bloc spokesman, in a phone interview with Asharq Alawsat Tuesday.