Iraq parliament rejects defence, interior minister nominees

Iraq`s parliament failed to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi`s candidates for the sensitive posts of defence and interior ministers in a vote on Tuesday, according to state television.

Amid US air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force

President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the US military to become Iraq`s air force. But he may have little choice.

US aid to Iraq may speed up despite billions already spent

The United States may accelerate US economic and military aid to Iraq with the end of Nuri al-Maliki`s eight-year reign but will first want proof that the country`s new leaders have abandoned his sectarian ways.

UN chief commends al-Maliki`s decision to quit as Iraq`s PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commended the decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to give up his candidature and support Haider al-Abadi to succeed him.

Iraq`s Nuri al-Maliki steps down as Iraqi PM, backs Haider al-Abadi

Facing enormous pressure at home and abroad to step aside, Nuri al-Maliki dropped his bid for a third term as prime minister of Iraq on Thursday night and pledged support for his replacement, moderate Shia Haider al-Abadi.

Top Iraq Shiite cleric called for Maliki to go: Letter

Iraq`s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for controversial premier Nuri al-Maliki to be replaced with a more conciliatory figure, according to a letter released on Wednesday.

UN `genocide` warning as support grows for new Iraqi PM

Up to 30,000 people are still facing a "potential genocide" on a mountain in northern Iraq, the UN warned as the country`s premier designate gained widespread support from countries hoping political reconciliation would help undercut jihadists.

US ready to help new Iraq leader, Iran welcomes choice

Iraq`s new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country.

Iraqi PM Maliki tells Iraq forces to stay out of `political crisis`

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday ordered Iraq`s security forces to stay out of a "political crisis" over who will form the next government, amid fears they could intervene.

Maliki tells Iraq forces to stay out of `political crisis`

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday ordered Iraq`s security forces to stay out of a "political crisis" over who will form the next government, amid fears they could intervene.

Iran congratulates Iraq`s PM pick, snubs Maliki

Iran officially ended its long-time allegiance to Iraq`s sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday, swinging its support behind newly designated premier Haidar al-Abadi in a congratulatory message.

Iran backs choice of new Iraq PM: Top official

Iran, a key ally of Iraq`s sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Tuesday it backed the legal process to pick his replacement, following the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as new head of government.

Haidar al-Abadi to be next Iraq PM; Nuri al-Maliki refuses to back down

Iraqi President Fuad Masoum Monday asked Deputy Speaker Haidar al-Abadi to form the next government but the politicians allied to outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the premier-designate, raising concerns about a political struggle in the country facing insurgency from Sunni jihadists.

Maliki defiant as his special forces deploy in Baghdad

Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop a bid for a third term, police sources said.

US stresses support for Iraq president

The United States threw its weight behind Iraqi President Fuad Masum after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would be filing a complaint against Masum, as security forces massed in the capital.

Iraq parliament adjourns for 9 days amid deadlock

Iraq`s parliament on Sunday adjourned until August 19 with lawmakers unable to agree on a nominee for the post of prime minister despite ever-growing international pressure, several MPs said.

Maliki warns against interference in forming of new Iraq government

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is under mounting pressure to give up his bid for a third term in office, said on Wednesday that any unconstitutional attempt to form a new government would open "the gates of hell" in the country.

Iran seeks alternative to Maliki to hold Iraq together: Sources

Regional power broker Iran believes Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is no longer able to hold his country together and is looking for an alternative leader to combat a Sunni Islamist insurgency, senior Iranian officials said on Tuesday.

Iraqi PM orders air force to help Kurds fight Islamic State

Iraq`s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered his air force for the first time to back Kurdish forces against Islamic State fighters after the Sunni militants made another dramatic push through the north, state television reported.

20 killed in Iraq clashes

As many as 20 militants were killed in separate clashes in eastern Iraq, as the country continues to stave off a Sunni militant onslaught, security sources said Sunday.