June 29, 2018 1:36 pm
Abadi had ordered late on Thursday "just retribution" through faster executions of all those on death row for terrorism convictions who had exhausted their appeals.
May 13, 2018 10:16 am
There were 329 parliament seats at stake, with nearly 7,000 candidates from dozens of political alliances. Iraq's constitution allows lawmakers more than three months after the ratification of the election results to form a government.
May 13, 2018 9:28 am
Since Saddam's fall, the post of prime minister has been reserved for a Shi'ite, the speaker of parliament has been a Sunni, and the ceremonial presidency has gone to a Kurd - all three chosen by parliament.
November 22, 2017 10:32 am
On November 5, Abadi raised the Iraqi flag on Husaibah border crossing with Syria two days after the Iraqi forces recaptured it and the nearby city of al-Qaim from the extremist militants.
October 26, 2017 4:24 pm
The Kurdish regional government proposed on Wednesday an immediate ceasefire, a suspension of the result of last month's Kurdish independence vote and "starting an open dialogue with the federal government based on the Iraqi Constitution".
October 16, 2017 8:05 am
Kirkuk, a city of more than a million people with a large Kurdish community, lies just outside KRG territory, but Peshmerga forces were stationed there in 2014 when Iraqi security forces collapsed in the face of an Islamic State onslaught.
October 05, 2017 3:38 pm
"We do not want an armed confrontation, we don't want clashes, but the federal authority must prevail and nobody can infringe on the federal authority," Haider al-Abadi said in a statement alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.
September 25, 2017 1:28 pm
Millions are expected to vote across the three provinces that make up the Kurdish autonomous region, as well as residents in disputed territories- areas claimed by both Baghdad and the Kurds, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
September 21, 2017 8:53 am
Iraq's top court has temporarily suspended the vote, and the country's parliament has also voted to reject it. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has even said he's prepared to intervene militarily if the vote leads to violence.
September 18, 2017 12:54 pm
With the largest Kurdish population in the region, Turkey also fears that a "Yes" vote would fuel separatism in its southeast, where militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have waged an insurgency for three decades.