France wants to help rebuild Iraq, but calls for peaceful elections

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday urged Iraq to push for national reconciliation with its minority Sunni and Kurd communities ahead of "inclusive" elections. On a visit to Baghdad following its December declaration of victory over the Islamic State group, he said France would play its part in Iraq's

Iraqi PM loses electoral allies

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi on Monday lost the backing of most of the commanders of the Shiite-dominated Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) who had allied with him for parliamentary and provincial elections due in May, leaders involved in the talks between the two sides told Arab News. The new developments

Baghdad twin suicide bombing kills 38

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi called for the elimination of Daesh “sleeper cells” on Monday after a twin suicide bombing killed 38 people in Baghdad in the second such attack in three days. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of

Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election in May vote

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on Sunday his candidacy for the May 12 parliamentary elections to choose a prime minister. Abadi, a Shiite Muslim who led the country in the four-year war against Daesh, said he will seek to form a cross-sectarian block called “the victory alliance” to contest