Chained to Al-Maliki’s legacy

The tragic legacy of former Iraqi prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki continues to haunt the country, writes Salah Nasrawi Shortly before he stepped down as prime minister under growing threats from the Islamic State (IS) terror group and increasing political instability, Iraq’s former prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki appointed several of his operatives to key government posts. Among […]

Rocky start for Iraqi Guard

The Sunni-dominated Iraqi National Guard, promoted by the US to fight IS forces, may not in fact get off the ground, writes Salah Nasrawi   When Iraq’s speaker of parliament Salim Al-Joubouri invited Sunni dignitaries for discussions on proposed US plans to forge a local National Guard to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group last […]

Iraq’s leadership quandary

Will new Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi be able to turn around the fortunes of his country, asks Salah Nasrawi When Haidar Al-Abadi was named Iraq’s new prime minister in August, Western powers, Iraq’s neighbours and the United Nations lauded his appointment as a promissing step forward in efforts to form a unity government that would […]