Thursday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 46 Wounded

Updated at 8:12 p.m. EDT, May 20, 2010 At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 46 were wounded in a series of small attacks across the country. Meanwhile, the prime minister issued an incendiary statement basically telling the winning party in parliamentary elections to give up on heading the new government. Also, Turkish warplanes launched a two-hour air strike on about 50 suspected PKK rebel locations.

Monday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 17 Wounded

The formation of the new government was thrown into disarray as an Iraqi court began to disqualify candidates who ran in last month’s parliamentary elections. At least seven Iraqis were killed and 17 were wounded in new violence.

Uphill Coalition-Building Battle for Winners Unfolds

Iraq’s major political forces are beginning what is likely to be a lengthy and uncertain process of talks to form a government. A key question is whether Iraq’s politically diverse groups will join forces together based on ideological, ethnic, sectarian, or merely pragmatist considerations. "[T]he core contradictions of Iraqi politics will be on display as … Continue reading “Uphill Coalition-Building Battle for Winners Unfolds”

Fate of Withdrawal Pact to Be Decided at the Polls

As Iraqis witness a spike in violence after a months-long relative lull, the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has decided to put its security agreement with the U.S. to a public referendum, although the move appears to be only heightening a sense of uncertainty over the fate of the country. Last year, Iraqi and … Continue reading “Fate of Withdrawal Pact to Be Decided at the Polls”