July 24, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
An Iraqi appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request by the defense counsel in the terror trial against the country's vice president Tariq al-Hashemi to call President Jalal Talabani to testify. The defense team, led by Muayad Obeid al-Ezzi, had requested the country's president to testify in the ...[read more]
December 17, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 17, 2008, the Iraqi cabinet of President Jalal Talabani approved draft legislation which required most non-US foreign troops to withdraw from Iraq by mid-2009. The legislation was initially rejected by the Iraqi Council of Representatives. However, after amending the bill, it was ...[read more]
November 17, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On November 17, 2010, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani refused to sign an execution order for Tariq Aziz, the foreign minister and deputy prime minister for the government of Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi High Criminal Court had sentenced the ex-minister to death in October 2010. Talabani cited his ...[read more]
December 4, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 4, 2008, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Iraqi governments was approved by the Iraqi presidency council. The agreement set a 2011 deadline for the withdraw of US troops. The council also approved an additional law calling for a national referendum on the pact ...[read more]
November 23, 2010
by John Paul Putney
A lawyer for former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, Tariq Aziz filed a petition Tuesday asking Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to pardon the former leader. Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging last month by the Iraqi High Criminal Court following a ...[read more]
November 17, 2010
by Ashley Hileman
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in an interview Wednesday that he will not sign the execution order for former foreign minister Tariq Aziz. Aziz, who served in the government of Saddam Hussein as both the foreign minister and deputy prime minister, was sentenced to death last month by the ...[read more]
November 15, 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi
Iraqi parliamentary officials on Saturday unanimously approved a power-sharing agreement whereby Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani will remain in power for an additional term, despite tension over governmental power positions for the country's minority Iraqiya ...[read more]
October 27, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Monday renewed calls for a formal UN inquiry to investigate those responsible for bombings in the country following twin suicide bombings in Baghdad Sunday, which are believed to have killed more than 150. Zebari asked the UN General Assembly and the ...[read more]
September 25, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Thursday urged the UN General Assembly to establish an independent international tribunal to investigate and try suspects in a recent series of deadly bombings. Talabani said that the scope and nature of the August 19 bombing of the foreign and finance ministries ...[read more]
March 18, 2009
by Ximena Marinero
The Iraqi Cabinet urged the Presidency Council Tuesday to ratify death sentences against three former Saddam Hussein officials. The sentences have been delayed because two of the members, President Jalal Talabani and Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, have opposed the sentences of Hashim al-Taie and ...[read more]

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