» 03/18/2010, 00.00
Layla Yousif Rahema
Nineveh governor wants international probe into attacks against Mosul Christians and minorities
The governor blames Kurdish militias and parties, calls for UN-EU investigation. Kurdish sources tell AsiaNews that al-Qaeda and inefficient law enforcement are to blame.
Kirkuk: ex PM Allawi leading over Kurdish parties
With 92 per cent of ballots counted, secular Al-Iraqiyah coalition heading for victory over the Kurdistania alliance. The province is strategically important because of its huge oil reserves. Former prime minister, who is ahead of outgoing PM al-Maliki, might also score a victory at the national level as well.
Allawi calls for new election under UN, EU and Arab League supervision
The leader of the secular Iraqiya coalition also wants a caretaker government to break the post-election stalemate. The vote recount sought by al Maliki has not yet begun. The unconstitutional Justice and Accountability Commission has banned 52 elected candidates with links to Saddam Hussein; its chairman is tied to Tehran.
Kurdish guns threaten to bring a new humanitarian catastrophe to Iraqi minorities
Human Rights Watch raises the alarm, confirmed by AsiaNews sources. Plan includes setting up a ghetto in the Nineveh Plains for Christians and guarantee Kurds control over resource-rich Kirkuk. Humanitarian aid is given in exchange for support as dissidents get crushed.
Security but also a political solution for Mosul
US and Iraqi forces involved in the area stress that both security and a political solution are needed. The city is considered al-Qaeda’s last urban stronghold. Terrorism affects every area of the city, drawing support among residents tired of inhuman living conditions, playing on the city’s ethnic and religious cleavages. The situation raises concerns about the fate of Bishop Rahho who was abducted on 29 February.
In provincial elections secular parties win, religious parties lose big
After 90 per cent of votes counted Prime Minister Maliki’s party wins in Baghdad and Basra. The premier and his allies also win in ten of 14 provinces where voting took place. Claims of vote rigging in the Sunni west are made. UN secretary general makes a surprise visit today in Iraq.
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