Last update 11:56:33 AM

Iran News - Latest Updates and Breaking News from Iran | اخبار ايران 

The Obama administration is signaling that it wants a new government in Iraq without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, convinced the Shiite leader is unable to reconcile with the nation's Sunni minority and stabilize a volatile political landscape, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The U.S. administration is indicating it wants Iraq's political parties to form a new government without Mr. Maliki as he tries to assemble a ruling coalition following elections this past April, U.S. officials say.

Such a new government, U.S., officials say, would include the country's Sunni and Kurdish communities and could help to stem Sunni support for the al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, that has seized control of Iraqi cities over the past two weeks. That, the officials argue, would help to unify the country and reverse its slide into sectarian division.

A growing number of U.S. lawmakers and Arab allies, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are pressing the White House to pull its support for Mr. Maliki. Some of them are pushing for change in exchange for providing their help in stabilizing Iraq, say U.S. and Arab diplomats.

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) told a congressional hearing Wednesday: "The Maliki government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation."

Senior administration officials have become increasingly critical of Mr. Maliki in their public statements and question whether he is committed to mending ties with Sunnis.

Latest News

UN nuclear agency cautions on Iran claim of not having interest in nuclear arms

October 20, 2014

Woman dies of acid attack in Esfahan, former top Iranian tourist attraction

October 20, 2014
File photo: A young man being hanged in public Iran

Iran – Human Rights: Juvenile offender executed in Tabriz

October 20, 2014

Expert level Iran nuclear talks resumes Wednesday in Vienna

October 20, 2014

Most Read

NCRi on Twitter