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Today Iraq President, Fuad Masum asked Haider al-Abadi, a  Shi’ite politician, to form a government.

NCRI - Excerpts statement by Sheik Ali Hatam, emir of Iraq's al-Duleim tribe, broadcasted by Al-Arabiya TV on August 7:

At a time when all had their eyes on Baghdad to be freed from Maliki’s government and while all were awaiting the emancipation of Sunnis in Baghdad, Diyala, Basra, north of Babel, and in the other provinces from massacre and forced migration by sectarian militias, a group called ISIS, in its fight with Maliki’s army and the sectarian militias, has turned around and is now pointing its guns at the Kurdistan Province which has become the sanctuary and safe haven for immigrants from revolutionary provinces. We have been unable to find any explanation for this.

BAGHDAD Wed Aug 6, 2014 

(Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is under mounting pressure to give up his bid for a third term in office, said on Wednesday that any unconstitutional attempt to form a new government would open "the gates of hell" in the country.

New York Times

By STEVEN ERLANGER- AUG. 4, 2014 

JERUSALEM — Minutes after Israel began a unilateral and partial cease-fire in Gaza on Monday, the air force struck a house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, killing a girl, 8, and wounding at least 29 others.

 

By Iran News Update Staff 

The Islamic State, the Sunni militant group that has steadily seized territory amidst the civil wars in both Syria and Iraq, launched a series of attacks against Kurdish-held territory in Iraq over the weekend. Pushing towards the Mosul Dam, Islamic State forces advanced through three towns in northern Iraq, where the Kurdish Peshmerga military had seized territory from the Baghdad government in actions simultaneous with the Sunni rebellions in the western region of the country.

By Iran News Update Staff 

Friday marked the 35th annual Quds Day – an ostensibly international event created by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to encourage Muslim nations and Muslim communities to express unified solidarity with Palestine and opposition to the state of Israel. In the week leading up to the occasion, which occurs on the last Friday of Ramadan, Iranian officials issued a number of statements urging Muslims to take collective action against Israel in honor of the Iranian-manufactured holiday.

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