Nouri al-Maliki (a.k.a. Nuri al-Maliki) is Prime Minister of Iraq.
According to his Multi-National Force-Iraq profile (April 2006) (as stated), Al-Maliki was born in 1950 in a Karbala village. He holds an MA in Arabic. He was formerly employed at the Ministry of Education and has been a member of Al-Da'wah Party since 1968.
He is the head of the Jihadist Current within Al-Da'wah Party. He then moved to Syria after he refused to fight with the Iranian Army against the Iraqi Army during the war. He is the head of the Al-Da'wah Party's offices in Syria and Lebanon.
He is the former chief editor of Al-Mawqif newspaper, the mouthpiece of Al-Da'wah Party, a member of the political bureau of Al-Da'wah Party, and described as a "pragmatic politician."
Al-Maliki is said to enjoy good relations with most former Iraqi opposition parties and is said to represent the Arab identity of Al-Da'wah Party and is known not to take a pro-Iranian stand. He took up a number of positions after the fall of the regime: head of the "security committee" at the Iraqi National Assembly; spokesman for the Iraqi Unified Coalition; member of the Sovereignty Committee at the National Assembly. He is an advocate of Kurdish demands to normalize matters in Kirkuk.
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- "Leaders,", Multi-National Force-Iraq, April 20, 2006.
- "Coup against Maliki reported in the making," UPI (Washington Times), October 23, 2006.
- Joe Sudbay, "George Bush's Iraq: 'We've substituted one dictatorship for another'," AMERICAblog, January 7, 2007. re Saddam Hussein