Al-Maliki also admitted to the British daily that mistakes were made in the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but denied that the hanging was a revenge killing.
Meanwhile, five car bombs exploded around Baghdad today, with three of the blasts taking place almost simultaneously. The three coordinated bombs killed at least 10 people and wounded another 30 at a market in southern Baghdad.
Separate blasts on a busy commercial street in central Baghdad and in a southeastern district killed at least seven people in total.
(timesonline.co.uk, Reuters, AFP)
The pipeline from Kirkuk to Turkey is one of Iraq's main oil-export lifelines (epa file photo)
THE FUTURE OF THE ECONOMY. The uneven distribution of Iraq's oil resources has long been a source of tension among the country's ethnic and sectarian groups. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the tangled quest to find an equitable way to share oil revenues has been a major stumbling block on the road to national unity.