Profile of Nuri Kamal al-Maliki
He used the pseudonym Jawad al-Maliki to hide his identity while in exile; he began using his real name again when he became prime minister. He is also called Abu Esraa, or the father of Esraa, his eldest daughter… His first name is sometimes spelled Noori or Nouri… His last name is pronounced “ahl-MAHL-ee-kee,” according to The New York Times… Maliki has a master’s degree in Arabic language and literature from Baghdad University… Maliki was the fellow standing next to George W. Bush on 14 December 2008 when journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi took off his shoes and threw them at the president.
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