Here's a look at the life of the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki.
Personal: Birth date: July 1, 1950
Birth place: Hindiya, Iraq (some sources say Hilla)
Birth name: Nuri Kamil al-Maliki
Children: four daughters and a son
Education: Usul al-Din College, B.A., Islamic Studies, 1973; Salahaddin University, M.A., Arabic Literature, 1992
Religion: Shiite Muslim
Other Facts: Prono: NOO-ree al-MAA-lick-ee
Changed his name to Jawad al-Maliki while he was in exile.
Negotiated with Sunnis and Kurds to help draft Iraq's constitution.
Previously an advisor to former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
Directed activists in Iraq during his exile in Syria and Iran.
Timeline: 1968 - Joins the Dawa Party.
1979-1980 - When he is sentenced to death for opposing Saddam Hussein and the Baathist party, al-Maliki flees Iraq and finds refuge in Iran and later Syria.
2003 - Returns to Iraq from Syria.
2003-2004 - Member of the de-Baathification Commission, which worked to rid former Baathists from Iraq's military and government.
January 2005 - Is elected to the new parliament as a member of the Dawa Party and serves as the head of the Security and Defense Committee of the National Assembly.
April 22, 2006 - Is chosen by the Shiite-dominated coalition United Iraqi Alliance to replace Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He has one month to form a government.
May 20, 2006 - Iraq's new government is sworn in, with 37 cabinet members and al-Maliki as prime minister.
July 26, 2006 - Addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on the war in Iraq.
October 27, 2006 - Meets with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, telling him he considers himself "a friend of the U.S., but [he's] not America's man in Iraq."
January 2, 2007 - States in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, "I wish I could be done with it even before the end of this term.. I didn't want to take this position... I only agreed because I thought it would serve the national interest, and I will not accept it again."
March 3-5, 2008 - Meets with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Baghdad.
June 7, 2008 - Arrives in Iran to talk with top Iranian officials about issues including alleged Iranian-backed insurgents.