The number of U.S. troops in Iraq rose to 145,000 this week, the highest since December and 15,000 more than a month ago.
The Iraqi government on Thursday ordered Arabic satellite network Al-Arabiya to shut down its Baghdad operations for one month, state television reported. Al-Arabiya said Iraqi police later arrived at its offices to enforce the order.
The other pan-Arab satellite network, Al-Jazeera, had its office in the capital closed two years ago.
Al-Arabiya, which is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at first said its headquarters had not yet been informed of a ban, but later said on live television that police had arrived at its Baghdad offices to close its operations down.
In July, al-Maliki warned television stations against broadcasting video that could undermine Iraq’s stability.