26 October 2020
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Iraqi populist cleric Moqtada Al Sadr threatened on Wednesday to send his supporters to crack down on protests after clashes with security forces in the city of Karbala. Dozens of anti-government protesters were injured during the annual Shiite pilgrimage of Arbaeen late Tuesday while carrying pictures of people killed during last year's demonstrations and chanting against the government and Iranian interference. “Those [who protested] clearly sympathise with ISIS and the Baath regime and are against religion,” Mr Al Sadr, who…
Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, yesterday formed a supreme committee headed by National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, and a number of other government officials to investigate the recent attacks on diplomatic missions across the capital Baghdad. “Based on the requirements of the public interest, the government has decided to constitute a committee headed by the National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji, the head of the Popular Mobilisation Authority Faleh Al-Fayyad, the head of the National Security Agency Abd Al-Ghani Al-Asadi, and…
Iraqi demonstrators marked the beginning of their uprising, also known as the “October Revolution,” on Thursday. According to ELAPH news agency, “crowds of Iraqi demonstrators began Thursday with marches and rallies in Baghdad, and in central and southern provinces of Iraq.” Protesters called for an end to Iran’s hegemony in Iraq and systematic corruption in their country. The Iraqi demonstrators called for the trial of the former prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and those who were involved with him in killing…
BAGHDAD -- Dozens of people were wounded in clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters in Iraq's south Tuesday during the annual Shiite Muslim pilgrimage of Arbaeen. The violence took place at a location between two important shrines in the holy city of Karbala as thousands of worshippers made their way to the area to observe Arbaeen, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene. The Shiite pilgrimage marks the end of 40 days of mourning for Imam Hussein, Prophet…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — UN experts have called on Iraq to “immediately” investigate the killing and attempted murder of women activists in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, saying has “little regard” for the lives of human rights defenders. In a strongly-worded statement, UN experts on Friday described an increasingly hostile situation for Iraqi activists, citing the murder and attempted murder of two women in Basra in recent months. Sports coach and activist Reham Yacoub was shot dead while driving through the port city…
Curtailing the power of militias was a key promise of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi when he took office in May, following months of political deadlock when former premier Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned under pressure from protests BAGHDAD: In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a dimly lit street in the city of Amara and greeted Jasb. Almost immediately…
BAGHDAD — At least six missiles targeting Irbil international airport in northern Iraq were intercepted Wednesday evening, a statement from the Kurdish Interior Ministry said, as diplomatic tensions between Washington and Baghdad mounted over a spate of rocket attacks targeting the U.S. presence. The U.S.-led coalition maintains a troop presence on a base inside the airport. The recent attacks have, until now, exclusively targeted the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of the Baghdad government, and the capital’s airport. Roadside…
Amnesty International yesterday called on the Iraqi government to ensure justice is served for hundreds of protesters who have been killed or forcibly disappeared during the country’s anti-government protests that erupted a year ago. “The Iraqi government must step up its efforts to deliver justice to the hundreds killed in the course of exercising their right to peaceful assembly. Find the missing, deliver justice for lives lost!” the rights watchdog said on Twitter, adding that last year thousands of protesters…
Protesters say they will demand killers of demonstrators and corrupt officials are brought to justice Under the unforgiving sun, volunteers spray water from hoses to scrub clean Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. Young artists touch up the murals, portraits and graffiti painted on an underpass near the square at the height of the pro-reform protests that broke out in Iraq last October. As the first anniversary of the rallies approaches, they also add new artistic expressions of their frustration at the government.…
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was outraged by a rocket attack a day earlier that killed Iraqi civilians and called on the government to take action amid an impending diplomatic crisis between Baghdad and Washington. The condemnation comes after the U.S. threatened to close its embassy in Baghdad unless Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s administration reigns in armed groups responsible for frequent rocket fire and roadside bomb attacks targeting the American presence in the country. “We…
BEIRUT — The United States has told the Iraqi government and its diplomatic partners that it's planning a full withdrawal from its embassy in Baghdad unless Iraq reins in attacks on personnel linked to the American presence there — a move that Iraqi officials said caught them by surprise.  “We hope the American administration will reconsider it,” Ahmed Mulla Talal, a spokesman for Prime Minister Mustafa ­al-Kadhimi, said Sunday. “There are outlaw groups that try to shake this relationship, and…

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