12 December 2019
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Ramadi, Iraq, Asharq Al-Awsat—The family of former Iraqi MP Ahmed Al-Alwani, who is currently in prison facing a death sentence for terrorism-related activities, has renewed claims that his conviction was based on confessions obtained through torture under the Nuri Al-Maliki government.Alwani, a prominent Sunni figure in Iraq’s western Anbar province, was arrested in December 2013 in a deadly government raid on his home that resulted in the death of his brother Ali and five guards. Alwani had been a staunch…
(Reuters) - Islamic State militants have killed at least 24 members of the Kurdish security forces in a surprise attack in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials said, in one of the deadliest single battles for the Kurds since last summer.Three Kurdish officers reported continued clashes with Islamic State on Sunday, one day after the deaths, near Gwer, a town some 40km (25 miles) southwest of the autonomous Kurdish region's capital Arbil.Kurdish-controlled Gwer is likely to be a launch-pad for any future…
Baghdad (AIN) –The Christian Endowment assured on Wednesday that more than 200,000 Christians have been displaced from the security disturbed areas after events of June 9th 2014.A statement by the Endowment received by AIN cited "About 600,000 Christian citizens live in Iraq, but more than 200,000 of them have been displaced inside or outside Iraq after the events of June 9."The statement added "We are working now to have a reliable census to have an official database for the number…

Abadi condemns Paris terrorist attack Thursday, 08 January 2015 21:15

Baghdad (AIN) -Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned a terror attack on a satirical weekly in Paris, calling on the international community to unify efforts in the war against terrorism."The terrorist attack that took place today in the French capital Paris is condemned by Iraq, which suffered so much of terrorist groups. This confirms that terrorism threatens all countries of the world and not only Iraq," according to a statement issued by Abadi's office recieved by AIN.Abadi stressed in his statement…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Suspected Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters launched a major assault on pro-government tribal forces in Anbar just one day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi called for a “tribal revolution” against the extremist group.During a meeting with Anbar Governor Suhaib Al-Rawi on Monday, Abadi highlighted the important role being played by Iraq’s Sunni tribes in the fight against ISIS, which he dubbed a “foreign enemy.” He called on the “sons of [Iraq’s] provinces” to participate…

US Training Iraqi Forces in Anbar Tuesday, 06 January 2015 13:43

Baghdad (AIN) -U.S. troops have started to train Iraqi security forces at a base in volatile Anbar province despite regular harassment fire from Islamic State militants.Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said about 320 U.S. service members were stationed at Anbar's al-Asad base. They provide advice and planning assistance to Iraqi security forces as mortar fire from Islamic State militants rains down regularly near the base. But Warren said the enemy fire attacks were merely a nuisance."They have thus far been…
Middle East Online/BAGHDAD - Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, who was widely criticised for sectarian policies during his time as premier, said Sunday that politicians are to blame for the country's Sunni-Shiite strife."There is no problem between the Sunnis and the Shiites as communities, but rather between us the politicians -- we think as Sunnis and Shiites, and we are driving people toward this doom, for which we will bear responsibility before God," he said.Maliki himself pursued policies that marginalised…
Baghdad / NINA / Vice President Iyad Allawi condemned on Saturday the assassination incident of imams in Basra, calling for unity and miss an opportunity to those who want to tear the fabric coherence. He said in a statement today that coinciding with fragrant anniversary and celebrations of the Islamic world on the birth of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and his family and companions, the hand of treacherous terrorism came to commit a crime of assassinating a…

Australian PM Tony Abbott visits Iraq Sunday, 04 January 2015 12:31

(AFP) Baghdad - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Baghdad on Sunday for talks on aiding Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) state television reported. Australia is part of a U.S.-led coalition carrying out air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and has deployed special forces troops to assist in training the army. "Abbott arrived in Baghdad on an official visit to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries and... strengthening support and supplying…
Anbar, Asharq Al-Awsat—A delegation from Iraq’s western Anbar governorate, large parts of which remain under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is preparing to visit Washington to call for more security and humanitarian assistance, the head of Anbar’s Provincial Council Sabah Karhout told Asharq Al-Awsat. The high-level delegation will be headed by Anbar Governor Suhaib Al-Rawi and will include a number of senior local officials. The delegation will meet with US officials and is set…
Middle East Online/RIYADH - Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it was sending a delegation to Iraq ahead of opening an embassy in Baghdad where its last mission closed nearly 25 years ago. A foreign ministry statement said the delegation would "take the necessary decisions to choose and equip buildings" for an embassy in Baghdad and a consulate in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region in the north. Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq were severed in 1990 but…

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