06 December 2019
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Baghdad (AIN) –The Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, will present the names of the candidates who will assume the posts of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior to parliament on Saturday session.Parliamentary source stated to All Iraq News Agency "Abadi will name Ruz Nouri Shawees as Deputy PM, Mohamed al-Ghadban as Minister of Interior, Khalid al-Ubaidi as Minister of Defense, Hoshyar Zebari as Minister of Finance and Adil al-Shirshab as Minister of Tourism as well as Bayan Tawfiq as…
Baghdad, AP—The Iraqi government imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi on Friday over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might try to advance on the strategically important city. The curfew began at midnight as part of an effort to limit movement in and out of the city as government forces prepared to eliminate pockets of resistance there, said Sabah Karhout, the chairman of the Anbar provincial council. Ramadi, the capital of the vast…
More than 12,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq so far this year, mainly by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and minorities facing ethnic cleansing are the principal victims, according to a report published on Thursday. Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said several minority communities, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, had been subjected to assassinations, kidnappings and sexual violence and were in danger of extinction in Iraq. The civilian death toll almost doubled to 12,618 in…
Washington D.C., Al Arabiya - Faced with the growing threat of ISIS in Iraq, new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has a lot on his plate. “The man with the toughest job in the world right now” is Abadi, said Stuart Bowen, former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction from 2004-2013. Fortunately, Baghdad has not fallen to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, at least for now, despite the militant group’s advances recently. Many, including Pentagon Press Secretary Admiral…
BAGHDAD, New York Times — As his country’s security forces struggle to push back the jihadist insurgents of the Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, only a month in office, has been battling foes even closer to home: critics within his own party and the Shiite bloc it leads. Among those nettling Mr. Abadi, several politicians said, is his predecessor,Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who reluctantly agreed to cede the top post under pressure from the United States, Iran and the…

Sunni civilians flee Iraq conflict Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:31

Al Jazeera - Many who escaped fighting between army and ISIL say they are also targets of Shia armed groups who are destroying homes. Many Sunni civilians have had to escape the conflict between the Iraqi army and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). They say they are also the targets of Shia armed groups - volunteers fighting alongside government forces, who are allegedly looting and destroying their homes. According to a new report by Amnesty International, Shia…
Deutsche Welle - "Islamic State" militants have captured a military training camp in western Iraq as they move to completely take over Anbar province. Blasts were also reported in the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Jihadist militants from the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (IS) on Monday seized an army base near the Iraqi town of Hit, local media and witnesses reported. Iraqi soldiers were forced to withdraw from the area after hours of clashes with the militants, the Al-Mada Press…
Baghdad (AFP) - Shiite militias backed by the Iraqi army are committing war crimes against civilians in their fightback against the Islamic State jihadist group, rights watchdog Amnesty International said Tuesday. It accused the Baghdad government of supporting and arming groups of Shiite fighters who have carried out a string of kidnappings and killings against Sunni civilians in response to IS's lightning capture of swathes of Iraqi territory in June. Amnesty said it had seen evidence of "scores" of "deliberate…

Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:41

Amnesty International - Shi’a militias, supported and armed by the government of Iraq, have abducted and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months and enjoy total impunity for these war crimes, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq provides harrowing details of sectarian attacks carried out by increasingly powerful Shi’a militias in Baghdad, Samarra and Kirkuk, apparently in revenge for attacks by the armed group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS). Scores…
AFP, Cairo - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday it was ultimately up to Iraqis to fight back against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group advancing in Iraq despite U.S.-led airstrikes."Over time we believe that the strategy will build, the capacity will build, Daesh will become more isolated," he said, referring to ISIS militants by its acronym in Arabic. "But ultimately it is Iraqis who will have to take back Iraq. It is Iraqis in Anbar who…
Middle East Online, BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed the police chief of Iraq's battleground province of Anbar Sunday, officials said, after the Pentagon expressed concern about a renewed offensive by jihadists in the area. The attack came near the provincial capital of Ramadi, one of the few areas between Baghdad and the Syrian border not controlled by fighters loyal to the Islamic State group, provincial and police officials said. "Major General Ahmed Saddag was killed by an IED (improvised…

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