26 October 2021
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BAGHDAD, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Iraqi voters delivered a sharp rebuke to Iran's allies in an election this week, but loosening the grip of Shi'ite militia from control of the state will still be a politically delicate goal, with the threat of violence always in the background. The main winner of the election was Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a populist who has positioned himself as a staunch opponent of both Iran and the United States. Sadr proclaimed the result a…
BAGHDAD -- An alliance of Iraqi candidates representing Shiite militias supported by neighboring Iran has emerged as the biggest loser in the country's national elections, according to partial results released Monday. The results, posted online successively, also showed the bloc of Iraq's populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr maintaining the most seats in parliament, leading in several of Iraq's 18 provinces, including the capital Baghdad. Al-Sadr, a maverick leader remembered for leading an insurgency against U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion,…
BAGHDAD — Iraqis voted Sunday in parliamentary elections meant to herald sweeping change to a dysfunctional political system that has dragged the country through almost two decades of deprivation. A new electoral system made it easier this time for independent candidates to compete, but the vote was nonetheless expected to merely chip away at the edges of Iraq’s troubles. Traditional political factions, many of them attached to militias, have seemingly insurmountable power, and much of the electorate has become too…
NASIRIYAH, Iraq--Iraq will hold early elections Sunday as a concession to a youth-led protest movement, but in Nasiriyah, the city at the heart of the revolt, most young people won’t vote. Ahead of the parliamentary polls, the mood in Nasiriyah and much of Iraq is sombre with little hope the election will bring much-needed change to the war-scarred country. “Elections in Iraq are rigged,” said 21-year-old Anas, echoing a common sentiment among young adults in the impoverished southern city. “They…
Iraq will hold early elections Sunday as a concession to a youth-led protest movement, but in Nasiriyah, the city at the heart of the revolt, most young people won't vote. Ahead of the parliamentary polls, the mood in Nasiriyah and much of Iraq is sombre with little hope the election will bring much-needed change to the war-scarred country. "Elections in Iraq are rigged," said 21-year-old Anas, echoing a common sentiment among young adults in the impoverished southern city. "They are…
Many Iraqis worry Iranian influence is now too strong, with anti-Iranian anger flaring, even in Iraq’s southern Shia heartland. BAGHDAD--As Iraq heads to the polls on October 10, a spotlight has fallen on the outsized influence neighbouring Iran wields, but also on the growing popular backlash against it. The parliamentary vote is being held early as a concession to a pro-democracy movement that railed against an Iraqi political system it decried as inept, corrupt and beholden to Iran. “One of…
A conference promoting normalization, organized by a little-known American group, prompted a furor, pointing to the volatility and danger in Iraqi politics. BAGHDAD — A conference last Friday in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region looked routine enough, with speakers at a satin-draped table in the ballroom of a luxury hotel and men in suits and tribal robes in the audience. But there was nothing routine about the agenda: pressing for Iraq to normalize relations with Israel, a rare and risky public stance…
Sadr is well aware that his Shia opponents are now in their weakest position. This will make him push to expand his influence. BAGHDAD--The Sadrist movement and its leader, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, are hoping to snatch the lion’s share of votes in Iraq’s October elections, in a way that will enable the movement and its political allies to form the next government. Sadr’s hope of victory comes as his movement is opening new channels of dialogue with the West…
Deputy chairman of the Iran-Syria chamber of commerce in Tehran has said that Iran has lost out in economic competition to Russia and other countries in Syria. Ali-Asghar Zebardast told Iranian Labour News Agency(link is external) (ILNA) on Saturday that “The same thing which happened in Iraq will also happen in Syria. Russia will win the economic benefit in Syria.” He pointed out that Turkey has the upper hand in trade with Iraq. What Zebardast was referring to is the significant military and…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) -A drone attack hit near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said. The internal security service for Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport. A second statement by the Kurdish counter-terrorism force said the attack had been carried out by explosive-laden drones. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Witnesses said they heard at least six…
Calls to boycott the vote have increased as the election draws closer, especially among young people. BAGHDAD--The European Union and United Nations will deploy observers to monitor Iraq’s parliamentary election next month, saying Tuesday they hope voting will not be tainted by fraud and abstention. “Our purpose is to do whatever we can in order that the electoral process be as good as possible,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told a news conference in Baghdad. He said the EU…
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