17 April 2021
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Protests renewed on Monday in the Iraqi cities of Nasiriyah and Najaf, with some demonstrators threatening sit-ins in front of local government offices should their demands not be met.A number of members of Iraqi parliament from Dhi Qar province, where Nasiriyah is located, held a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Sunday to discuss candidates for the governor position. The PM appointed Abdul-Ghani Al-Asadi temporarily to the position following the resignation of Nathim Al-Waeli in the face of bloody…
4 men under investigation for killing of civilians during anti-govt protests Attacks by Popular Mobilization Forces against civilians continue LONDON: Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday welcomed the arrest in Iraq of four alleged members of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The four men are under investigation for the killing of at least four civilians during anti-government demonstrations in the city of Basra in January 2020. One of the men holds a senior Iraqi police position. “These arrests in Basra…
The assassination of the outspoken father of an activist who disappeared during Iraq's 2019 anti-government protests has sparked outrage in the country. Jasb Hattab Aboud was shot in the head on Wednesday evening in the southern city of Amara in Maysan province, according to Iraq's semi-official Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC). Associated Press cited Ali al-Bayati, a spokesperson for the IHRC and a security official, as saying more details would be forthcoming and that authorities had yet to identify the culprit.…
Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated in Al-Muthanna governorate again, on Monday, to demand the dismissal of Governor Ahmed Judeh from his post, while protesting against the poor level of services and mismanagement. The demonstrators chanted slogans calling on Governor Judeh to "prevent bloodshed and resign from his post." Authorities in Al-Muthanna governorate did not issue any official statement regarding the popular protests until 14:00 (GMT). After Babylon, Al-Diwaniyah (south), Wasit (central), and Dhi Qar (southeast), Al-Muthanna was the fifth Iraqi governorate…
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT: The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.  US defense officials announced the strikes without providing details and with no mention of casualties, saying only that they were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Friday that at  least 17 pro-Iran fighters…
Christians in Iraq say they are the victims of expropriation and intimidation by armed criminals. They are supported by humanitarian organisations, but there is a feeling of helplessness in the face of a perceived weak rule of law in the country. Nabel George, a Christian from Baghdad, travelled overseas in 2014 for medical reasons. When he returned a year later, his house was occupied by armed men.  "When I returned, I realised that my house had been sold and resold several times. I…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — As Baghdad welcomed Pope Francis on Friday, protests took place in Diwaniyah and Babylon, leading to mass arrests and  leaving security personnel injured, activists have told Rudaw English. "The demonstrators are calling for the dismissal of the governor of Babylon, Hassan Mandil, on suspicion of corruption, and the deterioration of service provision in the province," activist Ahmed al-Mousawi told Rudaw English.  Mousawi added that nearly 100 protesters were arrested, most of them later released, saying that…
The militia group has been blamed for previous attacks on American bases. U.S. and Iraqi officials believe that an Iran-backed group with a history of targeting Americans in Iraq was responsible for Wednesday's attack on an Iraqi air base that hosts U.S. troops. While the investigation into the attack on Ain al-Asad air base in the western province of Anbar is still ongoing, officials believe that Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed paramilitary force, or an affiliated group was responsible, according to…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least five people were injured on Monday when Iraqi security forces wielding clubs broke up a street protest in Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square, security and hospital sources said. Pope Francis plans a March 5-8 visit to Iraq despite deteriorating security in some parts of the country which has seen the first big suicide bombing in Baghdad for three years. Dozens protested in Tahrir Square in a reaction to security force violence against protesters in the southern…
BAGHDAD -- At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties. The rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province at 7:20 a.m., coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack. The Iraqi military released a statement saying the attack did not cause significant losses and that security forces had found the…
NASSIRIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - At least five protesters were killed and more than 175 people injured on Friday in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, a Reuters witness and other sources said. Among the fatalities, most died from bullet wounds, a hospital source said, adding that about 120 protesters were wounded. At least 57 members of the security forces were injured, according to a another hospital source and a security source. The clashes…

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