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Iraq: 2 assassinated in 2 days at protests Sunday, 10 January 2021 23:55

Baghdad- At least two people were assassinated in as many days, with 43 injured, including safety members, and 30 arrested in protests in Zikar province Iraq, according to the country's top human-rights watchdog. In addition to assassinations and kidnappings, security forces' use of tear gas, real and plastic bullets, and demonstrators' use of stones were documented, said Iraq's Independent High Commission for Human Rights. It called for calm and dialogue regarding the unrest. Protests have engulfed several provinces since October…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq denounced on Saturday as “unacceptable” a U.S. decision to blacklist the leader of a state umbrella group for mainly Iran-backed Shi’ite militia. Washington imposed sanctions on Friday on Faleh al-Fayyad, head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). The U.S. Treasury accused him of leading militia that killed hundreds of protesters with live ammunition during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in 2019. It said he had coordinated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.  “We confirm that the decision was…
For the past year, young Iraqis have been protesting in the streets.  They are demanding civil rights, a solution to record-high unemployment, and an end to government corruption. The protesters are mostly under the age of 30, and for many of them, the future looks bleak. "People will not fear," said Ali Riyadh, a 27-year-old protester. "They don't have the [sense of fear]. They can't be scared from anything anymore." It seemed as if change was on its way when…
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Press freedom organizations recorded the death of three journalists and over 300 other violations against various media workers in Iraq during 2020, with the disputed province of Kirkuk placing at the second-highest number of incidents after the capital of Baghdad. The Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq (PFAAI), previously known as the Society for Defending Press Freedom in Iraq, documented 305 such violations across the country which included several forms, including, assassination, arrest, detention, beating, obstruction…
An Iraqi parliamentary committee has estimated that around 350 trillion dinars ($239.7 billion) have been smuggled outside Iraq since 2003. "The amount was smuggled in the form of fake receipts, and a lot of commissions were paid to officials," Taha al-Difai, a member of the Integrity Committee, told the official Iraqi News Agency on Monday. The MP cited political pressure on an anti-corruption committee formed by the government to look into allegations of graft in the country. "Around $1,000 trillion…
BAGHDAD: In a stall off a narrow, winding alley of Baghdad’s oldest market, Ahmed Khalaf sells the smallest luxuries: nail polish, plastic hair barrettes, colored pencils.Even during the pandemic, by midmorning the stalls in Shorja market would normally be thronged with shoppers buying food staples and household goods. But last week the aisles were nearly empty. “Our customers are mostly government employees, but as you can see, they’re not coming,” said Khalaf, 34. His troubles are a ground-level indicator of…
The US has provided the Iraqi army with 30 armored vehicles with the aim of reinforcing the security of the Green Zone in Iraq's capital Baghdad, the American embassy announced yesterday. "The United States is committed to helping the Iraqi army maintain the security of Baghdad and Iraq," the embassy said in a statement, adding that Washington had provided the Iraqi army with "30 armoured cars to help secure the international zone." The embassy pointed out that the vehicles were…
Iraq was the world’s second deadliest country for journalists in 2020, according to an annual report published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday.  Fifty journalists were killed worldwide in connection with their work between 1 January and 15 December, marginally down from the 53 killed last year.  Mexico was the most dangerous country for journalists with eight killings, followed by Iraq (six), Afghanistan (five), Pakistan (four) and India (four).  “The world’s violence continues to be visited upon journalists,” RSF's secretary-general,…
A classified document has revealed a plan to target a US base in the capital, Baghdad, on the first anniversary of the assassination of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. This came in a document leaked from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior reported by local media, including private TV channel Dijlah TV, and circulated on social media platforms on Thursday. On 3 January, Soleimani and Head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis were killed in a US raid while…

Iraq: The disappearance of Baghdad's party king Saturday, 26 December 2020 05:57

The kidnapping of a successful Iraqi party organizer suggests the government is powerless against militias that have become a law unto themselves. The dreams of Iraq's youth are falling victim to their growing influence. It was past 10:00 on a Friday night, and the party was in full swing. Hundreds of young men and women had come to Baghdad's swanky Ishtar Hotel, leaving the dusty, grimy city at the doorstep to mingle at the elegant outdoor pool. Sipping nonalcoholic drinks…
BAGHDAD--Hundreds of angry Iraqis protested Monday in several cities against a currency devaluation that has slashed their purchasing power amid a pandemic-fuelled economic crisis. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) at the weekend devalued the currency by over a fifth against the US dollar, officially re-pegging the dinar at a bank rate of 1,460 to the greenback. On Monday, hundreds gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, demanding the government change tack, furious at the first devaluation in a half-decade. “The government…

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