26 October 2020
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Al-Baghdadi (Al-Anbar), Asharq Al-Awsat—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters are continuing to advance towards the strategic Ain Al-Assad air base where US Marines are training Iraqi troops, a local commander told Asharq Al-Awsat. The move comes as part of ISIS’s attempts to take full control of the strategic Anbar city of Al-Baghdadi, close to the Ain Al-Assad airbase. Fighting in the city between local militia and ISIS continues. Although the jihadists are in control of a number of the…
UN News - The United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Lise Grande, along with Neill Wright, the country’s UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative, today visited Iraqi families recently displaced from Al Baghdadi district in the western province of Anbar. “The situation facing these families is very worrying. They have been under siege for days and are highly vulnerable. We're coordinating closely with the Government to help them,” Ms. Grande who is also the UN Development Programme (UNDP)…

Iraq's corruption continues unchecked Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:56

BAGHDAD, Al-Monitor — An Iraqi contractor who works on road pavement and sewage projects in the Iraqi capital told Al-Monitor, “Government officials as well as senior contractors related to them have stakes in most, if not all, of Iraq’s construction projects, which are sold to executing contractors at a price that guarantees their implementation with the minimum level of specifications and at the lowest cost.” Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said, “This revelation is not a secret. It is…

Amnesty International Report 2014/15: Iraq Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:38

Amnest International - There was a marked deterioration in human rights as armed conflict intensified between government security forces and fighters of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) armed group, which gained control of large parts of central and northern Iraq. IS fighters committed widespread war crimes, including ethnic cleansing of religious and ethnic minorities through a campaign of mass killings of men and abduction and sexual and other abuse of women and girls. Government forces carried out indiscriminate bombing and…
UN News - A United Nations report released today details widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the embattled country. The report, produced jointly by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), covers the period from 11 September to 10 December 2014. Members of Iraq's diverse ethnic communities, including Turkmen,…
Reuters - Iraqi forces appear set to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants out of the town of al-Baghdadi, securing an area near a key air base where U.S. Marines are training local forces, a top U.S. commander said on Monday. Lt. Gen. James Terry, the senior U.S. commander of U.S.-led coalition efforts in Iraq and Syria, played down the militants’ seizure of large parts of the town earlier this month, saying that the area had long been…
BBC News - Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says. Exactly who these people were and why they were killed is not clear, but Col Qasim al-Obeidi said he believed some were members of the security forces. IS fighters captured much of the town, near Ain al-Asad air base, last week. Col Obeidi said a compound that houses the families of security personnel…
Baghdad (AIN)- The special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, on Tuesday stressed the optimism he feels for the country's future, while tempering those hopes with fear over the many things that can go wrong and saying the most pressing goal for the Middle East nation remains defeating Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ( ISIL). "I am a paranoid optimist," Mladenov said in his final briefing as the UN Iraq envoy to the UN Security…
Al - Arabiya - Abuses perpetrated by militias linked to Iraqi security forces have escalated in recent months, forcing at least 3,000 people in Sunni areas to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. Residents in the Muqdadiyya area of Iraq’s Diyala Province have been barred from returning to their homes, the right group said. Additionally, the international rights group reports that civilians have been kidnapped and in some instances “summarily executed.” Allied militias and Iraqi forces began harassing residents…
AFP - Sunni politicians announced Sunday they were boycotting Iraq’s Shiite-dominated parliament after the killing of a prominent tribal leader whose death has been blamed on Shiite militias.The boycott, which also comes weeks after gunmen shot dead three Sunni clerics in the Shiite-majority southern province of Basra, is likely to increase sectarian tensions in Iraq where Sunnis are a minority.Sheikh Qassem Sweidan al-Janabi, his son and seven bodyguards were killed by gunmen after their convoy was ambushed in Baghdad, with most…
Al - Arabiya - Two relatives including the uncle of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, were detained on Sunday after a security operation near the city of Samarra, state-owned Iraqi television cited a security source as saying. “A group from the Regiment Special Assignments was able to arrest Baghdadi’s uncle, named Saleh Ibrahim Abdulmomen and niece’s husband Dhiya Nouri Sadoun,” the security source from the southern Dhi Qar governorate’s…

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