26 October 2020
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Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi President Fuad Masoum and Parliament Speaker Salim Al-Jabouri met on Tuesday in Baghdad to discuss a comprehensive national unity and reconciliation plan to bring together Iraq’s disparate ethnic and confessional communities. Presidential spokesman Khaled Shuwani told Asharq Al-Awsat both men had agreed during their meeting that “it was time to transform the issue of national unity from being one of slogans to a full-fledged national project taking into account social, political, economic, and security factors, in order to…
Al Arabiya - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain warned over the weekend that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was making gains and that the United States needed to step up its military offensive against the militant group including sending “boots on the ground.” “ISIS right now is winning. And we need to go after them, and we need to have more boots on the ground,” McCain said Sunday in an interview with CNN. When asked to elaborate…

Iraqi female nurses struggle for equality Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:31

Al-Monitor - Social media user Kamal Rahal expressed his wish for Iraqi nurses to “get married and have a happy life” on the "Iraq Nurse" Facebook page. Rahal did not make this wish out of the blue. It was the automatic reaction of Iraqi society's harsh disapproval of female nurses and devaluation of their work. Nurse Hassan Hatem, from Hilla in the center of Babil province, is looking for a woman to marry. It is only natural that he consider…
Baghdad (AIN) –The parliament Speaker, Saleem al-Jobouri, and the Special Representative of the Un Secretary General, Nickoly Mladenov, discuss the means of activating the initiative for the dialogue and national reconciliation.A statement by the Media Office of the parliament received by All Iraq News cited "Jobouri received Mladenov at his office in Baghdad where they discussed the latest political updates and the means of activating the initiative of the dialogue and national reconciliation." /End/Read more: http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/62952-jobouri-mladenov-discuss-activating-initiative-for-dialogue-national-reconciliation.html
Ramadi, Iraq, Asharq Al-Awsat—The family of former Iraqi MP Ahmed Al-Alwani, who is currently in prison facing a death sentence for terrorism-related activities, has renewed claims that his conviction was based on confessions obtained through torture under the Nuri Al-Maliki government.Alwani, a prominent Sunni figure in Iraq’s western Anbar province, was arrested in December 2013 in a deadly government raid on his home that resulted in the death of his brother Ali and five guards. Alwani had been a staunch…
(Reuters) - Islamic State militants have killed at least 24 members of the Kurdish security forces in a surprise attack in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials said, in one of the deadliest single battles for the Kurds since last summer.Three Kurdish officers reported continued clashes with Islamic State on Sunday, one day after the deaths, near Gwer, a town some 40km (25 miles) southwest of the autonomous Kurdish region's capital Arbil.Kurdish-controlled Gwer is likely to be a launch-pad for any future…
Baghdad (AIN) –The Christian Endowment assured on Wednesday that more than 200,000 Christians have been displaced from the security disturbed areas after events of June 9th 2014.A statement by the Endowment received by AIN cited "About 600,000 Christian citizens live in Iraq, but more than 200,000 of them have been displaced inside or outside Iraq after the events of June 9."The statement added "We are working now to have a reliable census to have an official database for the number…

Abadi condemns Paris terrorist attack Thursday, 08 January 2015 21:15

Baghdad (AIN) -Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned a terror attack on a satirical weekly in Paris, calling on the international community to unify efforts in the war against terrorism."The terrorist attack that took place today in the French capital Paris is condemned by Iraq, which suffered so much of terrorist groups. This confirms that terrorism threatens all countries of the world and not only Iraq," according to a statement issued by Abadi's office recieved by AIN.Abadi stressed in his statement…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Suspected Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters launched a major assault on pro-government tribal forces in Anbar just one day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi called for a “tribal revolution” against the extremist group.During a meeting with Anbar Governor Suhaib Al-Rawi on Monday, Abadi highlighted the important role being played by Iraq’s Sunni tribes in the fight against ISIS, which he dubbed a “foreign enemy.” He called on the “sons of [Iraq’s] provinces” to participate…

US Training Iraqi Forces in Anbar Tuesday, 06 January 2015 13:43

Baghdad (AIN) -U.S. troops have started to train Iraqi security forces at a base in volatile Anbar province despite regular harassment fire from Islamic State militants.Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said about 320 U.S. service members were stationed at Anbar's al-Asad base. They provide advice and planning assistance to Iraqi security forces as mortar fire from Islamic State militants rains down regularly near the base. But Warren said the enemy fire attacks were merely a nuisance."They have thus far been…
Middle East Online/BAGHDAD - Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, who was widely criticised for sectarian policies during his time as premier, said Sunday that politicians are to blame for the country's Sunni-Shiite strife."There is no problem between the Sunnis and the Shiites as communities, but rather between us the politicians -- we think as Sunnis and Shiites, and we are driving people toward this doom, for which we will bear responsibility before God," he said.Maliki himself pursued policies that marginalised…

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