15 June 2021
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A radical Shiite group is believed to be behind calls to demolish the shrine of a revered Sunni cleric in Baghdad which prompted fears of rising sectarian tensions in Iraq. The calls, backed by protests at the shrine as well as by social media users, have been attributed to Shirazi, led by Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Sadiq Al Husseini Al Shirazi. The group, which has followers in Iraq, the Gulf states and Britain, is known for opposing prominent Sunni imams and…
Two generals have been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes to waive customs duties, a practice estimated to cost the state $6.3 billion a year in lost revenues, the Iraqi government said on Saturday. The arrests are part of a campaign announced by Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi last year to rein in rampant corruption at Iraq's ports. Both men worked at the Gulf port of Umm Qasr, an entry point for imported foodstuffs and medicines that is reputed to…
Iraq announced Saturday it has arrested two generals on suspicion of taking bribes to waive customs duties, a practice estimated to cost the state $6.3 billion a year in lost revenues. Both men worked at the Gulf port of Umm Qasr, a key entry point for imports of foodstuffs and medicines which is reputed to be the most corrupt in Iraq. The sums allegedly found in their position were tiny given the scale of corruption in Iraq, which is estimated…
BAGHDAD — Iraq's government suffered an embarrassment Wednesday after a rare move to limit impunity among Iran-linked militias instead resulted in a commander accused of several killings walking free from custody and into a hero's welcome. Although Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government issued no statement about the May 26 arrest of Qasim Musleh, a militia commander from the southern city of Karbala, the fallout from it has dominated news broadcasts and underscored the administration’s weakness as militias kill and intimidate…
An Iraqi militia commander whose arrest last month sparked a standoff between the government and paramilitary groups has been freed after a judge ordered his release BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi militia commander whose arrest last month sparked a standoff between the government and paramilitary groups was freed Wednesday after a judge ordered his release. The release of Qassim Mahmoud Musleh came as Iranian Gen. Esmail Ghaani, head of the expeditionary Quds Force, arrived in Baghdad to meet with militia and political…
RBIL/BOGOTA: Mustafa Makki Karim, 24, fled Baghdad for the relative safety of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region last year following a spate of death threats by pro-Iran groups for his role in the protest movement that erupted against government corruption and incompetence in October 2019. During the unrest that followed, the young activist earned the moniker “Joker” for the clown mask he wore to hide his identity as he and his “Armored Division of Tahrir” defended their camp in Baghdad’s Victory…
Iraq’s refusal to release paramilitary commander Qassem Musleh a week on from his surprise arrest could lead to long-term security repercussions, experts have told The National. Mr Musleh, leader of Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) operations in Anbar province, was arrested in Baghdad last Wednesday on suspicion of terrorism and in connection with the targeted killing of civil society activists and protesters. Tensions in the capital skyrocketed when PMF fighters taking to the streets around the office of Prime Minister Mustafa Al…
The men and boys disappeared during an operation carried out by the Hashed Al-Shaabi in June 2016 The Iraqi government is under fire for closing camps for those displaced in the fight against the Daesh group BAGHDAD: Amnesty International on Thursday urged Iraq to reveal the whereabouts of 643 Sunni Muslim boys and men abducted five years ago by Shiite paramilitaries fighting the Daesh group. The men and teenagers disappeared during an operation by the Hashed Al-Shaabi in June 2016…
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has published a report on violations against Iraqi activists at the hands of "unidentified groups" over the past two years throughout the country that include assassinations, kidnappings, and torture. The report, entitled "Accountability for Human Rights Violations and Abuses by Unidentified Armed Elements," includes testimonies of victims' families, a wide range of information surrounding large numbers of violent acts against those organizing and participating in a popular protest…
BAGHDAD – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is threatening to submit his resignation to President Barham Saleh and the leaders of the Shia forces, unless the government gives him a free hand to rein in the actions of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), which are nominally affiliated with the leadership of the armed forces. The PMF is formally linked to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, a position held today by Kadhimi. But the PMF will follow Iran’s vision in…
Months had passed since young demonstrators had last filled Baghdad’s Tahrir Square to protest government corruption and mismanagement. On 25 May, after weeks of online mobilisation, pro-democracy activists returned once again to Baghdad’s streets to demand accountability for the killing of over 600 civilians since an anti-government protest movement began in October 2019. During the same period, at least 35 activists have also been killed in targeted assassinations, according to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, with social organisers continuing to work under…
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