06 March 2021
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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…
WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes targeted bases in Syria used by Iranian militant groups suspected of attacking American and allied forces in northern Iraq last week, the Pentagon announced late Thursday. The strikes, the first authorized by President Joe Biden, hit multiple targets used by the militias the Pentagon blames for rocket attacks on a base in northern Iraq that killed a contractor and wounded U.S. and allied troops.  "The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — One protester was killed and dozens were injured in continued clashes between security forces and protesters in Nasiryiah on Thursday, an official from the Dhi Qar Health Department told Rudaw English.  Sajjad Muhammad, 26, was shot dead on Nasr Bridge in the city centre during clashes with security forces, according to Dr Haidar Hantoush. Thirty-five people were also injured throughout the day. Protesters are demanding the dismissal of the governor Nathem al-Waeli. "Tomorrow, Nasiriyah will see…

Iraq: Detentions of Alleged “Death Squad” Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:24

(Beirut) – On February 15, Iraqi authorities detained at least four men, with alleged ties to a unit within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF or Hashad, formally under the control of the prime minister) who are alleged to have killed at least four protesters in the southern city of Basra in January 2020. One of the detained men holds a senior police position. These arrests represent an important step in government efforts to fulfill its promise to hold accountable those who have abused…
Renewed rocket attacks on US targets in Iraq show Iran-aligned factions are heaping pressure on the government while Tehran may be seeking leverage over America's new administration, analysts say. Iraq, scarred by decades of war and insurgency, has been a strategic battleground for arch-foes the United States and Iran, both allies of Baghdad who remain sharply at odds over Iran's nuclear programme. Analysts and officials in Iraq say the resumption of attacks after four months of relative calm shows that…
Nasser Banyameen speaks about his hometown of Qaraqosh in the historical heartland of Iraqi Christianity with nostalgia. Before Islamic State group fighters swept through the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. Before the militants shattered his sense of peace. Before panicked relatives and neighbors fled, some never to return. Iraq’s Christian communities in the area were dealt a severe blow when they were scattered by the IS onslaught in 2014, further shrinking the country’s already dwindling Christian population. Many hope their…
THE US Embassy in Baghdad has come under attack with rockets fired in Iraq's capital, it has emerged this evening. At least three rockets targeted the building in the high-security green zone, which houses foreign embassies and is the seat of Iraq's government. One of the rockets, security sources told Associated Press, fell within the perimeters of the Embassy complex itself.  A statement from the Iraq military said there were no casualties and that an investigation was ongoing. The statement added…
Asked why he sees himself as a suitable candidate to lead the country again, Maliki said, “Whoever praises us now follows the old saying: ‘try someone else to know how good I was.’” BAGHDAD – Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki expressed his ambition to lead Iraq again despite the severe decline in his popularity. Maliki’s two terms as head of government from 2006-2014 were catastrophic for the country, with the state seeing a major decline at various economic, social…
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