06 May 2021
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Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated in Al-Muthanna governorate again, on Monday, to demand the dismissal of Governor Ahmed Judeh from his post, while protesting against the poor level of services and mismanagement. The demonstrators chanted slogans calling on Governor Judeh to "prevent bloodshed and resign from his post." Authorities in Al-Muthanna governorate did not issue any official statement regarding the popular protests until 14:00 (GMT). After Babylon, Al-Diwaniyah (south), Wasit (central), and Dhi Qar (southeast), Al-Muthanna was the fifth Iraqi governorate…
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT: The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.  US defense officials announced the strikes without providing details and with no mention of casualties, saying only that they were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Friday that at  least 17 pro-Iran fighters…
Christians in Iraq say they are the victims of expropriation and intimidation by armed criminals. They are supported by humanitarian organisations, but there is a feeling of helplessness in the face of a perceived weak rule of law in the country. Nabel George, a Christian from Baghdad, travelled overseas in 2014 for medical reasons. When he returned a year later, his house was occupied by armed men.  "When I returned, I realised that my house had been sold and resold several times. I…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — As Baghdad welcomed Pope Francis on Friday, protests took place in Diwaniyah and Babylon, leading to mass arrests and  leaving security personnel injured, activists have told Rudaw English. "The demonstrators are calling for the dismissal of the governor of Babylon, Hassan Mandil, on suspicion of corruption, and the deterioration of service provision in the province," activist Ahmed al-Mousawi told Rudaw English.  Mousawi added that nearly 100 protesters were arrested, most of them later released, saying that…
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…

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