06 May 2021
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Up to 100,000 people could be forced to find new accommodation despite vulnerabilities, food insecurity and the raging pandemic Authorities in Iraq have closed a number of displacement camps with little or no notice to residents, leaving thousands in a vulnerable state amid the coronavirus pandemic and harsh winter conditions. Camps in Baghdad, Karbala, Divala, Anbar, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Sulaymaniyah had all faced closures, without new accommodation or food aid secured. As many as 100,000 displaced people were at risk as the…
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces killed at least one anti-government protester using live gunfire and wounded at least 40 others in the southern city of Basra on Friday, security sources and a rights official said. It was the first killing of a protester by security forces in Basra since Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi took office in May. Iraq’s interior ministry confirmed the death but said in a statement that no Iraqi security forces were being allowed to use…
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s president ratified Thursday a new election law aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament, paving the way for early elections next year. President Barham Salih stressed the need for free, fair and transparent balloting that would restore Iraqi citizens’ confidence in the legitimacy of the process. The new law changes each of the country’s 18 provinces into several electoral districts and prevents parties from running on unified lists, which has in the…
BASRA, IRAQ - Iraqi security forces opened fire during clashes with hundreds of protesters in the southern city of Basra on Friday, killing one demonstrator and wounding several others as tensions flared once again, hospital officials said. The clashes erupted after some of the protesters tried to set up tents in a public square, a week after similar, previously erected protest tents in Basra and Baghdad had been removed. Dozens of young Iraqis were seen running away in panic after…

Iraqi protesters close official building Saturday, 07 November 2020 04:07

Dozens of Iraqi protesters yesterday joined a sit-in in front of the municipal building of the country’s southern province of Dhi Qar, calling for the dismissal of Governor, Nazem Al-Waeli. Russia Today reported that the demonstrators had threatened to escalate the protest if the building was reopened. Pictures of Al-Waeli could be seen with a red cross over his face. Last month, Dhi Qar witnessed another protest over the kidnapping of a leader of the Popular Movement party after he accused…

Drug smuggling, abuse on the rise in Iraq Saturday, 07 November 2020 04:02

Iraq’s Security Media Cell announced Oct. 30 the discovery of 6 kilograms (13 pounds) of hashish and 50 drug bars in al-Sakhrah area in the southern Maysan governorate, noting the increase in the drug trade and abuse in central and southern Iraq in particular. On Oct. 12, the investigative court for drug cases in Maysan reported, “The southern areas of the governorate are the most active in promoting narcotic drugs, and crystal meth [methamphetamine] makes up 90% of the substances trafficked there.” On Oct. 29, Zuhair al-Shaalan, governor…
Bomb explosions killed three women and wounded three policemen in Diyala province north of Baghdad, Iraqi authorities said on Thursday. A statement by the Media Security Cell, a division of the prime ministry, said the three women were riding a three-wheeled vehicle – known as a satuta – north of the city of Baquba when the roadside bomb exploded. “A second bomb exploded when a police force arrived to the scene, wounding three of its members,” the statement said. Diyala…
Tired from corrupt politicians and a bad livelihood as well as Iran’s guided militias and their terror operations, Iraqi people took to the streets again. On the first anniversary of the October 2019 protests, Iraqi demonstrators heat up the protests called the “October Revolution.” Various cities are witnessing anti-establishment rallies demanding an account of the corrupt and murderers of the demonstrators. In the cities of Kut, Hilla, and Nasiriyah, slogans were chanted calling for the trial of those who killed more than 600 people. The scene in the southern city of Basra…
Protests, however, resumed soon after authorities reopened the square, indicating that a popular movement against corruption and unemployment is still alive and evolving. BAGHDAD –Anti-government protests descended into clashes in several Iraqi cities on Sunday, including the capital Baghdad and the southern port city of Basra. In Baghdad, a few hundred young Iraqis returned to Baghdad’s Tahrir Square for a flash protest, clashing briefly with security forces. Authorities had conducted a major operation to clear a year-long anti-government encampment from…
Activists in Iraq’s south have vowed to continue their reform protests after skirmishes with government security forces, who moved to clear sit-in camps in the port city of Basra on Saturday night. Despite the efforts of security forces to clear away protest encampments, protesters gathered again on Sunday afternoon, denouncing the takeover of the Bahria Square the previous evening, the epicenter of the Basra protests, according to protester Hussain Al Saedi. “We were surprised by the big number of security…

Gas pipeline blast in Iraq kills 3, injures 51 Tuesday, 03 November 2020 03:39

At least three people were killed and more than 50 injured in a gas pipeline explosion in southern Iraq, police sources said on Saturday. The military said in a statement that the cause of the blast was not known. It said nine Shia militia fighters were among the wounded and two children had been killed. Police sources said the blast, near the southern city of Samawa, 270 km (170 miles) south of Baghdad, occurred along a stretch of pipeline that…

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