12 April 2021
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Two Irish members of the European Parliament have appeared in a YouTube video used to promote the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) militia coalition, the Irish news site TheJournal.ie reported on Thursday. The Iran-backed PMF coalition, which is also known as Al-Hashed Al-Shaabi and includes some 70 different militias, has been accused of crimes and atrocities against civilians by rights groups before. The video showed Clare Daly and Mike Wallace, two left-wing MEPs, visiting a headquarters of the PMF in Iraq. In the video, which TheJournal.ie reports…
Families of those killed and wounded in anti-government protests tell MEE they believe the judicial system in France can bring them justice missing at home A legal case brought against former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in France could see anti-government demonstrators find justice for those killed and wounded by armed groups and security services, activists told Middle East Eye. The case is being brought by French law firm Zimeray & Finelle, representing five victims and the relatives of several…
Protesters in southern Iraq once again blocked the entrance to the Nasiriyah oil refinery, agitating against the longstanding problem of unemployment in the region and the government’s failure to address the issue, Iraqi Oil Report said on Wednesday, April 7. Thousands of Iraqis employed in a wide range of industries, as well as recent college graduates, are protesting in the region. According to reports, the protests have taken place for five consecutive days with widespread participation from university graduates, workers from the region’s…
Baghdad (CNN) For nearly a month, Khaled lay on a threadbare mattress, writhing in pain. Until 2014, he worked as a security contractor in northern Iraq. When ISIS swept through the area, he lost his job and spiraled into a depression. Now in a prison cell, he has just recovered from withdrawal symptoms after years of crystal meth abuse.   "The situation in the country was rough. You go and try to find work, but there was no work," he says. "Once,…
AIRO — Iraq’s prime minister agreed with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on investment projects in Iraq, worth more than $6 billion, Iraq state news agency said on Tuesday. Prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited Saudi Arabia last week and the UAE on Sunday. Saudi Arabia and Iraq agreed to establish a joint fund, with an estimated capital of $3 billion, as a contribution from the kingdom in promoting investment in Iraq’s economic fields, Saudi state news agency (SPA)…
Along Iraq's borders, a corrupt customs-evasion cartel is diverting billions of dollars away from state coffers to line the pockets of armed groups, political parties and crooked officials. The prime beneficiaries are Iran-linked Shiite paramilitaries that intimidate federal officials who dare obstruct them, sometimes through chillingly specific death threats, a six-month AFP investigation has found. The network is so well-oiled and entrenched that revenues are parcelled out among rival groups with remarkably little friction, part of a parallel system that…
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi accused political parties of obstructing government efforts in restoring state prestige and combating corruption. Kahdimi indicated that some parties are trying to disrupt the anti-corruption committee which is accused of abuse against officials arrested on corruption charges. During a televised interview with a number of Arab channels, Kadhimi said that restoring the state means some parties will be affected and harmed, and they will try to resist until the last moment. The PM asserted that…
A new law to aid Yazidi female survivors isn't enough. The Yazidi community says it's only a matter of time before they are attacked again. In a landmark decision this month, Iraq's parliament passed the Yazidi Female Survivors Law, recognizing the atrocities committed by the extremist group known as "Islamic State," or "IS," against the ethno-religious group as genocide. When "IS," an Islamist terror group, took control of swathes of northern Iraq between 2014 and 2017, it killed, kidnapped and enslaved thousands ofYazidis,…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region —  Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi  called for press freedom in Iraq in a meeting with journalists on Thursday. Kadhimi visited the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate in Baghdad and “delivered a speech during an event honouring the families of the martyrs of the press,” according to the government’s official Twitter account.  “The press should be free to criticise any situation in the country,” the account quoted him as saying, adding that “Iraqi journalists have fought against sectarian hatred and courageously performed…
CHICAGO: A week after five Americans were injured and a foreign contractor working for the US was killed during a rocket attack on a military base near Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, Washington has yet to decide how to respond to the escalation of violence. In the meantime there have been two additional attacks on US-linked targets in country: at least four missiles hit Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad on Feb. 20, leaving one person wounded, and on…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Protests renewed on Monday in the Iraqi cities of Nasiriyah and Najaf, with some demonstrators threatening sit-ins in front of local government offices should their demands not be met.A number of members of Iraqi parliament from Dhi Qar province, where Nasiriyah is located, held a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Sunday to discuss candidates for the governor position. The PM appointed Abdul-Ghani Al-Asadi temporarily to the position following the resignation of Nathim Al-Waeli in the face of bloody…
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