24 January 2021
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The US has provided the Iraqi army with 30 armored vehicles with the aim of reinforcing the security of the Green Zone in Iraq's capital Baghdad, the American embassy announced yesterday. "The United States is committed to helping the Iraqi army maintain the security of Baghdad and Iraq," the embassy said in a statement, adding that Washington had provided the Iraqi army with "30 armoured cars to help secure the international zone." The embassy pointed out that the vehicles were…
Iraq was the world’s second deadliest country for journalists in 2020, according to an annual report published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday.  Fifty journalists were killed worldwide in connection with their work between 1 January and 15 December, marginally down from the 53 killed last year.  Mexico was the most dangerous country for journalists with eight killings, followed by Iraq (six), Afghanistan (five), Pakistan (four) and India (four).  “The world’s violence continues to be visited upon journalists,” RSF's secretary-general,…
A classified document has revealed a plan to target a US base in the capital, Baghdad, on the first anniversary of the assassination of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. This came in a document leaked from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior reported by local media, including private TV channel Dijlah TV, and circulated on social media platforms on Thursday. On 3 January, Soleimani and Head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis were killed in a US raid while…

Iraq: The disappearance of Baghdad's party king Saturday, 26 December 2020 05:57

The kidnapping of a successful Iraqi party organizer suggests the government is powerless against militias that have become a law unto themselves. The dreams of Iraq's youth are falling victim to their growing influence. It was past 10:00 on a Friday night, and the party was in full swing. Hundreds of young men and women had come to Baghdad's swanky Ishtar Hotel, leaving the dusty, grimy city at the doorstep to mingle at the elegant outdoor pool. Sipping nonalcoholic drinks…
BAGHDAD--Hundreds of angry Iraqis protested Monday in several cities against a currency devaluation that has slashed their purchasing power amid a pandemic-fuelled economic crisis. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) at the weekend devalued the currency by over a fifth against the US dollar, officially re-pegging the dinar at a bank rate of 1,460 to the greenback. On Monday, hundreds gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, demanding the government change tack, furious at the first devaluation in a half-decade. “The government…
Thousands of protesters yesterday blocked several main roads leading to oil installations and bridges in oil-rich Basra in southern Iraq demanding the government to pay their delayed salaries. Eyewitnesses said the protesters, who work as day-rate employees in government institutions including energy facilities, demonstrated in several areas in the province demanding the government pay their salaries which they have not received in months. According to eyewitnesses the protesters closed the main roads and paralysed traffic including roads leading to the…

Iraq’s Flaring Policy Is Broken Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:54

With budgets already stretched thin, Iraq’s budget is being taxed even more by its policy of flaring natural gas while paying high prices to import natural gas from Iran. The process of flaring natural gas—a byproduct of oil production—is controversial on climate grounds. Flaring is the process of burning this natural gas, and is employed when it doesn’t make economic or practical sense for oil companies to capture the natural gas and sell it. But the spokesman for the Ministry…
JOURNALISTS and civil-society groups in Iraqi Kurdistan detailed the human-rights abuses committed by regional government forces during the recent protests in a meeting with the United Nations on Monday. People jailed during anti-government demonstrations that spread across the region earlier this month raised their concerns with the UN representative to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. The meeting follows protests and demands for the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to resign, amid accusations of nepotism and corruption levelled at the duopoly that rules the…
The Iraqi parliament on Saturday organized a ceremony to honor Qasem Soleimani, the top Iranian commander who was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 in Baghdad. The parliament also paid tribute to Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi Shiite militia leader who was killed in the same US strike. A photo exhibition of the two men was held as part of the commemoration ceremony. Reasons behind the National al-Sanad bloc, which is close to Iran, organizing the ceremony…
Baghdad (CNN)A rocket attack on Baghdad's diplomatic Green Zone Sunday night was "a terrorist act" that undermines Iraq's international reputation, the country's president says. Eight rockets were fired at the heavily fortified area, with at least one Iraqi soldier injured when a rocket landed near an Iraqi security checkpoint, according to a statement from the Iraqi military.   The military said most of the rockets hit the Qadisiya residential neighborhood near the US Embassy, damaging several buildings and cars.  …
Iraq is moving forward with plans to devalue its currency by nearly 23 percent in response to a dire financial crisis — an extreme policy measure that will not come close to balancing a 2021 budget projected to authorize record spending. According to a provisional draft of the 2021 budget, which was widely leaked on Thursday, the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) will move its long-standing currency peg from 1,182 Iraqi dinars per dollar to 1,450 dinars per dollar. Iraq…

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