16 November 2019
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Several Iraqi state institutions condemned on Friday threats made by Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Erj Masjedi that his country will bomb US targets in Iraq if Washington attacks Iran.In response to the diplomat’s threats, the Iraqi Defense Ministry stressed its rejection to turn the country into a battleground.Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said: "Iraq will not be a launchpad for aggression against Iran, nor will it allow US interests on its territory to be threatened.”In a press statement…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Protestors demanding government action on postgraduate unemployment were hosed down with Iraqi security force water cannons on Wednesday, in an act condemned by a national human rights commission as an act “against freedom of expression.”Iraqi master’s degree and PhD holders have been protesting outside ministry buildings in Baghdad since June, calling for measures to ease unemployment among postgraduates, including an increase in public sector jobs.A video recorded by a protestor and published on social media on Wednesday shows water…
Washington (CNN)A day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack on Saudi oil facilities and argued there is "no evidence the attacks came from Yemen," a senior administration official briefed CNN on information to back up Pompeo's claims. The official pointed to the angle at which Saudi oil facilities were attacked, the numbers of points of impact and other information to argue that it is unlikely the attacks were carried out by Yemen. Instead, the official suggested the…
A television program, broadcast on Saturday by US-based Alhurra Iraq, sparked outrage in Iraq over its allegations about corruption at the Shiite and Sunni endowment institutions in the country. The program also raised questions about the huge funds managed by figures and institutions at shrines in Karbala.Some figures said the campaign against Alhurra is part of the escalating conflict between Washington and Baghdad, explaining that some allies of Iran have exploited the dispute to stir incitement against the United States.The…
The Iraqi government has deprived thousands of children, whose parents are suspected of belonging to Daesh from their right to education, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. Children born or living in areas under Daesh’s control between 2014 and 2017 do not have the civil documentation required by the government to enrol in schools, the international rights watchdog said. “Denying children their right to education because of something their parents might have done is a grossly misguided form of collective punishment,” said…
Several blasts hit a position held by Iraqi factions affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) next to Balad air base north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Iraqi military official and a source in the group said.It was one of a series of explosions in recent weeks at weapons depots, bases or positions belonging to factions within the PMF.Balad base hosts US forces and contractors and is located about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad. A PMF group that…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region ⁠— More than 100 individuals have been executed in Iraq since January, with a staggering 8,000 more on death row, according to Iraq's UN-approved human rights body.The execution figures came from Iraqi Ministry of Justice data that was reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, according to one commission member."According to the data of the Iraqi Justice Ministry that have been reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, over 100 people have been…
Iraq’s interior ministry announced several top policemen had been fired after 15 suspected members of a drug trafficking network escaped on Saturday from a police station in the capital. “The defendants first insulted the police, then beat them and managed to escape” from the police station in eastern Baghdad, near the Shiite bastion of Sadr city, a security services official told AFP, on condition of anonymity. Baghdad’s police chief and the heads of the al-Russafa police department in the capital’s east and…
Several members of Iraq’s parliament and the province’s deputy governor visited prisons near Mosul, Iraq, calling what they found a “humanitarian catastrophe.” This happened two days after Human Rights Watch released research detailing the horrible conditions of the prisons, which hold terrorism suspects. Immediately after our report release, local authorities claimed Human Rights Watch’s research was “fallacious.” But the government’s tone has since changed. One parliamentarian admitted that “what Human Rights Watch reported was small relative to the actual catastrophe inside the prisons…
Iraq plans to build the largest naval base in the Arabian Gulf near the under-construction Al Faw Grand Port, which has been a huge obstacle for successive governments since 2003. During a visit to the province of Basra last week, Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari announced plans for the establishment of the largest military naval base.The ministry said in a statement that al-Shammari visited Basra accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Abdulla Luaibi and a number of military commanders. “Iraq has decided to…
Former vice president Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War when he was a senator, and many Democrats won’t let him forget it. When his vote came up during last month’s debate, Biden said Americans could trust his judgment on questions of war because, as vice president, he was in charge of pulling all U.S. combat troops from Iraq. Weeks later, he made a similar claim at a campaign stop in Iowa. Biden had a big hand in withdrawing U.S.…

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