20 July 2017
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A total of 1.5 million children in Iraq are displaced internally, living in camps like the one shown in this aerial video. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who posted the footage on Tuesday,  say that number equals one in every 10 Iraqi children. The camp shown in the drone video is home to some of the 8,500 people who have fled fighting in Fallujah.   Source: The Telegraph
Anger grows as Baghdad residents accuse Iraqi government of failing to protect them after ISIL attack kills over 20 Anger is growing in Baghdad over the government's failure to protect civilians, after a devastating bombing in a crowded commercial area in the Iraqi capital killed more than 200 people, including many children.  The powerful explosion early on Sunday came near the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when the streets were filled with young people and families out…
Call to protect children, as escalating conflict threatens to destroy childhoods in Iraq BAGHDAD/AMMAN, 30 June 2016- 3.6 million children in Iraq – one in five in the country - are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new UNICEF report. A Heavy Price for Children reveals that the number of children in danger of these violations has increased by 1.3 million in 18 months. The findings show that 4.7…
Baghdad – While Sadr is in Iran for seclusion, a number of his followers attacked offices of certain political parties in south Iraq. The attackiers torched the offices including the photos of Khomeini and Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei. Council member of one of the southern districts told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the attacks also targeted offices of factions and parties affiliated with Iran. The council member, who preferred to remain anonymous, said protesters also burned the photos of political leaders…
Investigate Government Command Responsibility; ISIS Stops Civilians From Fleeing (Beirut) – The announced investigation into allegations of abuse of civilians around Fallujah by Iraqi government forces is a test for the government’s ability to hold abusive forces accountable. Judicial officials should conduct this investigation transparently and impartially, assess co mmand responsibility, and ensure protection for victims and witnesses. Ahead of the offensive in Fallujah against forces of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that…
Iraq: Authorities must rein in Fallujah forces amid allegations of torture and deaths in custody Iraqi authorities must rein in all forces participating in the recapture of Fallujah said Amnesty International today, amid reports that men and boys fleeing the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) have been tortured and otherwise ill-treated by government-backed militias and at least three have died as a result. Amnesty has spoken to victims who described the torture and other ill-treatment meted out to…
Tens of thousands of supporters of the influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have gathered in the Iraqi capital, calling for economic and political reforms to end corruption. Sadr, a powerful cleric who opposes the main Shia bloc that controls the government, previously led sit-in protests in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone to demand Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi form a cabinet made up of technocrats.  Sadr had given Abadi his backing on the condition that he would involve Sunnis in the government, stop…
Iraqi authorities have shut down Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office, accusing the Qatar-based TV network of inciting "violence and sectarianism." Iraq's Communications and Media Commission sent the network a letter informing it of its March 24 decision to revoke the bureau's license and close its office for one year. The pan-Arab network denied on April 28 that it had violated regulations or deviated from professional and objective coverage. It said Iraq's decision contradicts the government's "commitment to guarantee freedom of expression." "We…
Reuters, 04/04 19:27 CET By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Singapore man accused of illegally exporting U.S. parts found in explosives in Iraq, through Iran, has been extradited to the United States to face charges on Monday, the Justice Department said. Lim Yong Nam, 42, was indicted in 2010 for sending radio frequency modules from Minnesota to Iran between 2007 and 2008, violating a U.S. trade embargo. The parts were later found in unexploded improvised explosive devices (IED) in…
BAGHDAD -- The top U.S. general in Iraq warned Thursday of the potential collapse of Mosul Dam in the country's north, saying such an event could prove "catastrophic." The U.S.-led coalition is still determining the likelihood the hydroelectric dam could collapse but has developed a contingency plan alongside the Iraqi government, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland. Built in the early 1980s, the dam is made largely of earth and situated on soft mineral foundations, which are easily dissolved…
Iraq's parliament suspended its meeting on Tuesday amid protests by Sunni Muslim MPs over violence that targeted their community in eastern Iraq and left dozens killed in apparent retaliation for anti-Shi'ite bombings claimed by Islamic State. Sunni lawmakers urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to disband and disarm the Shi'ite militias which they accuse of being behind the latest attacks in and around the town of Muqdadiya, 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Raad al-Dahlaki and Nahida al-Daini, two Sunni…

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