06 August 2020
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Iraqi prime minister that the U.S. is prepared to act in self-defense if attacked in Iraq, according to a readout of a call between the two officials released on Monday. Pompeo spoke with Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi on Sunday and called on the Iraqi government to fulfill its obligations protecting coalition troops working in the country to defeat ISIS and identify and hold accountable the groups responsible for a rocket attack last week that…
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A civilian activist in the southern Iraqi city of Amarah survived an assassination attempt on Thursday after unidentified gunmen opened fire on his car. According to local sources, the attack was in retaliation to protesters' burning of the local headquarters of an Iran-backed militia blamed for killing two others earlier in the week. “Raza al-Eqeely, a student sit-in protest coordinator in Maysan province, survived an assassination attempt unharmed. He was shot at seven times while riding…
PENTAGON / WASHINGTON - U.S. warplanes soaring through the skies of Iraq hit a series of sites belonging to an Iranian-backed militia, exacting revenge for a deadly attack on American and coalition troops just 24 hours earlier. The airstrikes late Thursday and early Friday targeted five weapon storage facilities belonging to Kataib Hezbollah, blamed for a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad late Wednesday that killed two U.S. service members and a British soldier, while wounding…
An Iraqi security source said on Wednesday that unidentified gunmen assassinated two Iraqi anti-government activists in Maysan province, southern Iraq, reports Anadolu Agency. The security source identified the names of activists as Abdel-Aaddous Qasim and Karrar Adil, who were killed in Amarah city. The security authorities of the city opened an investigation into the incident. Since the outbreak of the anti-government protests in Iraq, several activists were subject to killing, torture, and abduction. Some activists accuse Shia armed groups, with close…
At least 18 fighters from an Iraqi paramilitary group were killed in air strikes in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, just hours after a deadly attack on US-led coalition forces in Iraq. "The 18 Iraqi fighters" were killed in raids on positions of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi military network in the area of Albukamal, on the border with Iraq, the observatory said. Bombardment from three coalition planes struck the Imam Ali base and the Al-Hassyan area in…
Rockets struck Camp Taji where Iraqi, American and other coalition troops are based. BAGHDAD — A volley of rockets struck a sprawling military base north of Baghdad Wednesday evening, killing three service members, two of them Americans and one British, according to a United States official and an Iraqi military officer, both in Iraq. The attack came less than three months after a similar rocket attack killed an American contractor in Iraq, setting off a spiral of attacks that nearly led to war between the United…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Three protesters have been killed and 47 others wounded since Sunday in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the capital’s infamous Khilani Square, according to an official statement by the semi-independent Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR).“Due to the clashes that occured on March 8 and 9 between protesters and security forces, at least 3 protesters have died,” the statement reads.  “Also 58 people have been wounded in the ongoing clashes,” the statement added. Rudaw English…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi security forces have used an arsenal of weaponry against protesters in Baghdad and other cities, “nearly all of which are inappropriate as policing tools,” a new report by human rights monitor Amnesty International found Thursday. The ongoing protests began in Baghdad and several other southern Iraqi cities in October 2019 with demands for jobs, public services, and action against corruption. Following a brutal crackdown by Iraqi forces and pro-government militias, the protesters began to demand the overthrow…
Iraqi demonstrators started on Thursday morning to close several roads and traffic intersections and burn tires in Basra province, south to denounce the mechanism of choosing a candidate to form the next government, local witnesses said. The German news agency, DPA quoted the witnesses as saying that angry demonstrators have started since the early morning hours to cut off the commercial intersection and burnt tires and prevented the passage of vehicles and citizens. According to the sources, the intersection is critical in…
BAGHDAD: Iraqi protesters had been rallying against government incompetence, poor public services and foreign meddling for months before a novel coronavirus outbreak. Then the epidemic arrived and breathed new life to their grievances. "The real virus is Iraqi politicians," said Fatima, an 18-year-old protester and medical student from Baghdad. "We are immune to almost everything else." Across protest squares in the capital and southern hotspots, the anti-government demonstrators mobilised since October have started to take public health into their own hands.…
An Iraqi militia has accused the country's intelligence chief of being involved in the targeted assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani, and warned that his appointment as prime minister would mean "war on the people of Iraq". Following last week's announcement that Prime Minister-designate Tawfik Mohammed Allawi would be unable to form a new government, rumours have swirled over who President Barham Salih would task with the job. Mustafa al-Kazimi - who has been seen in the past as pro-Iran - was first mooted as a possible candidate in December, were the…

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