19 October 2020
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Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades threatened on Friday the new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi over the detention of brigades’ leaders, Al-Watan Voice reported. Abu Ali Al-Askari, security leader of the brigades, accused Al-Kazemi of “hiding his partnership in the crime” of the assassinations of Qasem Soleimani and the deputy commander of Al-Hashd Al-Sha’bi, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. Al-Askari considered the alleged partnership of killing Soleimani and Al-Muhandis as an “advance payment” for the US, stressing that Hezbollah Brigades are waiting for the best chance to take him down. This came hours…
BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces raided an Iranian-backed militia suspected of carrying out a spate of rocket attacks against American forces, making good on the new prime minister’s promise to crack down on armed groups that have strained relations with the United States. The raid overnight Thursday on a brigade headquarters of the militia, Khataib Hezbollah, was intended to “to send a message that there is no red line and no one is above the law and everyone must be subject…
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi is “closely following” the situation after security forces raided the base of a powerful Iranian-backed militia and arrested several members, an Iraqi official said. The Counter Terrorism Services raid on the Kataib Hezbollah group late on Thursday was the most brazen action by Iraqi forces against a major Iran-backed militia in years. “The detainees have been taken to prison and will be subjected to a legal investigation. Rumours of their release are false,” an…
The Iraqi Health Ministry is facing unprecedented pressure from the public as the number of coronavirus infections is on the rise. Iraqi activists launched a campaign demanding the resignation of Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi, who heads the team handling the outbreak in the country. Many are accusing Tamimi of failing to stem the spread of the coronavirus and are calling for his replacement by former health minister Jaafar Allawi. Football legend Ahmed Radhi died on Sunday from complications linked to…
Iraq's economy could reach irreversible lows within the next year unless urgent reform measures are adopted, its finance minister has said. "Reform is inevitable," said Ali Allawi, who is trying to stabilise Iraq's economy after an oil price crash that cut state revenues by half. "If we do not amend the situation throughout the next year, we may face shocks we cannot fix," he told AFP. Iraq's economy is already projected to shrink 10 per cent this year after oil…
Iraq on Thursday summoned Iran’s ambassador in Baghdad to protest Iranian artillery shelling along border areas, a Foreign Ministry statement said, Anadolu Agency reports. At the ministry, Ambassador Iraj Masjedi was handed a protest note over artillery strikes that targeted border villages in the Erbil province of northern Iraq. The statement urged Tehran to respect Iraq’s sovereignty, demanding it stop such strikes and instead seek cooperation in controlling their shared borders. Iran’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday said in a statement that it…
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq accused the Iraqi government and Shabak militia Thursday of torturing prisoners in jails in Nineveh governorate.    "Detainees in the government’s and militia's prisons in Iraq are subjected to heinous crimes that go against human nature," the association’s general secretariat said in a statement.    "A report issued Wednesday by the Iraqi Center for Documentation of War Crimes revealed extensive human rights violations that are systematically taking place in intelligence prisons in Nineveh…
WASHINGTON - Iran’s favorability rating among Iraqis has hit its lowest point in years, falling below the popular support the United States enjoys in the war-torn country, according to a new poll by an independent agency.    The poll, released Monday, was conducted by the Baghdad-based Independent Institute of Administration and Civil Society Studies (IIACSS), the Iraq representative of the Washington-based Gallup for polling.  “In general, Iraqis neither favor Iran nor the United States, but for the first time in a long time we see the favorability of the…
As it experiences more frequent and severe droughts, sand and dust storms, soil salinization, and declining water resources, Iraq is exceptionally vulnerable to desertification and land degradation. Food shortages sparked by the COVID-19 global pandemic have sent a sobering message for Iraq to urgently protect its fragile land and biodiversity resources. The fertile soil of ancient Mesopotamia gave birth to agriculture thousands of years ago. And agriculture remains deep rooted in modern-day Iraq despite its vast oil reserves. But desertification…
Iraqi protesters say the government has not shown “seriousness” in bringing justice for the hundreds of people killed, wounded or kidnapped during anti-government protests that began last October. Newly appointed Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi vowed to hold to account all those “who shed Iraqi blood” and to unveil the truth about what happened during the months-long protests. Anti-government demonstrations erupted in Baghdad and across the south after angry Iraqis took to the streets to vent their frustrations about corruption,…
A spike in violations of the right to free expression during widespread protests at the end of the former government’s term in office and during the Covid-19 pandemic underscores the need for Iraq’s new government to reform its laws, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iraqi authorities, including in the Kurdistan Region, have routinely used vaguely worded laws to bring criminal charges against people who express opinions they dislike. The 42-page report, “‘We Might Call You in at Any Time’: Free…

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