11 July 2020
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ASHINGTON - Weeks before he was fatally shot in Baghdad, Husham al-Hashimi, a prominent Iraqi writer and leading expert on extremist groups, sought advice from a friend after allegedly receiving a chilling message from Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah (KH). His friends are now questioning whether the Shiite militia is responsible for the killing. His death has been widely mourned in Iraq, prompting many to speculate on the future of the country amid Iran’s network of influence. “I told him to leave…
The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East is expressing confidence that talks with Iraq will keep U.S. military troops in that country. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, visited Baghdad on Tuesday and met with new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi, who has taken steps to take on an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group that has attacked American forces."I believe the government of Iraq recognizes the true value that the coalition brings to the fight against Daesh…
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias.  Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, outside his home in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad, a family member said, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons. The family member heard five shots fired.  Security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations,…
The Iraqi military says a rocket aimed at Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the system was operational late Saturday. A recent…

Iraq: Hezbollah Brigades threaten PM Monday, 29 June 2020 01:22

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…
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