21 September 2021
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Deputy chairman of the Iran-Syria chamber of commerce in Tehran has said that Iran has lost out in economic competition to Russia and other countries in Syria. Ali-Asghar Zebardast told Iranian Labour News Agency(link is external) (ILNA) on Saturday that “The same thing which happened in Iraq will also happen in Syria. Russia will win the economic benefit in Syria.” He pointed out that Turkey has the upper hand in trade with Iraq. What Zebardast was referring to is the significant military and…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) -A drone attack hit near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said. The internal security service for Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport. A second statement by the Kurdish counter-terrorism force said the attack had been carried out by explosive-laden drones. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Witnesses said they heard at least six…
Calls to boycott the vote have increased as the election draws closer, especially among young people. BAGHDAD--The European Union and United Nations will deploy observers to monitor Iraq’s parliamentary election next month, saying Tuesday they hope voting will not be tainted by fraud and abstention. “Our purpose is to do whatever we can in order that the electoral process be as good as possible,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told a news conference in Baghdad. He said the EU…
Baghdad (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Millions of people in Iraq and Syria are at risk of losing access to clean water, electricity and food as temperatures continue to rise due to climate change. Moreover, the collapse in rainfall and the consequent drought have led to a record - negative - water level. This is the alarm raised by experts and international activists who believe that the two nations, battered by years of war and corruption, need rapid action to counter the emergency. …
BAGHDAD, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Iraq has invited Iran and Tehran's Gulf Arab foes to a summit in Baghdad with the objective of calming tensions which have brought them close to open conflict in recent years. Officials say the meeting, which will also discuss the war in Yemen, Lebanon's collapse and a regional water crisis, could take a step towards Saudi-Iranian rapprochement even though they have yet to say what representation they will send. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has also…
BAGHDAD--Former Iraqi air force chief General Anwar Hamad Amine escaped custody armed with a handgun after being convicted in court of corruption Monday before giving himself up several hours later. Judiciary and security sources said the general was tried in Karkh, western Baghdad, for corruption and squandering public funds. He was sentenced to two years in prison and while being escorted from the courtroom he asked to retrieve personal items from his car, a security source said. “He got into…
BAGHDAD--An Iraqi Shia cleric close to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani launched a veiled criticism of Iranian influence in the country, sparking a backlash Sunday from a senior pro-Iran figure. Iran has bolstered its influence over its neighbour in recent years. Iraq’s state-sponsored Hashed-al-Shaabi paramilitary network, which is dominated by pro-Iran groups, now wields major political and military sway in the country. Critics have accused the Hashed of being Iran’s armed wing in Iraq, and protesters who took part in a…
DUBAI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian security official urged Iraq on Tuesday to expel Iranian rebels from Iraqi Kurdistan, or expect Tehran to take "preventative measures" against the armed groups, Iranian state media reported. Iran has in the past shelled armed Kurdish opposition groups based in northern Iraq, mostly in areas controlled by the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). "We call on the Iraqi government to take more serious action to expel these groups from Iraqi Kurdistan so…
(Beirut) – The Iraqi army has unlawfully evicted dozens of families from a village north of Baghdad since July 2021 in an apparent family feud involving a government minister, Human Rights Watch said today. The 91 families from al-Aetha, a village in Salah al-Din governorate, were sent to a displacement camp without any of their possessions. The families from al-Aetha had been forced out of their village years earlier during fighting between the government and the Islamic State (also known as ISIS).…
Local media reported that Qassem al-Tamimi was seriously wounded and was quickly taken to a nearby hospital after the gunmen targeting him fled the scene. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Unknown gunmen targeted Iraqi activist Qassem Bahloul al-Tamimi in central Kut city, Wasit province, local media and Iraqi activists reported Sunday. Early reports claim that Tamimi, a leading activist in Wasit's anti-government demonstrations, was seriously wounded in what appears to have been an assassination attempt. Iraqi media said the gunmen fled…
A report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) on human rights painted a bleak picture of justice in Iraq and the legal requirements to prevent torture and ill-treatment in places of detention and investigation. UNAMI expressed its concern about the interrogation rooms and detention centers in Iraq, the accused’s inability to obtain an appropriate defense, and the lack of transparency regarding the security services. The international concern came in light of the many reports of the…
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