28 January 2020
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces killed at least one protester and wounded 25 others on Friday when they launched tear gas canisters to break up a crowd trying to breach Baghdad’s Sinak bridge, security and medical sources told Reuters. The bridge is close to the capital’s central Tahrir Square where thousands have been camped out for months, with recent clashes causing the authorities to restrict access to the crossing. The protester died after a tear gas canister was launched…

Over 50 injured in Iraq protests Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:49

More than 50 Iraqis were injured in confrontations between protesters and security forces in the southern Iraqi governorate of Wasit, Anadolu Agency reported. A medical source in Wasit Health Directorate said local hospitals received and treated 59 wounded persons; 48 of whom were security personnel. According to the source, most of the injuries were minor. Clashes took place between students and riot police outside the University of Wasit in the city of Kut. Tensions have been on the rise in the Wasit…
AIN AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — American troops were informed of an impending missile barrage hours before their air base in Iraq was struck by Iran, U.S. military officials said Monday, days after the attack that marked a major escalation between the longtime foes. At 11 p.m. on Jan. 7, U.S. Lt. Col. Antoinette Chase gave the order for American troops at Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq, to go on lockdown. Military movements froze as her team,…
The US Embassy in Baghdad denounced on Saturday the “deplorable and cowardly” assassination of journalist Ahmed Abdel Samad and cameraman Safaa Ghali in Basra last night. “The ongoing assassinations, kidnappings, harassment, and intimidation of members of the press, social media activists, and pro-reform activists in Iraq by armed groups cannot continue to go unpunished,” the embassy’s statement said. The statement also held the Iraqi government accountable for upholding the right to freedom of expression, protecting journalists, and ensuring that peaceful activists can…
Iraq, January 11, 2020—Paramilitary forces with ties to the Iranian regime murdered an Iraqi journalist and his camera operator for criticizing the destructive role of the Iranian regime in his country. On Friday, Ahmad Abdul Samad, an Iraqi journalist working for Dijla TV in Basra, southern Iraq, posted a video on Facebook, protesting the role of Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF), an Iran-backed Shiite militia coalition, in attacking journalists and reporters who are giving coverage to nationwide protests in Iraq. Abdul Samad…
Hundreds of Iraqis on Saturday mourned two reporters shot dead the previous evening in the country's southern city of Basra, where they had been covering months of anti-government protests.Ahmad Abdessamad, a 37-year-old correspondent for local television station Al-Dijla, and his cameraman Safaa Ghali, 26, were killed late Friday, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) said.Hundreds marched through the streets of Basra carrying symbolic coffins, their pictures, and Iraqi flags.One mourner told AFP: "What happened was an attempt to scare people. But…
Iraq’s caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk about how to “recommit” to their partnership. Thousands of anti-government protesters turned out in the capital and southern Iraq, many calling on both Iran and America to leave Iraq, reflecting their anger and frustration over the two rivals — both allies of Baghdad — trading…
Iranian General Qassem Soleimani arrived at the Damascus airport in a vehicle with dark-tinted glass. Four soldiers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rode with him. They parked near a staircase leading to a Cham Wings Airbus A320, destined for Baghdad.  Neither Soleimani nor the soldiers were registered on the passenger manifesto, according to a Cham Wings airline employee who described the scene of their departure from the Syrian capital to Reuters. Soleimani avoided using his private plane because of rising concerns…
Anti-government protesters in Iraq set fires and closed streets near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike that targeted two military bases in Iraq housing US troops.The Iranian attack was in retaliation for a US drone strike that killed top Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani last week near the Baghdad airport. About 100 protesters took part in the morning’s demonstration near Tahrir, the epicenter of Iraq’s protest movement.The protesters carrying Iraqi flags shouted “Iran out, out!”…
Sean Hannity reacted Tuesday night to Iran launching ballistic missiles at U.S. military forces in Iraq, saying there's a "massive price to pay" for Iran's retaliation. "I have talked to one high ranking source, only one within the Defense Department ... that believes almost if not all of these missiles may have missed their targets," Hannity said. "That wouldn't be an accident." Iran fired as many as 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military and coalition forces. Hannity pointed out that while some…
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday the United States wants to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but the country is ready to finish any war that could be started."We are not looking to start a war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one," he said. "What we'd like to see is the situation de-escalated."The US drone strike on Friday that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani has sharply escalated tensions with Iran, raising fears of all-out conflict.…

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