20 April 2019
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AFP - President Francois Hollande said Wednesday France was ready “to step up actions” against Islamic State militants in Iraq, as the United States said international airstrikes were finally stopping the jihadists’ advance.“We will continue to provide military support to Iraq, which is the victim of a large-scale terrorist attack,” Hollande said in a joint statement with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.France was quick to join the military action of the US-led coalition but Paris has so far refused to…

Global human rights getting better and worse Wednesday, 03 December 2014 21:44

Al Jazeera - The 2015 Human Rights Risk Atlas (HRRA) reveals a divided world. More nations are now safer - while more are at "extreme" risk of violations.Drawing on a combination of expert research and annual human rights reports, the HRRA is a mapping tool which assigns a rank from one to 198 (one being the lowest ranking) according to the overall risk a country's citizens face to their human rights.Maplecroft, who specialises in GIS mapping and qualitative research, evaluates…

Iraq's phantom army Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:40

Deutsche Welle - A corruption scandal has rocked the Iraqi army after it was found to have been paying wages to tens of thousands of non-existent soldiers. This also explains its defeats at the hands of the “Islamic State.”The Iraqi army did not cut a good figure in June 2014. In the battle for the city of Mosul, 60,000 soldiers surrendered to around 1,200 fighters of the terrorist group “Islamic State” with no significant resistance. The militiamen simply stormed in…

US, Iraq train Sunni fighters to defeat IS Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:37

Middle East Online, BRUSSELS - US forces and their Iraqi counterparts have trained about 2,000 Sunni fighters in Iraq as part of efforts to defeat the Islamic State extremist group, a senior US official said Tuesday.Iraq's Shiite-led government, trying to reverse the marginalisation of Sunnis, is seeking to form a "bridging entity" where Sunnis tribesmen defend their provinces before they are brought into an Iraqi national force, the State Department official told reporters on condition of anonymity.The official disclosed the…
AFP, Baghdad - Iraq’s government and the autonomous Kurdish region have reached an agreement resolving a longstanding dispute over the budget and oil, in a move seen as a key step in improving cooperation against jihadists.A statement from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office Tuesday said the deal was approved during a cabinet meeting also attended by Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.According to the deal, which is due to come into effect at the start of 2015, 250,000 barrels per…
Baghdad (AIN) –The President of Iraq, Fuad Masoum, assured his support for the efforts exerted by the Parliamentary Integrity Committee for confronting corruption.Presidency of the Iraqi Republic mentioned in a statement received by AIN "President Masoum received in Salam Palace in Baghdad the head and members of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee on Sunday," noting that "President Masoum highlighted the important role of this committee," describing its tasks as "Patriotic and noble to preserve the Iraqi funds and spend it on…

Casualty Figures for November 2014 Monday, 01 December 2014 16:32

UNAMI, Baghdad, 1 December 2014 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,232 Iraqis were killed and another 2,434 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in November 2014.The number of civilians killed was 936 (including 61 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,826 (including 71 civilian police). A further 296 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside Iraqi Army / not including…
Middle East Online, BAGHDAD - When Islamic State group fighters swept into northern Iraq's second city Mosul in a lightning June offensive, their propaganda trumpeted a better life for the people under jihadist rule.Now, nearly six months later, residents there are suffering from a lack of clean water and also a shortage of medicine to treat illnesses caused by it.The very name "Islamic State" is a clear pointer that the group seeks to rule as well as to conquer: IS has…
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Sunday an investigation had found a list of “ghost soldiers” in the Iraqi military and vowed to widen a crackdown on graft in the country.“In terms of reforms in the military establishment, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi uncovered the presence of 50,000 fictitious named in four military units,” a statement from Abadi’s office said.Abadi also denied “the presence of foreign forces on [Iraqi] territory except for military training purposes.”A parliament statement said Abadi scrapped the 50,000…

Iraq's economy in tatters amid ISIL war Sunday, 30 November 2014 22:38

Al Jazeera, Baghdad - Iraq's financial sector is facing a recession because of the war between the country's security forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose fighters have seized one-third of Iraq's territory and displaced up to two million Iraqis.Experts say the massive deterioration in the country's overall security situation and ongoing instability in Baghdad have particularly impacted the country's financial sector. The sector is comprised of 55 banks, of which 32 are private-sector enterprises,…
Al - Monitor - A video of Iraqi peasant Umm Imad from the city of Ramadi, 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Baghdad, has been circulating online among Iraqis. The video reveals the inability of the elderly woman to understand school lessons. Although the video reflects the difficulties that those who have missed their chance of education face when returning to school at a later age, it also shows the willingness of some to learn how to read and write, at a…

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