19 August 2019
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BAGHDAD - Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub was a secular civil society activist who used his bike to get around Karbala’s infamous traffic and road closures. He was also an outspoken critic of foreign interference in Iraq and political meddling by powerful Iran-backed militias. On Saturday, Mashzoub was gunned down in the Shiite holy city by unknown assailants who silenced him with 13 bullets as he rode his bicycle home for the last time.  Mashzoub’s killing was the latest in a spate…
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq is the 13th among the world’s most corrupt countries, a report has found as the country struggles to recover on both the security, political and economic levels after a strenuous war against  Islamic State terrorism. The corruption index released by Transparency International, today, ranked Iraq 168th, a position shared with Venezuela, among 180 countries covered by the report. It is the Arab World’s 6th most corrupt country, according to the report. Denmark is the world’s least corrupt,…
HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq - At a camp for displaced Iraqis just south of Mosul, Intisar sits on a thin, well-worn mat inside the mostly bare tent she now calls home. Life has been difficult since she arrived to Hamam al-Alil just over a year ago with five children in tow. “The other kids yell at mine, ‘dwaesh, dwaesh’. It really bothers me,” Intisar told Middle East Eye, referring to a commonly used term for members of the Islamic State group (IS). But…
BAGHDAD (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Wednesday to reassure U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria that they will be safe after American troops withdraw from the country. Amid confusion over plans to implement President Donald Trump’s pullout order and threats from Turkey to attack the Kurds, Pompeo made an unannounced stop in Iraq while on a weeklong trip to the Middle East aimed at assuaging the fears of Washington’s Arab partners that the U.S. is abandoning the region…
Baghdad -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced stop in Iraq on Wednesday amid confusion over changing messages from the Trump administration about a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. Pompeo met senior Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Adil Adb al-Mahdi and President Barham Salih, whom he reassured that the United States was committed to not only defeating ISIS in the region, but making sure the terror group cannot rebuild itself after the fighting stops. During a meeting with the speaker…
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Iraq’s Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Wednesday, state television reported. Meanwhile AFP reported that Pompeo’s visit to Baghdad was unannounced. Pompeo’s talks, on the second leg of a key Middle East tour, come less than two weeks after President Donald Trump drew criticism for failing to meet a single Iraqi official during a surprise Christmas visit to US troops. The US top diplomat was in the Middle East to…
A fire at a women's shelter in Baghdad killed several lodgers on Friday, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy. Baghdad Police Lt. Col. Mohammed Jihad, briefing reporters outside the shelter, called it a "group suicide" caused by women rioting in the shelter. He said several women were suffering from a "deteriorating mental state" and rioted, resulting in the fire that killed six women. But another officer at the Rusafa police district, where the shelter is located,…
RBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq’s Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, affirmed on Monday that widespread corruption in the country must be brought to an end as it “distorts the image of the state” and its reputation, both locally and on the world stage. Iraq has one of the world’s largest oil reserves, and it is the second-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The country, however, continues to rank high on Transparency International’s list for corruption,…
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces used live bullets and teargas on Friday to disperse protesters who were trying to storm a local government building in the southern city of Basra. It was the second week in a row that riot police used force to quell the demonstrators. About 250 people gathered outside the temporary headquarters of the provincial council throughout the afternoon to protest against corruption and demand jobs and better public services. Protesters threw rocks and empty…
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Security forces used live bullets and teargas on Friday to disperse protesters gathered in Iraq’s southern city of Basra, but no injuries were reported. Around 250 people had surrounded a building used as temporary headquarters for the provincial council to protest against corruption and demand jobs and better public services.  Protesters threw rocks at riot police vehicles. Iraq’s second city has been rocked by demonstrations in which government offices, including the main provincial council building, have…
Many families in the region have been left with next to nothing after being on the move for years due to conflict and resulting economic hardship. It is “impossible” for them afford fuel for heating and winter clothes to keep their children warm, the UN agency warned. Flash floods last month worsened the situation, said Peter Hawkins, the head of UNICEF operations in Iraq. “The devastating floods have made this winter even more difficult for displaced children who are extremely vulnerable…

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