24 October 2020
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged on Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue to support Iraq as it confronts the threat posed by the Islamic State group, but he also called for the Baghdad government to redouble efforts to rein in pro-Iran militias. Pompeo said the United States was committed to helping Iraq regain and maintain security, despite President Donald Trump’s oft-stated desire to reduce and then eliminate the American troop presence there. Pompeo spoke after talks with senior Iraqi officials and a day before a White House meeting between…
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister said Monday ahead of a much anticipated trip to Washington that his country still needs U.S. assistance to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State group and that his administration is committed to introducing security sector reforms as rogue militia groups stage near-daily attacks against the seat of his government. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that Iraq currently does not need direct military support on the ground,…
The prosecution and assassination of civilian activists and people who seek freedom of expression continues in the Iraqi provinces, where we are witnessing a continuous popular movement. Iraqi residents of Basra province buried the body of the activist and leader, Osama Tahsin al-Khafaji during a popular demonstration. He was assassinated by armed militants. The mourners chanted slogans and called on the government and security agencies to expose al-Khafaji's killers whilst continuing their fight for reform against rampant corruption within the…
US President Donald Trump will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi in Washington this month, the White House said on Friday, highlighting a turnaround in relations since the Iraq's US-friendly leader took office. Tensions between the two states increased in January after the US killed Iranian general Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, prompting Iraqi politicians to demand the expulsion of the 5,200 US troops in the country. The hostility has calmed substantially since Mr Al…
BASRA, Iraq: An explosion near the Jraischan border crossing between Iraq and Kuwaiti on Monday evening targeted a convoy carrying equipment for US forces, three Iraqi security forces told Reuters. It was not immediately clear if there were any US troops in the convoy or if anyone had been injured in the explosion, which went off just before 9 p.m. Baghdad time (1800 GMT). The Iraqi military denied the incident took place. Vehicles are regularly loaded with military equipment at…
Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi ordered disciplinary action against the chief of a security force whose members were caught taunting a teenager whose chest was covered in bruises in an online video. The video showed three members of the Interior Ministry’s Law Preservation Forces, which was set up to handle protests, standing around a boy in his underwear on a chair. They cursed his mother and threatened the teenager with sexual assault as one of them cut the boy's…
Iraq is to hold parliamentary elections in June 2021, the country's premiere announced on Friday. In an attempt to fulfil a key pledge made to anti-government protesters, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said he would attempt to ensure the fairness of the announced polls. "Everything will be done to protect and ensure the success of these polls," Kadhimi said in a televised speech. Kadhimi became prime minister in May after several failed attempts to form a government. He had been nominated…
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Popular demonstrations have returned to the Iraqi capital and several southern cities in recent days, during which dozens of participants were either killed or wounded in clashes with security forces in yet another challenge to the four-month-old government of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, whose predecessor resigned as a result of the protest movement that began in October. Iraqis again took to the streets to demand, among other things, an improved standard of living and improved public…
BAGHDAD: An Iraqi protester died on Tuesday after being shot with a tear gas canister in overnight skirmishes with police in the capital, medical and security sources said. The clashes came just hours after Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi instructed security forces not to “fire a single bullet” at demonstrators, following the deaths of two other protesters Monday morning in Baghdad. But by Monday evening, the confrontations in the capital’s main anti-government protest camp of Tahrir Square had started anew. “He was…
Two protesters dead in Baghdad after being shot with tear gas canisters in violent confrontations with Iraqi security forces over power outages. BAGHDAD - Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early on Monday after being shot with tear gas canisters in confrontations with security forces, medics said, the first victims of protest-related violence under Iraq's new premier. The deaths threaten to reignite a country-wide protest movement that erupted in October over government graft and incompetence but had died down in recent months.…
Iraq said on Tuesday that anti-government protests in Baghdad have been beleaguered by "criminal groups" who seek to cause havoc in the country after three demonstrators were killed. The Interior Ministry said in a report that "security services have monitored dangerous criminal groups seeking to create chaos" during the demonstrations. "Their mission is to trigger security forces to attack demonstrators by starting conflict with them," said the report. The ministry urged protesters to “cooperate” with security forces to identify the…

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