19 October 2020
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London: A British judge says the jailing of a man who "sold his soul" by joining a major corruption ring will hopefully offer some sense of justice to the Iraqi people whose vast oil fields were exploited after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ziad Akle was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for his "leading role" in the Unaoil corruption scandal first exposed by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in 2016. In his sentencing remarks, Judge Martin Beddoe said the 45-year-old and…

German art curator kidnapped in Iraq Wednesday, 22 July 2020 05:08

Rights activist and art curator Hella Mewis was kidnapped outside her office in Baghdad by unidentified men. The incident is the latest in a series of abductions of anti-government activists. A German national was kidnapped on Monday night by unidentified militants in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, rights activists said. Hella Mewis, who runs an arts program at the Iraqi art collective Tarkib, was abducted outside her office in central Baghdad, said Ali al-Bayati, a member of the semi-official Iraqi High…
Saudi Arabia and Iraq yesterday signed several joint investment agreements covering, energy, sports education and health sectors. Official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) yesterday reported that an Iraqi delegation, led by the country’s Finance Minister Ali Allawi, arrived in Riyadh on Sunday on an official visit, during which he held meetings with his Saudi counterpart, Abdel Aziz Bin Salman. The visit was made as part of the efforts carried out by the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council. The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was reported…
Dozens demonstrated in front of Dhi Qar Oil Company and blocked three of its gates with burning tires. They also demonstrated outside the Diwan of the governorate. Protesters in the Shyoukh market district and other areas in the governorate forced officials to shut public institutions, and called for the removal of the governor. Thousands of contract-employees in the Southwest Networks Directorate demanded authorities pay their overdue salaries. They also called for changing their contracts to improve their monthly wages. The…
DOHUK, Iraq — Iraq's minister of water resources says his country will face severe water shortages if agreements are not forged with neighboring Turkey over Ankara's irrigation and dam projects that have decreased river inflows to Iraq's parched plains. Descending from the mountains of southeast Turkey and coursing through Syria and then Iraq before emptying out in the Persian Gulf, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are Iraq's main water source and essential to for agriculture. But tensions have mounted over…
Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi is expected to meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Baghdad proposed a package of energy-focused development opportunities in Iraq to Saudi Arabia earlier this month BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran back-to-back next week, carefully balancing ties to regional rivals in his first foreign trip as premier, officials said Saturday. On Sunday, Al-Kadhimi will host Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, before traveling with Iraq’s ministers of oil, electricity, planning…
Demonstrators in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square held a symbolic funeral on Tuesday for the recently assassinated Iraqi security analyst, Husham Al Hashimi. Al Hashimi (Member of the Iraq Advisory Council – IAC) was killed in his car in front of his home on Monday and many believe that proxies linked to the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force are responsible. He was taken to hospital with “bullet wounds in several body parts”, according to a medical source who spoke to the media,…
ASHINGTON - Weeks before he was fatally shot in Baghdad, Husham al-Hashimi, a prominent Iraqi writer and leading expert on extremist groups, sought advice from a friend after allegedly receiving a chilling message from Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah (KH). His friends are now questioning whether the Shiite militia is responsible for the killing. His death has been widely mourned in Iraq, prompting many to speculate on the future of the country amid Iran’s network of influence. “I told him to leave…
The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East is expressing confidence that talks with Iraq will keep U.S. military troops in that country. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, visited Baghdad on Tuesday and met with new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi, who has taken steps to take on an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group that has attacked American forces."I believe the government of Iraq recognizes the true value that the coalition brings to the fight against Daesh…
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias.  Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, outside his home in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad, a family member said, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons. The family member heard five shots fired.  Security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations,…
The Iraqi military says a rocket aimed at Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the system was operational late Saturday. A recent…

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