22 October 2021
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Iraq crosses a democratic threshold Friday, 04 June 2021 10:20

Young people in Iraq, whose protests in 2019 brought a democratic reformer to power, are holding their breath. On May 26, for the first time the Iraqi government arrested a senior commander of a pro-Iran militia and – here is the breath-holding part – he has not been released more than a week later. In addition, an attempt by the commander’s militia to besiege the capital and pressure his release was repelled by elite Iraqi forces. While the arrest of…

Iraq is being held hostage Monday, 31 May 2021 13:32

Tallha Abdulrazaq is a researcher at the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute. Once more, Baghdad is under siege. This time, rather than ISIS being at the gates, as they were in 2014, it is those who played the role of foot soldiers in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State that are threatening the very existence of the Iraqi state. This week, less than five months before the nation is due to elect its new leaders, Shiite militias…
The arrest of an Iranian-backed paramilitary leader in the killing of government protesters enraged powerful militias in Iraq and posed a test of the prime minister’s pledge to rein them in. BAGHDAD — Iraq’s leader has been under intense pressure to rein in the dozens of paramilitary groups that are nominally under the command of the Iraqi government but have proved seemingly impossible for him to control. That was made abundantly clear this week, when Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered…
When protests erupted in Baghdad and other parts of central and southern Iraq in October 2019, tens of thousands of mostly young people took to the streets demanding improved government services and more action to curb widespread corruption. The protests quickly evolved into calls for accountability as security forces repeatedly employed excessive force against them, killing hundreds of the largely peaceful demonstrators. Although the protests have since diminished, those killings have not, as various armed groups continue to target critics of the government, including journalists…
BAGHDAD — The killings take place in public and are captured on surveillance footage. Those videos are then watched by millions. But even if the gunmen are identified, no one is prosecuted, and the cycle starts again. Across Baghdad and southern Iraq, a rising tide of attacks on activists and journalists is alarming what remains of a protest movement that has demanded the ouster of Iraq’s U.S.-molded political system and the usually Iran-linked armed groups that prop it up. Mass…
On Sunday Iraqi protesters stormed the Iranian regime’s Consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala. This incident happened after the Iranian regime’s proxy groups assassinated a prominent activist, Jawad al-Wazni.   This development again showed how Iran’s terrorism and malign activities had destroyed the lives of Iranians and all the people in the region. It also underlines the fact that the mullahs’ regime is a threat to global peace and security.   Protests swept Iraq in October 2019, with people targeting the Iranian regime’s destructive…
The Islamic Revolution of 1979 overthrew the Iranian monarchy and installed a clerical regime that upended centuries of Shia clerical tradition concerning politics. Traditionally, the Shia clergy had abstained from exercising formal political or executive power in state institutions. The Guardianship of the Jurist, the foundational principle of clerical rule in Iran, rejected the prevailing apolitical inclinations of the Shia clerical establishment, instead arguing that only high-ranking clerics are qualified to exercise political authority as leaders of an Islamic state.…
The Iraqi government's deadline for an investigation into the Ibn Al Khatib hospital fire, which killed 83 people, passed on April 30 without any official announcement. The hospital was gutted by a ferocious inferno five days earlier, thought to have been caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder. The disaster stunned a nation accustomed to tragedy – witnesses said many of the victims were burnt alive. A day after the fire, Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi suspended the health minister, Hassan…
Iran’s destructive actions in the Middle East are a major concern for the countries in that region and for the rest of the international community. Since the start of the mullahs’ rule in 1979, one of the regime’s main destructive activities has been its meddling in the Middle East. Terror acts, kidnapping, the foundation of extreme proxy groups and their support, misusing Islam in the favor of its satanic ideology, suicide attacks and many other acts are only in the favor…
At least 82 people are dead after a horrific fire swept through the Covid intensive care unit of one of Iraq's main hospitals over the weekend. The Iraqi prime minister has suspended the nation's health minister over the incident. It's been reported the blaze began when an accident caused an oxygen tank to explode at Ibn al-Khatib Hospital in Baghdad. According to media reports, the hospital "had no fire protection system and false ceilings allowed the flames to spread to highly flammable products". The tragedy,…

Winds of change are blowing in Baghdad Tuesday, 20 April 2021 17:06

April 20 (UPI) -- For years, Iraq's future has been determined by its theocratic neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian regime's vicious meddling in Iraq has caused growing resentment and resistance from the Iraqi people. There are now signs that the mullahs' vice-like grip may be beginning to waver. But Iraq is not the only problem facing Tehran. As the Biden administration sends yet another delegation to Vienna to continue negotiations on reviving the defunct Joint Comprehensive Plan of…

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