Iraq

Iraq protests blamed on ‘malicious hands’ as death toll passes 100

Interior ministry spokesman denies claims security forces clashed with demonstrators An Iraqi interior ministry spokesman has said an investigation is underway to determine how protesters were shot dead during six days of unrest that have killed more than 100 people and injured thousands. Twelve anti-government demonstrators were killed on Sunday in ongoing protests in Baghdad. Saad Maan, a spokesman for ...

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Iraq’s Abdul Mahdi orders inquiry into protester deaths

Prime minister forms new commissions to investigate deaths of more than 100 people in recent anti-government protests. Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has established a commission to investigate the deaths of more than 100 people in recent anti-government protests. In a statement on Saturday, Abdul Mahdi said the inquiry panel will investigate and bring to justice soldiers who acted illegally ...

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Iraq protests are a cry for a better life

In Iraq, we call them the Pubg and Snapchat generations. These are youngsters born shortly before or after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. They are generally considered a hopeless generation since they spend most of their time on social media; the only thing they care about is their hairstyles or looks. I remember the sounds of bullets and ...

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Turkish assault in Syria weakens Iraq Kurds, strengthens regional powers

A Turkish border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces will further weaken Iraq’s divided Kurds next door and embolden regional rivals who have one thing in common – they want no Kurdish state. The assault, following an American troop pullback that in effect gave Turkey a U.S. green light, alarmed inhabitants of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region. It ended Syrian Kurdish rule ...

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“Death to America” billboards pop up in Baghdad. It’s a message from Iran.

Billboards with the slogans “Death to America — Death to Israel” have appeared in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in recent days. There are at least five of the large signs in central Baghdad, some less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy, the Iraqi presidential palace and the national government’s headquarters. The signs appear to be part of a ...

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Iraq to identify remains from IS graves in Yazidi area

Iraqi authorities will begin identifying the remains of 141 people exhumed from mass graves in the Yazidi region of Sinjar, the head of Baghdad’s forensic office said Thursday. “The remains will first be examined, and then DNA samples will be taken to compare with samples gathered from families,” Zaid al-Yousef told AFP. The efforts are part of an investigation by ...

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NATO Iraq mission not disrupted by Iran tension: commander

BRUSSELS: The head of the NATO mission in Iraq insisted Thursday that the recent increase in tension between the US and Iran has not hampered the alliance’s work in the country. Washington ordered the evacuation of non-emergency staff from its Baghdad embassy last month due to an alleged growing threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias, while Germany and the Netherlands suspended ...

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5 PKK militants ‘neutralized’ in northern Iraq

At least five PKK militants were neutralized during Turkey’s counter-terrorism operations in northern Iraq, Turkish Defense Ministry said on June 6. Authorities often use the term “neutralized” in statements to imply militants in question surrendered or were killed or captured. At least three PKK militants were neutralized as part of the ongoing Operation Claw in northern Iraq, bringing the total number of terrorists killed since the beginning of the operation ...

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IS fight: US-led coalition says it killed 1,300 civilians in Syria and Iraq

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group says it has unintentionally killed more than 1,300 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014. In a statement, the coalition said it had carried out 34,502 strikes since its air campaign against IS began there nearly five years ago. A UK-based monitoring group says the true toll is much higher, estimating up ...

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After decades, Iran, Iraq ready to dredge the Shatt al-Arab

Hope of restoring a clean water lifeline to Basra province is on the rise again with plans by the Iraqi and Iranian governments to revive the Shatt al-Arab as a source of drinking water and improve its functioning as a trade route. Representatives from Iraq and Iran met May 19 in Khorramshahr, Iran, situated on the waterway, to discuss a clean up of the river on the basis of the Algiers Agreement (1975), establishing joint control and designating the Taluk line, marking ...

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