Iraq

Baghdad airport reopens as Iraq coronavirus cases top 100,000

BAGHDAD: Baghdad International Airport reopened for scheduled commercial flights on Thursday after months of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Iraq especially hard in recent weeks. The country has recorded 102,226 coronavirus infections and 4,122 deaths, and regularly reports more than 2,000 new cases each day. Thursday’s tally was 2,361, according to health ministry figures. Iraq suspended all flights ...

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Lebanon, Iraq discuss exchanging oil for food

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar discussed on Friday exchanging Iraq’s oil with Lebanon’s food and other industries, news agencies reported. According to Anadolu Agency, the discussions took place during Jabbar’s visit to Beirut and his meeting with Diab and other Lebanese ministers. In a press conference held after the meeting, Diab announced: “We discussed the ...

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Counter-Terrorism forces take greater role in Iraq

Since Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn in on May 7, the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) have taken part in several high-profile operations and seem ever more in the foreground of the country’s security efforts. Their June 26 arrests of over a dozen Kataib Hezbollah (KH) fighters in a Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) headquarters in southern Baghdad sparked concern that ...

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Turkey says it killed three PKK members in northern Iraq

Turkey attacked positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and three PKK members were killed. Weapons including rocket launchers, hand grenades, and assault rifles were destroyed, the Turkish defence ministry said on Saturday. Late on Friday, two fighter jets detected and destroyed “terror targets” with ties to the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in ...

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In Iraq’s fields of black gold, thousands lose livelihoods

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) — Mohammed Haider, a security worker in Iraq’s southern oilfields, thought he was safe after signing a new one-year contract to guard oil facilities. Three days later, he was out of a job. “I got laid off. They threw us out on the pavement,” the 38-year-old said, speaking as he protested outside the Basra Oil Company headquarters, ...

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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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