Iraq

MPs launch new attempt to interrogate Tony Blair over Iraq

A cross-party group of MPs will make a fresh effort to hold Tony Blair to account for allegedly misleading parliament and the public over the Iraq war. The move, which could see Blair stripped of membership of the privy council, comes as the former prime minister tries to re-enter the political fray, promising to champion the “politically homeless” who are ...

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Iraq’s parliament passes law legalising Shia militias

Iraqi Sunnis say law was proof of Shia “dictatorship” but Prime Minister Abadi says force will defend “all Iraqis”. The Iraqi parliament has passed a bill recognising the Shia militia fighters, the Popular Mobilisation Forces, as a government entity operating alongside the military. The bill passed on Saturday will see the establishment of the Popular Mobilisation Forces Commission, which critics ...

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Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units launch stage 5 of Mosul offensive

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:05 P.M.) – The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) launched their 5th stage of the Mosul offensive on Friday, targeting the western part of this strategic city located in Iraq’s northwestern countryside. According to the official wing of the Popular Mobilization Units, their forces liberated the villages of Al-Tafahah and Abu Nijaylah after a fierce battle with ...

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ISIS attack’s death toll rises outside Iraq capital

MOSUL, Iraq — The death toll from a car bombing south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, rose to 73 on Friday, including about 40 Iranian pilgrims, as Iraqi forces continued to inch closer to the center of the northern city of Mosul in street-to-street fighting east of the Tigris River. Iraqi police ...

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Arrest warrants for Iraq journalists over Saudi paper false report

(AFP) A Baghdad court has issued arrest warrants for two correspondents with a Saudi newspaper over a fabricated report accusing Iranian pilgrims of sexually harassing Iraqi women. A senior source in Iraq’s judiciary told AFP Wednesday that the warrants, based on the penal code’s article 372 on religious hate crimes, were issued against the Asharq al-Awsat daily’s two Baghdad-based Iraqi ...

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Iraq to Offer New Proposals to Implement OPEC Oil Output Cut

LONDON—Iraq will offer three new proposals at a meeting in Vienna this coming week to discuss implementing an OPEC accord to cut output, Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said late Sunday, in the latest sign the country is inching closer to resolving its differences with the cartel. The options will be consistent with OPEC policy and are designed to bolster ...

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Mosul advances prove power of Iraq government: Iran VP

The Iranian first vice president says the recent achievements made by Iraqi forces during their operation to liberate the key northern city of Mosul from Daesh Takfiri terrorists in parallel with the management of Arba’een mourning rituals in Iraq prove the country’s power. “The command of the big battle in Mosul against terrorists, simultaneous with the Arba’een mass march, which ...

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To Mosul and back: Sunni Arabs seek place in a shifting Iraq leftright 13/13leftright

When Kurdish forces began rounding up his relatives and friends, 23-year-old Iraqi Omar Abdallah fled with his pregnant wife and four brothers to Mosul. At the time, life under Islamic State seemed preferable for the Sunni Arab to indefinite detention. That was shortly after the ultra-hardline Sunni group captured large areas of northern Iraq in the summer in 2014, and ...

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From war to occupation in Iraq

On Monday we reported on Prime Minister Theresa May’s promise to crack down on “activist left wing human rights lawyers” to prevent them “harassing” British soldiers. On Tuesday we told the story of Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, left to drown after being forced into a river by soldiers, one case among hundreds brought to light by investigations into British conduct in ...

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3 soldiers killed in Daesh attack in western Iraq

Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and five others injured in clashes with Daesh militants in western Iraq on Wednesday, according to a local police officer. Captain Ahmed al-Duleimi said Daesh militants staged a brazen attack with car-bombs on a military headquarters in Rutba city, 310 kilometer west of Ramadi. “Three soldiers were killed and five others injured in ensuing clashes ...

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