Iraq

Iraq’s president calls on neighbours, allies for Iran’s stability

Iraq’s president Barham Salih has called upon neighbouring countries and allies to support Iran’s stability. Iraq has also refused to sign the final joint statement issued by the Arab League following its meeting in Saudi Arabia, which is also hosting talks with the leaders of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Earlier, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al ...

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Iran Closes Border Crossing With Iraq Citing ‘Backlog’ Of Export Goods

The Iranian Customs Administration closed Soumar border crossing in Western Iran on Tuesday May 21, bringing export of Iranian goods to Iraq to a halt, Mehr news agency reported. A statement issued by the Iranian Customs Administration orders transportation companies “To stop sending export goods to the Soumar border until further notice.” The Iranian Customs Administration has issued the statement ...

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French NGO EliseCare plagued by Iraq rape allegations

EliseCare is a French NGO that was set up to help religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, who were abused by the Islamic State group. Today, several former employees are accusing Elise Boghossian, the founder of this NGO, of covering up cases of rape and sexual assault allegedly at the hands of the humanitarian organisation’s head of mission in Iraq. ...

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Iraq to seek compensation from Israel for ’81 airstrike

Iraq’s parliament is considering legislation that would, if approved, call on the Iraqi government to formally demand compensation from Israel for a 1981 airstrike that destroyed the country’s French-built Osirak nuclear reactor. Submitted to the assembly’s presidency on Wednesday, the draft legislation seeks compensation from Israel for casualties and material damage incurred by the strike. Along with destroying the reactor, ...

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Iraq: Beyond Oil And ISIS

As Iraq continues its lengthy recovery from a ruinous four-year showdown between the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and an American-led coalition, Iraqi officials are determining which aspect of their country’s reconstruction to prioritize. Among the most pressing challenges remains confronting the twin phenomena of climate change and environmental degradation, problems that weighed on Iraq well before the rise of IS. Though overcoming environmental issues ...

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Iraq sending teams to Tehran, Washington seeking to calm tensions

BAGHDAD — Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help “halt tension” amid fears of a confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday. His comments came two days after a rocket fired in Baghdad landed close to the U.S. Embassy. No one has claimed responsibility Sunday’s attack on the heavily fortified Green ...

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America Should Tread Carefully to Avoid Pushing Iraq Further Into Iran’s Orbit

Iraq remains economically dependent on Iran which complicates Washington’s hopes of forcing the country to adopt an actively anti-Iranian policy AמשThe Katyusha rocket that exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a fortified area home to Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies, instantly turned Iraq into a new focal point of the collision course that Iran and the ...

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Blackwater Founder Erik Prince’s New Company Is Operating In Iraq

Frontier Services Group has not publicly stated it is working in Iraq, but documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show it was registered there last year. HONG KONG — A Hong Kong–based security and logistics company founded by Erik Prince is working in the south of Iraq, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. Prince, a former Navy SEAL and the ...

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Joe Biden and the Iraq War: It’s Complicated

As Joe Biden joins the far-too-wide 2020 Democratic field, various media outlets have published stories noting that his 2002 vote in the Senate for a resolution that granted President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq could come to haunt his campaign. After all, during the 2008 Democratic primary, Barack Obama effectively cited Hillary Clinton’s vote for that measure, ...

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Iraq: Yazidis to accept children of IS rape into community

IRBIL, Iraq: The children of Yazidi women raped by Islamic State men will be welcomed into the minority faith, a community leader said Thursday, allowing women taken as slaves by the militant group to return to Iraq from Syria. Eido Baba Sheikh, son of the Yazidi spiritual leader Baba Sheikh, said the children of the formerly enslaved women will be ...

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