05 July 2020
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Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Monday warned of a "humanitarian catastrophe" from the coronavirus as the government in Baghdad offered to transfer funds to citizens stranded abroad. Despite taking measures to contain infections, Iraq reported 1,031 cases of Covid-19 and 64 deaths, while the Kurdistan region has recorded 277 and three deaths as of Monday. With a healthcare system depleted by years of conflict and corruption, officials across the country have warned that they are not equipped to deal with…
The World Health Organization refuted on Sunday a Reuters report that authorities were underreporting coronavirus cases in Iraq. Reuters claimed last week that Iraq has thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases, many times more than its official figures. The report sparked outrage in Iraq and Reuters has been banned from operating in the country for three months and was slapped with a fine of 25 million dinars (more than $20,000) WHO representative in Iraq Adham Ismail said Sunday: “Iraq does not…
The assassination of prominent Iraqi activist Anwar Jassem Mhawwas, commonly known as “Umm Abbas”, has reignited tensions in Iraq’s Nasiriyah city, a hotbed of recent anti-government protests. Unknown gunmen shot dead Umm Abbas in front of her residence in central Nasiriyah. Two of her sons were seriously wounded. Fierce clashes had erupted on the eve of the assassination between protesters and security forces, leaving one demonstrator and one security member dead and 18 wounded. The anti-government protests had erupted in…
The Reuters news agency is quoting “three doctors closely involved in the testing process” for coronavirus as saying that the country has far more infections than authorities are admitting. The three, described as working in “pharmaceutical teams helping test suspected COVID-19 cases in Baghdad” and asking to remain anonymous, estimated the true number at anywhere from 3,000 and 9,000. As of Thursday, Iraq’s Health Ministry was reporting 772 confirmed cases and 54 deaths. A ministry spokesman would only call the…
BAGHDAD — Iraq on Friday suspended the work of the Reuters news agency for three months, following a report by the agency the previous day that said the Iraqi government was under-reporting confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. The news agency was also fined 25 million Iraqi dinars, or about $20,800, according to a statement posted on the official Communication and Media Commission website. The suspension comes after Reuters on Thursday published a story citing multiple sources who said the…
Iraq has banned Reuters for three months after the UK-based news agency reported that the number of cases of coronavirus infections in the country is much higher than the government admits. Reuters reported yesterday that there are “thousands” of cases in Iraq and cited doctors, a Ministry of Health official and a senior political official to back its claim. The official figure quoted by the government in Iraq is 772 confirmed cases and 54 deaths from the virus. READ: The Arab states need to be…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases, many times more than the 772 it is has publicly reported, according to three doctors closely involved in the testing process, a health ministry official and a senior political official. The sources all spoke on condition of anonymity. Iraqi authorities have instructed medical staff not to speak to the media. Iraq’s health ministry, the only official outlet for information on the coronavirus, dismissed the sources’ reading of the spread of…
The United States has deployed Patriot air defence systems to an Iraqi military base as a precaution against Iranian-backed militia attacks, US and Iraqi military sources have said.  One of the Patriot batteries was deployed to the Ain al-Asad base last week and was being assembled, according to a US defence official and an Iraqi military source, AFP reported.  The base was targeted by Iran in January, following a US strike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.  The US is planning…
Baghdad, Iraq, 30 March 2020: Iraq today reported over 630 cases with 46 deaths since the start of the COVID19 outbreak in the country on 24 February 2020. This makes Iraq the country with the second highest number of COVID19 related deaths across the Eastern Meditarrinean region after Iran. The World Health Organization (WHO) expects a spike in tallies of infected cases within the coming 10 days due to the increase in lab testing capacity. Three laboratories became operational for COVID-19…
he US Department of Defense has ordered commanders to prepare for a campaign to destroy the Iraqi militia that Washington holds responsible for deadly rocket attacks against US personnel. The Pentagon blamed Kataib Hezbollah for a March 11 rocket attack that killed one British and two US personnel in Iraq. The order was described by officials with knowledge of the internal communications to the New York Times. But the order faced resistance from within, the military's top commander in Iraq, Lt…
Iraqi authorities have closed the entrances to the Sadr City neighbourhood in Baghdad, as the government moves to prevent residents from disobeying a curfew designed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. According to Iraqi website Shafaq News, security services placed concrete blocks at the entrances to the working-class neighbourhood to prevent vehicles from leaving the area. "Under the direction of the commander of Baghdad operations, the security forces closed the entrances and exits of Sadr City," a security source told Shafaq News. He…

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