13 December 2018
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Dr Intidhar Ahmed Jassim withdrew from the race after the video - which she says is a fake - was released online. Other women candidates have also reportedly faced online harassment. The UN statement said the targeting of women not only "brings anguish" to the candidates, but "is a threat to the integrity of the electoral process". In Iraq, one quarter of the seats in parliament must be occupied by women. But women running for office in the May polls are…
A new report adds to warnings that Iraq's government is creating a pariah class out of some of most vulnerable people in the country's society BAGHDAD — In December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared “complete” victory over ISIL militants after Iraqi forces backed by American advisers and air power clawed back major cities occupied by the extremists for years. Abadi’s proclamation ushered in a period of euphoria over the end of major combat, with many Iraqis embracing a message…
Women and children believed to have links to the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group suffer “harrowing” sexual exploitation and discrimination in Iraq’s refugee camps, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. More than 2 million were displaced from their homes after “IS” militants swept through Iraq in 2014. What did Amnesty find? Women were being coerced and pressured into entering sexual relationships in exchange for cash, humanitarian aid and protection from other men. The women also faced the risk of rape, with…
Iraq will not solve the crises it faces unless it maintains an inclusive political process, overcomes sectarian divisions and rids itself of foreign interference, the Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi told The National during a visit to Dubai. On the 12th of May Iraqis will cast their votes in the first parliamentary elections since the country's victory over ISIL. However, the state is still being hindered by issues that are debilitating its democratic process and political independence. Mr Allawi explained that foreign intrusions in Iraq are…
Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi launched an electoral campaign focusing on countering corruption, dubbing it “the call of the homeland.”“Some of those who assumed responsibility after 2003 did not carry the project of building a state,” Allawi said in a televised speech on Sunday evening.Allawi, one of the three Vice-Presidents of the Republic, added that “some took advantage of their influence and international relations to overrun real voices of the people expressed in the 2010 elections.”He pointed out that “abhorrent…
Iraq’s crude oil reserves may turn out to be much higher than believed, the country’s oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi said at a recent industry event, timing the statement with news that it will pay foreign companies less in new contracts. Last year, Iraq updated the estimate for its proven reserves to 153 billion barrels from 143 billion barrels, but if Luaibi is right, the figure could actually be double the 2017 estimate. If the higher estimate proves true, it would make Iraq…
Iraq has sentenced 3,130 prisoners to death for alleged links to ISIS and other militant organizations since 2013, as the nation’s criminal justice system struggles to deal with thousands of prisoners from its four-year fight against extremist groups. Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of terror-related offenses, according to an Associated Press analysis of a 27,849-person spreadsheet of all those imprisoned in Iraq as of late January. The spreadsheet was provided by an Iraqi official on the condition…
In 2014, 40 Indian construction workers went missing outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The city had fallen to the Islamic State militant group just days before. Relatives said they received panicked calls from some of the workers, begging for help. Then, for years, nothing. The Indian government urged relatives not to lose hope. But this week, Indian officials confirmed that the bodies of 39 of those workers were found in a mass grave near Mosul. Thirty-eight of them have been…
A protest was held in front of the Iranian consulate in Karbala on Wednesday following the arrest of a prominent Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Sayyid al-Shirazi, by order of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. The dozens of protesters, including some Shiite clerics, chanted the slogan ‘death to the Vilayat-e-Faqih (the guardianship of the Islamic Jurist)’ and called for Shirazi’s immediate release while holding Iraq responsible for allowing Iran to arrest the Iraqi cleric. According to Farsi media outlets, excessive violence was…

Iran Admits 2,100 Deaths in Syria, Iraq Wednesday, 07 March 2018 22:44

An official Iranian statistics affirmed, for the first time, that 2,100 soldiers from the Iranian forces were killed in Syria and Iraq during seven years of Iranian military intervention.Iran didn’t publish earlier any official statistics about the material and human costs of its forces' intervention, but it announced on Tuesday that 2,100 trees were planted equal to the number of those killed in battles in Syria and Iraq.This took place within events held on the occasion of Iran's National Tree…
(Beirut) – Kurdistan Regional Government security forces detained participants in December 2017 protests around Sulaymaniyah and forced them to sign statements promising not to criticize the government, Human Rights Watch said today. The detained protesters were held for up to eight days without being taken before a judge and were forced, before being released, to sign commitments not to protest or be critical of the government on social media. The KRG’s Asayish forces also detained three journalists who were covering protests, apparently…

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