05 July 2020
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Iraqi demonstrators started on Thursday morning to close several roads and traffic intersections and burn tires in Basra province, south to denounce the mechanism of choosing a candidate to form the next government, local witnesses said. The German news agency, DPA quoted the witnesses as saying that angry demonstrators have started since the early morning hours to cut off the commercial intersection and burnt tires and prevented the passage of vehicles and citizens. According to the sources, the intersection is critical in…
BAGHDAD: Iraqi protesters had been rallying against government incompetence, poor public services and foreign meddling for months before a novel coronavirus outbreak. Then the epidemic arrived and breathed new life to their grievances. "The real virus is Iraqi politicians," said Fatima, an 18-year-old protester and medical student from Baghdad. "We are immune to almost everything else." Across protest squares in the capital and southern hotspots, the anti-government demonstrators mobilised since October have started to take public health into their own hands.…
An Iraqi militia has accused the country's intelligence chief of being involved in the targeted assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani, and warned that his appointment as prime minister would mean "war on the people of Iraq". Following last week's announcement that Prime Minister-designate Tawfik Mohammed Allawi would be unable to form a new government, rumours have swirled over who President Barham Salih would task with the job. Mustafa al-Kazimi - who has been seen in the past as pro-Iran - was first mooted as a possible candidate in December, were the…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi politicians failed on Thursday to agree on a new government, prolonging deadlock that has failed to resolve unprecedented mass unrest and has stalled the country’s recovery from years of war. Parliament adjourned a session to approve a cabinet proposed by Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi because of a lack of quorum, state TV reported, after lawmakers who opposed his nominees boycotted the session. Political infighting and alleged widespread corruption have crippled Iraq’s efforts to recover from two…
The United States has declared the leader of the Iran-backed Kataib Hizbullah (KH) militant group in Iraq a terrorist following a number of recent rocket attacks on bases hosting U.S. and other foreign troops in Iraq. A State Department official on February 26 said the United States had listed Ahmad al-Hamidawi, head of the armed faction of the group, as a "specially designated global terrorist." The action will freeze U.S. assets that he might hold and make any transactions with him a…
The Trump administration on Wednesday blacklisted a militia leader in Iraq, saying his group was responsible for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor in December and turned its snipers on civilian protesters last year. The State and Treasury departments said they had designated Ahmad al-Hamidawi, the secretary general of Kataib Hezbollah, as a “specially designated global terrorist.” Americans are prohibited from doing business with him. Kataib Hezbollah, also known as the Hezbollah Brigades, is a Shiite militia whose…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Hannaa Jassem bends over a patient in a makeshift clinic on the edge of Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, one of a handful of women in an overwhelmingly male world of demonstrations and political confrontation. The 24-year-old works as a nurse in a hospital in Iraq’s capital during the week, and volunteers at its main protest site at weekends. As teargas spreads outside, Jassem stitches up wounds in an open-fronted shack supported by metal poles with walls covered in…
BAGHDAD -- One protester was shot dead and at least six wounded in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and security forces in central Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi officials said. Separately, Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi received a call from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who congratulated him on his nomination and emphasized joint coordination between Iraq and the U.S. as relations between the two countries soured after a Washington-directed attack Jan. 3 near Baghdad airport killed top Iranian general Qassem Solimani.  One protester…

Iraq: PMF Names Muhandis’ Successor Monday, 24 February 2020 19:13

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) named Abdulaziz al-Mohammedawi as its new deputy commander following the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis alongside the head of Iran’s al-Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone strike in Baghdad in January. PMF official Abu Ali al-Basri announced on Friday the appointment of Mohammedawi, aka 'Abu Fadak' and 'the Uncle', who was a top commander of Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades. He worked with Soleimani while he was organizationally linked with al-Badr Organization in…
Thousands of Iraqi Kurds Saturday rallied against poor public services and "corruption" among the ruling elite in their autonomous region, an AFP correspondent said. The rallies led by the New Generation movement, an opposition party, came amid ongoing protests since October in Baghdad and Iraq's south demanding an overhaul of the federal government. "Public services quickly," read another. The autonomous Kurdish region, which initially saw an economic boom when the rest of the country descended into violence after the 2003…
CAIRO (Reuters) - Iraq banned border crossings by Iranian nationals for three days from Thursday amid fears of the coronavirus, Iraq’s state news agency said on Thursday. The decision came after Iraqi Airways suspended flights to Iran. Two Iranians who tested positive on Wednesday for the disease have died, while three tested positive on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Iran to five, the Iranian health ministry said. Source: Reuters

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