23 August 2017
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Investigate Government Command Responsibility; ISIS Stops Civilians From Fleeing (Beirut) – The announced investigation into allegations of abuse of civilians around Fallujah by Iraqi government forces is a test for the government’s ability to hold abusive forces accountable. Judicial officials should conduct this investigation transparently and impartially, assess co mmand responsibility, and ensure protection for victims and witnesses. Ahead of the offensive in Fallujah against forces of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that…
Iraq: Authorities must rein in Fallujah forces amid allegations of torture and deaths in custody Iraqi authorities must rein in all forces participating in the recapture of Fallujah said Amnesty International today, amid reports that men and boys fleeing the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) have been tortured and otherwise ill-treated by government-backed militias and at least three have died as a result. Amnesty has spoken to victims who described the torture and other ill-treatment meted out to…
Tens of thousands of supporters of the influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have gathered in the Iraqi capital, calling for economic and political reforms to end corruption. Sadr, a powerful cleric who opposes the main Shia bloc that controls the government, previously led sit-in protests in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone to demand Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi form a cabinet made up of technocrats.  Sadr had given Abadi his backing on the condition that he would involve Sunnis in the government, stop…
Iraqi authorities have shut down Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office, accusing the Qatar-based TV network of inciting "violence and sectarianism." Iraq's Communications and Media Commission sent the network a letter informing it of its March 24 decision to revoke the bureau's license and close its office for one year. The pan-Arab network denied on April 28 that it had violated regulations or deviated from professional and objective coverage. It said Iraq's decision contradicts the government's "commitment to guarantee freedom of expression." "We…
Reuters, 04/04 19:27 CET By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Singapore man accused of illegally exporting U.S. parts found in explosives in Iraq, through Iran, has been extradited to the United States to face charges on Monday, the Justice Department said. Lim Yong Nam, 42, was indicted in 2010 for sending radio frequency modules from Minnesota to Iran between 2007 and 2008, violating a U.S. trade embargo. The parts were later found in unexploded improvised explosive devices (IED) in…
BAGHDAD -- The top U.S. general in Iraq warned Thursday of the potential collapse of Mosul Dam in the country's north, saying such an event could prove "catastrophic." The U.S.-led coalition is still determining the likelihood the hydroelectric dam could collapse but has developed a contingency plan alongside the Iraqi government, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland. Built in the early 1980s, the dam is made largely of earth and situated on soft mineral foundations, which are easily dissolved…
Iraq's parliament suspended its meeting on Tuesday amid protests by Sunni Muslim MPs over violence that targeted their community in eastern Iraq and left dozens killed in apparent retaliation for anti-Shi'ite bombings claimed by Islamic State. Sunni lawmakers urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to disband and disarm the Shi'ite militias which they accuse of being behind the latest attacks in and around the town of Muqdadiya, 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Raad al-Dahlaki and Nahida al-Daini, two Sunni…
In Iraq, the United States is pounding the Islamic State with air strikes but losing the airwaves. Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed said Thursday that 80 percent of the news media in Iraq is directly or indirectly controlled by Iranian or Shia Muslim entities. That means the U.S. is getting little credit helping the Iraqi government become more stable and defeat IS militants, he said. "The popular media is significantly influenced by Shia and Iranian opinion," Reed, the top Democrat…
Rise of the militias     By Ned ParkerFiled Dec. 14, 2015, noon GMT Two unpublished investigations show that the United States has consistently overlooked killings and torture by Iraqi government-sponsored Shi'ite militias. ERBIL, Iraq – It was one of the most shocking events in one of the most brutal periods in Iraq’s history. In late 2005, two years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, U.S. soldiers raided a police building in Baghdad and found 168 prisoners in horrific conditions.…

Rocket Attack on Camp Hurriya in Iraq Thursday, 05 November 2015 19:44

Press Statement John KerrySecretary of State Washington, DC October 29, 2015   The United States strongly condemns today’s brutal, senseless terrorist attack on Camp Hurriya that killed and injured camp residents. Our condolences go out to the families of the victims, and we hope for the swift recovery of those injured. We have been in touch with senior Iraqi officials to ensure that the Government of Iraq renders all possible medical and emergency assistance to the victims. We also urge…
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to raise concerns about the residents of Camp Liberty, whose lives are increasingly at risk as the security situation in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad, continues to deteriorate. “I am writing you to follow-up on the response I received in August to my previous letter concerning the ongoing refugee resettlement process and to discuss my continuing concerns about the residents of Camp Liberty,” writes Senator…

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Iraq: We must stop meddling by Iran and its criminal militias

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