26 February 2020
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Washington (CNN) The US announced sanctions Friday on the Iraqi leaders of three Iran-backed militias for killing dozens of innocent civilians who were protesting economic conditions and foreign interference in their country. The State Department's senior official on Middle East affairs condemned Iran's interference in Iraqi affairs as he announced the sanctions. Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker also decried what he described as Tehran's increasing aggression in response to the Trump administration's maximum pressure campaign. "Iraqis have played a step and bloody…
BAGHDAD, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference in an apparent nod to Iranian dominance in the country a week after incumbent Adel Abdul Mahdi said he would resign. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments followed reports that a senior Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani had been in Baghdad this week to rally support for a new government that would continue to serve Shi'ite Iran's interests.…
WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on four Iraqis over human rights abuses or corruption, according to the Treasury Department’s website, after Washington criticized the killing of people demonstrating against the Baghdad government. The sanctions target Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq Iran-backed militia, and his brother Laith al-Khazali, another leader of the group. They also target Hussein Falih al-Lami, security chief for the Popular Mobilization Forces, Iraq’s state umbrella group…
WASHINGTON — Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials. The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its military presence in the Middle East to counter emerging threats to American interests, including attacks on oil tankers and facilities that intelligence officials have blamed on Iran. Since…
Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights said the death toll of anti-establishment protests over the past two months has increased to 460 dead and more than 17,000 wounded. Iraqi media quoted Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Commission, as saying “at least 460 demonstrators were killed during the months of October and November across central and southern provinces, including the capital Baghdad”. Al-Bayati said more than 17,400 protesters had been injured; 3,000 of them will suffer from permanent disabilities…
Anti-government protesters in the holy city of Najaf burned tires and hurled them toward the main gate of the Iranian consulate The incident came after hours of tense standoff with security forces earlier Tuesday when protesters surrounded a key shrine in Najaf BAGHDAD: Anti-government protesters burned an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq for a third time on Tuesday, as the country’s political leaders continued talks over selecting a new prime minister following weeks of widespread unrest. Five rockets landed inside…

New Protester Deaths Despite Order Not to Fire Wednesday, 04 December 2019 22:19

(Beirut) – Security forces across Iraq are using lethal force against protesters despite orders to stop, Human Rights Watch said today. The orders to stop using live ammunition were issued by Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, who resigned as prime minister on November 29, 2019, but remains in office in a caretaker status. The authorities should take urgent measures to stop security forces from using excessive force against protesters. On December 1, Iraq’s parliament accepted Abd Al-Mahdi’s resignation, due to the ongoing demonstrations. The contrast between his statements…
Briefing from Baghdad, Special Envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said that “out of love for their homeland”, thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets, asking for their country to reach its “full potential for the benefit of all Iraqis”. “However”, she lamented “they are paying an unimaginable price for their voices to be heard”, pointing out that since 1 October, over 400 people have been killed and more than 19,000 injured. She explained that although today’s youth has no recollection of life under…
Abdel Mahdi said he would submit resignation following spike in the death toll among protesters Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Najaf for second time in a week BAGHDAD: Iraqi protesters set fire to the Iranian consulate in Najaf on Sunday for the second time in a week, as demonstrations continued despite the confirmation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi’s resignation.More than 420 people have been killed in a violent Iranian-orchestrated response to two months of protests against corruption,…
Police in Iraq’s mostly Shi’ite southern city of Najaf say antigovernment protesters have set fire to the Iranian Consulate in the restive city for the second time in a week. The arson attack on December 1 came as Iraqis continue taking to the streets of Baghdad and Iraq's Shi'ite-majority south to demand more jobs, an end to endemic corruption, and improved public services. The arson attack occurred despite the approval by Iraq’s parliament on December 1 of the resignation of…
Dozens have been shot dead by security forces in latest escalation of violence since protesters torched Iranian consulate in Najaf Students in the northern city of Mosul marked a moment of silence on Sunday in remembrance of protesters killed by security forces in the southern cities of Najaf and Nasiriyah. Dozens have been shot dead by security forces in the latest escalation of violence across Iraq since protesters torched the Iranian consulate in Najaf late on Wednesday. Students and teachers…

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