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Thursday, 23 July 2015The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki’s remarks against Saudi Arabia, describing it as “irresponsible, false and heinous accusations that do not help to strengthen the Gulf-Iraqi relations,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Thursday.Maliki accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism during an interview with an Iraqi satellite channel earlier this month. He also called for Saudi Arabia to be placed under the international community’s custody.The GCC’s Secretary…
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - As Iraqi forces prepare to try to recapture the city of Falluja, tens of thousands of civilians find themselves trapped between Islamic State militants ready to use them as human shields and a government suspicious of their loyalties. With the jihadists coercing them to stay, and a government blockade and shelling closing exit routes and cutting off supplies, there is "a vice, a noose around the neck of the population", Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator…
UN report estimates death toll is in addition to 30,000 wounded and multiple gross human rights abuses during fighting between Islamic State, Iraqi security forces and others  Conflict in Iraq has led to nearly 15,000 civilian deaths and left 30,000 wounded during a 16-month period that ended on 30 April, according to a UN report.The UN’s human rights office and its mission in Iraq said violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses by the Islamic State group,…
From NCRI  and news agencies:  Despite the scorching heat which has forced the Iraqi government to declare that this coming Thursday all state institutions will be shut down, in an attempt to torment Camp Liberty residents, Iraqi forces at Gate 4 of Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 14-15) prevented the entry of diesel fuel, petrol and septic tankers and food trucks into the camp.Iraqi forces at Gate 4 said they had received orders from the Office of…
Reuters - Iraqi troops and Shi'ite Muslim militia forces attacked Islamic State fighters on several fronts on Monday in Anbar, the country's largest province, at the start of what is likely to be a long and fiercely contested offensive. A spokesman for the joint operations command said the campaign, which began at dawn, brought together the army, mainly Shi'ite Hashid Shaabi militias, special forces, police and local Sunni Muslim tribal fighters. "At 5 o'clock this morning operations to liberate Anbar…
AP - The conflict in Iraq has taken a terrible toll on civilians with nearly 15,000 killed and 30,000 wounded during a 16-month period ending on April 30, by the Islamic State group, Iraqi security forces and others, according to a U.N. report released Monday. The U.N. mission in Iraq and the U.N. human rights office said in the report that violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses by the Islamic State group, which controls large swaths…
The Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces are theoretically under the Prime Minster's control, but largely evade authority as they do the heavy lifting against the Islamic State Middle East Online - Iraqi paramilitaries exchanged fire with police in Baghdad Thursday, the latest sign of tension between the government and the country's Shiite militias. An interior ministry officer said around 15 gunmen from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) force stormed an unfinished health ministry building in the Zayyounah neighbourhood overnight. "The guards…
BAGHDAD, Middle East Online - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday that Iraqi forces made an "unauthorised" withdrawal from Ramadi last month, leading to the Islamic State group's takeover of the Anbar provincial capital. "The withdrawal of the forces from Ramadi was unauthorised -- the orders were the opposite. The forces had to resist, and if they had resisted, we would not have lost Ramadi," Abadi said in televised remarks. Ramadi fell to the jihadist group in mid-May after government forces…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, RUDAW — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr warned Wednesday that militant groups’ interference in political affairs in Iraq would further destabilize the country and expand sectarian tensions. Speaking to Al-Nahar newspaper, the leader of the Sadrist Movement said the escalation of religious conflict between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq was the result of the “authoritarian rule” of former Iraqi governments. “Former governments are accountable for the escalation of violence in Iraq. The authoritarian treatment of Nouri al-Maliki with other…

UN: 60 Million Refugees Last Year Friday, 19 June 2015 17:01

15 million people have fled Syria and Iraq, says Antonio Guterres GENEVA, BASNEWS – ‘Out of control’ violence has led to the highest-ever increase of refugees in a single year, says the UN. If 2014’s refugees were grouped together as a nation, it would be the world’s 24th largest. Conflicts and violence forced a record 59.5 million people from their homes in 2014, with Syria overtaking Afghanistan to become the world´s largest source of refugees, said the United Nations. Last…
US Defence Secretary says Iraqi training slower than planned WASHINGTON, BASNEWS– United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says efforts to train Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants have been slowed by a lack of recruits and the US won’t be able to train as many by this autumn as it had initially had predicted. Carter tells a House Armed Services Committee hearing the US had initially envisioned training 24,000 Iraqi security forces at four sites by this fall. But…

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