30 July 2021
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BAGHDAD/JEDDAH: Simmering tension in Iraq boiled over on Wednesday when Iran-backed militias launched a new barrage of rockets targeting an air base that hosts US and other international forces. At least 14 missiles hit the Ain Al-Asad air base in western Iraq, used by coalition forces fighting the remnants of the Daesh extremist group. US Army Col. Wayne Marotto, the coalition spokesman, said the rockets landed on the base and its perimeter, and two people were injured. Iraqi military sources said…
WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sealed an agreement on Monday formally ending the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, but U.S. forces will still operate there in an advisory role. The agreement comes at a politically delicate time for the Iraqi government and could be a boost for Baghdad. Kadhimi has faced increasing pressure from Iran-aligned parties and paramilitary groups who oppose the U.S. military role…
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Iraq will still ask for U.S. training and military intelligence gathering. His comments came in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press ahead of a planned trip to Washington, where he’s slated to meet with President…
The Iraqi government said it had arrested the killers of journalist and security expert Hisham al-Hashemi. However, Iraqis are demanding investigations uncover the group behind the murder of Hashemi and other activists. They believe the official statements and the perpetrator's confessions neglected to address the motive for the assassinations and the parties that ordered the executions. The Iraqi state television aired a video of a suspect, who worked in the Ministry of Interior, confessing to the killing. Many said that…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraqi activists have organized rallies in over a dozen cities across the world on Sunday demanding an end to the impunity for those targeting activists and journalists of the 2019 protest movement.The End Impunity in Iraq campaign’s team is holding rallies in 14 countries around the globe, including in the cities of Baghdad, London, and Paris, according to their social media pages.  “We have been working on the campaign for three months,” a spokesperson for the campaign Zayed Al-Assad…
raq's old, poorly-maintained hospitals are "time bombs" for patients, an official in the prime minister's office has told The New Arab's Arabic-language service, days after a deadly fire ripped through a Covid isolation unit. According to official estimates, 60 people were killed in a blaze at the Al-Hussein hospital in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq on Sunday night. It was the second deadly fire at a unit for Covid-19 patients in less than three months. Covid isolation units are made from prefabricated structures left behind by the Americans after their…
NASSIRIYA, Iraq, July 13 (Reuters) - The death toll from a fire that tore through a coronavirus hospital in southern Iraq rose to 92, health officials said on Tuesday, as authorities faced accusations of negligence from grieving relatives and a doctor who works there. More than 100 people - patients and visitors - were injured in the blaze on Monday night in Nassiriya, officials said. An investigation showed the fire began when sparks from faulty wiring spread to an oxygen…
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)At least 64 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital that treats coronavirus patients in the southeastern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, according to health officials. Some 50 people were also injured in the Monday night blaze that is believed to have started after oxygen tanks exploded in an intensive care unit treating Covid-19 patients. The fire has since been extinguished. The Al-Hussein Hospital was set up at the start of the pandemic to treat coronavirus…
Arrest warrants have been issued for the killers of prominent Iraqi thinker Hisham Al Hashimi, the head of Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zaidan, announced on Thursday. Death sentences were also issued for Iraqi officers in Wasit and Babil for the killings of Iraqi protesters, Mr Zaidan said in an interview with the Iraqi News Agency. No further details were provided on the other cases. Al Hashimi was shot dead outside his Baghdad home by gunmen on motorcycles on July…
Oil-rich Iraq has been unable to solve its 30-year electricity problem, which was made chronic first by an embargo and then by corruption, mismanagement and instability. The electricity crisis is a prime example of the difficulties Iraq faces in providing its public utility services. The electricity sector was subject to largescale neglect, inadequate maintenance and looting before 2003. After the United States invasion, it was neglected due to years of corruption, despite great promises. Power outages due to high temperatures in summer have…
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – One person was killed and five others wounded by live ammunition on Friday as security forces tried to break up mass demonstrations near a municipal building in southern Iraq’s Maysan province.  Frequent power cuts in the south have prompted protests nearly every summer for the last 18 years.  A young man identified only as Salah was shot in the mouth and later died in the town of Qalaat Saleh after Iraqis took to the streets on…
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