15 May 2021
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IRBIL/BOGOTA: Mustafa Makki Karim, 24, fled Baghdad for the relative safety of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region last year following a spate of death threats by pro-Iran groups for his role in the protest movement that erupted against government corruption and incompetence in October 2019. During the unrest that followed, the young activist earned the moniker “Joker” for the clown mask he wore to hide his identity as he and his “Armored Division of Tahrir” defended their camp in Baghdad’s Victory…
BAGHDAD / KARBALA, IRAQ - An Iraqi journalist was in intensive care after being shot in the head early Monday, doctors said, only 24 hours after a leading anti-government activist was killed.  Anti-corruption campaigner Ihab al-Wazni was shot dead early Sunday in Karbala, sending protest movement supporters onto the streets to demand an end to such bloodshed and official impunity.  Wazni had led protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, where pro-Tehran armed groups hold major sway.  He was shot overnight…
Protests broke out in Karbala, Nassiriya and Diwaniya in southern Iraq in reaction to the killing of Ihab al-Wazni, a coordinator of protests in the Shia shrine city of Karbala and a vocal opponent of corruption. AGHDAD--A leading Iraqi anti-government activist was killed early Sunday, security sources and activists said, sending supporters of a protest movement onto the streets to demand an end to bloodshed. Some of his fellow activists blamed pro-Iran militias for the murder, in social media posts.…
Ihab Al Wazni's assassination has sparked nationwide anger at authorities A prominent Iraqi activist was shot dead on Saturday night in the southern city of Karbala, sparking widespread anger at the government’s inability to protect civilians. Ihab Al Wazni was reportedly assassinated by armed men in the Al Haddad area of the city. His body was carried in a coffin covered with a blue sheet in the early hours of Sunday by a crowd of men in his hometown. They…
BAGHDAD – Iraqi parliamentary sources described the attack by the Iraqi Forces Alliance headed by Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi against the head of the Popular Mobilisation Authority, Faleh al-Fayyad, as unprecedented. They said that there are signs of a forthcoming showdown between Sunni political forces in the western regions of Iraq for the control of what has become known as the “Sunni project”. This showdown stems from the conflict between regional axes that divide Sunni groups in Iraq, between those…

Iraq: Radio Stations Fear for Future Tuesday, 04 May 2021 09:39

Hard-won freedoms may be at risk if outlets attempt to hold politicians and officials to account. Press freedom in Iraq has deteriorated yet further with a fierce backlash against media efforts to cover the wave of anti-government protests that began in October 2019.   Directors of IWPR partner radio stations have warned that freedoms hard-won after the Islamic State (IS) era are at risk if they attempt to hold politicians and officials to account. Association (PFAAI) documented 305 violations across…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Danger knocks on the doors in southern Iraq where activists say they continue to be threatened by Iranian-backed militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) for speaking out against the powerful groups.Hassan Maher, who once played on Iraq’s national wheelchair basketball team, likes to call his Nasiriyah home Hassan Basketball. But a few days ago, his house was raided by Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), an armed group run by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. It was a…
A demonstrator was killed and several others wounded amid a violent clampdown on protests in the Iraqi capital on Saturday. The protester, named as Muhammad Sattar al-Delfi, was filmed as he was run over by security forces in Baghdad, where scores have been demanding electricity amid power outages. Videos that emerged online showed his funeral. At least 10 other demonstrators have also been injured in the ongoing protests, The New Arab’s sister Arabic-language service Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported. Member of the Human Rights…
The death of over 80 people in a Baghdad Covid-19 hospital fire was seen by Iraqis Sunday as more proof of the deadly consequences of mismanagement and corruption. Iraqis, some of whom evacuated the injured themselves, blamed Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi, who was suspended Sunday, with calls for him to be sacked resounding across social media. The deadly inferno broke out overnight Sunday at Baghdad's Ibn al-Khatib hospital, blamed on poorly stored oxygen cylinders.  The interior ministry said 82 people…
BAGHDAD - At least 23 people died when a fire broke out in a coronavirus intensive care unit in Baghdad, medical and security sources told AFP. The explosion was caused by "a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders," the medical sources said, adding that several dozen people had also been wounded. Videos on social media showed firefighters trying to extinguish flames at Ibn al-Khatib hospital on the southeastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital as patients and their relatives tried…
Three rockets landed near the area of the airport that houses US forces. More rockets were defused from the rooftop of an empty house. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. At least three rockets were fired near the Baghdad International Airport, Iraqi military officials said late on Thursday. An Iraqi soldier was wounded, the AFP news agency reported. The rockets landed near an area that is home to US forces.   Security forces also said they found and defused unfired rockets from the…
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