US says offers $3 million for information on Iraq attacks

The US Department of State's Rewards for Justice programme said Thursday it was offering a reward of up to $3 million for information on attacks against Americans in Iraq.The announcement comes a day after an attack was carried out with three "explosive-laden" drones on Baghdad airport, where US t

Iraq releases commander of Popular Mobilisation Forces militia

Iraq has released the commander of the Popular Mobilisation Forces militia (PMF), also known as Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi, Qassim Musleh, news TV channel Al-Arabiya reported. The leader was arrested on May 26 by troops from the country’s Ministry of Interior over extremism charges. Earlier

Senior Iraqi intelligence officer assassinated in Baghdad

A senior Iraqi intelligence officer was shot dead near his home east of Baghdad on Monday, according to state media. This is the latest in a wave of targeted killings that has swept the country in recent years. Col Nibras Abu Ali was assistant director of the Intelligenc

Iraq records cases of lethal 'black fungus' infection in Covid-19 patients

Cases of the deadly black fungus infection, which is hitting India hard, have been recorded in Iraq, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday. “This disease is well-known and has existed for years now, can be easily diagnosed and can be treated,” ministry spokesman Saif

Five Iraqi Kurd troops killed in clash with PKK rebels

Five Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops were killed Saturday in a clash with fighters of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a senior Iraqi Kurdish official said.The PKK maintains rear-bases in northern Iraq which have come under renewed assault by Turkish forces since April.Two pes

Iraq militia chief arrested over attacks on base hosting US forces — security sources

Iraqi security forces on Wednesday arrested senior militia commander Qasim Muslih under the country’s anti-terrorism law, three security sources said.Muslih was arrested in Baghdad for involvement in several attacks including recent assaults on Ain Al-Asad air base, which hosts US and other

One killed as protesters scuffle with Iraqi security forces

A protester died Tuesday after being shot as clashes erupted between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, Iraqi security officials and a rights monitor said.Security forces used live ammunition to disperse crowds after protesters began throwing stones, witnesse

Iraq to send medical teams to Gaza

The Iraqi Ministry of Health said on Thursday that it intends to send medical teams to the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza to support those injured by the Israeli military offensive against civilians in the besieged enclave. "The ministry has prepared special medical teams who will travel

Iraq's prime minister says weapons are not the solution to state’s problems

Weapons in Iraq are not the solution to the crises the country is facing, Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi said as he encouraged citizens to participate in the upcoming elections to create a change for the better. Iraq faces serious issues, from a dilapidated healthcare system, corrupt

Eid prayers return to Mosul mosque ruined in Daesh war

As dawn broke over Mosul on Thursday, worshippers knelt between piles of rubble while Eid Al-Fitr prayers took place in the city’s oldest mosque for the first time since Daesh was driven out of the area in 2017. Groups of men entered silently and sat down to listen to religious recitals in

Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity

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.Ihab Al-Wazni, a coordinator of protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, was a vocal opponent of corr

Drone attack on Iraqi base hosting US troops

A drone strike early on Saturday targeted a military base in Iraq that hosts US troops, causing only minor damage and no casualties, Iraq’s military and the US-led coalition said.The pore-dawn attack damaged a hangar, tweeted coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto. He said the attack wa

Police officer killed in Iraq oil well attack

Militants attacked an oilfield in northern Iraq with bombs on Wednesday, killing at least one security officer, oil and security officials said. It was the latest in a series of attacks in northern and central parts of the country in recent days. Explosives struck oil wells at the Bay Hassan oilf

Iraq to enforce 10-day lockdown as authorities struggle with vaccine rollout

Iraqi authorities announced that a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid a faltering vaccine roll-out. Iraq’s cabinet on Tuesday decided in favour of the lockdown, which will take effect on May 12, following the recommendation of the Supreme Committe

Pope expresses hope for Iraqi resurgence

Pope Francis has said that he hopes the Iraqi people will grow “in solidarity and in the ability to acknowledge themselves as responsible for the vulnerabilities of others.” The Pontiff expressed his “heartfelt wishes” to Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein duri

Two rockets fired at Baghdad airport base housing US troops

Two rockets on Sunday were fired at an airbase at Iraq's Baghdad airport housing US-led coalition troops, in the second such attack in 10 days, the Iraqi army said. One of the projectiles was intercepted by the C-Ram counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system installed to protect US troops in Ir

Iraq's prime minister says 'difficult' decisions lie ahead after deadly hospital blaze

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi said on Tuesday that he will make "difficult" decisions following a hospital oxygen-tank explosion that ripped through wards full of trapped patients. At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured in a huge fire in the pulmonary intensive care unit on the

Iranian FM arrives in Iraq on official visit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Iraq on Monday as part of an official visit to discuss relations between both countries. During a joint press conference, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stressed that it is in Iraq's interest to work with Iran t