Vatican envoy to Iraq tests COVID-19 positive ahead of Pope visit

The Vatican’s ambassador to Iraq Mitja Leskovar has tested positive for COVID-19, two officials told AFP Sunday, just days before Pope Francis’ historic visit.“Yes, he tested positive, but it will have no impact on the visit,” an Iraqi official involved in the papal plans s


Iraq premier urges calm in southern city after protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on Saturday called for calm in the southern Dhi Qar province following days of protests that killed five and injured scores. On Friday, Governor Nazim al-Waili resigned after the demonstrations in the provincial capital Nasiriyah. Abdul Ghani al-Asadi, the


HRW lauds Iraqi arrest of alleged members of Iran-backed force

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday welcomed the arrest in Iraq of four alleged members of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The four men are under investigation for the killing of at least four civilians during anti-government demonstrations in the city of Basra in January 202


Clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh leave 7 dead

Iraqi security forces clashed with Daesh north of Baghdad on Saturday, leaving at least five extremists and two security personnel dead.A joint force of army troops and state-sponsored tribal fighters raided a Daesh hideout in the leafy plains of Tarmiyah, according to a statement from the militar


Iraq sees record COVID-19 cases as new lockdown begins

BAGHDAD: New lockdown measures came into effect in Iraq on Friday as it recorded its highest new coronavirus caseload in 2021 — double the daily figures from less than a week ago.Earlier this week, health authorities announced new overnight curfews would begin on February 18th, from 8:00 p.m


Iraq rocket attack hits U.S. forces, killing contractor

A rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq on Monday killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member, the U.S. coalition in Iraq said, in the deadliest such attack in almost a year. The barrage of rockets hit in and near a military air base occupied by the U.S.-led coaliti


Militia fighters stationed across Iraq after alleged threats to holy sites

Fighters loyal to Iraq’s populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr on Tuesday said they were stationed across the country following alleged threats to holy cities. Security officials denied the claims. Footage circulated on social media showed armed men in masks setting up security checkpoint


Iraqi PM says senior ISIS leader killed near Baghdad

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al Kadhimi, announced late on Tuesday that a senior ISIS leader had been killed, the second in less than a week. He was killed during a continuing military operation to hunt down the group’s remnants after dozens of civilians were murdered in a double suici


Deadly clashes in southern Iraq between protesters and security forces

Deadly clashes erupted between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters on Sunday in the southern city of Nasiriyah following the death of two activists and a policeman. The protests started last Friday after security forces arrested an activist in the city’s Haboubi Square. Fo


Iraqi defence minister warns of civil war if attacks on Green Zone don't stop

Iraqi Defence Minister Juma Anad said the country was at risk of civil war. He said repeated attacks on the Green Zone and diplomatic missions in Baghdad could spark a conflict and called on political leaders to put the interests of the country fi


Iraqi PM adviser threatened for comments on Qassem Suleimani

Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi’s top adviser has been threatened over comments he made about Iranian general Qassem Suleimani this week. Hisham Dawood’s remarks to the BBC sparked anger and resentment among pro-Iranian groups in Iraq towards the government. Suleimani was


Iraq arrests parents selling their 5-year-old son for $7,000

Iraqi security authorities arrested a man and his wife as they tried to sell their five-year-old son in the Karrada district in the capital, Baghdad, the Ministry of the Interior said. "The Iraqi intelligence service had received information concerning a human trafficking operation which involves


Baghdad procession marks anniversary of Iran general’s death

BAGHDAD: A mock funeral procession in Iraq marked the one-year anniversary of the US drone strike near Baghdad that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and top Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.Thousands of mourners joined the march on the highway leading to the Baghdad airport Sa


Iraq: Evacuation of oil ship crew due to naval mine

The Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced on Friday that an oil ship was evacuated after a naval mine became attached to its hull in Gulf waters. The ministry's Security Information Cell confirmed in a statement, of which Anadolu Agency received a copy, that a large naval mine became


Iraq confirms limpet mine found on oil tanker in waters off Basra

An Iraqi explosives team was working on Friday to neutralise a “large” mine discovered on an oil tanker in the Arabian Gulf and evacuate its crew, security forces said. The mine had been attached to a tanker leased by Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Company that was refuelling anothe


Iraqi President: our political system is broken

The political system in Iraq that has been in place since the US invasion removed Saddam Hussein in 2003 is broken and cannot serve the Iraqi people, President Barham Salih said on Thursday. “The consecutive crises and challenges underline the magnitude and the fact of the structural d


Gunmen assassinate pro-Sadr military leader in Iraq

Unidentified gunmen have assassinated a senior official in Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr's Peace Brigades in Diwaniyah Governorate in southern Iraq. Police Captain in Diwaniyah, Jamal Al-Din Al-Sudairy, said the gunmen shot Rami Al-Shabani killing him instantly, adding that authorities have opened


Iraqi PM says country is at a crossroads

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said on Monday that Iraq was at a cross roads during a meeting with his ministers. Kadhimi – who claimed he did not belong to any political bloc – said that the central role of his government was to hold early elections. “Successive governments




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