Iraq grants emergency approval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Iraq’s National Medicine Selection authority gave on Sunday emergency approval for the use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, state news agency INA reported.The Minister of Health Hasan Al-Tamimi has said earlier that the country will receive the vaccines soon along with special equipmen

Iraq to impose a partial curfew starting next Thursday

The Iraqi Cabinet said it will consider imposing a partial curfew starting Thursday as part of measures to confront a new strain of coronavirus. The cabinet said it is considering to make the curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. It also said it would shut down restaurants, shopping mal

Iraq's Parliament Commemorates Killing of Soleimani, Muhandis

The Iraqi parliament on Saturday organized a ceremony to honor Qasem Soleimani, the top Iranian commander who was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 in Baghdad. The parliament also paid tribute to Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi Shiite militia leader who was killed in the same US strike. A

Iraq: 100 Yazidi Daesh survivors to join police force

As many as 100 Yazidi girls who survived horrors under Daesh in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq will join the police force, Kurdish media reported yesterday. According to media reports, the appointment is part of a recent security and administrative agreement reached between the Kurdistan Re

'The innocent die while the cowards rule': Iraqi activist shot dead in Baghdad

An Iraqi anti-government protester was shot dead in east Baghdad by masked gunmen on Tuesday evening. Salah Al Iraqi was well known for his active role in the rallies that erupted in Iraq's capital and the Shiite-majority south last year, slamming the government as corrupt, inefficient and behold

Iraq: military kills 42 ISIS fighters in southern Mosul

At least 40 ISIS fighters were killed by Iraqi security forces in southern Mosul during a major anti-terrorism operation on Sunday. The operation, Sweeping Torrent, was carried out in Ain Al Jahesh and resulted in the killing of a commander and a media official as well as the seizure of large amo

Soldier killed in Daesh attack in Kirkuk, Iraq

At least one soldier was killed and two others wounded in a bomb explosion in northern Iraq's Kirkuk province. The bomb was placed at the entrance of a shelter used by the Daesh terrorists, according to a local police source. Kirkuk Police Chief Ali Kemal said that the Iraqi army was conducting a

Hundreds protest against Kurdish authorities in northeast Iraq

Hundreds protested in Iraq’s northeastern city of Sulaimaniyah on Friday against Kurdish authorities they accuse of being corrupt and causing a major fiscal crisis.Protests against the Kurdish regional government (KRG) and the region’s main parties broke out last week after months of d

Iraq PM calls for national dialogue to prepare for early elections

Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, called on Tuesday for a comprehensive national dialogue to create a suitable environment conducive for holding early elections next year. A government statement revealed that Al-Kadhimi met with President Barham Salih, Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbo

Iraq president calls on Kurdish officials to respond to protesters' demands

Iraqi President Barham Salih yesterday called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of northern Iraq to listen to protesters' legitimate demands and refrain from resorting to violence. "We are following with great concern the developments in the city of Sulaymaniyah including demonstrat

Six protesters killed amid unrest in Iraq’s Kurdistan region

The toll from protests against northern Iraq's Kurdish authorities has risen to six dead, medics and officials said Tuesday, as rage swells over delayed public sector salaries and pay cuts. After a first protester was shot dead in the town of Chamchamal, in Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Kurdistan Reg

Iraq: Sadr’s Call to Restore 'Shiite Home' Stirs Controversy

A call by Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to “restore the Shiite home” was met with wide rejection by civil movements and groups, who warned that such slogans would drag the country again into sectarian strife. Al-Sadr accused those he described as “a group of foolish boys&r

Iraq Prepares to Provide Vaccines for 20% of its Population

The Iraqi Ministry of Health announced that it is making arrangements to purchase the Pfizer-BoiNtech vaccine as part of its efforts to curb the coronavirus’s spread. In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry said it made contacts with the companies that said were working on producing vaccin

Iraq Calls for Easing Regional Tensions

Iraqi President Barham Salih received British Minister for Middle East and North African James Cleverly and Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey during which he stressed the importance of easing tensions and reaching regional and international stability. The British delegation visited Iraq

Thousands protest in Iraq as death toll from clashes rises

Thousands flooded Iraq's southern hotspot of Nasiriya on Monday as a resident died from wounds sustained in clashes last week between anti-government protesters and supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Ridha al-Rikaby was hit in the head by a bullet on Friday when Sadr followers clashed with you

Baghdad Fears Rise of US, Iranian Tensions in Iraq

Even though Baghdad refrained from taking an official stance on the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Shiite political parties and blocs in Iraq like the Islamic Dawa Party issued loud condemnations against the killing. A single Sunni organization, the Iraq Scholars A

Sadr calls on supporters to attain majority in next Iraq parliament

Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr called on Friday on the supporters of the Sadrist Movement to attain a majority in the next Iraqi parliament, allowing the party to form the next government. Al-Sadr delivered his speech during the Friday prayer sermon in front of around one million supporters who

3 Killed in Clashes in Iraq after Sadr Followers Storm Protest Camp

Supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed an anti-government protest camp in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya on Friday, and at least three people were killed and dozens wounded in the clashes, a Reuters witness and a medical source said. Followers of Sadr carrying pictures of the cleric ma