Erbil Rejects Debriefing of Kurdistan PM in Baghdad

Kurdish officials have rejected a request submitted by a number of Iraqi lawmakers to debrief Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and the minister of natural resources. Over 100 MPs submitted the request to grill the PM, minister of oil in the region and director of t

Iraq arrests Daesh terrorist leader at Baghdad airport

The administrative coordinator of the Daesh militant group has been arrested at Baghdad International Airport, the spokesperson for the Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces said yesterday. Major General Yahya Rasool said the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service had been tracking the terrorist

Nine dead in suspected ISIS attack in Iraq as global threat grows

Six Iraqi security personnel and three civilians were killed in an ambush Saturday carried out by ISIS north of Baghdad, police and a local official said. And in Nigeria a further five people were killed by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters. An Iraqi police source said a roadsi

Iraqi President Calls For International Cooperation to Fight Terrorism

Iraq’s President Barham Salih met with senior UK officials on Thursday to further strengthen bilateral ties and military cooperation between Iraq and the UK in fighting terrorism. “The war on terror is ongoing and that there is a need for international solidarity in the face of terror

Hundreds of Iraq 'temporary' state employees protest delayed salaries

Hundreds of temporary employees working for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity yesterday demonstrated in the capital Baghdad demanding the government pay their outstanding salaries. The agency said the demonstrators gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance and raised banner

US embassy in Baghdad targeted by rockets after announcement of troop withdrawal

The United States' embassy in Iraq's capital Baghdad was targeted by rocket fire last night, in an attack which injured five civilians and killed one child. Seven rockets were fired on the Green Zone within Baghdad from the city's eastern Al-Ameen neighbourhood, a statement by the Iraqi military

Kadhimi Renews Vow to Hold Early Parliamentary Elections

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi renewed his promise Monday to hold early parliamentary elections in June. He also accused unidentified parties of placing obstacles to holding the elections on time. This came during the first regular meeting between the Iraqi PM and members of the recently e

Iraqi Spending Bill Deepens Divide between Shiites, Kurds

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Masoud Barzani on Thursday slammed the emergency spending bill passed by the Iraqi parliament, saying that the move means “Shiites and Sunnis in the Iraqi parliament stabbed the people of Kurdistan in the back.” Earlier in the day, Iraqi lawmake

Iraqi Parliament Passes Emergency Bill to Cover Salaries of Public Workers

The Iraqi parliament, with a majority vote on Thursday, passed a financing law that gives the government access to much-needed funds to cover a widening financial deficit of approximately $28 billion. Despite the emergency spending bill approving less than a third of the amount originally request

First ISIS Attack in Baghdad since 2014 Raises Alarm

The ISIS terrorist group’s unprecedented attack on a lookout point west of Baghdad on Sunday has raised concerns in Iraq. The attack was the first on the outskirts of the capital since 2014. It has sparked significant alarm since security forces are actively cracking down on remnants of the

Iraq civil servants protest against delayed salaries

Hundreds of Iraqi civil servants yesterday held protests in the governorates of Karbala, Babil, Muthanna and Maysan demanding the government pay their delayed salaries. Last month, the Iraqi government submitted a draft law to parliament to borrow 41 trillion dinars (about $34 billion) to finance

Iraq's PM Congratulates Biden, Harris on Election Victory

Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi extended his congratulations to US presidential election winner Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. "I look forward to working with you on strengthening the strategic ties that bind Iraq and the United States, building on common values between ou

Iraq PM: Murderer of Basra Activist Will Receive Just Punishment

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi vowed on Saturday that the government will be unyielding in dealing with any member of the security forces found guilty of using live fire against the Iraqi people. In a tweet, he vowed that the state will be firm in dealing with any member of the security

Hundreds in Baghdad Demand Ouster of US Troops from Iraq

Several hundred protesters gathered in the Iraqi capital on Saturday afternoon to demand US troops leave the country in accordance with a parliament vote earlier this year. "We will choose resistance if parliament's vote is not ratified!" read one of the banners at the demonstration, which took p

Daesh executes UN engineer in Iraq

Daesh has executed a United Nations Development Organisation (UNDP) engineer who was recently kidnapped in Iraq’s western city of Al-Rutba, some 450 kilometres west of the capital Baghdad. Alsumaria quoted a local source as saying that Amer Jadaan Al-Fahdawi was kidnapped on 25 October

Iraq ratifies new election law, paving way for early vote

Iraq’s president ratified on Thursday a new election law aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament, paving the way for early elections next year.  President Barham Saleh stressed the need for free, fair and transparent balloting that would re

Flash Protests Turn to Clashes in Iraq

Anti-government protests descended into clashes in several Iraqi cities on Sunday, including the southern port city of Basra and the capital Baghdad. In Basra, police officers and troops fired into the air to disperse around 500 protesters who had been throwing rocks, AFP correspondents said. Me

Security Forces Launch Operation against ISIS in Iraq’s Diyala

Iraqi security forces launched a military operation in the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad to clear the area of ISIS cells. The operation was kicked off a week after the Khilanih massacre in Diyala where five family members of the Bani Kaab tribe, including its chief, were killed by ISIS. S