Iraq PM Chairs Cabinet Meeting in Nasiriyah

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi paid a visit on Monday to the southern province of Dhi Qar where he chaired a regular cabinet meeting. The province, which lies some 390 kilometers south of Baghdad, suffers from poor services and high poverty and unemployment. It has been a flashpoint for

Iraq: two rockets target residential area near Green Zone, no injuries

Two rockets landed in a residential area near Baghdad's Green Zone overnight but did not explode, security forces said on Monday. American diplomats and troops across Iraq have been targeted in dozens of missile attacks blamed by Washington on pro-Iranian armed factions in recent months. "Terror

Spiritual Leader of Iraq’s Yazidi Minority Dies at 87

Iraq’s Yazidi minority paid its last respects to its spiritual leader on Friday as tributes poured in for the cleric, who guided his flock through the horrors of ISIS militant group occupation and its aftermath. Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail died late on Thursday at the age of 87, his off

Iraq: PMF denies involvement in Erbil rocket attack

The Nineveh Operations Command, affiliated with the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), yesterday denied any involvement in the rocket attack that targeted Erbil International Airport, near US military bases in the north of the country. On Wednesday, the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force (IC

Iraqi Military: 5 Dead, 2 Wounded in Baghdad Rocket Attack

Five Iraqi civilians were killed and two severely wounded Monday after a Katyusha rocket hit near Baghdad airport, Iraq's military said. It was the first time in months an attack caused civilian casualties. The rocket targeted the international airport but struck a residential home close by inste

Iraqis call on top Shiite cleric to help release kidnapped protester

Iraqi protesters have called on top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani to intervene in finding a demonstrator whose kidnapping triggered widespread anger at the government’s inability to protect the public. Sajad Al Iraqi and his colleague Bassem Fleih were attacked by gunmen last

Iraq protesters shut down Dhi Qar oil company in southern Iraq

Protesters in southern Iraq yesterday closed the Dhi Qar oil company and prevented employees from entering the building, Anadolu news agency reported. The agency quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the protesters burned tyres, and set up roadblocks on the main street leading to the compa

Iraq to bar pilgrims over COVID-19 fears

Iraq is to bar entry to religious pilgrims to the country, its government health committee said in a statement on Monday, just weeks ahead of a Shi’ite Muslim pilgrimage which is the largest annual religious gathering in the world. Arbaeen, due in early October, usually draws millions of pe

Iraq captures 2 Daesh militants in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces arrested two militants from the Daesh terrorist group in raids in the capital Baghdad, according to the Defense Ministry on Sunday, Anadolu reports. A ministry statement said the two militants were captured upon an intelligence tip-off. According to the ministry,

Iraq seeks to enforce rule of law, says President

Iraqi President Barham Salih said Saturday that he seeks to enforce the rule of law at the highest level of government. “The reform process requires the provision of a favorable political climate by holding early elections away from the monopoly of weapons and manipulation so that the peopl

First Arrests in Iraq PM's Anti-Corruption Drive

Two Iraqi officials and a businessman have been arrested as part of a new anti-corruption drive spearheaded by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, government sources said Friday. The arrests represent a rare instance in which current officials -- usually deemed too well-connected to touch in Iraq'

Iraq: Female activist and family slaughtered in Baghdad

A prominent Iraqi female activist and her parents were killed in their home in the capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday evening, Anadolu news agency reported. The news site quoted Baghdad Police Captain Hatem Al-Jabri as saying: “Unidentified gunmen have stormed a house in Al-Mansour dist

Explosive device targets British diplomatic vehicle in Baghdad

An improvised explosive device has targeted a British diplomatic vehicle near the heavily guarded Green Zone in the Iraqi capital Baghdad yesterday, Anadolu news agency reported. The agency quoted a local security source as saying that the British diplomatic vehicle was on route from Ba

US-led coalition kills Daesh financier, arrests his brother in Iraq

The Iraqi army announced yesterday that the US-led Global Coalition against Daesh has killed the group’s chief financier and arrested his brother in an airdrop operation in Anbar Governorate, Anadolu news agency reported. The agency quoted Iraqi police officer, Ahmed Al-Dulaimi, a

Iraq denies opening Zurbatiyah border crossing to Iran visitors

Iraq has not opened its Zurbatiyah border crossing to allow Iranians to visit the country to complete Shia religious rituals, the Governor of Iraq’s Wasit city, Muhammad Jamil Al-Mayahi, announced yesterday. “We agreed with the Iranian side to postpone the entry of visitors this year

Iraq reforms stymied by wave of attacks blamed on pro-Iran groups

War-scarred Iraq hopes to launch reforms and revive its battered economy, but the drive is being derailed by a wave of violence blamed largely on shadowy pro-Iranian groups. Since Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi took office in May, he has promised to rein in rogue militias, fight corruption and

Iraq to Reopen Borders for Trade, Bring back Sports and Dining

Iraq is reopening its land border crossings, restaurants, hotels, and bringing back sporting events without spectators, the prime minister said on Monday, three days after it recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections. Land crossings would be open for trade only so as to secure

Iraq, UN discuss cooperation to hold early elections

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi discussed cooperation related to holding early elections with UN Envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, a statement said yesterday. The statement, which was sent to mass media by the Prime Minister’s Information Office, said: “The two sides d