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

Iraq Interior Ministry: 82 killed in Baghdad hospital fire

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said Sunday that 82 people died and 110 were injured in a catastrophic fire that broke out in the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital tending to severe coronavirus patients.Negligence on the part of hospital authorities has been blamed for the Saturday night fi

Iraq taking up role to reduce regional tensions, says foreign ministry

Iraq is taking on a constructive role in “reducing” regional tensions, the country's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Baghdad has been working to restore ties with its regional neighbours since the US-led invasion of 2003. “Proactive diplomacy is a method we are devoted to, it

Iraq plans Covid-19 vaccine passports for travellers

Iraq plans to issue a vaccine passport as proof of immunisation against coronavirus for those wishing to travel abroad, the country’s health minister said on Sunday. Hassan Al Tamimi told the Iraqi News Agency that the ministry will begin compiling information on vaccinations next week. Ir

1 killed, 12 wounded in market explosion in Baghdad

 A powerful explosion rocked a market in east Baghdad on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 12 others, according to Iraq’s military. The cause of the blast in the city’s Sadr City area, in the Habibiya neighborhood, was not immediately known. It sent a cloud of black smoke

Iraq blames public for new coronavirus record, urges vaccinations

Iraq’s Health Ministry has warned of “dire consequences” ahead because citizens are not heeding coronavirus prevention measures, after the country reached a new high in daily infection rates.Iraq recorded 8,331 new virus cases within a 24-hour period on Wednesday, the highest fig

Former Iraqi prime minister faces lawsuit for ‘crimes against humanity’

Five Iraqi families have filed a case against former prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi accusing him of “crimes against humanity” during the 2019 popular uprising against the government. Protests driven by anger over political corruption, lack of public services, high unemployment and Ir

Iraq records an unprecedented toll of new infections of Corona

Today, Wednesday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health announced that it had registered 8,331 new cases of the Coronavirus, which causes the "Covid-19" infection, which represents a record number of cases on a daily basis in the country. The ministry stated, in a daily statistics, that the total number o

Two rockets hit near Iraq air base hosting US soldiers

BAGHDAD: Two rockets hit near an Iraqi air base hosting US soldiers north of Baghdad on Sunday, three days ahead of a new “strategic dialogue” with Washington, a security source told AFP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, which caused no casualties or prop

Iraq’s Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five

The death of Dhafer Eliyahu hit Iraq hard, not only because the doctor treated the neediest for free, but because with his passing, only four Jews now remain in the country.At the Habibiya Jewish Cemetery in the capital Baghdad, wedged between the Martyr Monument erected by former ruler Saddam Hus

One million overseas voters disenfranchised from Iraq’s coming elections

    Up to one million Iraqis living abroad will be excluded from voting in the country’s October elections, its Independent High Electoral Commission ruled on Tuesday. For months the commission has been struggling to prepare for the poll, sending teams on door-to-door mis