Two rockets fired near US embassy in Baghdad

Two rockets were fired early Thursday against Baghdad's fortified Green Zone which houses the US embassy, without causing any casualties or damage, an Iraqi security source told AFP.The dawn attack came as Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi was flying home from Washington after White House talks in

Iraq records 12,000 COVID-19 infections in new daily high

Iraq has recorded 12,180 Covid infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday, the highest number detected in a single day so far in the pandemic.More than 1.5 million people have now tested positive and 18,347 have officially died of Covid-19 in Iraq, where the health

Iraq says militants planned other attacks during Muslim holiday

The militants believed to be behind last week’s deadly suicide bombing of a Baghdad market had planned more attacks during the Eid-al Adha festival, Iraq’s interior ministry said Sunday.The ministry released photos of five suspects arrested, including three brothers, after last Mo

Iraqi PM announces arrest of terrorist network behind Sadr City bombing

An entire network that planned and executed a suicide bombing in Sadr City which killed dozens of people on Monday has been arrested, Iraq’s prime minister said on Saturday. A suicide bomber targeted shoppers in a crowded market in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad on the eve of Eid Al-

Iraq 'losing control’ of Covid-19 situation

Iraq's hospitals are buckling under the weight of a new wave of Covid-19 cases and are running out of beds, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Iraq is witnessing the third wave of the pandemic, spurred by the aggressive Delta variant. Health authorities are reporting at least new 9,000 cases a

Iraq market bomb kills at least 35 on eve of Eid holiday

An explosion ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Monday killing at least 35 people, according to medical sources, in an apparent suicide bombing ahead of Eid holiday celebrations.In one of the worst attacks in Baghdad in recent years, body parts of victims lay scattered across the pr

Iraq hospital heads abandon posts after fire tragedy

Several hospital administrators in a southern Iraqi province have abandoned their posts, local authorities said Saturday, after arrest warrants were issued for senior staff following a deadly hospital fire in the city of Nasiriyah.Saad Al-Majid, health director of the southern governorate of Dhi Q

Biden to host Iraqi PM at White House on July 26

President Joe Biden will welcome Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi to the White House this month, his office said Friday.The July 26 meeting will “highlight the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq,” the White House said in a statement.Kadhemi and US envoy Bre

Iraqi cleric Sadr says he won’t take part in October election

Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr said on Thursday he will not take part in Iraq’s next election in October, and he will not support any parties.Sadr’s Sairoon electoral won the 2018 parliamentary election, gaining 54 seats.He has millions of followers in Iraq, controls a large pa

Iraqi Parliament to question officials over deadly hospital blaze

Iraq’s Parliament will question the governor of the southern province of Dhi Qar on Wednesday about a fire that engulfed the coronavirus ward of a hospital, killing dozens of people. Al Hussein hospital in Nasiriyah was set up at the beginning of the pandemic. Officials have not yet said wh

Iraqis remain skeptical of vaccines as COVID-19 cases rise

War-scarred Iraq is seeing thousands of new COVID-19 cases a day but few people wear face masks and even fewer are vaccinated, sparking fears of an “epidemiological catastrophe.”Healthcare workers say they are battling not just the pandemic but also a widespread skepticism over vaccine

Iraq PM visits activist in hospital after abduction, assault

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi early Sunday visited in hospital a pro-democracy activist who has been critical of pro-Iran armed factions, after the campaigner had been abducted and assaulted.Ali Al-Mikdam, a young Iraqi journalist, activist and researcher, had disappeared on Frida

Three rockets fired at US embassy in Baghdad: Iraqi army

Three rockets were fired at the US embassy in Iraq early Thursday, the Iraqi army said, at the end of a day marked by rocket and drone attacks on bases hosting American forces in Iraq and Syria.The embassy itself was not hit, the army said, but three nearby places in Baghdad’s heavily fortif

Rockets hit Irbil airport in northern Iraq

A rocket attack has hit Irbil airport in northern Iraq, security sources said on Tuesday.Sirens have been blaring from the US consulate in Erbil, the sources added.

7 killed, 11 injured in recent attacks on power plants in Iraq

At least seven people were killed and 11 others injured in attacks on power plants in recent days, the Iraqi government said yesterday, reports Anadolu Agency. There have been several attacks on power plants in different parts of the country in recent days, according to the Iraqi Security Me

Iraq police intercept attack on Baghdad airport

The Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced on Friday thwarting an attack intended to target a military base at Baghdad International Airport, Anadolu Agency reported. "Based on precise information, the Federal Police thwarted an attack attempt that would have targeted one of the military b

Iraq’s Kurdistan health authority calls on citizens to register for COVID-19 vaccine to fight third wave

The Ministry of Health in Iraq’s Kurdistan region called on citizens to speed up registration to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to control the spread of the coronavirus as the self-ruled territory faces a third wave of infections.  “The increas

Iraqi military: Bomb explodes in Baghdad suburb, wounding 15

Iraqi security officials say an explosion struck a busy market in Baghdad on Wednesday, wounding at least nine people.The Iraqi military confirmed the explosion without providing details.The blast was heard in a market in Sadr City, a suburban district of the capital. The military did not elaborat