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    KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - The holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala, which used to host pilgrims from all around the world, is now quarantining dozens of COVID-19 patients in apartment buildings owned by Imam Hussein shrine, one of Iraq's most powerful religious authorities. The shrine has also built 10 medical centres across the country and aims...
    DUBAI, Aug 6 (.) – Iraq said on Thursday it will make a further cut in its oil production of some 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in August to offset its oversupply in the past period under the reduced pumping pact of OPEC +. Iraq’s Oil Ministry and state oil marketer SOMO said in a...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — When Mustafa al-Kadhimi became Iraq’s prime minister on May 7, after five months of political deadlock in Baghdad, I argued his best chance of success was to fail fast. The only way to clean the Augean stables of Iraqi politics was with the strong broom of a popular mandate — and that...
    BASRA, Iraq (AP) — In Iraq’s oil-rich south, the scorching summer months pose painful new choices in the age of the coronavirus: stay at home in the sweltering heat with electricity cut off for hours, or go out and risk the virus. This is Zain al-Abidin’s predicament. A resident of al-Hartha district, in Basra province,...
    By all accounts, Sean Worsley is a war hero. He earned a Purple Heart, along with a laundry list of additional military accolades, for clearing roadside bombs in Iraq. He also earned a lifetime of post-service ailments, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). As a result of his injuries, Worsley...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six years after Islamic State fighters launched an attack on Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused government leaders and the United Nations on Monday of failing to bring the extremists responsible for the genocide to justice. Murad, whose mother and six...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six years after Islamic State fighters launched an attack on Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused government leaders and the United Nations on Monday of failing to bring the extremists responsible for the genocide to...
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Flights between Turkey and Iraq have been suspended because of rising coronavirus infections in Turkey, Iraq's Aviation Authority said on Sunday. Iraq reopened Baghdad and southern airports last week for international travel after months of closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Gareth Jones) Copyright 2020 Thomson...
    A Telegraph investigation can today reveal that Hezbollah has trained thousands of Iran-backed social media activists The three-storey run-down building on the outskirts of Beirut blended in among the nondescript apartment blocks and businesses lining the busy street.   But when Mohammed stepped through the door he was greeted by an opulent interior filled...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s government said Thursday that since last October when anti-government protests erupted in the country, a total of 560 protesters and members of the security forces have been killed in the violence. The figure was reported by Hisham Daoud, an advisor to Iraq’s prime minister, at a press conference in Baghdad. He...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s government said Thursday that since last October when anti-government protests erupted in the country, a total of 560 protesters and members of the security forces have been killed in the violence. The figure was reported by Hisham Daoud, an advisor to Iraq’s prime minister, at a press conference in Baghdad....
    By Kirstin Ridley and Yadarisa Shabong (Reuters) - A former manager of consultancy Unaoil was sentenced to three years in jail by a London court on Thursday – the second Unaoil executive to be jailed for bribing an Iraqi official to secure a $55 million oil deal after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003....
    (CNN)Several cities in the Middle East sweltered in temperatures of up to 51C (123F) this week, some of the hottest temperatures on record, amid the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming Muslim celebration of Eid-al-Adha.In Iraq's capital Baghdad, two people were killed and 11 others injured during protests over electricity shortages, and lack of basic goods,...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric. PersonalBirth date: August 4, 1930 Birth place: Mashhad, IranBirth name: Sayyid Ali Husaini SistaniRead MoreFather: Sayyid Mohammad Baqir, a religious scholarMother: Name unavailable publiclyMarriage: Information unavailable publiclyChildren: Muhammad Rida al-Sistani - eldest son. Total number of children unavailable...
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Nearly 560 Iraqi protesters and security forces were killed in months of anti-government unrest that erupted last year, the government said on Thursday. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's new government has pledged to investigate the deaths and incarceration of hundreds of protesters in unrest that unseated the previous government last year. The death...
    Baghdad (AFP) – Thirty years have passed since Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein invaded neighbouring Kuwait, but despite hints of a diplomatic rapprochement, people in both countries say the wounds have yet to heal. On August 2, 1990, Saddam sent his military, already exhausted by an eight-year conflict with Iran, into Kuwait to seize what he...
    Security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, opened live fire on anti-government protesters this weekend, leaving two men dead and 26 others injured, Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported on Monday. “Two protesters were killed in the clashes,” medics confirmed to Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Monday, according to the report. Several Iraqi security forces were also injured in Sunday night’s...
    A North Korean defector, who calls himself a "victim of brainwash education," explained what "shocked" him most when he first stepped on American soil. Kim Geum-Hyuk spoke to the YouTube channel, "DIMPLE," which shares stories and videos involving North Koreans, earlier this month. He grew up in the Hermit Kingdom and went to college in...
    Bartender? Registered nurse? How to find jobs in fields you never knew offered distance working Review: Can the 2020 Subaru Outback Compete With SUV Functionality? Donald Rumsfeld Fast Facts Here's a look at the life of former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. © Getty Images Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld...
    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews journalist Robert Draper, author of To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq. Draper and Morell discuss the key players, events and decisions that led to the George W. Bush administration's invasion of Iraq more than 15 years ago. Draper details...
    Record high temperatures will continue to be challenged across the Middle East this week as blistering heat and dry conditions remain over the region. The week got off to a blazing start in Baghdad, Iraq, with a temperature reading of 50.6 C (123.1 F) on Monday. But on Tuesday, the temperature climbed even higher. According...
    File image of members of an Iraqi Shia militia group marching in Baghdad – Reuters Britain’s ambassador to Iraq has been targeted by a graphic propaganda campaign featuring an image of his bloodied face after he spoke out against militia groups which are strengthening their grip on the war-torn country.  Stephen Hickey, who has...
    The once disorganized college students of Iraq chanting in the streets now have an opportunity to be a mature political party of reformation. As the youthful Iraqi protesters continue to march into their fifth month of demonstrations against government abandonment, gender oppression, Iran’s malign activities, corruption and mass suffering, they have created a political movement...
    BAGHDAD — At 24, Sama al-Diwani and her college sweetheart had big dreams. He was working on opening a bakery in Iraq. She was preparing to leave to England, where she would spend a year working on her masters’ degree in pharmacy. After that, they would reunite, get married and start a family. Those...
    BAGHDAD — At 24, Sama al-Diwani and her college sweetheart had big dreams. He was working on opening a bakery in Iraq. She was preparing to leave to England, where she would spend a year working on her masters’ degree in pharmacy. After that, they would reunite, get married and start a family. Those dreams...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Two anti-government protesters were killed and 21 were injured in Baghdad in new clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, human rights monitors and officials said Monday. The violence comes after months of quiet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Tension between the security forces and the demonstrators soared when dozens...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Two anti-government protesters were killed and 21 were injured in Baghdad in new clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, human rights monitors and officials said Monday. The violence comes after months of quiet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Tension between the security forces and the demonstrators soared when...
    By ZEINA KARAM and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — At 24, Sama al-Diwani and her college sweetheart had big dreams. He was working on opening a bakery in Iraq. She was preparing to leave to England, where she would spend a year working on her masters’ degree in pharmacy. After that, they would...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the United States and other countries launched military operations known as Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.FactsThe Allied coalition was made up of 39 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt,...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, its first daily jump over 100 in nearly four months. But the rise was predictable as health authorities had forecast a temporary spike driven by imported infections found among cargo ship crews and hundreds of...
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Every chapter of Iraq’s modern history can be seen in the sprawling cemetery of Wadi al-Salam outside the holy city of Najaf. Its sandy expanse is growing, this time with coronavirus victims. A special burial ground near the cemetery has been created specifically for COVID-19 victims because such burials have been...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A German arts curator who was kidnapped earlier this week was freed Friday by Iraqi security forces, security and government officials said. Hella Mewis was freed at 6:25 a.m. local time (0325 GMT) in an operation outside the capital Baghdad in which security forces raided a location based on information they obtained...
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Every chapter of Iraq’s modern history can be seen in the sprawling cemetery of Wadi al-Salam outside the holy city of Najaf. Its sandy expanse is growing, this time with coronavirus victims. A special burial ground near the cemetery has been created specifically for COVID-19 victims because such burials have been...
    (CNN)There has been a significant rise in ISIS attacks in Iraq and Syria, with the group exploiting security gaps in Iraq caused by the coronavirus pandemic to relaunch and invigorate its rural insurgency in the country, according to a report submitted to the UN Security Council that was made public on Thursday.The wide-ranging report, put...
    LONDON (Reuters) - A former manager of Monaco-based oil and gas consultancy Unaoil was on Thursday sentenced to 5 years in jail for bribing an Iraqi official to secure oil contracts after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said. British-Lebanese Ziad Akle, a 45-year-old former Iraq territory manager,...
    The surge has come home.  Using language borrowed from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Trump on Wednesday unveiled an open-ended deployment of Justice Department, FBI, and Homeland Security officers to Chicago—a place whites have often described in euphemistic and racist terms—and, to a lesser extent, Albuquerque.  Trump, joined by Attorney General Bill Barr,...
    Despite rocket attacks that have killed American soldiers, the U.S. mission in Iraq and Syria is narrowly focused on degrading the Islamic State and handing over responsibilities to Iraqi Security Forces, a coalition commander said. “They are clearly not our focus,” U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kenneth Ekman, deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, said...
    AN ANIMATED video on Iraqi television depicting a giant fist destroying American military tanks and coffins being flown home appears to send a threatening message to the U.S.  The chilling, minute-long video aired on Etejah TV on Monday, begins by showing rows of coffins wrapped in American flags inside a helicopter taking off in the...
    By Orhan Coskun, Daren Butler and John Davison ANKARA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Turkey is taking its decades-old conflict with Kurdish militants deep into northern Iraq, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds. The cross-border campaign has attracted less attention than Turkey's incursions into neighbouring Syria - partly because...
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader told Iraq’s visiting premier on Tuesday that Tehran will not interfere in Baghdad’s relations with Washington, but warned that the US presence next door to the Islamic republic was a cause of insecurity. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi of Iraq met Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Iranian capital during his...
    THE leader of ISIS rose to power through brutal campaigns of rape and slaughter, an expert on the jihadi death cult has said. Amir Mohammed Said Abd al-Rahman al-Mawla - known as the “Destroyer" - replaced Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who was killed by US special forces in October last year. 4A picture released by the...
    Tehran (AFP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi met Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Tuesday during his first trip abroad since taking office. Rouhani said in a joint news conference with Kadhemi that they had discussed expanding trade ties, fighting the novel coronavirus and efforts to ensure regional stability. “The two governments’ will...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq’s new prime minister arrived in Iran on Tuesday, his first official visit abroad since taking office more than two months ago, Iranian media reported. State television showed footage of Mustafa al-Kadhimi landing at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. The TV said al-Khadhimi would meet top Iranian leaders, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...