Democracy and legislation related to child marriage

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Iraq today has an elected parliament. Ninety years ago, it also had an elected parliament. It is thus one of the oldest countries practicing modern democracy. Theoretically, societies’ awareness is supposed to develop with time. However, this is not always the case. Iraq’s parliamentarians are currently looking into amending personal status law to legislate few matters such as allowing parents to marry off minor girls, as young as nine, and allowing tribes to resort to tribal customs ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Jordan to build logistics airport for Syria, Iraq reconstruction

Monday, 20 November 2017

Jordan has signed an agreement with a leading American company and a number of international firms to construct a logistics airport and a major logistics center in the province of Mafraq to be a springboard for reconstruction work for Syria and Iraq. Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Ya’rub al-Qudah, said that the government has reached a deal to establish an airport for logistics services in Mafraq, 60 kilometers northeast of the capital Amman, close to the Jordanian-Syrian borders ...

Corruption, the second major challenge for Iraq

Monday, 20 November 2017

Driving ISIS out of the Iraqi town of Rawa – the group’s last stronghold in the country – was inevitable as a terrorist gang cannot defeat a state regardless of its size and brutality. The terror outfits “victory” three and a half years ago was achieved because Iraq did not have a proper government at the time. There was an entity that resembled a government spearheaded by a gang of “politicians” competing over money, power and authority. They were ...

Adnan Hussein

Iraq’s top court declares Kurd referendum unconstitutional

Monday, 20 November 2017

Iraq's supreme court on Monday declared that September's referendum on independence in the autonomous Kurdish areas in the north of the country was unconstitutional.A statement said the court "rendered a decision declaring unconstitutional the referendum held on September 25, 2017 in Iraqi Kurdistan... and cancelling all the consequences and results that resulted".Monday's legal move was the latest stage in a crisis sparked by the referendum, which resulted in a resounding ...

ANALYSIS: How Iran has its eyes set on Iraq oil

Monday, 20 November 2017

Iran, sensing the increasing international isolation, has long sketched the necessary blueprints to prevent a future already becoming very bleak. For decades Tehran has maintained this entire country and its vast oil reserves in its crosshairs. Recent developments in Iraqi Kurdistan prove the Iranian regime’s devious intentions and should alert the international community. The government of Iraq, jockeying to maintain ties with both Washington and Tehran, has unprecedentedly agreed to ...

Advisor to Iranian general Qassem Suleimani killed in eastern Syria

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Khairallah Samadi, a consultant of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, was killed after he was injured by a mortar splinter during battles between Syrian regime forces and ISIS in Albu Kamal, east of Syria, Iranian media outlets reported. Samadi was a retired member of Ansar al-Mahdi Brigade in Zanjan, north of Iran, and he participated in the Iranian-Iraqi war between 1980 and 1988, the Iranian reports added.  

Iran has exported 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas to Iraq since June

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Iran has exported 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas to Iraq since late June, the managing director for the Iranian Gas Transmission Company, Saeed Tavakoli, said Saturday, according to SHANA, the website of the Iranian oil ministry. Iran has planned for the export of up to 25 million cubic meters of gas per day to Baghdad, Tavakoli said. The neighbors, both members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, initially signed a deal in 2013 for Iran to supply Iraqi power stations, ...

Iraqi forces recapture last ISIS-held town Rawa

Friday, 17 November 2017

Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIS control, on Friday, signaling the complete defeat of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The capture of the town located 275 kilometers northwest of Baghdad marks the end of ISIS’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings,” ...

A ‘selfie’ brings Miss Iraq and Miss Israel together

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Miss Universe international beauty pageant brought together the contestants from Israel and Iraq, which are, when it comes to politics, officially enemies. The pair posed together for selfies they posted to Instagram and Facebook as an unusual gesture of peace and coexistence, according to Times of Israel. “Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she’s amazing,” Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman captioned her post on instagram. While on facebook, she wrote “Practicing bringing ...

ISIS has lost 95 percent of its ‘caliphate’: US-led coalition

Thursday, 16 November 2017

ISIS group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. "Since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria," Washington's envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said late Wednesday after a meeting in Jordan, using an alternative acronym for ISIS. The militant group swept across Syria and Iraq the same year, ...

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