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Iranian-backed Iraqi militia to back Hezbollah in any war against Israel

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Akram al-Kaabi, the secretary general of Iraq’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement which is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces fighting in Syria, said on Tuesday during a visit to Beirut that his forces will fight alongside Lebanon’s Hezbollah in case Israel attacks it. Kaabi’s statements came after he visited the tomb of Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyah in Beirut’s southern suburb. Mughniyah was killed in 2008 in a car bomb attack in Damascus. “We will be ...

ISIS’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is ‘alive but wounded’ in Syria hideout

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

An Iraqi interior ministry official said ISIS's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike. "We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organization that al-Baghdadi is still alive and hiding" in Syria's northeastern Jazira region, said intelligence and counterterrorism department head Abu Ali al-Basri, quoted today in the government daily As-Sabah. ISIS retains a ...

Iraq says reconstruction after war on ISIS to cost $88 billion

Monday, 12 February 2018

Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with ISIS will cost $88.2 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told an international donors’ conference on Monday. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait this week to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with the hardline militants who seized almost a third of the country. Iraq declared victory over ISIS in ...

Saudi consulate to re-open in Basra, Iraq

Monday, 12 February 2018

The Iraqi government announced that the Saudi Arabian consulate will open in the city of Basra within two weeks.Under the direction of Saudi leadership, the consulate will be in a temporary location with its staff set to arrive to begin working soon.The head of the Saudi delegation, Abdulrahman al-Shehri, who visited the Iraqi city on Sunday said that the consulate will open soon in order to provide needed services and facilitate pilgrimage and travel of investors between both countries.An ...

VIDEO: Iraq’s female weightlifters help their parents pay rent

Monday, 12 February 2018

These young women are Iraq’s only female weightlifting team. Every day, for three hours, they train in this old gym in Baghdad's conservative Sadr city neighbourhood 21-year-old Huda was the first to join the team in 2011. She says she has been watching weightlifters since she was five years old. Huda Salim, 21, a member of the Iraqi female weightlifting team said "Some say I challenge men, that women don't do weightlifting. I tell them: No, I challenge men, and we can do everything ...

Iraq militia commander Qais Khazali issues warning to American troops

Monday, 12 February 2018

Qais Khazali, a Popular Mobilization militia commander, threatened to target American troops in Iraq and voiced rejection of America’s military presence in the country after they eliminated ISIS. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said there was a plan to gradually decrease the number of US-led coalition troops. “The battle against ISIS has ended, and so the level of the American presence will be reduced,” government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi told the Associated ...

French foreign minister visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction

Monday, 12 February 2018

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Monday to discuss the war-torn country's reconstruction with Iraqi officials after Baghdad declared victory against ISIS."I have come to tell you of France's support and to accompany you. We will always be there. We were there to participate in the coalition. We will also be there in the reconstruction phase," Le Drian said.France has been a key member of the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS after the jihadist group ...

World Bank’s IFC calls for investment in Iraq reconstruction

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The World Bank’s private sector arm urged international companies on Sunday to overcome concerns about funding reconstruction projects in Iraq and seize high-yield investment opportunities in the country. The International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) country manager for Iraq, Ziad Badr, was speaking in Kuwait ahead of an international conference this week for donors and investors to rebuild and revive Iraq’s economy as the country emerges from a devastating three-war against ...

Iraq expects grain imports to be high this year due to dry weather

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Iraq’s grain imports will be high this year as dry weather will curb domestic crops, an Iraqi official said on Sunday. “This year is dry, our imports will be very large this year,” Sami al-Araji, the head of Iraq’s National Investment Commission said at a conference in Kuwait. Iraq, a major importer of grains, consumes around 5 million tons of wheat a year. Rice and wheat are imported by the trade ministry for Iraq’s food ...

One in four Iraqi children in poverty after war on ISIS

Sunday, 11 February 2018

One in four Iraqi children are in poverty and four million are in need of assistance as a result of the country’s war with ISIS militants, the United Nation’s children agency said on Sunday. The UN has verified 150 attacks on education facilities and 50 attacks on health centers and personnel since 2014, UNICEF said in a statement. Half of Iraq’s schools need repairs and over 3 million children have had their education interrupted, it said. Iraq ...

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