Intense sectarian party rivalry amid Iraqi parliamentary elections

Saturday, 12 May 2018

As the first Iraqi parliamentary elections took off in the country on Saturday morning, the first since the country’s defeat over ISIS, preliminary analysis suggest intense rivalry among sectarian parties. In the northern part of the capital, the Shiites will be competing in the neighborhoods of Sadr City, Husseiniya and al-Shaab. East of the capital, they will be competing in al-Baladiyat, al-Obeidi, New Baghdad and al-Zafaraniya. In the south, competition takes place in al-Bayaa, al-Elam ...

Iraq’s Maliki and Jabouri warn against rigged election results

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Iraqi Vice President and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was the first to vote in the country’s landmark parliamentary elections at a polling center in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday. After voting, Maliki warned of potentially disastrous outcomes in the event of the results being “rigged through electronic devices.” Maliki is the main opponent of the current Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi. President of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim al-Jubouri also issued a ...

PHOTOS: Iraq holds its first parliamentary election since ISIS defeat

Friday, 11 May 2018

Iraqis vote Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over ISIS. The balloting is expected to be a referendum on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s tenure and his pledge to be more inclusive of Iraq’s Sunni minority. Entrenched corruption, the influence of Iran and the future of US forces currently in Iraq are other issues that have dominated the run-up to the election. There are 329 seats at stake, with nearly 7,000 candidates from dozens of ...

Iraqi forces capture five top ISIS leaders in cross-border raid

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The US-led coalition says Iraqi forces in coordination with US-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior ISIS group leaders. In a statement on Thursday, coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon called the arrest a “significant blow” to ISIS terror group. ISIS fighters no longer control significant pockets of territory inside Iraq, but do maintain a grip inside Syria along Iraq’s border. The US-led coalition supported Iraqi ground forces and Syrian fighters known as the ...

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi travels in east Syria with tight-knit group

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

ISIS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is hiding in eastern Syria and moves around with only a small group of followers, including one of his sons, an Iraqi intelligence official said Wednesday. ISIS retains territory in the desert plains along the Iraqi frontier despite losing the vast bulk of its cross-border “caliphate” to various military offensives. The senior Iraqi official said Baghdadi was in the Hajin, Shaddadi, Suwar and Markadah areas and “travels accompanied by four ...

Iraq to close airports and border crossings during election

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Iraqi authorities said Wednesday they will close the country's borders and airspace for 24 hours over an upcoming parliamentary election as they seek to impose a security lockdown. The measures running throughout Saturday are similar to ones applied during previous nationwide polls in the conflict-wracked nation. Some 24.5 million Iraqi voters are registered to cast their ballots in the fourth parliamentary vote since the 2003 toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein. The poll comes just five months ...

Egypt refers 555 ISIS Sinai suspects to trial

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Egypt's public prosecutor has referred to military trial 555 people accused of belonging to a branch of the ISIS group in the Sinai Peninsula, a judicial official said Tuesday.The 555 were alleged to have formed 43 cells as part of Wilayat Sinai, "whose elements carried out 63 terrorist operations", the official said, referring to the group that pledged allegiance to ISIS.They were accused of murder and the attempted killing of officers and personnel of the armed forces and police in ...

Iraqi intelligence reveals where ISIS’s Baghdadi believed to be hiding

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Iraqi officials speaking to Fox News on Sunday said that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still at large, and is being actively hunted.“The last information we have is he is in Al-Hajin in Syria, 18 miles from the border in Deir ez-Zor province,” Abu Ali al-Basri, director-general of the intelligence and counter-terrorism office at the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, told Fox News.According to Basri, reports of Baghdadi’s whereabouts are new, and being used to carry out a ...

US Navy jets begin sorties against ISIS in Syria from Mediterranean

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

A US naval strike force led by aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman began sorties on May 3 against Islamic State in Syria, continuing missions by a US-led coalition against the militants.The force joined the US Sixth Fleet on April 18, nearly a week after the United States, Britain and France launched air strikes targeting what Western powers said were Syrian chemical weapons installations.The Navy said it was a scheduled deployment to support coalition partners, NATO allies and US national ...

30 regime forces killed fighting ISIS in Damascus

Monday, 7 May 2018

More than 30 Syrian government troops have been killed in a southern district of the capital in a fierce counter-offensive by Islamic State group fighters, a monitor said Monday. Regime forces are seeking to end ISIS's years-long foothold in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk and neighbouring district of Hajar al-Aswad, both in southern Damascus. Last week, troops managed to sever a route linking the two areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said, but ISIS launched a fightback at ...

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