Iranians protest in Iraq following arrest of prominent Shiite cleric

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A protest was held in front of the Iranian consulate in Karbala on Wednesday following the arrest of a prominent Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Sayyid al-Shirazi, by order of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.The dozens of protesters, including some Shiite clerics, chanted the slogan ‘death to the Vilayat-e-Faqih (the guardianship of the Islamic Jurist)’ and called for Shirazi’s immediate release while holding Iraq responsible for allowing Iran to arrest the Iraqi cleric.According to ...

Iraqi parliament approves $88 bln budget, Kurdish lawmakers boycott vote

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Iraq’s parliament approved a long-delayed budget on Saturday, the first since declaring victory over ISIS after three years of war, but Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the vote over their region’s diminished allocation. The budget of 104 trillion Iraqi dinars ($88 billion) is based on projected oil exports of 3.8 million barrels per day (bpd) at a price of $46, a copy of the final bill showed. It envisions government revenues of 91.64 trillion dinars ($77.6 billion) with a deficit of ...

Iraq seeks $100 bln to reconstruct transport, agriculture and oil sectors

Friday, 9 February 2018

Iraq seeks around $100 billion in foreign investment in transport, energy and agriculture as part of a plan to rebuild parts of the country and revive the economy after a three-year war on ISIS. The government’s National Investment Commission published a list of 157 projects it will seek investment for at an International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq to be hosted by Kuwait Feb. 12 to 14. Some of these projects are about rebuilding destroyed facilities like Mosul’s airport, ...

Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS captivity dies of acute heart failure

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Shahd Khodr Mirza, a Yazidi girl who hails from the town of Tal Banat in Iraq, passed away on Tuesday at 16 years old after being under ISIS captivity for three years. Shahd died at a hospital in Dahuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan after suffering from acute heart failure which may have resulted from the physical and psychological torture she suffered while being held by ISIS. Farida Fleit, who works at the NGO Yazda which supports Yazidi minorities, told Al Arabiya that Shahd was continually raped ...

World Bank funds fight against Baghdad water woes

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Iraqi capital's decrepit water network will be overhauled under a $210 million World Bank project aimed at tackling chronic supply shortages and outbreaks of disease.Five million people are expected to benefit from the work, which includes steps to stop leaking sewer pipes contaminating Baghdad's water supply, the Bank said in a statement on Wednesday.A 135,000 cubic meter reservoir will help the city cope with climate-induced droughts.Sewerage pumping stations will be modernizsed to reduce ...

Iraq says 26 companies allowed to bid for oil, gas blocks in border areas

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Iraqi oil ministry said on Friday 26 companies have qualified to bid for oil and gas blocks in border areas.Five companies qualified recently to take part in the bidding round, alongside 21 others already selected, the ministry said in a statement.In November Iraq invited foreign companies to bid for contracts to explore and develop oil and natural gas reserves in nine new blocks as the OPEC nation seeks to boost its output capacity.The bidding terms will be finalized by the end of May and ...

Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid violent protests

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Two political parties have withdrawn from Iraq’s Kurdish regional government amid street protests over delayed salaries, poor services and rampant corruption, a Kurdish lawmaker said Thursday.Thousands of Kurds have taken to the streets in recent days in Sulaimaniyah, a stronghold of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, torching tires and attacking the offices of political parties. Security forces have used tear gas and fired live rounds to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators, and have ...

Iraq accused of violating due process for ISIS suspects

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Human Rights Watch in a report on Tuesday criticized Iraq and the autonomous Kurdish authorities over mass trials of suspected ISIS group militants.In "Flawed Justice: Accountability for ISIS Crimes in Iraq", HRW said Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities in the north were holding "thousands of trials of Islamic State suspects without a strategy to prioritize the worst abuses under Iraqi and international law"."The broad prosecution under terrorism law of all those ...

Suicide attack targets Nahrawan area south east of Baghdad

Monday, 27 November 2017

Two suicide attackers shot several civilians before one of them blew himself up in the Nahrawan area, south east of Baghdad, on Monday Iraq's Interior Ministry said, without providing casualty figures. Local media reported that at least nine people were killed.  

Iraq: Deadly suicide car bomb rocks disputed town north of Baghdad

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A suicide car bomber has killed at least 32 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security official said. Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, the official said. A doctor at the town’s general hospital put the number of wounded at 80, some of them lightly injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by ...

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