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British embassy on alert after Soleimani killing

Britain has increased its security and readiness at military bases in the Middle East after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, Sky News reported on Friday without citing sources. Britain has about 400 military personnel in Iraq, who help provide training in the country. They are mostly located …

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Iraqi PM condemns Soleimani’s, Al-Muhandis murder

Iraq’s prime minister condemned on Friday the U.S. killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and said it would “light the fuse” of war. The United States killed Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran’s spreading military influence …

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Sistani calls for calmn after Suleimani’s murder

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned on Friday a U.S. air strike on Baghdad airport that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and called on all parties to practice restraint. “The vicious attack on Baghdad international airport last night …

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Anti-US protests erupt around Baghdad embassy

Protesters and militia fighters enraged by U.S. air strikes on Iraq staged a violent demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, torching a security post and hurling stones as security forces and embassy guards hit back with stun grenades and tear gas. Iraqi officials said the ambassador and …

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Iraqi militias ready for further US attacks

A top Iraqi militia leader warned of a strong response against U.S. forces in Iraq following air strikes in Iraq and Syria overnight that hit several bases of his Iranian-backed group and killed at least 25 people. The U.S. military carried out air strikes on Sunday against the Iranian-backed Kataib …

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US civilian contractor killed in Iraqi Katyusha attack

U.S. civilian contractor was killed in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Friday, U.S. officials said. Several U.S. service members and Iraq personnel were also wounded, the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said in a statement, adding that Iraqi security forces …

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US forces in Iraq recieve rocket attack

Several rockets were launched on Friday into Iraq’s K1 military base, which houses U.S. and Iraqi forces near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, the Iraqi military said in a statement without elaborating. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. Security sources said security forces found a launchpad …

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Iraq makes electoral reforms in answer to protestors

Iraq’s parliament approved on Tuesday a new electoral law, a key demand of protesters to make elections fairer, but political deadlock is still holding up the selection of an interim prime minister, threatening renewed unrest. Mass protests have gripped Iraq since Oct. 1 and protesters, most of them young, are …

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Sistani condemns arbitrary attacks on protestors

Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned recent killings of anti-government protesters and urged full state control over the use of weapons in the country following one particular deadly attack by masked gunmen in Baghdad. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani rarely weighs in on politics except in times of crisis …

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Katyusha rockets hit military base outside of Baghdad

Four Katyusha rockets struck a military base next to Baghdad International Airport on Monday wounding “six fighters”, a statement from the military said. Security forces found a rocket launcher and several rockets in a search of the area, the statement said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It was …

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Several Iraqi protestors shot by gunmen

Gunmen killed at least six people near a protest site in central Baghdad on Friday, police and medics said. More than 20 others were wounded near Tahrir Square, the main protest camp in the Iraqi capital, the sources said. Source: Reuters

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Iraqi PM’s resignation okayed by parliament

Iraq’s parliament voted on Sunday to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, following weeks of violent anti-government protests that have rocked the country. Abdul Mahdi’s decision to quit on Friday came after a call by Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for parliament to …

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Iraqi PM still not sure he will leave

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the country’s senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest. Violence raged on in southern Iraq, however, killing at least 21 people, and one protester was …

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Pakistani to shade pilgrim road in Iraq, with trees

A retired Pakistani industrialist sent thousands of saplings to Iraq on Friday to bring shade to pilgrims, an idea formed when his relatives returned from a holy site with sunburn. Mohammedi Durbar, 85, wants to plant nearly 50,000 trees along the entire 80-km (50-mile) pilgrimage route between Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim …

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Iraq apologies for attack on Najaf consulate

Iraq condemned an attack on Iran’s consulate in the southern city of Najaf, its state news agency said early on Thursday, citing the foreign ministry, after the building was stormed and set ablaze by Iraqi protesters the previous day. Wednesday’s attack was ‘aimed at damaging the historical relations between Iraq …

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Pence reassures Kurds, discusses Iraq protests

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington had betrayed its Kurdish allies there. His trip included a visit with Nechirvan Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan region …

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More killed as Iraqi protests persist

Seven people were killed on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at demonstrators in Baghdad, security and medical sources said, in renewed deadly violence as authorities seek to crush anti-government protests. The cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly …

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Iraqi protestors move to new port

Protesters have blocked the entrance to Iraq’s Khor al-Zubair commodities port near Basra, preventing trucks from entering, port officials told Reuters on Tuesday, as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades continue. Khor al-Zubair is Iraq’s second main Gulf port. It is used to export cargoes of gas condensates …

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Protestors block way to Umm Qasr

Protesters have once again blocked the entrance to Iraq’s Umm Qasr commodities port near Basra, preventing employees and tankers from entering and bringing operations down by 50%, two port sources told Reuters on Monday. If the blockage goes on until the afternoon, operations will come to a complete halt, the …

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Solitary rocket hits Baghdad green zone

A rocket hit Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which houses embassies and government buildings, on Sunday but caused no casualties or major damage, two police sources said. Diplomatic sources said aerial bombardment sirens sounded after a blast. Source: Reuters

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Iraqi protests capture key bridge in Baghdad

Iraqi protesters occupied part of a main bridge in Baghdad on Saturday that security forces had pushed them away from a week before, a Reuters photographer said. Demonstrators also occupied a tall building overlooking the bridge, taking new ground in the center of the Iraqi capital after protests had appeared …

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Iraqi protestors won’t retreat

Wearing surgical masks, motorcycle helmets and clothes stained with blood and grime, they populate the protest barricades of Baghdad, chanting for the government to fall. Young Iraqis have been out in their thousands since mass anti-government protests kicked off on Oct. 1 in the capital and then quickly spread to …

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US now calling for early elections in Iraq

The United States has called on Iraq’s government to stop using violence against protesters, reform its electoral system and hold early elections, after weeks of unrest in which security forces have killed nearly 300 protesters. The protests that began on Oct. 1 were initially focused on a lack of jobs …

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Italian forces targeted in blast in Iraq

An explosive device was detonated in northern Iraq on Sunday as a vehicle carrying Italian special forces drove nearby, injuring five soldiers, three of them seriously, the Italian military said on Sunday. The attack happened near the city of Kirkuk. The wounded men were evacuated by U.S. helicopters to a …

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17 rockets strike near US base in Iraq

A barrage of 17 rockets landed near a military base hosting U.S. forces in northern Iraq on Friday but caused no injuries or major material damage, an Iraqi military statement said. A security source said the rockets landed near the Qayyara military base. The statement and the source did not …

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Iraqi authorities crack down on internet

Internet access in the capital Baghdad and much of Iraq has been cut off, internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said late on Monday as the country experiences a wave of anti-government protests. “At the time of writing, national connectivity has fallen below 19% of normal levels sending tens of millions of …

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Turkey apprehends Baghdadi’s sister

Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law who were also detained. Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid near Azaz, the official …

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Iraqis killed trying to break into Iraqi consulate

Three protesters were shot dead by Iraqi security forces who opened fire on a crowd trying to storm the Iranian consulate in the Shi’ite Muslim holy city of Kerbala overnight, security and medical sources said on Monday. The incident was the latest sign of anti-Iranian anger that has emerged during …

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