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At least three rockets land in Baghdad International Airport compound, civilian airplane damaged

At least three rockets have landed in the Baghdad International Airport compound and near an adjacent US airbase, damaging one disused civilian aeroplane, Iraqi police said. The rockets hit Baghdad International Airport’s runways or parking areas, a source at the interior ministry said, noting that a “civilian plane has been hit and damaged”. The attack […]

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Iraq: Thousands rally in Baghdad on anniversary of Iran general Qassem Soleimani’s death

Thousands of people rallied in the Iraqi capital to mark the second anniversary of the killing of a revered Iranian commander and his Iraqi lieutenant in a drone attack by the United States. Chanting “Death to America”, the marchers filled a Baghdad square to honour Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, who headed the Quds Force, the […]

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Mustafa al-Kadhimi: Iraqi prime minister escapes assassination attempt in Baghdad

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has said he escaped unhurt after an attack on his home in the capital Baghdad. Officials said his residence in the capital’s Green Zone was targeted by a drone laden with explosives, in an alleged assassination attempt. Earlier media reports said Mr al-Kadhimi had been taken to hospital. In a […]

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92 killed, more than 100 injured in fire at coronavirus hospital in Iraq after explosion of oxygen tank

A fire that tore through a coronavirus hospital in southern Iraq killed 92 people, health officials said on Tuesday, as authorities faced accusations of negligence from grieving relatives and a doctor who works there. More than 100 people were injured in the blaze on Monday night in Nassiriya, officials said. An investigation showed the fire […]

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14 rockets hit airbase hosting US and other foreign troops in Iraq

More than a dozen rockets hit an Iraqi military base hosting US and other international troops, wounding at least two people. Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesperson for the United States-led military coalition said the Al-Assad Air Base in western Iraq was attacked early by 14 rockets that landed on the base and its perimeter, prompting the activation […]

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Multiple rockets target Iraqi army bases hosting foreign troops and workers

Multiple rockets targeted Iraqi military bases hosting US-led coalition troops and foreign contractors, luckily no one was injured in the attacks. Iraq’s joint operations command said in a statement on Thursday one attack near a military base next to Baghdad’s airport was spearheaded by three explosives-laden drones, and one of the UAVs was intercepted and […]

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Two drones shot down over Al-Asad airbase in Iraq housing US and Iraqi coalition troops

Two drones were shot down over airbase housing US troops and Iraqi coalition forces on Sunday, Iraqi military said in a statement. The air defense system at Al-Asad Airbase, one of the largest and oldest military bases in Iraq, intercepted and shot down the drones, the statement said. Several hours before, the Baghdad Diplomatic Support […]

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Iraq estimates $150 billion was smuggled out in corrupt deals since US-led invasion in 2003

An estimated $150 billion of stolen money has been smuggled out of Iraq in corrupt deals since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iraqi President Barham Salih said Sunday. “Of the close to a thousand billion dollars made from oil since 2003, an estimated $150 billion of stolen money has been smuggled out of […]

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82 killed, 110 injured in fire at intensive care unit of Iraqi hospital

At least 82 people died after a fire broke out in the coronavirus intensive care unit of the Ibn Khatib hospital in Baghdad, as Iraq faces a growing wave of COVID-19 cases. The fire on Sunday was sparked by an accident that caused an oxygen tank to explode, according to media reports. The health ministry […]

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Fire rips through intensive care unit of Baghdad Covid-19 hospital, 27 dead

At least 27 people died after a fire broke out in the coronavirus intensive care unit of the Ibn Khatib hospital in Baghdad, as Iraq faces a growing wave of COVID-19 cases. The fire was sparked by an accident that caused an oxygen tank to explode, according to media reports. There were 30 patients and […]

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5 rockets hit the Iraqi military airbase, two soldiers wounded

At least five rockets hit the Iraqi military airbase at Balad north of Baghdad, wounding two Iraqi soldiers, the Iraqi military said in a statement. Security officials had said earlier that the Katyusha rockets had fallen on the area of the base that houses US contractors, and that no casualties had been reported. No group […]

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Pope Francis lands in Iraq for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation

Pope Francis landed in Iraq for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is expected to meet with members of the country’s dwindling Christian community and draw attention to their plight. The trip, which marks the first-ever papacy visit to Iraq, also includes meetings with the country’s top political and religious officials. It […]