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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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Iraq: Heavy rains cause floods in Kurdish capital Erbil; At least 8 killed, several injured

At least eight people have died and several have been injured after torrential rains caused severe flooding in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, officials said. Provincial Governor Omid Khoshnaw said on Friday that women and children were among those killed after the heavy overnight swept through a number of […]

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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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ISIS attack on Iraqi village kills at least 11 ‘defenceless civilians’ and wounds several others

At least 11 people died and several others were wounded in an ISIS attack on a village in Diyala province in eastern Iraq, the country’s security forces said. The attack on Tuesday targeted “defenceless civilians” in the village of al-Hawasha, near the town of Muqdadiya, the Joint Operations Command said in a statement. Police said […]

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Sami Jasim al-Jaburi: Iraq captures Islamic State’s financial chief who has $5 million US bounty on his head

Iraq claims to have captured the jihadist group Islamic State’s financial chief in an operation outside its borders. Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was arrested in a “complex external operation” by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted. He added that Mr Jasim, also known as Hajji Hamid, was a deputy leader of IS […]

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3,500-year-old clay tablet looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago heads back to Iraq

A 3,500-year-old clay tablet that was looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago is headed back to Iraq. Known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, it was acquired by the company Hobby Lobby in 2014 for display in the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C authorities seized it in 2019, saying it was stolen […]

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Explosive laden drones attack Iraq’s Erbil airport

Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq has been targeted in a drone attack, Kurdish security officials said, the latest in a series of similar incidents over the past year. The internal security service for Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport. A second […]

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At least 12 Iraqi police personnel killed in attack near Kirkuk, ISIS suspected

Over a dozen Iraqi police officers were killed in an attack the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is suspected of carrying out at a security checkpoint. Twin attack on Sunday in the al-Rashad region south of Kirkuk city, took place just after midnight. The attackers first engaged in a military confrontation with police officers that lasted about […]

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Three Turkish soldiers killed in explosion while carrying cross-border operation in northern Iraq

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and two were wounded by explosives planted by fighters in northern Iraq, Turkey’s defence ministry said. The ministry said on Monday the incident took place the day before in a region where Turkey was carrying out a cross-border operation. A statement said three Turkish soldiers were “martyred” and two […]

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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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United States conducts airstrikes near Iraq-Syria border targeting Iran-backed militias

The United States carried out air strikes against Iran-backed militias near the Iraq-Syria border in response to drone attacks on its forces in Iraq. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the strikes targeted “operational and weapons storage facilities” at three locations. President Biden had been clear he would act to protect US personnel, he added. The […]