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50 prisoners in Iraq face possible execution on Monday following unfair trials: UN

50 prisoners in Iraq face possible execution on Monday following conviction on terrorism-related crimes in unfair trials, according to the United Nations human rights experts. In a joint statement released on Friday, UN experts urged the Baghdad government to immediately halt all mass executions, noting that 21 prisoners had been executed in October, followed by […]

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Donald Trump makes ‘earth-shaking defence and foreign policy’ changes before leaving White House by reducing troop levels In Afghanistan, Iraq

United States will reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, before Joe Biden takes over. The Pentagon also outlined a modest withdrawal of US forces days after Trump fired former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who had insisted on the need to maintain troop levels in Afghanistan to […]

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Iraqi forces clear protests in capital’s Tahrir Square after anti-establishment demonstrations erupted a year ago

Iraqi forces reopened a key bridge in Baghdad and cleared out tents from a sit-in in the capital’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of an anti-establishment protest movement that erupted a year ago to demand basic services, employment opportunities and an end to corruption. Some 600 protesters were killed and thousands of others wounded in clashes […]

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Gunmen shoot dead Iraqi activist in Basra who led anti-government protests

A political activists was shot dead in the Iraqi city of Basra, in the third such attack within a week. Riham Yaqoob, a doctor who led local anti-government protests, was killed by unidentified assailants on Wednesday. The killing on Friday of another activist, Tahseen Osama, saw protesters take to the streets to demand the authorities […]

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Hundreds defy social distancing to join anti-govt protests in Iraq

Hundreds of Iraqis gathered in central Baghdad for fresh anti-government protests demanding better living conditions and an overhaul of the country’s political system, just days after the formation of a new government. The gathering in Tahrir Square on Sunday came after Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the country’s new prime minister, promised to release demonstrators arrested during the […]

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15 rocket strikes in Iraq kill two Americans and a UK soldier

Three people were killed after a base hosting US and UK troops in Iraq was hit by a rocket attack. At least 12 people were injured in the attack on the Taji military camp, north of Baghdad. US military sources said an American soldier, an American contractor and a British soldier were killed. Tension has […]

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Multiple rockets hit an Iraqi base hosting American troops

Multiple rockets hit an Iraqi base hosting American troops near the US embassy early Sunday, the latest in a flurry of attacks against US assets in the country. “The Coalition confirms small rockets impacted the Iraqi base hosting (coalition) troops in the International Zone… No casualties,” said coalition spokesman Myles Caggins. That base, known as […]

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Over 100 American troops suffered brain injuries following Iranian missile strikes

The US military is preparing to report a more than 50 per cent jump in the number of cases of traumatic brain injury stemming from Iran’s missile attack on a base in Iraq last month, US officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement, said there […]

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50 US troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following Iranian missile strikes

Fifty US military personnel have now been diagnosed with concussions and traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, according to a statement Tuesday from the Pentagon. That’s an increase of 16 from late last week when the Pentagon said 34 cases had been diagnosed. “As of today, 50 U.S. service […]

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Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid anti-govt protests

The US embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone came under attack from rocket fire on Sunday evening. Five rockets crashed into a riverbank near the embassy in the Iraqi capital without causing any injuries, the US Joint Operations Command said in a statement, but AFP news agency citing a security source said three of […]

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34 US troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after missile strikes

The Pentagon said on Friday that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced. President Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran’s attack had not killed or injured any […]

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Hundreds protest in ‘Million Man March’ against US troop presence in Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of protesters were marching through Baghdad on Friday calling for US troops to leave Iraq, heeding the call of powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who called for a “Million Man March.” Families and children held aloft signs that read “no, no to America” and “no, no to occupation” amid a sea of Iraqi […]