16 September 2019
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Jim Mattis, the former Marine Corps general and Pentagon chief, has lashed 2020 Democratic front-runner Joe Biden for fueling the rise of ISIS by insisting on the total withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.  "You may want a war over. You may declare it over. You may even try to walk away from it. But the bottom line is the enemy gets a vote, as we say in the military, and we simply have got to understand that terrorism is…
It has been more than a month-and-a-half since US officials concluded that an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil pipeline was orchestrated by pro-Iran Shia militants operating out of southern Iraq and about the same amount of time since US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the issue with the Iraqi government. Despite US “pressure” on the Iraqis to act, Baghdad denied the involvement of Tehran’s proxies or that an attack was launched from Iraqi soil and opted to ignore Washington,…
Despite achieving the highest wheat production rate since 1998, agricultural success in Iraq has been derailed by mysterious fires that have not been successfully explained. Iraqi farmers, after years of work and benefiting from heavy rain, achieved self-sufficiency in wheat and barley production. Their efforts, however, were undone in mere hours when fires destroyed crops across various agricultural areas of northern Iraq. Scenes of fires burning hundreds of hectares in Nineveh, Kirkuk and Saladin provinces appeared online in the first…
Iraq is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists, ranking 160th out of 180 countries, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index. BAGHDAD - Journalists are often at risk while reporting on armed conflicts but in Iraq they have been deliberately attacked, arrested and intimidated by armed groups, government militias, tribes and political parties for addressing sensitive topics such as corruption. Sheer difficulties and tremendous obstacles face journalists in their daily assignments and quest for information, especially when…
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been skyrocketing in the Arabian Gulf over the past few weeks as the two powers clashover Tehran's suspected nuclear capabilities and Washington's insistence on scuppering what is left of the Iran nuclear deal. Considering Iran's overbearing influence on its Western neighbour, Iraq has now found itself between the competing interests of the ailing but still pre-eminent global power, the US, and its regional adversary, Iran. Domestically, Iraq is still struggling with corruption despite years…
Suspected ISIS militants and sympathizers are packed into prisons across northern Iraq. Most are men, but some are women: often wives or female relatives of ISIS militants. While almost all prisoners experience abuse, inhumane quarters, torture, and detainment without trial, women are abused specifically because they are women. Iraqi security forces target enemies by illegally arresting their female relatives. Women are threatened with sexual violence or are actually abused, in front of their husbands and children. When women are tortured to confess, they are…
With the downfall of the Islamic State group in Syria, the world is facing the challenge of what to do with the thousands of locals and foreigners who fled the crumbling caliphate — among them at least 70 Australian children. Reluctant to allow "radicalised" citizens to return home, the international community has increasingly looked for a solution across the border in Iraq, where many Iraqis and foreigners have already been sent to face sentences ranging from 15 years in prison to the death…

Iraq comes back from the cold Saturday, 04 May 2019 05:12

 Arabs should lend a helping hand as the country sheds its Iranian shackles After US troops overthrew the Saddam Hussain regime in 2003, the George W. Bush administration dismantled the state institutions and dissolved the Iraqi army, police and security services, leaving the door open for chaos and anarchy. Motivated by revenge, Tehran spread havoc across Iraq dragging it into a sectarian civil war. According to Unesco reports, Iraq was the only Middle Eastern country that succeeded in eradicating illiteracy.…
Assad’s alliance with Iraq’s militias predates Alfayyadh’s appointment and the institutionalisation of the PMF.  Sunday 28/04/2019 Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces has demonstrated in Iraq and Syria why its presence in politics matters. The Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) upheld its promise of fighting for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ailing forces in Syria following Mosul’s recapture from the Islamic State (ISIS), binding Assad and the Iran-backed PMF closer together. Iraqi national security adviser Falih Alfayyadh arrived in Damascus on April 14 for…
There appears to be little agreement among spectators over the motives and demands driving Iraq’s protest movement, which has grown in since late 2011. What isn’t in dispute is that protest activities are a permanent feature of the Iraqi political landscape and it seems that Iraq is not alone. Resource-rich Algeria was gripped by similar trends after its population took to the streets in reaction to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s announced intention to run for a fifth term in upcoming elections.…
Iraq’s Sunnis have been abandoned by their government and are at the mercy of killers and war criminals who rival ISIS in their brutality.  Humanitarians have always faced a hard task in Iraq. Not only are there literally millions of people in need of aid, with the United Nations saying there are at least 1.3 million internally displaced persons in the country, but the length in time of the crisis has increased difficulties for aid workers. It would seem sensible…
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