30 May 2020
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Iraq’s new prime minister made a significant gesture towards the country’s protest movement on Sunday as the country’s judiciary ordered courts to release all protesters held in prison. In a briefing on Saturday, he vowed to ensure their release, except those involved in violence, and announced the opening of an investigation into anti-government rallies that have descended into violence since October so the families of those killed while protesting can be compensated. The Supreme Judiciary Council said in a statement…
Anti-government rallies resumed in some Iraqi cities on Sunday, clashing with security forces and ending months of relative calm just days after Prime Minister Mustafa al Kazimi's government came to power. The protests first erupted in Baghdad and southern cities in October, demanding an end to corruption and unemployment and an overhaul of the ruling class. But internal splits, a rise in US-Iran tensions and a lockdown imposed by coronavirus effectively snuffed out the movement earlier this year, leaving a…
Iraqis have expressed their hope that the new Iraqi government headed by Mustafa Al-kadhemi will correct the political path in the Levantine country, answer to the demands of protestors, and fight corruption that has drained national resources. Many said they were cautiously optimistic towards the government winning the confidence vote and its ability to face the great challenges that beset Iraq. Some of the challenges faced by Iraq are the outbreak of the coronavirus, the collapse of oil prices in…
Iraq’s judiciary has been under pressure to exonerate corrupt politicians being investigated for embezzlement and abuse of power, the spokesperson for the Supreme Judicial Council said yesterday. Judge Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar said while the judiciary is taking serious steps to fight corruption and hold embezzlers to account, including some politicians and ministers, they have launched social media campaigns through their allies residing outside of Iraq to accuse Iraqi courts of persecuting them for political reasons. He explained that the “corrupt…
Baghdad - Fadhel al-Nashmi Iraqi anti-government protesters are gearing up for a demonstration next week to press ahead with their demands despite the coronavirus outbreak. Iraqi activists told Asharq Al-Awsat that the pandemic has lately had a negative impact on their street protests despite their many successes, including the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and the parliament’s vote on an electoral law. Protest groups in Baghdad, Babil and Nassiriyah are now calling for rallies to draw one million…
Five companies and 15 individuals sanctioned for transferring arms to Iran-backed armed groups The United States Treasury Department rolled out new sanctions against Iran on Thursday as Washington sticks to its guns on the maximum pressure policy on Tehran. The restrictions target five Iran and Iraq-based enterprises and 15 individuals over their support to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and its elite Quds force, both designated by the US as terror groups. They are also accused of having transferred weapons to…
Iraq’s prime minister-designate Mustafa Al Kadhimi proposes to restrict access to weapons, curb corruption and hold early elections under a plan presented to Parliament, whose approval he needs to get the job. Mr Al Kadhimi, a former intelligence chief who does not belong to any party, is struggling to gain support among Iraq’s political factions before the May 9 deadline for his nomination to be confirmed by Parliament. President Barham Salih tipped Mr Al Kadhimi for the post in early…
Iraqi leaders need to cast aside the country's sectarian quota system and make compromises to ease the formation of a government and rebuild Baghdad's relationship with Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. Speaking at a news conference at the State Department in Washington DC on Wednesday, Pompeo said the United States was watching closely as Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the Iraqi prime minister-designate, entered the third week of trying to form his government. Earlier this month, Iraq's president named intelligence chief…
Ansar al-Marjaiya on Friday called on other militias operating in Iraq, to follow its example in splitting from the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), in a clear sign of their rejection of the behavior of some factions loyal to Iran’s Wilayet al-Faqih. This week, Ansar al-Marjaiya, the Imam Ali, Ali Al Akbar and Abbas brigades split from the PMF and are now operating under supreme commander of the armed forces, a position occupied by outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. The…
n Iraqi protester was shot dead in Baghdad and seven others injured as anti-government protesters clashed with unknown gunmen late on Tuesday, according to the Iraqi Human Rights Commission. Clashes erupted near the capital's Al Khilani roundabout but it remains unclear what sparked the shooting especially as the mass demonstrations seen last October have waned amid political stalemate and orders for people to remain at home given the coronavirus pandemic. “Baghdad police chief said that protesters attacked security forces with…
Protesters in central Baghdad were faced with live fire on Tuesday evening just hours after Iraqi authorities eased coronavirus lockdown measures.At least ten people were shot when unidentified gunmen wearing civilian clothes attacked demonstrators, medical and human rights sources told The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site. Iraqi media reports indicated that one protester died after being shot but the reports could not be confirmed.Gunmen arrived near Baghdad's central Tahrir Square in four-wheel-drive trucks without registration plates, security sources said. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, demonstrators have continued to gather…

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