19 August 2019
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Iraq’s interior ministry announced several top policemen had been fired after 15 suspected members of a drug trafficking network escaped on Saturday from a police station in the capital. “The defendants first insulted the police, then beat them and managed to escape” from the police station in eastern Baghdad, near the Shiite bastion of Sadr city, a security services official told AFP, on condition of anonymity. Baghdad’s police chief and the heads of the al-Russafa police department in the capital’s east and…
Several members of Iraq’s parliament and the province’s deputy governor visited prisons near Mosul, Iraq, calling what they found a “humanitarian catastrophe.” This happened two days after Human Rights Watch released research detailing the horrible conditions of the prisons, which hold terrorism suspects. Immediately after our report release, local authorities claimed Human Rights Watch’s research was “fallacious.” But the government’s tone has since changed. One parliamentarian admitted that “what Human Rights Watch reported was small relative to the actual catastrophe inside the prisons…
Iraq plans to build the largest naval base in the Arabian Gulf near the under-construction Al Faw Grand Port, which has been a huge obstacle for successive governments since 2003. During a visit to the province of Basra last week, Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari announced plans for the establishment of the largest military naval base.The ministry said in a statement that al-Shammari visited Basra accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Abdulla Luaibi and a number of military commanders. “Iraq has decided to…
Former vice president Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War when he was a senator, and many Democrats won’t let him forget it. When his vote came up during last month’s debate, Biden said Americans could trust his judgment on questions of war because, as vice president, he was in charge of pulling all U.S. combat troops from Iraq. Weeks later, he made a similar claim at a campaign stop in Iowa. Biden had a big hand in withdrawing U.S.…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry in May originated in Iraq, not Yemen, U.S. officials have concluded, drawing questions from Iraqi officials who have asked Washington for more information supporting the claim, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry in May originated in Iraq, not Yemen, U.S. officials have concluded, drawing questions from Iraqi officials who have asked Washington for more information supporting the claim, the…
Receding waters in the Mosul Dam reservoir have unveiled "one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the region." Researchers said the Mittani Empire is one of the least understood ancient civilizations. A team of German and Kurdish archaeologists have discovered a 3,400-year-old palace that belonged to the mysterious Mittani Empire, the University of Tübingen announced on Thursday. The discovery was only made possible by a drought that significantly reduced water levels in the Mosul Dam reservoir. "The find is one…
BAGHDAD (AP) — Security measures were increased at one of Iraq’s largest air bases that houses American trainers following an attack last week, a top Iraqi air force commander said Saturday. The U.S. military said operations at the base were going on as usual and there were currently no plans to evacuate personnel. The stepped-up Iraqi security measures at Balad air base, just north of the capital, Baghdad, come amid sharply rising tensions in the Middle East between the United…
Amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran and reports of a nixed plan to strike Iran following the  downing this week of a U.S. drone, business in neighboring Iraq is reportedly being hampered. Specifically, a $53 billion deal ExxonMobil was pursuing in the country is now indefinitely on hold, Iraqi government officials told Reuters. The project, part of a larger goal to expand work in the country, was geared toward increasing oil output in Iraq’s southern fields.  However, tensions with Iran — along with…
BAGHDAD—A rocket hit a compound in southern Iraq used by Exxon Mobil Corp. and other international oil firms, heightening fears among Iraqi officials that tensions between the U.S. and Iran would spill into their country. The rocket landed at the Burjesia site near the city of Basra early Wednesday, injuring three Iraqi staff, according to Forat Salih, the head of media at Basra Oil Co. They were taken to the hospital to be treated for light injuries. It is the fourth time in…
Iraqi activist Hanaa Edwar will soon be discharged from hospital after a traffic accident in Baghdad that raised fears the veteran campaigner for justice and democracy had been targeted by her opponents. “She is due to leave the hospital after having undergone an operation for a fracture in her leg in Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Baghdad,” Suhaila Al Asam, a women’s rights who was with Ms Edwar in hospital, told The National on Sunday. Ms Edwar was hit by a car after…
US Treasury says company has 'trafficked hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of weapons to Iraqi militias The United States has sanctioned an Iraqi company it says has ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) and allegedly helped smuggle weapons to Iraq-based militias. The US Treasury Department sanctioned the South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC) and two of the company's associates on Wednesday. The SWRC has ties to the IRGC's Quds Force, the department said in a statement, and "has trafficked hundreds…
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