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Tag: Baghdad

2 rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone

Baghdad: At least two rockets hit the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. The incident took place at around 12 a.m. on Sunday when unknown militants fired the rockets at the zone, which houses some of the main Iraqi government offices and the US embassy, the official told […]

Saudi Arabia Calls For 'Self-Restraint' After US Strike

New Delhi/Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has called for “self-restraint” after the US killed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qassem Soleimani and other top military officials in an airstrike at Baghdad. Iran has called the strike “state terrorism” by the US and threatened to retaliate against the assassinations. As per Saudi Press agency, official sources said that […]

24 Killed, Over 2,000 Wounded In Iraqi Protests

Baghdad: The Iraqi authorities said on Friday that the casualty toll from the new waves of nationwide protests over unemployment, corruption and lack of public services has risen to 24 dead and more than 2,000 wounded. According to a statement by the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), the 24 protesters were killed […]

6.3-magnitude quake jolts Iraq-Iran border

Baghdad: A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the border area between Iraq and Iran and was felt in the capital Baghdad and many Iraqi provinces, a seismic monitor has said. The earthquake had its epicentre in Qaser Shireen border area in Iran, around 30 km from the Iraqi border town of […]

Adel Abdul Mahdi sworn in as Iraq's PM

Baghdad: Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday sworn in as new prime minister of Iraq after the parliament passed 14 out of his 22 cabinet members. Mahdi and his 14 cabinet members sworn in after long parliament session that continued after midnight as the parliament passed the government program, which was submitted by Abdul Mahdi, and then […]

Barham Salih elected new president of Iraq

Baghdad: Iraqi lawmakers have elected Barham Salih as the new president of Iraq after a protracted political wrangling, marking a crucial step in forming the government in the next four years. Salih gained 219 votes out of a total of 272 lawmakers who cast their votes on Tuesday in the second round of voting, advancing […]

Baghdad 'astonished' by report of Iran moving missiles to Iraq

Baghdad: Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has said it was “astonished” by a report that Iran had moved ballistic missiles to armed groups in Iraq. The Ministry confirmed on Sunday that all Iraqi state institutions were committed to the Constitution that states that its territory should not be used as a base or passage for any operation […]

Kurdish President Barzani says he will step down

Erbil: The Iraqi Kurdistan regional President announced on Sunday that he will not extend his term in office, amid a serious crisis with the central government in Baghdad over the region’s recent independence referendum. Omid Khoshnaw, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, said President Masoud Barzani’s decision, which does not imply automatic resignation from the […]

Iraq's Kurdish region forms new council to run ties with Baghdad

Erbil: A newly-formed council of Political Leadership of Kurdistan – Iraq on Sunday replaced the High Referendum Council for Kurdistan region after the latter ended its mission of holding referendum on independence of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan. “The High Referendum Council, headed by regional President Masoud Barzani, held its first meeting after the Sept. […]

Baghdad halts international flights to Kurdistan over referendum

Erbil, Iraq: The Iraqi government on Friday suspended international flights to and from the autonomous region of Kurdistan in response to the referendum – held in defiance of Baghdad – that saw the Kurds vote in favor of independence. The suspension came into force after Kurdistan refused to comply with the order to hand over […]

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35 killed in IS attack in Iraq's Tikrit city

Baghdad: At least 35 persons were killed and 28 injured in a series of attacks carried out by the Islamic State militant group in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, a security source said on Wednesday. Most of the victims in the Tuesday night attacks in Salahudin province were civilians, EFE news quoted the source as […]

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84 people die in car bomb attacks in Baghdad

Baghdad: Two suicide car bomb attacks at two crowded commercial areas in the Iraqi capital early on Sunday killed 84 people and wounded more than 130 others, officials said. One attack took place in Karrada-Dakhil district when a suicide bomber detonated his car bomb at a crowded thoroughfare in south central Baghdad, Xinhua news agency […]

33 killed in bomb attacks, clashes in Iraq

Baghdad:At least 33 people were killed and over 47 others wounded Thursday in bomb attacks targeting the security forces and clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants, security source said. In Anbar province, Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribes backed by US-led coalition aircraft clashed with the IS militants and seized al-Khasfa area in […]