Iraq

Iraq: Women rally in protest of violence against female demonstrators

Thousands of women rallied on Thursday in Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces to support the ongoing anti-government protests and reject violence against female protesters. In downtown Baghdad, hundreds of women gathered in al-Tahrir Square, the epicenter of anti-government protests, holding Iraqi...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 5:51pm

US denies Iraq pullout amid letter confusion

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has denied US troops are pulling out of Iraq, after a letter from a US general there suggested a withdrawal. The letter said the US would be "repositioning forces in the coming days and weeks" after Iraqi MPs had called for them to leave. Mr Esper...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 9:10am

Islamic State 'getting stronger again in Iraq'

There are growing indications that the Islamic State (IS) group is re-organising in Iraq, two years after losing the last of its territory in the country. Kurdish and Western intelligence officials have told the BBC that the IS presence in Iraq is a sophisticated insurgency, and IS attacks are...

Monday, December 23, 2019 - 8:57am

Images show Iran rebuilding military base on Iraq-Syria border

Iran is continuing construction on a military base near the Iraq-Syria border, new satellite images taken on Sunday show. The Imam Ali military base was partially destroyed in an airstrike in early September. ImageSat International (ISI) analysts said that the new images show eight zones of...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 9:17am

Iraq: Eight killed in Anbar province suicide bombing

At least eight people have been killed and 12 wounded in a suicide car bombing at a checkpoint near the Iraq-Syria border. The Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday that a car rigged with explosives drove into the checkpoint in al-Qaim district, which was jointly manned by the Iraqi army and...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:40am

Fake Iraqi-Finnish marriages on the rise in hunt for residence permits

More Iraqi asylum seekers are marrying Finnish citizens in an attempt to obtain legal grounds to stay in the Nordic country, the Finnish Immigration Service Migri said, citing marriages of convenience as the most frequent reason for rejection. Sham marriages concluded with the sole purpose of...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:37am

Iraq: Over 5,200 bodies retrieved in old city of Mosul

More than 5,200 bodies have been retrieved during the past months, buried under debris of the devastated buildings in the old city center of the western side of Mosul, local official and civil defense police said on Thursday. "The total number of bodies retrieved during the past months...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 12:19pm

Islamic State militants killed in coalition airstrikes: Iraqi military

A number of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in central Iraq in airstrikes launched by the international anti-IS coalition, the Iraqi military said Thursday. Acting on intelligence tips from the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), the coalition aircraft pounded IS positions and...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:05am

Iraqi ballot box storage site catches fire in Baghdad

A storage site housing half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election in May caught fire on Sunday, just days after parliament demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the election to be re-run. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described the fire as a...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 8:03am

Deadly twin blasts hit a Shia mosque in Baghdad

Twin blasts on a mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least seven worshipers and wounded 20 others, security officials said. Wednesday's attack on the predominantly Shia Sadr City district caused damage to nearby buildings, the officials, who wished to remain anonymous, said....

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 8:12am