Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Iraq ballot boxes storage set ablaze amid cllas of a re-run

  • 10 June 2018 - 20:34
Iraq ballot boxes storage set ablaze amid cllas of a re-run

A storage site housing half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election in May has caught fire, Reuters reported. This came just days after parliament demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the election to be re-run. An Interior Ministry spokesman said...

Bloc of Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s wins Iraq election

  • 19 May 2018 - 15:25
Bloc of Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s wins Iraq election

A political bloc led by populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday, Reuters reported. Sadr himself cannot become prime...

Iraq declares victory over ISIS

  • 10 December 2017 - 12:58
Iraq declares victory over ISIS

The Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the war against the Islamic State (IS) is over. Al-Abadi making the announcement at a press conference in Baghdad said Iraqi army has control over the entire Iraqi-Syrian border. The border and surrounding areas were the last...

Reuters: OPEC oil production saw a hike in September over Libya, Iraq’s increased outputs

  • 1 October 2017 - 10:21
Reuters: OPEC oil production saw a hike in September over Libya, Iraq’s increased outputs

OPEC oil output has risen this month by 50,000 barrels per day (bpd), a Reuters survey found, as Iraqi exports increased and production edged higher in Libya, one of the producers exempt from a supply-cutting deal. The survey also found no sizeable further gain in output in Nigeria or Libya,...

Iraqi, Turkish and Iranian armies to control borders of Kurdistan after independence vote

  • 30 September 2017 - 09:52
Iraqi, Turkish and Iranian armies to control borders of Kurdistan after independence vote

Iraq plans to take control of the borders of its autonomous Kurdistan region “in coordination” with Iran and Turkey, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said on Friday. The statement did not give more detail or indicate specifically whether Iraqi forces were planning to move toward the external...

Iraq ponders all options to topple Kurds’ overwhelming independence vote

  • 28 September 2017 - 11:27
Iraq ponders all options to topple Kurds’ overwhelming independence vote

Baghdad heaped pressure on Iraq’s Kurds on Wednesday, demanding they cancel their overwhelming vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. Stepping up efforts to isolate autonomous...

IS convoy heading out of ceasefire area seems to have turned back, officials say

  • 3 September 2017 - 09:36
IS convoy heading out of ceasefire area seems to have turned back, officials say

A convoy of Islamic State fighters appears to have turned back after U.S.-led airstrikes thwarted its attempt to reach territory held by the militant group in eastern Syria, the head of U.S.-led forces fighting Islamic State said on Thursday. More than 300 lightly armed IS fighters and about...

Iraqi forces enter first spots in Tal Afar, west Mosul

  • 22 August 2017 - 18:47
Iraqi forces enter first spots in Tal Afar, west Mosul

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Iraq on Tuesday just days after the start of an offensive to oust Islamic State from the city of Tal Afar, with talks focused on backing Iraqi efforts to stabilize areas recaptured from the militant group. Prior to arriving, Mattis said the fight against...

Iraqi forces move to recapture Tal Afar from IS militants

  • 19 August 2017 - 18:45
Iraqi forces move to recapture Tal Afar from IS militants

Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say. A longtime stronghold of hardline Sunni insurgents, Tal Afar, 50...

US envoy: All IS militants left in Mosul will die

  • 13 March 2017 - 13:11
US envoy: All IS militants left in Mosul will die

BBC - Any Islamic State militants left in the Iraqi city of Mosul will die there, the US envoy to the multinational coalition battling the jihadist group says. Brett McGurk said coalition and Iraqi government forces were "committed to not just defeating them in Mosul, but making sure these guys...