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New protests sweep Iraq – Fight corruption: Sistani

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 28, (Agencies): Thousands of people took to the streets of Baghdad and cities across southern Iraq on Friday in the latest protests against corruption, social ills and political leadership. Surrounded by a cordon of anti-riot personnel equipped with electric batons, protestors in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square accused leaders …

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In order not to be bitten twice from the same hole

IT IS true that the ongoing events in Iraq are considered an internal issue related to demanding better living standards after 15 years of suffering caused by perverse attitude toward reality. Nonetheless, it will not hurt to be cautious. In fact, the highest alert level is necessary, because today’s Iraq …

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Old grievances fuel protests in Iraq

BAGHDAD, July 18, (AFP): In the heat of battle against the Islamic State group, Iraqis united against a common enemy. But just a few months after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the jihadists, social grievances that once simmered on the back burner have boiled over in a series …

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Historical curse on Iraq … from Nouman to Hajjaj to Saddam then Suleimani

IRAQ is being devoured by starvation and thirst and drowning in unemployment and darkness, although she’s third in the world in terms of oil reserves. This is not strange in a country whose leaders looted $200 billion in 10 years (2003-2013), and conscripted 50,000 shadow soldiers from their followers and …

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Police fire on Basra protesters – Two Filipinas freed

BASRA, Iraq, July 8, (Agencies): Iraqi police opened fire to disperse dozens of protesters near the southern oil hub of Basra on Sunday as they demonstrated against a shortage of jobs, electricity, water and other basic services, police and local officials said. Police sources said eight protesters were wounded in …

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Al-Sadr seen moving closer to Iran – Iraq PM, cleric agree alliance

BAGHDAD, June 24, (Agencies): Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq’s parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first. Instead, he has forged a postelection coalition with a rival …

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Iraq returns to its Arabism

TWO years ago, it would have appeared true if one of the Mullah regime leaders claimed that Iran controlled four Arab capitals. However, the elections in Iraq squashed the Iranian fantasies. In fact, it has put the Mullah regime in a confrontational test with its previous claim that its interference …

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Amir hails Iraq poll – Iran allies round on surprise winner

KUWAIT CITY, May 16, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent cables to Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi on Tuesday to congratulate them on parliamentary elections’ success. His Highness the Amir said the democratic practice and high spirits of the Iraqi …

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Booby-trapped Arab polls

RECENTLY, three countries in the region conducted elections – two parliamentary elections and one municipal council elections. In all the cases, the turnout was low. This is a clear indication of how voters are disgusted with anomalous political practices which have prevailed in recent years. They affirmed their rejection of …

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India says 39 workers abducted in Iraq in 2015 dead

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s foreign minister says the bodies have been found of 39 Indian workers who were abducted by militants in Iraq three years ago. The abducted workers, mostly from northern India, had been employed by a construction company near Mosul when militants overran the Iraqi city and …

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