Recount shows Iraq’s Sadr retains election victory, no major changes

By Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD, Aug 10 : Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq’s May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country’s next government. Iraq’s Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) released the results of the recount […]

Iraq jails French and German citizens for life for joining Islamic State

By Raya Jalabi Baghdad, Aug 6 : An Iraqi court sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison on Monday for belonging to Islamic State, forging ahead with the trial of hundreds of people – many foreigners – captured after the militant group’s defeat last year. French citizen Lahcen Ammar Gueboudj, […]

Iraq cleric Sistani urges government action on corruption amid further protests

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, July 27 : Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a government to be formed as soon as possible to tackle corruption and poor services as further protests took place in the south of the country on Friday. In a sermon delivered by a representative, Sistani – who […]

Gunmen open fire and enter Erbil governorate building in Iraq’s Kurdish region-officials

By Azad Lashkari ERBIL, Iraq, July 23 : Gunmen entered the governorate building in Erbil, the seat of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq on Monday, and fired from windows at security forces, a deputy governor of the city and Kurdish security officials said. Two policemen were wounded. Security forces have cleared the […]

Iraqi protesters call for downfall of politicians

By Aref Mohammed BAGHDAD, July 20 : – Thousands of Iraqis angry about poor services protested in Baghdad and the southern oil hub of Basra on Friday, calling for the downfall of political parties as they escalated demonstrations backed by the country’s most powerful clerics. In Basra, crumbling from years of neglect and under-investment, about […]

Health system in Mosul remains broken one year after defeat of Islamic State

By Kawa Omar Amin MOSUL, July 17 : A year after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from Islamic State the city’s healthcare system remains broken, its hospitals lie in ruins and even basic services are lacking, according to aid groups. The government retook Mosul with help from a U.S.-led coalition and Kurdish forces a year ago […]