Iraq parliament elects Sunni lawmaker al-Halbousi as speaker, breaking deadlock

By Raya Jalabi and Ahmed Rasheed ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 15 : Iraq’s parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker on Saturday, marking an important step towards establishing a new government four months after an inconclusive national election. Parliament had been due to elect a speaker and two deputies during its first meeting on Sept […]

Basra airport targeted by rocket fire as violent protests grip Iraq

By Aref Mohammed and Raya Jalabi BASRA/ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 8 : Basra airport was targeted by rocket fire on Saturday after another night of protests against Iraq’s political elite during which demonstrators torched the Iranian consulate and briefly took oilfield workers hostage. Iraqi security sources said three Katyusha rockets fired by unknown assailants had hit […]

Basra airport targeted by rocket fire as violent protests grip Iraq

By Aref Mohammed and Raya Jalabi BASRA/ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 8 : Basra airport was targeted by rocket fire on Saturday after a night of protests over perceived misrule by Iraq’s political elite during which demonstrators torched the Iranian consulate and briefly took oilfield workers hostage. Iraqi security sources said three Katyusha rockets fired by unknown […]