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Iraq says US airstrikes ‘will have dangerous consequences’

Iraq says US airstrikes ‘will have dangerous consequences’

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Iraq condemned the United States on Monday for launching airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia on its soil and warned the action could damage relations.The country's National Security Council said it would have to reconsider working with the US-led coalition against Islamic State. US, British and other foreign troops are only able to operate in Iraq with the permission of the government. Any review of the relationship could lead to permission being withdrawn.The warning came as US forces in Iraq were on alert for possible reprisal attacks war planes targeted the Kataib Hezbollah militia group on Sunday night in an escalation of tensions.A military officer told the Reuters news agency: "I think they will retaliate." Advertisem...
Russia repatriates 32 children of IS members from Iraq

Russia repatriates 32 children of IS members from Iraq

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Russia says it has repatriated 32 children of members of the Islamic State group from IraqByThe Associated PressNovember 19, 2019, 10:14 AM1 min read Russia says it has repatriated another 32 children of members of the Islamic State group from Iraq. Russia’s state TV on Tuesday showed footage of the children arriving at Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow. It said the children aged between one and nine will undergo extensive medical check-ups before relatives take them home. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the children had been held in asylum centers in Iraq or in prisons with their mothers. Their arrival represents the fourth group of Russian children to be repatriated from Iraq. The Foreign Ministry said a total of 122 children have been brought home. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sai
Iraq protesters block some roads amid strike call

Iraq protesters block some roads amid strike call

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Iraqi anti-government protesters close some roads in response to influential cleric’s call for strikeBy QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated PressNovember 17, 2019, 10:16 AM3 min read Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq on Sunday, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze to close off roads, keeping employees from reaching their work places. Schools, universities and other institutions closed for the day. In parts of Baghdad, particularly the sprawling Sadr City neighborhood, protesters sat in the middle of the streets to prevent employees from getting to their workplaces. They also blocked roads
Iraq deploys Counter-Terrorism Service in response to nationwide protests

Iraq deploys Counter-Terrorism Service in response to nationwide protests

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Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi deployed the country's elite Counter-Terrorism Service on Sunday in response to nationwide protests. The forces said the move was meant to control violent protests centered in Baghdad and Nasiriya that began on Friday opposing corruption and calling for a reform of the country's political system. "Counter-Terrorism Service forces have been deployed in some areas of Baghdad to protect state buildings from undisciplined elements taking advantage of security forces being busy with protecting protests and protesters," the forces said in a statement. The U.N. Iraqi High Commission on Human Rights said 74 people were killed over the three-day period, most while attempting to enter political party headquarters. Most were shot to death by se...
Iraq protests: Death toll soars in 24 hours of demonstrations

Iraq protests: Death toll soars in 24 hours of demonstrations

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The death toll in anti-government protests that have swept Iraq the past four days has soared to at least 44, security and medical sources say. The figure has nearly doubled in the past 24 hours, as clashes between protesters and police intensified.The military said "unidentified snipers" had killed four people in Baghdad, including two police officers.Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi earlier said protesters' "legitimate demands" had been heard, but appealed for calm.Spontaneous protests erupted on Tuesday amid frustration over Iraq's high youth unemployment rate, its dire public services and chronic corruption.It is seen as the first major challenge to Mr Mahdi's fragile government, nearly a year since he came to power.'No magic ...