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UK raises threat level for personnel in Iraq over Iran ‘threat’

UK raises threat level for personnel in Iraq over Iran ‘threat’

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor Britain has raised the threat level for UK forces and diplomats in Iraq because of what sources say is a heightened security risk from Iran, Sky News can reveal.The UK has also put its personnel and their families in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on an increased state of alert. The UK assessment appears to be similar to US claims of a heightened threat amid escalating tensions between Donald Trump's administration and Tehran. One Whitehall source said Britain believes there is an increased likelihood of Iran or its proxies taking action against British, US or other allied interests in the region in a way that can be plausibly denied so as to avoid triggering an all-out war.The targets would most likely be ...
Iraq ferry sinking: 'Nearly 100 dead' in Tigris river

Iraq ferry sinking: 'Nearly 100 dead' in Tigris river

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Almost 100 people are reported to have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris river in Iraq's city of Mosul.Most of the victims were women and children, the interior ministry reportedly said. It is thought nearly 200 people were on board.The ferry was said to be heading towards a tourist island as part of new year celebrations.Mosul's civil defence agency reportedly said most on board could not swim.At least 19 children and 61 women were among the 94 people said to have died, and 55 people were rescued.Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered an investigation "to determine responsibilities".In a statement Mr Mahdi said he was following the story "with pain and sadness", and had ordered "all state efforts" to find survivors and ...
Syrian Democratic Forces turn over 150 captured IS fighters to Iraq

Syrian Democratic Forces turn over 150 captured IS fighters to Iraq

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces turned over 150 captured Islamic State fighters to the Iraqi Army on Thursday. The Iraqi army received the 150 Islamic State militants "north of the city of al-Qaim," which is 205 miles west of Baghdad, Iraqi Army Col. Mohammed al-Dulaimi said in video obtained by Rudaw. Most of the militants were Iraqis that the Syrian Democratic Forces detained in Syria during clashes around the Islamic State holdout in al-Baghouz. Their future is uncertain. Survivors of Islamic State attacks who want justice and information on where their kidnapped Yazidi family members may remain have been critical of Iraqi Special Forces' treatment of members of the Islamic State. Iraq agreed to repatriate captured Islamic State fighters, making them the secon...
IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq – UN

IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq – UN

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More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies have been found in areas of Iraq that were once controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group, a UN investigation has found.The graves were found in the north and western governorates of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar.They could contain as many as 12,000 victims, the UN report said.IS seized parts of Iraq in 2014 and imposed brutal rule, commonly killing anyone of whom it disapproved.It was eventually vanquished by a US-led air campaign backed by Iraqi government forces and allied militias on the ground, although pockets of IS activity remain in some areas.The sites, the report notes, contain critical evidence that will not only identify the victims but also help prosec...