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Rights groups sound alarm on jump in Iraqi activist killings

Rights groups sound alarm on jump in Iraqi activist killings

World
Human rights monitors have sounded the alarm over a recent spike in assassinations targeting civil rights activists in Iraq’s southBy NABIL AL-JURANI and SAMYA KULLAB Associated PressAugust 20, 2020, 9:19 PM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBASRA, Iraq -- Human rights monitors sounded the alarm over a recent spike in assassinations targeting civil rights activists in Iraq's south on Thursday, ahead of a much anticipated meeting between the prime minister and the U.S. president as part of ongoing strategic talks. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi departed for an official trip to Washington this week and is expected to meet with President Donald Trump later in the day, to conclude strategic talks expected to shape the future of Iraq-U.S. ties. Meanwhile ba
Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Science
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Christian soccer players who played alongside Muslim teammates in an interfaith soccer league in Iraq were more likely change their behavior for the better toward Muslim players. The experiment, detailed Thursday in the journal Science, however, revealed the limits of the "contact hypothesis" -- while players built relationships on the field, the benefits of the hypothesis did not extend far beyond the soccer-based relationships. Advertisement The contact hypothesis is the idea that intergroup contact, under certain conditions, can reduce prejudice between majority and minority group members. Sectarian tension in Iraq has ancient roots, but those antagonisms have been exacerbated in recent decades by the destabilizing effects of the U.S. invasion, and more recently, by th...
Iraqi mourners try to storm US Embassy after airstrikes

Iraqi mourners try to storm US Embassy after airstrikes

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Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters have broken into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad after smashing a door and storming inside, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfireBy QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated PressDecember 31, 2019, 10:12 AM4 min readBAGHDAD -- Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and at least three U.S. soldiers on the roof of the main building inside embassy. It was not clear what caused the fire at the reception area near the parking lot of the compound. A man on a loudspeaker urged the mob not to enter...
Textron nets $15.3M contract extension to refurbish trainer planes for Iraqi Air Force

Textron nets $15.3M contract extension to refurbish trainer planes for Iraqi Air Force

Business
April 10 (UPI) -- Textron Aviation Defense LLC was awarded a $ 15.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Air Force to reconstitute 15 T-6A training planes in Iraq. The contract notes a schedule extension to a previously awarded contract, to July 31, for rebuilding the planes and installing cartridge-activated and propellant-activated devices. Work by the company, based in Wichita, Kan., will be completed at Imam Air Base, Iraq. The modification is regarded as a foreign sale, to Iraq, the Defense Department said on Tuesday. The plane is a joint primary aircraft training system, or a military training plane. A civilian version of the single-engine plane is known as Hawker Beechcraft Texan II. Hawker Beechcraft was bought by Textron in 2013. The Iraqi Air Force bought its first eight T...
Three Iraqi refugees arrested in allegedly foiled German terror plot

Three Iraqi refugees arrested in allegedly foiled German terror plot

World
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, three Iraqi citizens living in a village in northwestern Germany were arrested on suspicion of preparing a bomb for a planned an “Islamist-motivated terror attack." Three men, identified only as Shahin F. and Hersh F., both 23, as well as Rauf S., 36, are in custody. All three have refugee status in Germany. “From our investigation, we are certain that Shahin F. and Hersh F. had seriously decided to carry out an attack,” said Frauke Koehler, spokesperson for Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s office in a televised press statement on Wednesday afternoon. The third man, Rauf S., was arrested for aiding and abetting the other two suspects in a terror plot. The men were apprehended in Germany's Schleswig-Holstein region. W...