Wednesday, February 8, 2023


Iraq declares natl. day of mourning after bloody raids on Kurdistan region

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has declared Thursday a national day of mourning after nine civilians lost their lives in an artillery attack on a park in the Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey.

Eight tourists killed in ‘Turkish air raids’ on northern Iraq

Turkish air attacks have killed eight tourists in northern Iraq and wounded more than 20, local officials and the Iraqi army confirmed. Ankara has denied any involvement in the deadly attack.

Expert: Connecting Iraq to Saudi electricity network aimed at distancing it from Iran

The director of Iraq’s al-Ittihad Strategic Research Center has said connecting the country to Saudi Arabia’s electricity network will not solve any problem and it’s only a political move to distance Iraq from Iran.

Iraqi troops capture ‘most dangerous Daesh’ terrorist

Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of ‘the most dangerous Daesh terrorist’, on the run for the last seven years. He was nabbed on the border of Diyala Province and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Hamas hails Iraqi parliament for criminalizing normalization with Israel

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has thanked Iraq after its parliament criminalized any effort to normalize ties with the Israeli regime.

Iraqi MPs draft bill to criminalize normalization with Zionist regime

Iraqi lawmakers have approved a draft bill banning any normalization of ties with the Zionist regime.

Sandstorm in Iraq sends over 1,000 to hospital

More than 1,000 Iraqis were rushed to hospital with respiratory ailments on Thursday due to a sandstorm hitting half a dozen provinces.

US base in Iraq comes under rocket attack

Two Katyusha rockets hit an air base housing US military experts and agencies in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Saturday, the Iraqi military confirmed.

Iraq military says dismantled Daesh cell, killing dozens

A spokesman for the Iraqi armed forces has said the country’s army has managed to dismantle a cell belonging to the Daesh terrorist group that is known as “Dijla Province” killing dozens of operatives.

Iraqi forces start second phase of Operation Strong Resolve against Daesh

The Iraqi Army and the forces of the Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, have launched a massive operation in the country’s Western al-Anbar Province to clear the region of Daesh terrorists.

Baghdad says Turkey’s operation threatens Iraq’s national security

The military operation of Turkey’s armed forces in northern Iraq threatens the national security of the Arab country, a statement by Iraqi President Barham Salih’s office said on Tuesday. Ankara launched a new military campaign against Kurdish forces in the north of the Middle Eastern state on Sunday evening.

Turkey says military operation in Iraq achieves all objectives

The Turkish military operation in northern Iraq, which was launched on Sunday, has achieved all its initial objectives, Turkey’s defense ministry announced on Monday. Ankara says it is targeting Kurdish militants in Iraqi Kurdistan.

More al-Sarkhi members nabbed amid their call for destruction of Shia sites in Iraq

Iraqi security forces say they have detained 12 more members of al-Sarkhi group amid widespread protests by Shias over the group’s call for demolition of holy shrines and other sacred sites in the country.

Report: Ain al-Asad base in Iraq comes under attack

Reports coming out of Iraq say the Ain al-Asad base that hosts US forces has come under a missile and drone attack. The base is in Iraq’s western province of al-Anbar.

Iraqi parliament fails to elect president for third time

Iraqi lawmakers have failed for a third time on Wednesday to select a head of state, further deepening a political crisis spurred by infighting following general elections five months ago.

Iraqi parliament fails to elect president, session postponed

The Iraqi parliamentary session which was set to elect a new president on Saturday has been adjourned to Wednesday, as the body failed to meet the quorum.

Kataeb Hezbollah: Resistance capable of defending Iraqi airspace

Iraq’s Kataeb Hezbollah says resistance groups in the country are capable of defending its airspace, stressing that this gives them deterrence against any airstrikes by the US.

Iranian envoy says missile strike not against Iraq but Zionist spies

Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad says Sunday’s missile attack by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps against targets in Iraq’s Kurdistan region was not an attack on Iraq’s sovereignty, but against a spying base belonging to the Israeli regime.

A dozen ballistic missiles hit Erbil: Kurdish officials

A dozen ballistic missiles launched from outside Iraq have struck Erbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdistan region, Kurdish officials confirmed. They added there are no casualties.

Report: New Daesh chief Abu Bakr Baghdadi’s brother

The new leader of Daesh, whose appointment the group announced on Thursday, is the brother of slain former so-called caliph of the terror group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to two Iraqi security officials and one Western security source.

Iraq’s top court bars Hoshyar Zebari from running for presidency

The Iraqi federal court has ruled that, Kurdish leader Hoshyar Zebari is not eligible to run for the presidency, according to the state news agency.

Iraq parliament delays selection of new president

Iraq's parliament on Monday indefinitely postponed a scheduled vote for the selection of country's president after most major political blocs boycotted the session.

Source: US mercenary behind Baghdad airport attack

Iraqi intelligence forces took into custody the perpetrator of a recent rocket attack on the Baghdad International Airport compound, who confessed to his affiliation with the United States.

Iraq boosts security on Syrian border after Daesh jailbreak

Iraq has tightened security measures on the borderline with neighboring Syria after a jailbreak by militants of the Daesh terror group in a Kurdish-controlled prison in Hasakah Province.

Report: Iraq Shia leaders discuss “parliamentary coalition”

The leaders of two key Shia political groups in the Iraqi parliament have reportedly held a coordination meeting in the city of Najaf, in a first meeting after the controversial elections that saw the Muqtada al-Sadr bloc win a majority.

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