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Iraqi youth want their country back

Thousands of angry young protesters in various Iraqi cities are chanting the same slogan — “We want a homeland” — meaning “We want to reclaim our homeland.” Such a slogan reflects a profound shift in viewing reality and reconsidering its historical facts.

16 November 2019 11:51 PM

Lebanon's Speaker Berri says situation in Lebanon getting more 'complicated': Al Joumhouria

The situation in Lebanon is becoming more complicated, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri was cited as saying by newspaper al-Joumhouria

16 November 2019 10:50 PM

One dead as petrol protests spread in Iran

One person was killed and others injured in protests that spread across Iran on Saturday after a surprise decision to impose petrol price hikes

16 November 2019 10:45 PM

Iraq closes southern border crossing with Iran

Iraq has closed its southern border crossing with Iran to travelers because of protest actions in both countries, The Baghdad Post reported quoting an Iraqi security official.

16 November 2019 08:22 PM

Iran's Bank Melli branch burnt amid angry protests

Iranian protests against fuel price hikes escalated for the second day, on Saturday. A brach of Bank Melli of Iran was burnt.

16 November 2019 04:30 PM

Protesters regain control over Khulani Square

Protesters on Saturday morning have restored Khulani Square and Al-Sink Bridge leading to the Iranian embassy in Baghdad.

16 November 2019 04:15 PM

Expert: Iraq will regain its place if demonstrators continue to hold together

Financial expert Safwan Qusay said: "The successive governments have added new problems to Iraq."

16 November 2019 04:00 PM

Oil prices gain 2 percent despite concerns about rising supplies

Oil futures gained nearly 2% on Friday as comments from a top US official raised optimism for a US-China trade deal, but worries about increasing crude supplies capped prices.

16 November 2019 03:02 PM

Car explosion leaves 4 killed, 20 injured in Baghdad Tahrir Square

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, on Saturday, 4 people were killed and 20 others injured in a car explosion near Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.

16 November 2019 02:13 PM

Iraq officials: Protesters surge toward Baghdad’s Green Zone

Iraqi security and medical officials say protesters have pushed closer to the Green Zone, Baghdad’s fortified seat of government, after security

16 November 2019 01:54 PM

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff calls for Gulf Arab unity to counter Iran

United States Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein on Saturday pressed Gulf Arab states to reconcile differences and unify military

16 November 2019 01:48 PM

Demonstrators control first, second checkpoint of Al-Senak Bridge

A security source confirmed on Saturday that the demonstrators took control of the first and second checkpoints of Al-Senak Bridge in central Baghdad.

16 November 2019 12:42 PM

6 fire brigades battling fire broke out in al-Senak in Baghdad

Iraq Civil Defense Directorate started extinguishing a fire that broke out inside a building in Al-Senak area in central Baghdad.

16 November 2019 12:27 PM

Security Forces Attack Medics Treating Protesters

Iraqi security forces have attacked medical workers for treating protesters since protests began on October 25, 2019, firing on medical workers, tents, and ambulances with teargas and live ammunition, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The attacks have left at least one medic dead.

15 November 2019 10:45 PM

Two bombs exploded near Tahrir Square, no injuries

Two bombs exploded near Baghdad Tahrir Square without causing any injuries, according to a security source.

15 November 2019 10:25 PM

Cabinet announces releasing 1650 of Iraqi protesters

1650 of Iraqi protesters who were arrested during the demonstrations were release and 66 officers were referred to trial, Cabinet Spokesman Saad al-Hadithi announced.

15 November 2019 06:27 PM

US says working with Saudi Arabia to counter Iran's behavior

​US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is working with Saudi Arabia to counter Iran's destabilizing behavior.

15 November 2019 04:23 PM

Finland opens embassy in Iraq after 30-year hiatus

​Finland has reopened its embassy in Baghdad and announced boosting trade between the two countries after a suspension of nearly 30 years.

15 November 2019 03:10 PM

Putin: Russia still has lots of work to do in Syria's Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow felt it still had a lot of work to do in the rebel-held region of Idlib in

14 November 2019 11:43 PM

Pompeo urges coalition to take back ISIS detainees, boost funding

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged members of the coalition fighting ISIS to take jihadi detainees back to their countries

14 November 2019 11:30 PM

US to keep around 600 troops in Syria: Pentagon Chief

The United States will maintain around 600 troops in Syria, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said Wednesday, despite Donald Trump’s desire to end US involvement in what the president calls “endless wars.”

14 November 2019 06:21 PM

Seven ISIS hideouts destroyed in Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces on Thursday destroyed seven hideouts affiliated to ISIS terrorist group in Kirkuk.

14 November 2019 06:19 PM

Is Iran trying to hijack Iraqi protesters’ demands?

In reaction to continuing mass protests that began Oct. 1, the Supreme Judicial Council is reviewing the Iraqi Constitution and will submit proposed amendments to parliament — though protesters fear that will only delay action on their demands.

14 November 2019 06:13 PM

4 killed, dozens wounded in clashes against security forces

At least four Iraqi demonstrators were killed, in addition to the injury of dozens in clashes against security forces in Baghdad on Thursday.

14 November 2019 04:45 PM

HRW Denounces assaults on medics Treating Protesters

A human rights group has accused Iraq’s police and associates of armed service of attacking medical personnel for managing demonstrators, as security forces killed at minimum 3 a lot more protesters in the cash Baghdad on Thursday.

14 November 2019 04:39 PM

Finland re-opens Iraq embassy after hiatus of 30 years

Finland announced on Thursday the re-opening of its embassy in Iraq and sending an ambassador to Baghdad after a hiatus of nearly 30 years.

14 November 2019 04:29 PM

Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria after U.S. exit

Russia has begun setting up a helicopter base at a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the Russian Defense Ministry

14 November 2019 12:18 PM

Two killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad protests: police, medics

Security forces killed two protesters and wounded 35 others in Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said, as thousands of Iraqis

14 November 2019 12:12 PM

Tenuous calm in Gaza as Islamic Jihad says truce reached with Israel

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated

14 November 2019 10:42 AM

Lebanon protests sliding into violence amid impasse

A man opened fire with a shotgun over the heads of protesters in a town north of Beirut on Wednesday.

14 November 2019 02:52 AM

Trump: Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 system creates ‘serious challenges’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that his country’s purchase of a Russian missile defense system was a “very serious challenge” for the United States but that he hoped the NATO allies would be able to resolve that dispute.

14 November 2019 02:49 AM

Security personnel join protesters in Iraq’s Karbala

Iraqi security personnel yesterday joined anti-establishment protests in the southern city of Karbala to express solidarity with the “legitimate demands” of the demonstrators.

13 November 2019 11:49 PM