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Young Iraqis use innovation to make a living

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM

While their parents generally went straight into public sector jobs after graduation, the job market for Iraqi youths has become starkly different in the post-Saddam Hussein era

ENTREPRENEUR. Iraqi Karrar Alaa (left), aged 26, sells coffee by his travelling cafe vehicle in a street in Basra. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Iraq PM warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'They wanted to be stronger than the state in order to blackmail civilians,' says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. 'This we will not allow.'

IRAQ PM. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi delivering a televised speech in Baghdad on December 9, 2017, announcing the end of a war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State group out of the country. Handout by Iraqiya TV/AFP

Iraq holds first nationwide election since ISIS defeat

May 12, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The poll comes with tensions surging between key powers Iran and the United States over the nuclear deal, sparking fears of a destabilizing power struggle in Iraq

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq Kurds offer to freeze independence vote

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) The offer comes as world powers scramble to avert any further escalation of the conflict between the key allies in the fight against ISIS

In this file photo, Iraqi Kurds wave flags of Iraqi Kurdistan during a demonstration outside the UN Office in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous region, on October 21, 2017, protesting against the escalating crisis with Baghdad. Safin Hamed/AFP

Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk governor's office in push against Kurds

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) The rapid advance, involving troops, tanks and armored vehicles, aims to recapture oil and military targets that Kurdish forces took over during the fightback against the Islamic State group

READY. Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on October 15, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Tensions rise after Iraq Kurds' independence vote

Sep 26, 2017 - 10:25 AM

The vote in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq and some disputed areas is non-binding and will not lead automatically to independence, but is seen by the Kurds as a major step towards a long-cherished dream of statehood

CELEBRATION. Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Arbil on September 25, 2017 following a referendum on independence. Safin Hamed/AFP

Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in historic independence vote

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:16 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The non-binding vote on the Kurds' long-cherished dream of independence, initiated by veteran leader Massud Barzani, has angered not only the federal government but also neighboring Turkey and Iran

PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE. Iraqis drive past posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum for the Kurdistan region on September 24, 2017, in central Kirkuk. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

The 15-member council says the planned referendum could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group

Iraqi Kurds gather in the street flying Kurdish flags as they urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

U.S. urges Iraqi Kurdistan to call off independence vote

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The White House says holding the referendum in disputed areas is 'particularly provocative and destabilizing'

OPPOSITION. The United States is opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan's plans to hold an independence referendum later this month. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Voiceless Iraqi coach inspires footballers

Mar 12, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Cancer forced the 57 year old to have his larynx removed last year but it did not stop him coaching Baghdad s Air Force Club youth team

VOICELESS BUT DETERMINED. Kadhim Flayeh, a mute Iraqi football coach, uses sign language and hand gestures to train players at a football pitch in Baghdad, on January 30, 2017. Cancer forced the 57-year-old to have his larynx removed last year, but it did not stop him coaching Baghdad's Air Force Club youth team. SABAH ARAR / AFP

After ISIS hell, displaced Iraqis face winter freeze

Nov 27, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Sub zero temperatures make life even more difficult for civilians who are now staying at the Khazir camp

Displaced Iraqis, who fled the fighting around Mosul, arrive at al-Khazer refugee camp near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on November 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED

Iraq MPs quit session aimed at replacing speaker

Apr 16, 2016 - 7:40 PM

We are against dividing the parliament and we want to maintain the democratic political process in Iraq says a minister after a group announced they were not joining the session

Iraqi lawmakers pose for a picture in front of the press on April 14, 2016, following a session at the parliament in Baghdad. Iraqi lawmakers voted to remove the parliament speaker and his deputies from office, increasing political turmoil as the country battles jihadists and struggles with a financial crisis. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Tusk tells economic migrants: 'Do not come to Europe'

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:28 PM

EU President Donald Tusk also lashes out at unilateral actions by EU members as the bloc grapples with the migrant crisis

President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks to journalists prior to visiting a Migrants Reception Centre in Dobova, Slovenia, on March 2, 2016. After visiting Austria and Slovenia on March 1 and 2, Croatia and Macedonia on March 2, Tusk was expected in Athens and then Ankara on March 3, to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Tusk said on March 1, 2016 he would press Turkey this week for more "intensive" help in the migrant crisis, while urging EU states to coordinate better to restore trust. / AFP / Jure Makovec/AFP

EU unveils 700M-euro migrant aid plan for Greece

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED The funds would be allocated over 3 years under the plan which must be approved by a majority of member states and the European Parliament

epa05190538 Refugees wait to take the permission to pass the Greek-FYROM borders at the refugee camp in Idomeni, northern Greece, 02 March 2016. The refugees camp of Idomeni, at the borders between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), changes shape almost every hour of the day. Less than an hour a ship docks at the port, or a train arrives at the station of Thessalonica, more people flow to every available space in the fields near the frontier where more than 10,000 people have arrived and only 300 of them managed to pass the borders on 02 March. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Migrants try to storm Greece-Macedonia border fence

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED When one insists on his border the other suffers That s not my Europe says Germany s Angela Merkel lashing out at Austria and Balkan states for introducing tight limits on migrant entries

A Syrian refugee leans against the fence as she waits for the opening of the border to cross into Macedonia, at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on February 28, 2016. Greece warned on February 28, 2016 the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month, reaching as many as 70,000, as a Balkan cap on border crossings left thousands "trapped" in the country. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be 'trapped' next month

Feb 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED The bottleneck is expected to get worse after EU members Slovenia and Croatia as well as Serbia and Macedonia impose a limit of 580 migrants entering their borders each day

epa05182244 Refugees and migrants walk to the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-FYROM border, near the border village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 26 February 2016. The Greek government will proceed with a temporary plan to limit the refugee flow from the islands for the weekend. The aim is to give the necessary time in order to develop new temporary hosting facilities for refugees and migrants in Attica and other regions of the country. EPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

HRW: Iraq militia attacks may constitute war crimes

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Shiite paramilitary forces have been repeatedly accused of abuses including summary executions kidnappings and destruction of property

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad March 1, 2015. Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Shi'ite militias have been massing in preparation for an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

ISIS attack on Iraq police trainees kills 12 – officials

Jan 03, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Islamic State targets a police force from Nineveh that was undergoing training at the Speicher military base

The Islamic State claims another attack in Iraq, this time against police trainees. File photo by AFP

Iraq forces extend Ramadi control, rescue civilians

Jan 02, 2016 - 12:35 AM

Rescue operations are tricky due to the high number of roadside bombs and the fact that ISIS was firing on civilians trying to escape

LIBERATED RAMADI. Iraqi military vehicles and troops advance towards the center of Ramadi city, west of Iraq on 22 December 2015. File Photo from EPA.

Widespread outrage after ISIS bulldozes ancient Iraq city

Mar 07, 2015 - 10:32 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon calling the destruction a war crime urges political and religious leaders in the region to speak out in condemnation of these unacceptable attacks

NIMRUD. An Iraqi worker cleans up the archaeological site of Nimrud, south of Mosul in northern Iraq, 21 April 2001. Nimrud was built in the 13th century B.C. during Mesopotamia's Assyrian era. Excavations, carried on since the mid-19th century, have revealed remarkable finds, including the palace of King Shalmaneser III (statues in picture). File Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Iraqi Kurds say Mount Sinjar siege broken

Dec 19, 2014 - 11:25 AM

This operation represents the single biggest military offensive against IS and the most successful a statement from Barzani s office notes

US seeking to confirm if IS militants used chlorine gas

Oct 24, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States took all such allegations very seriously

SERIOUS. US Secretary of State John Kerry says they take allegations such as the reported use of chlorine gas against Iraqi police "very seriously." Rob Griffith/EPA

Guantanamo judge mulls secrecy of interrogation methods

Sep 16, 2014 - 9:31 AM

The US government urged a judge Monday September 15 to keep interrogation methods used on an Iraqi detainee while he was at secret CIA prison classified

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Britain arming Iraqi Kurds with machine guns to fight ISIS

Sep 09, 2014 - 11:39 PM

The provision of arms is in response to a request made by the Iraqi government

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

US shipping arms to Iraqi Kurds: State Department

Aug 11, 2014 - 10:28 PM

We re working with the government of Iraq to increasingly and very quickly get urgently needed arms to the Kurds US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf tells CNN

This image made from US Department of Defence video shows smoke rising from airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Erbil in northern Iraq, 08 August 2014. Two US F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on mobile artillery belonging to the jihadist group near Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

US airdrops food to Iraq civilians threatened by IS – Pentagon

Aug 09, 2014 - 12:32 PM

US military aircrafts have delivered 36 224 meals and 6 822 gallons of fresh drinking water to Iraqis who urgently require emergency assistance

Iraqis who fled the violence in Mosul stand in a queue at a checkpoint in Erbil, Kurdistan region, north Iraq, 11 June 2014. Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Yazidis fleeing Iraq find sanctuary in Turkey

Aug 07, 2014 - 10:25 PM

The Yazidis are the latest victims of violence in the Middle East to find sanctuary in Turkey

Obama rules out sending troops as cleric calls Iraqis to arms

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces the US president says

Iraqi leaders to blame for army's collapse – US

Jun 14, 2014 - 10:21 AM

We had gotten them on their feet and helped build their capacity and quite frankly they did not take advantage of that opportunity State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf tells reporters

Iraqi security forces kill protester - activists

Mar 08, 2013 - 10:20 PM

UPDATED Protesters reveal Iraqi security forces fired on anti government protesters in the main northern city of Mosul on Friday March 8 killing at least one of them

OPEN FIRE. Iraqi security forces parade in Mosul, north of Baghdad. Photo from AFP

Britain pays out $23-M for Iraqi abuses

Dec 21, 2012 - 9:12 AM

Britain has paid out US 22 7 M to Iraqis who accuse British troops of illegally detaining and torturing them following the 2003 invasion

Iraqi president hospitalized after stroke

Dec 18, 2012 - 10:34 PM

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is in hospital after reportedly suffering a stroke