Tag: Baghdad (Iraq)

U.N. Documents Abductions and Torture Of Iraqi Protesters

BAGHDAD — Hundreds of people were killed and thousands wounded in the antigovernment protests in Iraq last fall and winter that halted political life and immobilized cities from Baghdad to Basra. In addition to that, more than 100 people were abducted, and some tortured, by armed groups opposed to the protests, according to a report […]

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Stigma Hampers Iraqi Efforts to Fight the Coronavirus

NAJAF, Iraq — The doctor paused before banging on the front gate, gesturing to his companions who were wearing full hazmat suits, masks, goggles and gloves to stand back so they would not be the first thing the home’s occupants saw. “This is very sensitive, very difficult for our society,” said Dr. Wissam Cona, who […]

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Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.

BAGHDAD — When Iraq recorded its first cases of coronavirus, its health minister asked the government for $5 million in emergency funds. But there were no funds to be had. “There is no money and we are in a difficult situation,” said the minister, Jaafer Sadiq Allawi, as he appealed for help from a cleric […]

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In Iraq, Where Beauty Was Long Suppressed, Art Flowers Amid Protests

BAGHDAD — Hollow-cheeked and shivering slightly in jeans he had outgrown, Abdullah stood in an unfinished parking garage, transfixed in front of a mural whose meaning he was eager to decode for a visitor. “See, the man in the middle, he is asking the security forces, ‘Please don’t shoot us, we have nothing, nothing.’” Abdullah […]

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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Is Hit by Rocket Fire

BAGHDAD — The United States Embassy in Baghdad was struck by rocket fire late Sunday, with at least one hitting a dining facility, slightly injuring one person and causing minor building damage. It was unclear whether any of the other four rockets launched in the attack landed inside the embassy compound, but the assault prompted […]

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Iraq Police Crack Down on Protests as Influential Cleric Withdraws Support

BAGHDAD — Iraqi government security forces on Saturday took back ground from protesters in Baghdad and Basra, in an apparent bid to quell the demonstrations that have lasted for nearly four months amid calls for new elections and an end to government corruption. In Baghdad, security forces moved on two of the smaller protest sites […]

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Protesters Mass in Baghdad, Demanding U.S. Leave Iraq

BAGHDAD — Throngs of Iraqis gathered on the streets of the capital, Baghdad, in the early hours of Friday to protest the United States military presence in the country at the behest of populist and armed forces in Iraq with ties to Iran. The demonstration comes three weeks after the United States launched a drone […]

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