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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Iraq

This year
# Climate Change
Iraq to plant 5 million trees to combat severe impacts of climate change
Iraq suffers from extreme summer heat, frequent droughts, desertification and regular dust storms.
# Domestic Violence
Iraqis protest in capital against gender based violence following murder of YouTuber
Tiba al-Ali, 22, was killed by her father on 31 January in the southern province of Diwaniyah.
Last year
# Courts
Doctor who claims Turkey is using chemical weapons remains in jail
A militia claimed 17 of its fighters had died in Turkish chemical weapons attacks in northern Iraq.
# trademark row
Iraqi firms violating international trademarks to face crackdown
A chain of fake Starbucks has been operating under the international coffee company’s logo in Baghdad.
# Iraq
Nine Iraqi officers killed in suspected IS attack: police sources
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
# Iraq
23 protestors shot dead in Baghdad Green Zone clashes as shelling continued overnight
It is believed that the dead are supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr who has announced that he was quitting politics.
# Smuggling
British man sentenced to 15 years in prison in Iraq for smuggling artifacts
Iraq has also been trying to recover antiquities that were looted over a period of decades.
# freudian slip
George Bush gaffe sees him condemn the 'wholly unjustified and brutal war in Iraq'
“I mean Ukraine.”
# robert pether
Efforts continuing to secure release of Irish resident imprisoned in Iraq for the last year
Robert Pether’s family has said that his health is “deteriorating” in prison.
# Baghdad
Nine schoolteachers among 11 dead in Iraq minibus crash
The minibus collided with a 4×4 travelling in the opposite direction “due to high speed and the driver of the second vehicle’s lack of attention”.
All time
# Migrants
Belarus-Poland border camp cleared as Iraqis fly home from migrant stand-off
Around 2,000 people, mainly Iraqi Kurds, had been stuck in freezing temperatures at the camp.
# Belarus
Hundreds of migrants arrive back in Iraq on flight from Belarus
Belarussian officials believe there’s still 7,000 migrants in the country.
# Alexander Lukashenko
Minsk says it will repatriate migrants at Polish border, as EU broadens its Belarus sanctions
Iraq has recorded 571 of its citizens on the border who have said they are ready to return “voluntarily”.
# Iraq
Tensions rise after Iraqi PM survives assassination attempt
Seven of Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s security guards were injured in the attack by at least two armed drones in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone area.
# Boycott
Low turnout as Iraqis vote for new parliament
The vote was brought forward from 2022 as a rare concession to a protest movement.
# Election
Security tight as Iraqis vote for new parliament
The elections, due to be held next year, were brought forward following a popular uprising in Baghdad and southern provinces.
# Attack
At least 30 killed in bomb attack at Baghdad market
The blast happened a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday.
# Nasiriyah
At least 52 dead, 22 wounded in Iraq Covid ward fire
There are fears people could still be trapped in the building.
# bush era
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies aged 88
Rumsfeld led the US into war in Afghanistan and Iraq during the presidency of George W Bush.
# border region
Pentagon says US air strikes in Iraq, Syria targeted Iran-backed militia groups
A monitor said the strikes killed at least five militia fighters.
# ehhhh
Prank TV show in Iraq depicting Isis attacks is taken off air
The show is a form of reality TV and follows Iraqi celebrity guests, including actresses and football players.
# Iraq
Fire at Baghdad Covid hospital kills 82, leaves 110 wounded
Flames spread quickly across multiple floors in the middle of the night.
# Iraq
Footage of Irish MEPs in Iraq used in YouTube video promoting a militia group
The European Parliament said the trip by Mick Wallace and Clare Daly does not represent the parliament.
# Iraq
'I have heard voices of sorrow and loss': Pope Francis leaves Iraq after historic trip
During the first ever papal trip to Iraq, the Pope called for an end to violence and extremism.
# Papal Visit
Pope prays for Iraq’s war dead in Mosul on last day of tour
The pontiff was due to celebrate an open-air Mass on the last day of his visit.
# Papal Visit
Pope Francis arrives in Iraq for first papal visit amid pandemic and security concerns
Foreign minister Fuad Hussein said Iraqis were eager to welcome Francis’s ‘message of peace and tolerance’.
# pope francis
Intense preparations being carried out ahead of Pope's visit to Iraq
Pope Francis is set to meet the revered Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf.
# wedding days
Iraqi couple enlist help of police to wed despite curfew
Ahmed Khaled al-Kaabi proposed last year.
# back in the day
When a League of Ireland side travelled to a 'war zone' for a game against Iraq
The World Cup warm-up match for the Iraqi team was part of the birthday celebrations of Saddam Hussein.
# Iraq military base
US and UK soldiers among three dead in Iraq rocket attack, US officials report
This evening, a volley of rockets hit the Taji air base north of Baghdad, which hosts troops from the US-led coalition helping local forces.
# Diplomatic Mission
Iran's Ambassador compares Qasem Soleimani to Michael Collins and says Shannon Airport is 'not a target'
Mahmoud Islami was speaking at a briefing at Iran’s Embassy in Dublin.
# Iraq
A 'least worst' and 'carefully calculated' tactic: Why Iran chose to carry out this morning's strikes on bases housing US troops
Trump has said that new economic sanctions will be imposed on Iran after the strike this morning.
# missile attacks
FactCheck: Does this image show an Iranian ballistic missile launch?
Iran launched missile attacks on military bases housing US troops last night – but was this one of the missiles?
# Iraq
Iran 'appears to be standing down': Trump says sanctions to remain in place after missile strikes
There were no casualties after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles in the early hours of this morning.
# us-iran tensions
UK, France and Nato condemn 'reckless' missile attack on Iraqi bases housing US troops
While condemning Iran’s attack, Boris Johnson said that slain general Qasem Soleimani “had the blood of British troops on his hands.”
# Iraq
What do we know about the Iraq air bases targeted by Iran?
Two US air bases were targeted by Iran.
# green zone
US sparks confusion with Iraq pullout announcement that Pentagon says was sent 'by mistake'
The US drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani has sparked fury in both Iran and Iraq.
# tensions
Ireland calls for 'maximum restraint' following US assassination of Iranian general
The Department of Foreign Affairs has said any Irish person in Iraq should ‘leave immediately’.
# qasem soleimani
Iran warns of 'severe revenge' after top general killed in US airstrike
The Pentagon described the operation as a “decisive defensive action”.
# Cancelled
Mike Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip after attack on US embassy in Iraq
A mob of pro-Iran demonstrators stormed the US embassy in Baghdad yesterday.