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Saturday 23 September 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Iraq

This year
Protesters try to storm Baghdad’s Green Zone over burning of Koran in Denmark
Security forces managed to push back the demonstrators, preventing them from reaching the Danish embassy.
Swedish ambassador expelled from Iraq and embassy stormed as Koran stomped in Stockholm
The Swedish embassy was also stormed in Baghdad earlier today.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nine Iraqi officers killed in suspected IS attack: police sources
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
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.
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.
George Bush gaffe sees him condemn the 'wholly unjustified and brutal war in Iraq'
“I mean Ukraine.”
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.
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
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.
Hundreds of migrants arrive back in Iraq on flight from Belarus
Belarussian officials believe there’s still 7,000 migrants in the country.
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”.
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.
Low turnout as Iraqis vote for new parliament
The vote was brought forward from 2022 as a rare concession to a protest movement.
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.
At least 30 killed in bomb attack at Baghdad market
The blast happened a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday.
At least 52 dead, 22 wounded in Iraq Covid ward fire
There are fears people could still be trapped in the building.
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.
Pentagon says US air strikes in Iraq, Syria targeted Iran-backed militia groups
A monitor said the strikes killed at least five militia fighters.
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.
Fire at Baghdad Covid hospital kills 82, leaves 110 wounded
Flames spread quickly across multiple floors in the middle of the night.
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.
'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.
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.
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’.
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.
Iraqi couple enlist help of police to wed despite curfew
Ahmed Khaled al-Kaabi proposed last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
What do we know about the Iraq air bases targeted by Iran?
Two US air bases were targeted by Iran.
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.
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’.