Friday, February 23

Iraq

Drone Attack on American Bases in Iraq: Revenge of Soleimani
Iraq, News, US

Drone Attack on American Bases in Iraq: Revenge of Soleimani

Two armed drones have been shot down in Iraq as they approached a base carrying US troops. That happened exactly two years after the influential Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed by an American drone near Baghdad.   Monday's attack, according to insiders, took place near the international airport of the Iraqi capital. A source told Reuters news agency that air defences could bring down the unmanned "suicide drones" without any problems. However, the wing of one of the aircraft reportedly had "Soleimani's revenge" written on it. The death of Soleimani, leader of the secretive al-Quds unit, has heightened tensions between the US and Iran in 2020. Then-US President Donald Trump had approved his liquidation, after which a drone opened fire on the Iranian's convoy. Iran then reta...
More Than 60 Dead in Fire at Corona Ward of Iraqi Hospital
Iraq, News

More Than 60 Dead in Fire at Corona Ward of Iraqi Hospital

At least 64 patients have died in a severe fire in the corona ward of the Al-Hussein hospital in Nasiriya, a city in southern Iraq. Dozens of people were also injured. An exploded oxygen tank may have caused the fire.   "The victims died of burns, and the search for other victims continues," said the spokesman for the local health authority. Images posted on social media show huge plumes of black smoke rising from the destroyed building. There is also total chaos. Hundreds of people gathered on the spot to assist the fire brigade and rescue workers, a journalist from the French news agency AFP said. Outside the building, riots also broke out between the police and the angry relatives of the victims. According to the Reuters news agency, two police cars have been set on fire. The Ir...
IS is Again Fully Active With Large-Scale Attacks in Syria and Especially Iraq
Iraq, News, Syria

IS is Again Fully Active With Large-Scale Attacks in Syria and Especially Iraq

While the world has its hands full with fighting the coronavirus, the Islamic State terrorist organization (IS) is again fully active with large-scale attacks in Syria and especially Iraq.   Since the start of Ramadan this weekend, IS has claimed responsibility for more than 260 attacks in Iraq alone. 426 were killed and injured. According to its own propaganda channels, IS had launched an "attrition campaign" with a series of attacks in the lost caliphate, which spanned much of Syria and Iraq, as well as Egypt, Nigeria, Niger, Congo and Mozambique. According to IS specialist Hassan Hassan, co-author of the bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, the terror organization now seems to be above two significant setbacks. The collapse of the caliphate and - six months ago - the de...
Iraq Complains to the UN and Wants US Troops to Leave the Country
Iraq, News

Iraq Complains to the UN and Wants US Troops to Leave the Country

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has submitted official complaints to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and the Security Council about US airstrikes on Iraqi soil.   The attacks killed the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and several Iraqi militia leaders. The Iraqi parliament also adopted a resolution calling for an end to the presence of foreign troops in the country. The UN complaint is about "US attacks and aggression on Iraqi military positions and the assassination of high-level Iraqi and Allied military commanders on Iraqi land," the ministry said in a statement. The ministry describes the attacks as "a dangerous violation of Iraqi sovereignty and the US presence conditions in Iraq." The ministry calls on the Security Council to condemn the attacks.