European Union Meets To Discuss Post-Mosul Support For Iraq

Ministers from across the European Union will meet in Luxembourg today, Monday, to develop plans to support Iraq once the liberation of Mosul is complete. Reuters reports that the deployment of an EU Security Sector Reform Advice and Assist Team is a response to a request for assistance from the Baghdad government. Soldiers from the …

As Final Mosul Phase Begins, Officials Hope For Rapid Victory

Yalla – Mosul Sources close to Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar Al-Abadi, have said that Iraqi’s commander in chief hopes to declare complete victory in Mosul before the end of Ramadan. The sources claim an announcement was planned for the beginning of this week, but was delayed due to the situation in Mosul’s old city, where …

Over 800 Cases of Food Poisoning In IDP Camps in Northern Iraq

Two people have died from food poisoning and hundreds more Iraqi IDPs are suffering symptoms, after consuming food donated by RAF – a Qatari charity organisation – in Hassan Sham U2 and Khazir IDP camps near Erbil. Doctor Shakhawan Khailany from Erbil’s Health Department of Health told Yalla: “638 people, of which 320 were young …

Civil Rights Campaigners Block Anti-Freedom of Speech Bill for Fourth Time

Mustafa Nasser – Baghdad In four attempts, over two administrations, the ‘Freedom of Expression, Congregation and Peaceful Demonstration’ bill has faltered in the Baghdad parliament, blocked by civil rights groups who denounce the proposed legislation as an attempt to undermine freedom of expression in Iraq. Initially the law failed after pressure from campaigners convinced MPs …

Iraq’s Competitors In 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, Baku

Following on from their bronze medal success against Algeria this morning in the men’s handball, Yalla takes a quick look at the other competitors Iraq is fielding in the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku. As ever, Iraq is well represented in the lower weight divisions of the boxing. Hasan Naser progressed to the quarterfinals of …

Iraq: “We walked all night, staying away from roads for fear of being caught”

Al Alam camp, near Tikrit, is home to about 8,000 women, children and men who have been displaced from their homes to the north by the ongoing conflict. The families have come here in search of safety and support, from towns and villages ravaged by conflict, where food, fuel and medicines are scarce. The camp …

Abadi: Conflict Has Cost Arab World Chance of Paradise

In a wide-ranging interview on issues within Iraq and relations with its neighbours, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi lamented that the money spent on regional conflict had cost the Arab world the chance of creating “a paradise”. Expressing fears that a partitioned Syria would present security issues for Iraq, Abadi told al Mayadeen TV that he …

Overview of Mosul Operations 20 March

Reuters report that many young men on the west side of Mosul are being forced to fight for ISIL, with families hiding sons, and people refusing to attend mosque, for fear of compulsory recruitment. According to Iraq’s Ministry of Defence, 67 ISIL militants have been killed in airstrikes and infantry operations on the main route …

In First Words On Iraq As President, Trump Reiterates US Should’ve Kept Iraq’s Oil

It’s one of his more hysterical stream-of-consciousness ramblings, from a man for whom bloviation is his signature. President Donald J. Trump, arguably the most powerful person on earth, doubled down on his assertion that the US should have stolen Iraq’s oil, this time in a meeting with CIA officials. His primary argument is that by …

UN Releases Civilian Casualty Figures For 2016 In Iraq

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Monday said that the 386 Iraqi civilians killed in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in December brought the 2016 total to an “absolute minimum” of 6,878. UNAMI says that the true figure will be much higher, as it has not been able to account …