[203], However, the Iranian consulate in Iraq that was set ablaze last year by protesters is now functional, as Visa operations continue, while regular consular services are expected to commence from next week, according to Bloomberg. [285] Furthermore, the foreign ministry called on Turkey to recognize Iraq's sovereignty, collaboration in enforcing border security and putting a stop to the attacks on Iraqi regions. The biggest concern is that they will be labeled as pro-Americans or stooges in an American plot against Iran. AMY GOODMAN: And this 2020 — we’ve just entered this new year — is the presidential election. 26 December: President Barham Salih submits a letter of resignation after refusing to appoint Asaad Al Eidani as Prime Minister following the resignation of Adil Abdul-Mahdi. Part of the decision to officially pursue a machine gun modernization effort will depend on the outcome of the NGSW effort.

GHAITH ABDUL-AHAD: Well, good morning, Amy. However, President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces in 2011 after failing to reach agreement with the Iraqi government over a continued mission left the Iraqi army unprepared to deal with insurgencies to come. [163] A rough estimate suggested that the turnout of the protesters had reached two hundred thousand, according to Vox. Here’s What That Means for the Military, In a Biden Administration, Changes for the Military Could Start on Day One, After I Received the Medal of Honor, the Hardest Battle of My Life Began, Army, Marines Want New Machine Guns to Replace the M240 and 'Ma Deuce', Tax Breaks Coming to Some Vets, Surviving Spouses in These 3 States, Fort Hood Is Naming a Base Gate After Slain Specialist Vanessa Guillen, Airmen Who Evacuated Troops During Iranian Missile Attack Receive Medals, 'Not a Damn Thing Anyone Can Do About It': Trump Picking New Acting SecDef Raises Alarms, 2020 Veterans Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies, Going Back to School? [184] The Hawija offensive started in late September and was complete by 5 October. [58] On 10 January 2020, an Iraqi journalist, Ahmad Abdelsamad, of Dijlah TV and his cameraman, Safaa Ghali, were shot in their car by unidentified gunmen. GHAITH ABDUL-AHAD: Again, to go back to these demonstrations, you see a very corrupt political system in Iraq. [308][309], Amidst the renewal of fresh anti-government protests in Iraq, the Supreme Judiciary Council on Sunday, issued a statement ordering courts to see to the release of protesters that were arrested since protests began last year. Ghaith, we welcome you to Democracy Now! [164], On 17 July, a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in a crowded marketplace in the city of Khan Bani Saad during Eid al-Fitr celebrations, killing 120–130 people and injuring 130 more. June 2015, Operation Inherent Resolve: Report from the Lead Inspector General [PDF], U.S. Department of Defense Carnegie Middle East Center

So, suddenly, in the past two, three days, these militias, these powers, political powers, roughly considered Iranian-backed, pro-Iran, have all managed to regain the initiative by portraying themselves, by portraying all what’s happening in the country in the past three months, as a struggle between America on one side and Iran on the other side. Threatens another violent conflict? It wants to prevent people from networking with each other - against the political leadership. Foreign Affairs October 4, 2017, Is the World Ready for 'Kurdexit'? Several Iraqi security forces were reported to have sustained injuries in the process of firing tear gas at protesters in Nasiriya, who responded by throwing gasoline bombs at them, according to The Baghdad Post. May 13, 2016, Why Sadr Is Returning to Iraq’s Limelight, Mohamad Bazzi and Zachary Laub Can they actually achieve that? We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work. [80][81][82] This conflict is interpreted by some in Iraq as a spillover of the Syrian Civil War. ", "Sunni militants 'seize Iraq's western border crossings, "Isis: Maliki hails Syrian air raids in Iraq as leaving both states 'winners, Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels to fight ISIS, "Iraq crisis: Isis changes name and declares its territories a new Islamic state with 'restoration of caliphate' in Middle East", "Leader of Islamic State Claims Rome Will Be Conquered Next", "Rome will be conquered next, says leader of 'Islamic State, "ISIS leader calls for global Muslim obedience", "Iraq jihadists blow up 'Jonah's tomb' in Mosul", "Jihadists in Iraq Erase Cultural Heritage", "Da'esh destroys the Tomb of Jonah in Iraq", "ISIS destroys Prophet Sheth shrine in Mosul", Sunni Extremists in Iraq Seize 3 Towns From Kurds and Threaten Major Dam, "UN Security Council condemns attacks by Iraqi jihadists", ‘Iraqi Yazidi lawmaker: 'Hundreds of my people are being slaughtered'’, "Iraqi Yazidis: 'If we move they will kill us, "مصادر كردية: "الدولة الإسلامية" على بعد 30 كيلومترا من إربيل", "American air strikes help Kurdish forces reclaim towns from Islamic State", "Obama Authorized Targeted Airstrikes in Iraq Against Islamic Militants, Along with Airdrops", "UK planes to drop emergency aid to Iraqi refugees", "When Obama talks about Iraq, his use of the word 'genocide' is vital", "Arab League denounces ISIS attacks as "crimes against humanity, "Mid Day News – 11/08/2014 – التطورات في العراق", "Militants' Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says", "Mosul Dam's Takeover by ISIS Raises Risk of Flooding", "US air strikes hit Islamic State near Mosul dam", "Troops in Iraq Rout Sunni Militants From a Key Dam", "Obama to send approximately 350 additional military personnel to Iraq", RAF Tornadoes strike first Islamic State targets, "Australian Troops In UAE Await Australia Decision To Fight ISIS; Julie Bishop Explains Delay", "Australia to send 600 troops to UAE to help fight IS", "Islamic State crisis: Australia to send 600 troops to UAE", "Australia deploys special forces, joins air strikes in Iraq", "Islamic State militants overrun the strategic city of Heet and claim half Syrian border town of Kobane", "UNHCR – Iraq's displacement crisis deepens as civilians flee latest ISIS offensive", "Iraqi Forces Recapture Key Towns from Isis Following 22 US Air Strikes", "Islamic State counterattacks refinery as fight for Iraq swings back and forth", "Iraqi Forces Advance in Jihadist-Held Baiji", "Iraq troops 'push Islamic State from oil town of Baiji, "Iraqi security forces enter Baiji refinery", "ISIS In Iraq: Kurds Recapture Mount Sinjar As Islamic State Group Retakes Baiji Oil Refinery", "Iraqi army retake military airbase outside Tal Afar", "An Early Success for the Kurds in Sinjar", "ISIL land mines frustrate effort to get aid to freed Mount Sinjar Yazidis", "Iraq forces 'liberate' Diyala province from IS", "Kurds say they have ejected Islamic State militants from large area in northern Iraq", "Iraq 'seizes districts from IS' in Tikrit advance", "130 ISIS elements killed, sleeper cells found in Tikrit", "At least 130 are dead in Iraq after a massive bomb attack", "Iraq violence: Car bomb kills scores in mainly Shia town", "Islamic State claims huge truck bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City", "Iraq conflict: Bomb kills two generals near Ramadi", "Kurdish Fighters Retake Iraqi City of Sinjar From ISIS", "Islamic State offensive in northern Iraq, although repelled, shows group's resilience", "Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from Islamic State", "Iraqi forces oust ISIL from key Anbar town", "ISIS pulls out of town in Iraq's Anbar: general", "Fallujah fully liberated from IS group, Iraqi commander says", "Nearly 300 died in Mosul airstrike, making it one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent memory", "The airstrike in Mosul was potentially one of the worst U.S.-led civilian bombings in 25 years", "U.S.