Iraq
Qassem Soleimani (L) and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis
Lawsuit filed in Iraq against Trump, aides for assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Al-Muhandis

Soleimani and Muhandis were key figures in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. They were assassinated in a drone attack on January 3, 2020, ordered by former US President Donald Trump

Turkish airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
Turkey launches airstrikes inside Syria and northern Iraq

Turkey claimed that it was targeting the YPG, the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Party (PKK), which it blamed for attacks in Istanbul last week. The PKK has denied any responsibility for the attacks

Iraq protests
Three years since 2019 protests in Iraq, most demands remain unfulfilled 

Three years after a wave of protests rocked Iraq, not much has changed with respect to the structure of the economy or political system. A new government is finally in place but faces numerous challenges

New Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia al-Sudani.
Iraqi parliament approves Mohammad al-Sudani as country’s new prime minister

The appointment of al-Sudani is expected to end three years of political uncertainty in Iraq following the nationwide popular protests that broke out in October 2019, forcing the then elected government to resign

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Iraqi parliament elects new president, ending months-long political deadlock

New President Abdul Latif Rashid immediately designated Shia al-Sudani as prime minister, whose nomination had earlier led to violent clashes in the country leaving dozens of people dead 

Iraq violent protests
Protests and violence break out in Iraq after Muqtada al-Sadr announces decision to quit politics 

At least 30 people were killed and over 700 injured in clashes between security forces and Sadr’s supporters who had entered and captured government buildings inside the high security Green Zone in Baghdad 

Iraq’s crisis continues as rival factions lock horns

Rania Khalek of BreakThrough News explains the latest developments in the political crisis in Iraq. Uncertainty continues in the country with no government having been formed since the the election of October 2021

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Muqtada al-Sadr demands dissolution of Iraqi parliament, fresh elections 

In a speech on August 3, Sadr asked his supporters to continue their sit-in inside the Iraqi parliament building and rejected calls for dialogue issued by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi 

Sadrists occupy Iraqi parliament

The protesters opposing the government formation efforts of Mohammed Shia al-Sudani stormed the high security Green Zone in Baghdad to demand the cancellation of his prime ministership.

Iraqi parliament stormed
Moqtada al-Sadr’s supporters go on indefinite sit-in inside Iraqi parliament

While asking the demonstrators to maintain peace, Moqtada al-Sadr called the sit-in a “golden opportunity” to “fundamentally change the political system and the constitution” of the country

Iraq protests
Protesters storm Iraqi parliament, oppose nomination of Mohammad Shia al-Sudani as PM

The protesters were supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, whose party members resigned from the parliament earlier this year after failing to win enough support to form a national majority government 

Turkish attacks in Iraq
Iraq demands UN intervention against continued Turkish violations of its sovereignty

During a special session of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, UN Special Representative in Iraq Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert said that the Turkish attack on Zakho in Iraqi Kurdistan earlier this month showed “shocking disregard for civilian life”