An Iraqi security source said today, Saturday, 25 January, that a number of demonstrators were arrested after security forces stormed the sit-in site in the city of Basra. The source added: “Security forces arrested a number of demonstrators after burning down their tents. The demonstrators confirmed that the security forces stormed the square and burned…

Four employees of a French NGO, three French and one Iraqi, are missing since Monday in Baghdad, announced Friday the French organization concerned, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient. The four men “disappeared in the vicinity of the French embassy,” Benjamin Blanchard, the director-general of the NGO, which helps Eastern Christians, told Paris. “No ransom demand” has been…

On Friday evening, Iraqi medical sources announced that the death toll in Baghdad was 6 dead and 54 injured, including 2 people killed in al-Kilani Square in the centre of the Iraqi capital. Intermittent clashes also took place between security forces and demonstrators on the “Muhammad al-Qasim road”. Medical sources reported that seven cases of…

Demonstrators filled the streets of Baghdad on Friday to take part in a “million-man march” calling for the US to end its military presence in Iraq. The protest was called by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. “The skies, land and sovereignty of Iraq are being violated every day by occupying forces,” tweeted Sadr, who called for…

Protesters have been complaining for months that they have been subjected to an intense campaign of kidnappings and killings, which they say is intended to intimidate them into stopping their movements. One activist was killed in an armed attack in the southern Iraqi oil city of Basra, a security source told AFP on Wednesday as…

Three rockets have landed near the US embassy in Baghdad located in the heavily fortified Green Zone of the Iraqi capital, according to security sources. Sirens could be heard across the zone immediately after the rockets made impact. Since the end of October, dozens of rockets have targeted US soldiers and diplomats in Iraq, particularly…

At least four people were killed, including two policemen, and dozens more injured in clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces in the capital Baghdad on Monday 20 January. According to local media reports, two Iraqis were killed and more than 60 others injured in demonstrations that turned violent in Baghdad after anti-government protests resumed…

On the evening of January 18, demonstrators burned the headquarters of pro-Iranian Shiite militia Kataëb Hezbollah in the city of Najaf. Kataëb Hezbollah is part of the pro-Iranian Shiite militia coalition Hashd Al-Chaabi. Demonstrations in Iraq resumed on 17 January. The participants in the protests are opposed to foreign interference in internal affairs and are…

Iraqi security forces arrested Mufti Shifaa al-Nima in Mosul, also known as “Abu Abd al-Bari” or “Grand Mufti”, according to Al Mayadin television. The man, weighing about 200 kg, was one of the ideologues of the Islamic state. He played the role of imam and speaker in a number of mosques in the city”, and…

Clashes erupted near the Senek Bridge, which connects the two sides of the capital, Baghdad, when demonstrators approached security checkpoints. Security forces fired tear gas canisters and one of them hit a protester in the chest, killing him. A medical source also confirmed that 24 demonstrators were injured, including by suffocation. For more than three…