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News, January 2020
171 Assassinations, Abductions During Iraqi Protests, Appeals to the UN to Intervene, US Forces Resume Operations
January 31, 2020
The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi Arabic news agency, Yaqein ( http://yaqein.net/ ):
The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi English news site, (https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en):
Iraqi Protesters Appeal to UN for Intervention to “Save Iraq”
The Baghdad Post, January 31, 2020
Protesters in Iraq’s southern province of Diwaniyah on Thursday made an appeal to the international community and the United Nations to intervene and “save Iraq” following months of violent response to the peaceful protests across the country.
protesters took back to the streets in Diwaniyah, raising placards
to make their voice heard by the international community.
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Thursday issued a press release to urge the Iraqi authorities to step up the efforts in breaking the political deadlock in the country, and ending the ongoing violent response to protests across the country.
“The continuing loss of young lives and the daily bloodshed is intolerable. At least 467 protesters have been killed and over 9,000 injured since 1 October,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, said in the release.
IHCHR Records 171 Assassinations, Abductions During Iraqi Protests
The Baghdad Post, January 31, 2020
Caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi stressed Tuesday that
government deals with demonstrators in a “paternal” manner and
adheres to the rules of engagement with them. However, demonstrators,
human rights organizations, as well as the international community seems
to look at the
protests from a different angle.
US awaits Iraq's okay to deploy Patriots to protect troops
Iraq says it resumes counter-ISIS operations with U.S. coalition
Iraq's military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS after a halt following the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iranian attacks on bases hosting U.S. forces.
"In order to exploit the time that remains for the international coalition before the new relationship is set up... It was decided to carry out joint actions which enable our forces" to fight Islamic State, a military statement said.
US military aircraft reportedly crashes in Iraq
The Baghdad Post, January 29, 2020
According to Alforat News, an American C-27J transport aircraft has crashed west of al-Anbar province. The report noted that no Iraqi or American official has commented on the incident yet, adding that four of the crew on board have also been killed. The report comes as an American spy plane, a Bombardier E-11A, came down in Afghanistan early Monday. The Taliban claimed to have brought it down, however, a US defense official claimed that a preliminary probe showed there was a mechanical error. Neither US officials nor any members of the international force in Afghanistan have visited the site of the crash.
US media broke their partial news blackout on the incident, with some reporting the crash late on Monday. The aircraft has been identified as Bombardier E-11A belonging to the US Air Force. It is the military variant of the civil Bombardier BD-700 Global Express for use as an overhead communications-relay platform in Southwest Asia.
Iran Launches Drone, Missile Strikes on Iraqi Kurds
The Baghdad Post, January 28, 2020
On July 12, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) struck Iraqi Kurdish militant groups with missiles, artillery, and drones.
In a statement, the IRGC said the strikes came in response to recent Kurdish attacks in western and northwestern Iran that killed five Iranian servicemen.***
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