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The US state department on Tuesday said that the rare fragment was illegally imported to the country after it was bought by Hobby Lobby.(US immigration and customs enforcement)

Gilgamesh tablet: US takes step to return 3,500-year-old looted artefact to Iraq

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2021 09:08 PM IST
  • The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet was discovered in 1853 in the ruins of the library of the Assyrian King Assur Banipal in Nineveh, situated in modern-day northern Iraq.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi convened an emergency meeting and ordered the suspension and arrest of the health director in Dhi Qar provice, the hospital director and the city's civil defense chief. In picture - Rescuers at work after a catastrophic blaze erupted at a Covid-19 hospital ward in the al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq.(AP)
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi convened an emergency meeting and ordered the suspension and arrest of the health director in Dhi Qar provice, the hospital director and the city's civil defense chief. In picture - Rescuers at work after a catastrophic blaze erupted at a Covid-19 hospital ward in the al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq.(AP)

Fire at Covid-19 ward in Iraq: Death toll climbs to 92, several others injured

AP | , Nasiriyah, Iraq
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2021 09:45 PM IST
The tragedy cast a spotlight on what many have decried as widespread negligence and mismanagement in Iraq's hospitals after decades of war and sanctions.
So far, fewer than than 380,000 people have been fully vaccinated in the country of 40 million.(AFP file photo)
So far, fewer than than 380,000 people have been fully vaccinated in the country of 40 million.(AFP file photo)

Iraq pushes Covid-19 vaccine rollout amid widespread apathy, rumors

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Baghdad
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 02:52 PM IST
Iraq has grappled with a severe second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. New case numbers spiked to over 8,000 per day last month, the highest they have ever been.
Smoke rises over the Erbil, after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, Iraq February 15, 2021.(Reuters / File)
Smoke rises over the Erbil, after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, Iraq February 15, 2021.(Reuters / File)

Explosives-laden drone targets US forces at Iraq's Erbil airport

Reuters | , Erbil, Iraq
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 02:31 PM IST
It was the first known attack carried out by an unmanned aerial drone against US forces in Erbil, amid a steady stream of rocket attacks on bases hosting US forces.
Pope Francis boards a plane upon concluding his visit to Iraq at Baghdad airport, Iraq, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)(AP)
Pope Francis boards a plane upon concluding his visit to Iraq at Baghdad airport, Iraq, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)(AP)

Pope leaves Iraq for Rome after historic whirlwind visit

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 12:41 PM IST
As the pope's plane took off, Iraqi President Barham Salih was at hand on the tarmac, waving goodbye.
IS overran Mosul in June 2014 and declared a caliphate stretching from territory in northern Syria deep into Iraq’s north and west. It was from Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made his only public appearance when he gave a Friday sermon calling on all Muslims to follow him as “caliph.”(AFP)
IS overran Mosul in June 2014 and declared a caliphate stretching from territory in northern Syria deep into Iraq’s north and west. It was from Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made his only public appearance when he gave a Friday sermon calling on all Muslims to follow him as “caliph.”(AFP)

Pope visits Iraq's war-ravaged north, urges minority to stay despite instability

AP | , Irbil
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:18 PM IST
Francis headed to the northern city of Mosul, which was heavily damaged in the war against IS, to pray for Iraq's war victims.
Shiite Muslim leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, left, meeting Pope Francis, 2nd left, along with Christian priests in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, March 6, 2021.(AP)
Shiite Muslim leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, left, meeting Pope Francis, 2nd left, along with Christian priests in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, March 6, 2021.(AP)

Iraqi Shiite leader reaffirms coexistence after meeting pope

AP | , Najaf
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:34 PM IST
Pope Francis met Saturday with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq's holy city of Najaf.
Nasser Banyameen inspects his neighbor's damaged house in Qaraqosh, Iraq, . Iraq's Christians are hoping that a historic visit by Pope Francis in March will help boost their community's struggle to survive. (AP)
Nasser Banyameen inspects his neighbor's damaged house in Qaraqosh, Iraq, . Iraq's Christians are hoping that a historic visit by Pope Francis in March will help boost their community's struggle to survive. (AP)

Iraq's struggling Christians hope for boost from pope visit

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:25 PM IST
The numerical decline and waning clout of Iraqi Christians started before the Islamic State’s persecution of religious minorities like theirs
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but security sources interviewed by AFP blamed IS.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but security sources interviewed by AFP blamed IS.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

11 Iraqi fighters killed in IS attack: Report

AFP | , Samarra, Iraq
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 02:14 AM IST
"IS launched an attack on the Hashed's Brigade 22," said one of the unit's officers Abu Ali al-Maliki. Maliki told AFP the brigade commander was among those killed before reinforcements from the federal police came to the unit's aid.
US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has declined to comment in detail about the latest developments.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has declined to comment in detail about the latest developments.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden’s Iran problem is getting worse by the day. Here’s why

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:52 PM IST
In the past week alone, President Donald Trump’s team has dispatched B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf in response to alleged Iranian attack planning and reversed an order to bring home the USS Nimitz, the only US aircraft carrier in the region.
An Israeli official dismissed as “nonsense” on Sunday an allegation by the Iranian foreign minister that Israel was trying to trick the United States into waging war on Iran(REUTERS)
An Israeli official dismissed as “nonsense” on Sunday an allegation by the Iranian foreign minister that Israel was trying to trick the United States into waging war on Iran(REUTERS)

Israel dismisses Iran’s charge of tricking US into war as ‘nonsense’

Jerusalem | By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 03:47 PM IST
It was Israel that needed to be on alert for possible Iranian strikes on the one-year anniversary on Sunday of the assassination of Tehran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone strike in Iraq, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Kan public radio.
The oil-supply deal attracted widespread interest among major traders, according to people familiar with the matter. The contract will be one of the largest of its kind in recent history and it allows the winner to ship crude to wherever it wishes for a year.(Hindustan Times (Representative Image))
The oil-supply deal attracted widespread interest among major traders, according to people familiar with the matter. The contract will be one of the largest of its kind in recent history and it allows the winner to ship crude to wherever it wishes for a year.(Hindustan Times (Representative Image))

Iraq agrees $2 billion prepayment oil supply deal with Chinese company

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:10 PM IST
The pre-payment deal, a first for Baghdad, is the latest example of China lending to struggling oil producers via state-controlled trading companies and banks.
An aerial photo shows oil tankers load crude oil at Iraq’s Al-Basra Offshore Terminal in Basra, Iraq.(AP)
An aerial photo shows oil tankers load crude oil at Iraq’s Al-Basra Offshore Terminal in Basra, Iraq.(AP)

Iraq says it has dismantled mine on tanker in Persian Gulf

Baghdad | By Associated Press| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 04:10 AM IST
The announcement came a day after Iraq confirmed reports by private security firms that a mine had been discovered attached to the side of a tanker rented from Iraq’s Oil Marketing Company, known as SOMO, as it was refueling another vessel.
An aerial photo shows oil tankers load crude oil at Iraq’s Al-Basra Offshore Terminal in Basra, Iraq, Sunday, December 27, 2020.(AP)
An aerial photo shows oil tankers load crude oil at Iraq’s Al-Basra Offshore Terminal in Basra, Iraq, Sunday, December 27, 2020.(AP)

Iraq explosives experts working to defuse mine on oil tanker

Baghdad | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 10:12 PM IST
A limpet mine is a type of naval mine that attaches to the side of a ship, usually by a diver-member of special forces. It later explodes, and can significantly damage a vessel.
The village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria.(Reuters/ File photo)
The village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria.(Reuters/ File photo)

Syrian state media says 28 killed in a bus ambush in Deir al-Zor

Damascus | By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:13 AM IST
A senior military defector in the area said the vehicle carried soldiers and pro-government militias who had finished their leave and were on their way back to their base in the desolate, sparsely populated area.
Trump, without giving evidence, said on Twitter on Wednesday that the rockets that landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Sunday, in an attack targeting the US Embassy, were from Iran and “we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.”(AP)
Trump, without giving evidence, said on Twitter on Wednesday that the rockets that landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Sunday, in an attack targeting the US Embassy, were from Iran and “we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.”(AP)

Iran minister rubbishes Trump’s accusation of US Embassy attack in Baghdad

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:38 PM IST
“Putting your own citizens at risk abroad won’t divert attention from catastrophic failures at home,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
The two-week travel prohibition covers Britain, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Iran, Japan, Belgium and the Netherlands.(REUTERS)
The two-week travel prohibition covers Britain, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Iran, Japan, Belgium and the Netherlands.(REUTERS)

Iraq bans air travel with eight nations over new variant of virus

Baghdad | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:27 PM IST
All land borders with neighbouring nations will also be closed to travellers for two weeks, though the transport of commodities will be permitted, authorities said.
The C-RAM system was installed by the US over the summer as armed groups stepped up rocket attacks targeting the embassy and its premises.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
The C-RAM system was installed by the US over the summer as armed groups stepped up rocket attacks targeting the embassy and its premises.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

3 rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad: Report

Baghdad | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:48 AM IST
The embassy’s C-RAM defense system was used to destroy the rockets mid-air, three Iraqi security officials said, with damage caused to property and parked cars. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who came to power in May, has warned that the government will struggle to pay civil servants without raising more debt.(AP)
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who came to power in May, has warned that the government will struggle to pay civil servants without raising more debt.(AP)

Iraq devalues currency by record against dollar as economy wilts

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:33 PM IST
The central bank reduced the official rate to 1,450 dinar per dollar, the first devaluation since 2003, it said in a statement.
BJP State President Dilip Ghosh addresses a rally at Patiram in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.(PTI)
BJP State President Dilip Ghosh addresses a rally at Patiram in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.(PTI)

Situation in Bengal worse than Kashmir, says BJP’s Dilip Ghosh

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:05 PM IST
Ghosh said the BJP was not allowed to campaign during the last panchayat elections, and its workers were beaten up and driven out of booths.
Oil and gas tanks are seen at an oil warehouse at a port in Zhuhai, China.(Reuters/ File photo)
Oil and gas tanks are seen at an oil warehouse at a port in Zhuhai, China.(Reuters/ File photo)

China set to bail out Iraq with multibillion-dollar oil deal

By Bloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 05:21 PM IST
The deal is the latest example of China, via state-controlled trading companies and banks, lending to struggling oil producers such as Angola, Venezuela and Ecuador, with repayment in the form of oil barrels rather than cash.
The UN has estimated that over 8,000 Mosul homes were destroyed in intense airstrikes to root out IS.(AP)
The UN has estimated that over 8,000 Mosul homes were destroyed in intense airstrikes to root out IS.(AP)

Iraqis slowly rebuild Mosul, with little aid from government

Mosul | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 12:59 PM IST
Since the ouster of IS in 2017, the task of rebuilding Mosul has been painfully slow. Delays have been caused by lack of coherent governance at the provincial level; the governor of Nineveh province, which includes Mosul, has been replaced three times since liberation
Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican.(Reuters/ File photo)
Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican.(Reuters/ File photo)

Pope Francis to visit Iraq in March 2021

Rome | By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:10 PM IST
According to a communique by the Vatican, the Pope is set to”visit Baghdad, linked to the memory of Abraham, the city of Erbil, as well as Mosul and Qaraqosh in the plain of Nineveh” from March 5-8, as quoted by CNN.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad spoke virtually at a UN meeting Monday titled “Locked Down and Locked-In: Standing Against Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking during the Covid-19 Pandemic.(AP file photo)
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad spoke virtually at a UN meeting Monday titled “Locked Down and Locked-In: Standing Against Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking during the Covid-19 Pandemic.(AP file photo)

Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

United Nations | By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 01:44 PM IST
A member of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Murad was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in 2014.
Most of al-Sadr’s followers stood unmasked in the square, chanting: “Yes, yes for our leader,” in support of the firebrand cleric as Iraq remains a high-risk country for coronavirus infection.(AFP Photo)
Most of al-Sadr’s followers stood unmasked in the square, chanting: “Yes, yes for our leader,” in support of the firebrand cleric as Iraq remains a high-risk country for coronavirus infection.(AFP Photo)

Iraq: Unmasked demonstrators take to the streets in support of radical cleric

Baghdad | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 08:17 PM IST
Supporters congregated in the capital’s Tahrir Square, once the epicentre of mass anti-government protests, to show their support for Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads a powerful political bloc, ahead of federal elections slated for next June.
The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(AP)
The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(AP)

UAE halts visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states including Pakistan

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 10:18 PM IST
The document, sent to companies operating in the state-owned business park and seen by Reuters, cited an immigration circular that came into effect on November 18.
The US government on Tuesday announced that the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be cut by half by mid-January.(AP Photo | Representational Image)
The US government on Tuesday announced that the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be cut by half by mid-January.(AP Photo | Representational Image)

US decision to reduce troops in Afghanistan, Iraq draws ire

Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 02:14 AM IST
US Government tells Pentagon to withdraw some soldiers from these two nations by Jan 15, just days before Joe Biden is expected to take charge as president.
The withdrawal plan falls short of Trump’s oft-repeated vow to end America’s long wars. It also runs counter to his guidance that troop withdrawals be based on the conditions on the ground, not a date on the calendar.(Reuters file photo)
The withdrawal plan falls short of Trump’s oft-repeated vow to end America’s long wars. It also runs counter to his guidance that troop withdrawals be based on the conditions on the ground, not a date on the calendar.(Reuters file photo)

Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 06:34 AM IST
The plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump’s final days in office, despite arguments from senior military officials in favor of a slower, more methodical pull-out to preserve hard-fought gains.
US Army soldiers oversee Afghan National Army trainees at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.(NYT file photo)
US Army soldiers oversee Afghan National Army trainees at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.(NYT file photo)

Donald Trump poised to order troop cuts from Afghanistan and Iraq

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 03:48 PM IST
The move comes after Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and replaced other top officials at the Pentagon with loyalists last week.
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