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

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.

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)
Published on May 05, 2021 02:52 PM IST

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

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.

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)
Published on Apr 15, 2021 02:31 PM IST

Pope leaves Iraq for Rome after historic whirlwind visit

As the pope's plane took off, Iraqi President Barham Salih was at hand on the tarmac, waving goodbye.

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)
Published on Mar 08, 2021 12:41 PM IST

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

Francis headed to the northern city of Mosul, which was heavily damaged in the war against IS, to pray for Iraq's war victims.

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)
Published on Mar 07, 2021 05:18 PM IST

Iraqi Shiite leader reaffirms coexistence after meeting pope

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.

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)
Published on Mar 06, 2021 01:34 PM IST

Iraq's struggling Christians hope for boost from pope visit

The numerical decline and waning clout of Iraqi Christians started before the Islamic State’s persecution of religious minorities like theirs

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)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 01:25 PM IST

11 Iraqi fighters killed in IS attack: Report

"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.

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)
Updated on Jan 24, 2021 02:14 AM IST
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