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March 22, 2019 | Via Time

Nearly 100 People Die After Ferry Packed with Revelers Sinks in Iraq

A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year and Mother’s Day capsized in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, killing nearly 100 people, including families, officials said. An Interior Ministry official said 94 people were killed in the accident, which residents said was the worst in recent memory. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

November 7, 2018 | Via NPR

Islamic State Mass Graves Discovered Across Iraq

A report by the United Nations says that at least 6,000 bodies were found buried in 202 mass graves across Iraq by the Islamic State. Authorities believe there could be more than 12,000 people buried in the mass graves. The graves were discovered in areas of Iraq once controlled by the Islamic State.

October 3, 2018 | Via BBC

Iraq Elects New President

Barham Salih was elected as the new president of Iraq on Tuesday by the parliament ending months of deadlock following the inconclusive national election in May. British-educated Kurdish politician Salih named Shi’ite Adel Abdul Mahdi as the prime minister-delegate. Salih is a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

June 11, 2018 | Via Reuters

Fire Breaks Out at Baghdad Facility Storing Ballot Boxes

A storage site holding half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary elections in May caught on fire on Sunday days after parliament called for a nationwide recount. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the fire was a plot to harm Iraq’s democratic process. It is unclear whether voting papers were destroyed.

May 15, 2018 | Via The Guardian

Firebrand Cleric Surprise Frontrunner in Iraq Elections

The Iraqi firebrand militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr has emerged as the surprise frontrunner in Iraq’s national elections after winning more seats than US-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Sadr is known for his anti-American campaigns and populist appeal to Iraq’s young and poor. Sadr’s win could change Iraq’s relations with powers like the US and Iran.

February 14, 2018 | Via AL Jazeera

Tillerson Urges Allies to Help Rebuild Iraq

Iraq asked a US-led coalition for $88 billion to rebuild its cities, destroyed in the war. The US announced, Tuesday, plans to extend a $3 billion credit line, urging coalition members to help. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said lack of help could prompt return of ‘conditions that allowed ISIS to take and control vast territory.’

October 17, 2017 | Via NPR

Iraqi Forces Reclaim Kurdish City of Kirkuk

Responding to the Kurdish region’s vote for independence last month, Iraqi forces occupied the city of Kirkuk, lowering Kurdistan’s flag and raising Iraq’s. Military bases, an oil field, and other buildings were reclaimed by Iraqi forces. President Donald Trump stated ‘We’re not taking sides,’ as the United States has trained both Kurdish and Iraqi forces.

June 30, 2017 | Via reuters

Iraqi Forces Reclaim Mosul and Claim ISIS is Over

ISIS’s grip on Iraqi territory has apparently ended according to Iraq’s Prime Minister after government forces recaptured the site of historic Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has ever made a public appearance. The Islamic State considered the site the symbolic center of their self-declared caliphate. Iraqi militants are now dealing with the rubble that has been left since last week.

October 6, 2017 | Via Al Jazeera

Hawija, ISIS Stronghold, Reclaimed By Iraq

Hawija, an ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq, was captured by US-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shia paramilitary groups. The last area in Iraq under Islamic State control is a stretch on the western border with Syria where Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, says the fight will now focus.

June 22, 2017 | Via CNN

Al Nuri Mosque Destroyed by ISIS

The historic al-Nuri Grand Mosque was blown up by ISIS on Wednesday night after being packed with explosives. For Mosul this is a huge blow as another part of Iraq’s rich history has now been destroyed. ISIS refused the claims and stated a U.S. airstrike is responsible for the destruction of the mosque.

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