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What sort of man is Iraq’s new prime minister?

Everything about Kadhimi’s past suggests a man imbued with generous humanitarian instincts, an upholder of social justice, utterly opposed to repressive dictatorship.

Million-man march in Baghdad against US military presence in Iraq, Jan. 24, 2020
Will Iraq’s new PM shake off Iran’s grip on the region?

On May 7, the Iraqi parliament swore in Mustafa al-Kadhimi as its new prime minister. Iraqi officials are hopeful his leadership will bring stability to the region and curtail months of protests.

By MAYA CARLIN
06/06/2020
Iraqi security forces gather in a street, during a curfew imposed to fight the coronavirus
A rift emerges among pro-Iranian militias in Iraq

Different units are increasingly divided between those who want to play a role in Iran’s regional strategy and those who want to be a more local Iraqi force.

Iraqi shi’ite leader – and, apparently, Iran – embrace PM-designate

Nomination of Mohammed Allawi stokes further resentment among anti-government protesters, who seek out-and-out change

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
04/02/2020
Iranian-backed militias may have killed 500 protesters in Iraq

As many as 550 protesters have been killed in Iraq since protesters began in October.

Iraq's soccer team brings unity to divided country

Unlike days of Saddam Hussein, players no longer fear punishment for poor performance – let alone political expression

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
05/12/2019
Iraqi security forces ride in vehicles travelling to Mosul to fight against militants of ISIS
Concerns arise after Iraq cracks down on Al-Hurra channel

The Al-Hurra network has been taken down by the Iraqi government, which claims it was due to a misleading report it had aired. Though the possibility exists something more elaborate is taking place

An Iranian Aseman Airlines' Fokker 100.
Iraqi woman allegedly beaten at Iranian airport sparks outrage within Iraq

Iranian state-media said on Friday that Iran's vice-consul in Najaf visited the woman to apologize for the police's behavior.

Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Baghdad, Iraq
Iranian-allied Shiite Fighters in Iraq Threaten Israel

Popular Mobilization Forces also charge US with green-lighting alleged Israeli strikes.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
23/08/2019
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