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UAE pushes for better ties with cleric Sadr amid efforts to contain Iran

UAE pushes for better ties with cleric Sadr amid efforts to contain Iran

Waar Media - 2017-08-15 12:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The United Arab Emirates signaled its desire to strengthen ties with Iraq during weekend talks with influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as part of efforts by Sunni nations of the Middle East to halt Iran’s growing regional influe ...
UAE pushes for better ties with cleric Sadr amid efforts to contain Iran - Waar Media

Diyala: Shi’ite Militias Warned over Taking Kurdistan Flag Down

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:52
MANDALI — The Iraqi Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi took down the Kurdistan flags over several buildings in the disputed Kurdish areas of Diyala province, said a local official, warning that such arbitrary actions will be encountered. Azad Hami ...

Shi'ite Militias Preparing for Hawija Operation: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
ERBIL— The Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi forces will participate in the battle to liberate Hawija (60 km southwest of Kirkuk) and have already launched coordination with the Iraqi Army for the imminent offensive, said a spokesperson for the paramilitary forces ...

Shi'ite Militia Looting in Tel Afar: Reports

BAS News - 2017-08-30 21:21
ERBIL— The Shi'ite paramilitaries of Hashd al-Shaabi are looting the public and private properties in the town of Tel Afar which has recently been retaken from the Islamic State (IS), Iraqi media reported Wednesday. The reports cited an informed army off ...

SPA: Saudi official denies request for Iraqi mediation with Iran

Waar Media - 2017-08-16 17:05
WAAR-DUHOK: A senior Saudi Arabian official has denied reports that his country had requested Iraq to mediate between the kingdom and Iran for better relations, according to Saudi Arabia’s state agency SPA. The agency, through its Arabic service, quoted ...

MP Warns of Growing Military Presence of Hashd al-Shaabi in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-12 13:26
KIRKUK — The Iraqi Shi’ite Arab militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi must be expelled from the Kurdish province of Kirkuk, said a lawmaker as the Shi’ite militias are forming a new brigade in the area. Following the start of the Islamic State (IS) crisis in ...

UK export agency OKs $117 mln in finance for Iraq power projects

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
BAGHDAD,— Britain’s export credit arm has announced $117 million in financing for General Electric and training provider Enka UK to help build two gas power projects in Iraq. UK Export Finance will support the early stages of construction of two GE-power ...

Over 100 Iraqi Shi’ite Militias Killed, Injured in Coalition Airstrike

BAS News - 2017-08-08 10:14
ERBIL — More than 100 fighters of the Iraqi Shi’ite Arab militia troops of Hashd al-Shaabi were mistakenly killed or injured on Monday in an airstrike near the Iraq-Syria border. According to a press release by Sayed al-Shohada brigade of Hashd al-Shaabi ...

Three Shi'ite Leaders Plan Alliance Against Maliki: Report

BAS News - 2017-08-04 13:29
ERBIL— Three prominent Iraqi Shi'ite leaders have intensified efforts to form the largest alliance for the upcoming elections to beat Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, according to a report. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Ayad al-Allawi, the l ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Attempting to Appoint Own Mayor for Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 13:10
SINJAR — The Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashd al-Shaabi is attempting to appoint a mayor of their own in Sinjar, the Kurdish Yezidi hometown in west of Mosul. Saido Chato, the head of Brotherhood and Coexistence Bloc in Nineveh provincial coun ...

Shi’ite Militias Threaten Sunnis in Babel with Death: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-17 17:03
He says they seek to change the demography of the area ERBIL— The Shi’ite Hashd al-Shaabi militias have threatened the Sunni residents of northern Babel to leave the province in 24 hours or else they will be killed, said an MP. Ahmed Salmani, a lawmaker ...