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TNA Voice Podcast: News Digest: Reham Yacoub's killing exposes Iran-backed 'Reign of Terror' in Iraq

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Date of publication: 28 August, 2020

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For this episode, we’ll be examining the recent escalation of attacks by Iran-backed militias against anti-corruption activists in Iraq following the widespread anti-government protests that rocked the country last year.

Anger and grief has resurfaced in Iraq in the past weeks, as the southern city of Basra experienced a pattern of killings of anti-corruption activists.

On Aug. 20, prominent activist Reham Yacoub was gunned down inside a car by unidentified men carrying assault rifles on the back of a motorcycle. She was 29 years old.


Yacoub, a doctor by profession, ran a women’s health and fitness centre in Basra. In 2018, she participated in anti-government protests, during which she led women’s marches.

Yacoub has been receiving death threats since then. Reports suggest her name was on a hit list compiled by powerful Iran-affiliated militias that have led the crackdown on Iraqi civil society and political activism.

 




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