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While Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had opted to suspend him in the wake of the fire, Hassan al-Tamimi stepped down of his own accord, a government statement said.

The fire that broke out in a Baghdad public hospital killed 82 people and injured 110.

The Iraq Report: Killings, abductions rise after Pope's visit

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Killings, abductions rise after Pope's visit

In the days following Pope Francis' visit, two high profile abductions and killings of activists and dissidents' family members brought Iraq's perennial problems with militia violence roaring back into focus.

Why activists are still sceptical of Iraq's political elites

Sofia Nitti

Why activists are still sceptical of Iraq's political elites

In-depth: With elections on the horizon, activists and mainstream parties have been discussing possible alliances. But many in Iraq's protest ...

Secret deal halts attacks on US's Baghdad embassy: reports

The New Arab Staff

Secret deal halts attacks on US's Baghdad embassy: reports

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi negotiated an agreement with Iran to stop missile attacks targeting the US embassy in Baghdad, ...

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Iraq's Sadr backs early elections in rare appearance

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr has backed a call for early elections as his movement aims to take the post of prime minister

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Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad

A deadly twin suicide bombing has hit a market in Baghdad, killing at least 28, with the death toll expected to rise.

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Iraqis pile mockery on US after Capitol siege

Iraqis poked fun at their former occupier after the storming of the US Congress.

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Rockets target US embassy in Iraq as tensions flare

A volley of rockets exploded near the US embassy in Baghdad, as tensions mount ahead of the anniversary of the US killing top Iranian general ...

Iraqis renew protests in solidarity after violence

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqis renew protests in solidarity after violence

Protests erupted in several Iraqi cities one week after deadly clashes took place between anti-government protesters and supporters of a ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Sadr makes a gamble for power

The powerful cleric's political ambitions have been branded a cynical ploy by youth protesters who have been demonstrating against corruption, a ...

Thousands protest in Iraq as death toll rises

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Thousands protest in Iraq as death toll rises

At least eight people have died in recent clashes between anti-government protesters and supporters of Moqtada Sadr.

Defiant Iraqi protesters hit streets for second day

The New Arab Staff

Defiant Iraqi protesters hit streets for second day

Tensions were high in several Iraqi cities, a day after clashes between the dwindling members of the October 2019 anti-government protest ...

Toll rises to six in clashes among Iraq protesters

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Toll rises to six in clashes among Iraq protesters

Violence erupted on Friday between the dwindling members of the October 2019 anti-government protest movement and supporters of populist Shia ...

Three dead as rival protesters clash in southern Iraq

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Three dead as rival protesters clash in southern Iraq

Three people were shot dead and dozens wounded in southern Iraq, according to medics

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US threatens to close Iraq embassy unless rocket-attacks cease

The US has threatened to close its embassy and remove its remaining troops from Iraq amid ongoing rocket attacks by militias, potentially leaving Prime Minister Kadhimi to an uncertain fate

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Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in ...

Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Comment: Reham Yacoub's assassination is evidence of an increasingly restricted space for free speech and protest in Iraq, write Taif Alkhudary ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq's PM promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

Fulfilling a key demand of the months-long protest movement, Prime Minister Kadhimi announced Iraq's parliamentary elections would be held in ...

The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate Shia militias

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate Shia militias

Iraqi Shia militias are beginning to show signs of discontent as Iran's economy is ravaged by US sanctions and Covid-19.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

Lawmakers close to Iran are trying to pass legislation that would force Riyadh to pay reparations to Iraqi victims of terrorism perpetrated by ...

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and ...

EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The New Arab

EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The representatives of Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union in Iraq marked the International Day Against Homophobia by raising the ...

The Iraq Report: Kadhimi takes aim at pro-Iran militias

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kadhimi takes aim at pro-Iran militias

While hailed as a show of force by Iraq's new premier against malign Iranian influence, the arrest of pro-Iran militants may be little more than ...

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