Iraqi Kurds cite work, graft as reasons behind Minsk gamble
Rising unemployment, endemic corruption and a recent economic crisis that slashed state salaries have pushed Iraqi Kurds to sell their homes, cars and other belongings to pay off smugglers with the hope of reaching the European Union from the Belarusian capital of Minskwashingtonpost.com
Yazidi family abandons EU dream, reluctantly returns to Iraq
Khari Hasan Kalo peered out of the window of the repatriation flight as it touched down in northern Iraq. It's a place he and his family had hoped never to see again after they left for Belarus two months ago, driven by dreams of a new life in Europe. Kalo, 35, had begged for loans and spent his savings on the ill-fated journey to the Belarusian capital of Minsk, the first stop on a journey to the West.news.yahoo.com
Iraqi migrants caught in border crisis in Belarus fly home
Hundreds of Iraqis have returned home from Belarus after abandoning their hopes of reaching the European Union in a repatriation that follows more than a week of tensions at Poland’s eastern border, where thousands of migrants were stuck in a cold and soggy forest.
China makes it incredibly hard for foreign businesses to operate – but they stay because the money is just too good
A shipping container passes the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco bound for Oakland, Calif. AP Images/Eric RisbergDoing business in China can be a difficult and contentious proposition for companies in many countries. Yet even with charges of intellectual property theft, forced partnerships and tight restrictions on doing business, China continues to attract foreign capital. Why do businesses want to invest in China when there are so many other “business-friendly” countries and financial markenews.yahoo.com
Powerful Iranian general visited Iraq after attack on PM
A top Iranian general visited Baghdad after the assassination attempt against Iraq’s prime minister, and said Tehran and its allies had nothing to do with the drone attack that lightly injured the Iraqi leader, two Iraqi politicians said Monday. The two Shiite Muslim politicians requested anonymity because Esmail Ghaani’s visit was not announced publicly. Ghaani is the commander of Iran's Quds Force, which is mainly responsible for military and clandestine operations outside the country.news.yahoo.com
Iraqi prime minister survives assassination bid with drones
Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday and officials said he was unharmed. The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept last month's parliamentary election results. Two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press that seven of al-Kadhimi's security guards were injured in the attack with two armed drones which occurred in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone area.news.yahoo.com
Iraq says it has arrested top leader in Islamic State group
Iraq said on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jasim, who oversees the Islamic State group’s financial operations and served as the deputy leader of IS under the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Al-Kadhimi described it as “one of the most difficult" cross border intelligence operations ever conducted by Iraqi forces.news.yahoo.com
Michigan among top 5 states for most refugees in the last decade
Michigan received the fourth-most refugees of any state in the last decade. Five states during the last decade -- Texas, California, New York, Michigan, and Arizona -- received one-third of all refugees resettled nationwide. Click hereFewer refugees were allowed entry into Michigan and the United States at large during the last four years of the Trump administration. This is the largest number of refugees the state has received since 2017 and more Afghan refugees than the last decade combined. READ MORE ON MLIVE:West Michigan is a ‘welcoming community’ proud to take in Afghan refugees, Congressman Peter Meijer saysMichigan resettlement groups say fall of Afghanistan will create refugee crisisAfghan refugee headed to Washtenaw County, more likely on the wayWest Michigan prepares to resettle 250 Afghan refugees, more coming in weeks aheadAs Michigan prepares to receive Afghan refugees, Grand Rapids vigil honors their strugglemlive.com
Death and suffering in Iraq a painful legacy of 9/11 attacks
Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. In their aftermath, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, swiftly deposing the Taliban regime that had been sheltering Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaida terror network blamed for the attacks.news.yahoo.com
For some refugees who came to the U.S. after Sept. 11, this is what life has been like
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans and Iraqis displaced by the wars in their home countries have settled in the U.S., their journeys to the land of opportunity spurred by tragedy and loss in the wake of 9/11.washingtonpost.com
Iraq brings together Mideast rivals in bid to ease tensions
Arab heads of state and senior officials from the region including archenemies Iran and Saudi Arabia held a rare meeting Saturday at a conference hosted by Iraq. The meeting is aimed at easing Mideast tensions and underscored the Arab country’s new role as mediator. French President Emmanuel Macron also attended the Baghdad meeting, hailing it as a major boost for Iraq and its leadership.news.yahoo.com
Biden, Iraqi PM to announce end of US combat mission in Iraq
President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi are expected to announce on Monday that they’ve come to an agreement to end the U.S. military’s combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year, according to a senior Biden administration official. The plan to shift the American military mission, whose stated purpose is to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State group, to a strictly advisory and training role by year’s end — with no U.S. troops in a combat role — will be spelled out in a broader communique to be issued by the two leaders following their White House meeting on Monday afternoon, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the yet to be announced plan.news.yahoo.com
AP Interview: Premier: Iraq doesn't need US combat troops
Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Iraq will still ask for U.S. training and military intelligence gathering. “There is no need for any foreign combat forces on Iraqi soil,” said al-Kadhimi, falling short of announcing a deadline for a U.S. troop departure.news.yahoo.com
Lebanon signs deal to sell Iraqi fuel in move to ease crisis
Lebanon signed a deal Saturday to broker Iraqi fuel sales in hopes of alleviating a crippling financial and energy crisis in the small Mediterranean country, Lebanese and Iraqi media reported. The deal allows Beirut to resell 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil from Iraq — fuel that Lebanon cannot use in its own power plants — to companies who would then provide useable fuel to Lebanon over the next year. Lebanon would offer Iraq services in exchange, Energy Minister Raymond Ghajjar said, without offering details.news.yahoo.com
US troops in Syria attacked after airstrikes on militias
U.S. forces in Syria came under rocket attack Monday, with no reported casualties, one day after U.S. warplanes conducted airstrikes against what the Pentagon called “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” near the border between Iraq and Syria.
Outspoken father of missing activist killed in Iraq's south
FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, Jasb Hattab Aboud, father of the kidnapped protester Ali Jasb, cries as he holds his son's picture in his home un the town of Amara,Iraq. Aboud was shot to death Wednesday, March 10, 2021, a human rights monitor and security officials said. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)BAGHDAD – The father of a missing Iraqi anti-government activist who waged a public campaign trying to bring to account a militia suspected of abducting him was shot and killed on Wednesday, a human rights monitor and security officials said. The security official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. At every turn, the criminal case revealed the weakness of Iraq's judicial institutions vis-a-vis the growing power of militia groups.
Iraq pilgrims defy virus protocols as case numbers rise
Also on Wednesday, a grenade was tossed near the Imam Bridge in Baghdad, killing a woman and wounding 11 pilgrims. The bridge is located on the Tigris River, connecting the predominately Sunni Adhamiya area to Kadhimiya, which is mostly Shiite. The event usually draws millions of pilgrims from around the world each year to Baghdad, to visit the gold-domed shrine containing the imam’s resting place. AdMeanwhile, case numbers are climbing, with new infections surpassing a rate set six months ago. A visit to Iraq by Pope Francis, which ended on Monday, drew concerns as infectious disease experts had questioned the wisdom of such a trip given Iraq’s rising virus case numbers.
Pope weighed Iraq virus risk but believes God will protect
Francis said the idea of a trip “cooks over time in my conscience,” and that the pandemic was the issue that weighed most heavily on him. Francis, the Vatican delegation and traveling media were vaccinated against COVID-19, while most Iraqis haven't been. Francis said he wasn’t sure if he would have to slow down his usual whirlwind pace on future trips. Otherwise, the only other trip Francis has promised to make is to Lebanon, though he offered no time frame. He said the country's patriarch had asked him to add a Beirut leg onto his Iraq trip but that he had declined, thinking it would be like tossing the country “crumbs," given all Lebanon’s current problems.