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Top Iraqi Shia cleric condemns Trump’s al-Quds decision

Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has condemned a controversial decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, saying the occupied city must return to its Palestinian owners. Ayatollah Sistan’s office issued a statement on Thursday and said Washington’s move “hurts the ...

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Iraqi foreign ministry rejects calls to disband popular forces

http://178.32.255.194/ptv//SiteVideo/20171205/iraq_pmu.mp4   The Iraqi foreign ministry has strongly rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for dismantling the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known by their Arabic name as Hashd al-Sha’abi, which have played a significant role in crushing the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the Arab country. Ahmad Mahjoub, the spokesman ...

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Half of Izadis kidnapped by Daesh still missing: Kurdish official

Around half of the members of the Izadi minority group kidnapped by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group three years ago are still missing, Iraqi Kurdish officials say. Khairi Bozani, a top official with the ministry of religious affairs of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, said some 6,417 Izadis ...

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Iraqi commander rejects calls to disband popular forces

An Iraqi commander has rejected calls for the disbanding of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known by their Arabic name as Hashd al-Sha’abi, which have played a major role in pushing out the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. Ahmad al-Assadi, one of the PMU’s leaders, was quoted by AFP as saying that “any such ...

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Statement of Ayatollah Sistani on Iraq

Top Islamic Authority, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani issued the following statement in relation to the deteriorating state of affairs in Iraq: In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful. The supreme religious authority (marja’iyyah) is pursuing with deep concern the recent security developments in the Nainawa province and its ...

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Jaafari: Iraq Involved in “Unconventional World War” against Terrorism

Iraq was involved in an “unconventional world war” against terrorism, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said. During a meeting with Romanian Minister of Education Livio Pop in Bucharest, Jaafari said, “The anti-terror war has not started in Iraq, and it might not end there.” “Iraqi troops have made great sacrifices ...

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Tehran Blasts Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman’s Anti-Iran Remarks

​​​​​​​TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tehran on Friday strongly rejected the recent anti-Iran remarks by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying he’d better think about what happened to other regional dictators. In an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday, Bin Salman had made an analogy between Iran’s growing ...

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Iraqi volunteer force hints will return return weapons to army after Daesh battle

An Iraqi volunteer military force, which heeded a government call to arms in 2014 to join the fight against Daesh, says it respects the decisions of the national army, hinting that it will act on an order to hand heavy arms back when the counter-terrorism battles end. “The heavy weapons ...

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Iraq launches operation to clear western desert of remaining Daesh terrorists

Iraqi forces have launched a mop-up operation to clear the western desert near Syria of remaining Daesh terrorists, days after they fully liberated all the urban areas from the grip of the Takfiri outfit. Iraqi forces backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, launched ...

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Iraqi forces uncover Izadi mass grave in Sinjar

Iraqi security officials say government forces have found a mass grave in the country’s northern province of Nineveh, containing the bodies of dozens of members of Izadi minority, who are believed to have been executed by Takfiri Daesh terrorists when they were in control of a terrain. Local official Chokor ...

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