‘No, no America!’ as Baghdad protesters demand US troops quit Iraq

  Hundreds of supporters of an influential, radical Shi'ite cleric gathered 24 January in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened tensions after a US drone strike earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital.    Since mid-morning on the Muslim day of… Continue reading ‘No, no America!’ as Baghdad protesters demand US troops quit Iraq

A million’ Iraq rally against US troops

Since mid-morning, large crowds gathered on the Muslim day of prayers as loudspeakers blasted “No, no America!” at a central square in Baghdad. A child held up a poster reading, “Death to America. Death to Israel.” But by the afternoon the rally had failed to reach the critical numbers called for by radical cleric Muqtada… Continue reading A million’ Iraq rally against US troops

Qassem Soleimani – IRGC

  General Qassem Soleimani was killed alongside six others following a US air raid at Baghdad's international airport.    General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC's) Quds Force has been killed early  alongside several others following a US air raid at Baghdad's international airport. Iraqi officials and the state television reported… Continue reading Qassem Soleimani – IRGC

US Embassy Baghdad December 2019

  It was reported on 31 December 2019 that local staff were evacuated from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, while others remained inside a safe room within the compound as thousands of protesters and militia fighters thronged the gates in fury at U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, the AP reports. The latest: Defense Secretary Mark Esper… Continue reading US Embassy Baghdad December 2019