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Iraq Kurds Turkey

Kurdish protesters storm the chemical weapons body in The Hague (AFP, Arab News)

Dutch police arrested 50 people on Friday after Kurdish demonstrators alleging that Turkey is using chemical weapons in northern Iraq broke into the headquarters of the global toxic arms watchdog.
Protesters got past security to enter the grounds of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague and staged a noisy rally outside the building’s front doors, AFP journalists saw.
Police dragged the demonstrators off one by one, put them on the ground and handcuffed them, before bundling them into waiting vans.
At least a dozen police vehicles sealed off the road outside the OPCW, which is opposite Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s official residence.
Several ambulances and a medical helicopter were also at the scene.
“At around noon, a large group of protesters stormed a building … We have arrested these protesters. Several police units are present at the building,” police said on Twitter.
“The approximately 50 arrested demonstrators who were on the site have been transferred to a police location.”
Turkey denies using chemical weapons in its conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

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Daesh Iraq

Civilians among 10 dead in north Iraq attack blamed on Daesh: officials (AFP, Arab News)

At least three civilians and seven Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed in northern Iraq in an attack blamed on the Daesh jihadist group, the forces said Friday.

The jihadists attacked the village of Khidir Jija, south of Irbil, killing three civilians, a statement said. The peshmerga, Kurdistan’s armed forces, launched an operation in response, and seven fighters died when “an explosive device planted by Daesh elements” blew up.

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Daesh Iraq

UN says Daesh committed war crimes at Iraqi prison (AP, Arab News)

The head of a UN team investigating atrocities in Iraq said that Daesh extremists committed crimes against humanity and war crimes at a prison in Mosul in June 2014, where at least 1,000 predominantly Shiite Muslim prisoners were systematically killed.

UN says Daesh committed war crimes at Iraqi prison (arabnews.com)

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Belarus Iraq

Iraq Plans More Repatriation Flights As Belarus Tells Migrants They Can Go To EU (RFE RL)

Iraq is sending more planes to repatriate about 800 migrants stranded on the Belarus-Poland border, adding to nearly a thousand already brought home, the Foreign Ministry said.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Sahaf said on November 26 that two Iraqi Airways flights would bring back 861 migrants over the next 24 hours.

Iraq Plans More Repatriation Flights As Belarus Tells Migrants They Can Go To EU (rferl.org)

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Iraq

Mud mosque dating back to the Umayyad era discovered in Iraq (Al Jazeera)

A British Museum excavation mission, along with a local Iraqi team, has discovered a mud mosque that dates back to the year 60 AH or 679 AD in the archaeologically rich Dhi Qar governorate in the country’s south, officials said.

The mosque, discovered in the town of al-Rafa’i, is located in the middle of a residential city. The mosque stands roughly eight metres (26 feet) wide and five metres (16 feet) long. In the middle of the mosque is a small shrine for the imam, which could accommodate 25 people, according to the latest excavation findings.

Mud mosque dating back to the Umayyad era discovered in Iraq | News | Al Jazeera

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Iraq

Assassination Attempt against Prime Minister Al-Khadimi Highlights Intra-Shia Divisions in Iraq (Rami Jameel, The Jamestown Foundation)

A loud explosion was heard in the early hours of November 7 in the fortified area in Baghdad known as the “Green Zone.” This was followed by heavy gunfire in the Green Zone, which hosts government offices and U.S. and other Western diplomatic missions. The Iraqi government announced that there was a failed assassination attempt against Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi carried out by a drone at his house. Al-Kadhimi appeared shortly afterward to confirm that he was safe and sound and to call for calm (rudaw.net, November 7).

Assassination Attempt against Prime Minister Al-Khadimi Highlights Intra-Shia Divisions in Iraq – Jamestown

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Iraq

Iraq to launch repatriation flights from Belarus for citizens wishing to ‘voluntarily’ return (Middle East Eye)

Iraq is set to begin repatriating its citizens who wish to return on a voluntary basis from the Belarus border with Poland, an Iraqi official confirmed.

A repatriation flight is scheduled to leave Belarus on Thursday where thousands of people, including scores of Iraqis, are stranded on the border with Poland.

Iraq to launch repatriation flights from Belarus for citizens wishing to ‘voluntarily’ return | Middle East Eye

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Iraq

Keeping an Eye on Baghdad (Michael Young, Carnegie Middle East Center)

Ali Hashem is a senior Al-Jazeera English correspondent who has long covered Iraq and Iran. He is also a research fellow at the Sectarianism, Proxies, and De-Sectarianization Project (SEPAD) based at Lancaster University. His research focuses on the Middle East, with an emphasis on Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq. Diwan interviewed Hashem to get his perspective on recent developments in Iraq, where Prime Minister Mustapha al-Kadhimi was the target of a drone attack on his home last week. The country has been caught in a deadlock since parliamentary elections in October, when the Popular Mobilization Forces lost a significant number of seats in parliament, to the advantage of Muqtada al-Sadr and the former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. In the aftermath of the Kadhimi assassination attempt, Ismail Qaani, the head of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, visited Baghdad to calm tensions between the different Shia factions.

Keeping an Eye on Baghdad – Carnegie Middle East Center – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (carnegie-mec.org)

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Iraq

Assassination attempt against Iraqi PM sparks fear of ‘return to chaos’ (Shelly Kittleson, Al Monitor)

An attack on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 7 sparked a flurry of reactions and concerns about armed groups linked to Iran that had threatened him shortly before.

The prime minister said that he was not harmed in the attack, which was reportedly conducted by three explosives-laden drones of which only one was not shot down by security forces.

Assassination attempt against Iraqi PM sparks fear of ‘return to chaos’ – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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