Some drivers see the coronavirus-related lockdown of the Kurdish-dominated region of Iraq as a good opportunity to make some extra cash by smuggling people from one city to another in their delivery trucks and vans.
The head of an elite Iraqi counter-terrorism force declared that his unit would be best purposed fighting corruption, but an expert claims this may be an uphill battle.
Iraqi security forces killed 13 protesters Sunday, the Associated Press has reported. Oil-rich southern Iraq has seen many protests against government corruption recently, with demonstrators starting fires and blocking roads.
Masked gunmen killed at least 18 and injured hundreds of Iraqis when they opened fire at anti-government protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, the Associated Pressreported.
Protests against unemployment and corruption, that broke out last Thursday, turned by Monday into bloody street clashes, leaving 107 killed and over 6,000 injured, the Independent reported.
Iraq’s media regulator shut down the U.S.-funded Arab-language Alhurra TV on Monday for three months, saying its reporting was biased and defamatory. The move came after the station aired a report alleging corruption in both Sunni and Shi’ite religious communities in Iraq.
The Iraqi government issued warrants for 26 former and current top officials, including 11 ex-ministers who are suspected of corruption, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi told the press on Tuesday.
Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr may opt for demonstrations instead of prayers in a bid to replace the country’s senior government officials whom he blames for inadequate response to growing corruption.
Iraq has issued a warrant for the arrest of Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan, the provincial governor of Nineveh, a week after a sinking ferry killed over 100 people and sparked a wave of popular anger over waste of funds and fraud in the city in Northern Iraq.
Baghdad’s female mayor called for women to lead the fight against corruption in the war-torn Iraqi capital, The National reported Monday.
The United Nations urged Iraq’s independent electoral commission to “immediately and fully” investigate allegations of fraud and misconduct in last weekend’s parliamentary election.
Leading up to Iraq’s parliamentary elections on Saturday, on the minds of citizens casting their ballots may well be the over $US320 billion dollars missing from the country’s economy, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday.
Israeli police Sunday arrested five antiquity dealers in East Jerusalem, seizing relics that date back millennia in connection to a smuggling scandal involving the US arts and crafts chain store Hobby Lobby.
Hobby Lobby, a US arts-and-crafts retailer, has agreed to pay US$ 3 million and forfeit Iraqi relics it smuggled into the US under false customs declarations, the US Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Hungary indicted on Thursday 11 suspected people-smugglers for the death of 71 refugees whose bodies were found two years ago in a truck in Austria during the peak of Europe’s migration crisis.
A U.S. company contracted to secure an air base in Iraq not only ignored reports about the involvement of its staff in human trafficking and alcohol smuggling but fired those who uncovered the wrongdoing, according to an Associated Press investigation published Thursday.
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