Three people were shot dead and dozens wounded in Iraq’s south on Friday, medics said, in clashes between anti-government protesters and supporters of firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr.
The violence erupted as tens of thousands of Sadr supporters hit the streets of Baghdad and the southern city of Nasiriyah in a show of force as preparations ramp up for June parliamentary elections.
Their turnout overshadowed the rival youth dominated movement that had erupted in October 2019 but had petered out in recent months due to geopolitical tensions and the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhemi has called for early polls to take place in June 2021 — nearly a year ahead of schedule — to fulfil a key demand of last year’s protest movement, which also included Sadrists.
On Friday, followers of the cleric attacked a tent camp of anti-government protesters in Nasiriyah’s Habboubi Square, said Mohammad Al Khayyat, a leader of the anti-government movement.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the newspaper
Pfizer to supply 40 million doses for poor countries
UAE reports 3,552 new cases, 10 deaths; EU leaders weigh more restrictions to stop virus’ variants; India self-reliant as a million already inoculated: Modi; British PM says new variant may carry higher risk of death.
Over 600 sports fans join Fatima academy ladies run
Participants had the opportunity to run for different distances starting from 3km, 5km or 10km
MBZU's board adopts first bachelor's degree in tolerance
Board adopts the university’s academic plans, including the Middle East’s first philosophy and ethics programme
Longest suspended bridge new RAK vista
Ras al Khaimah: Ras Al Khaimah has achieved another architectural landmark that will add to its touristic attractions: The longest suspended bridge that connects the two buildings of the new Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island.
Commune with nature of Yas Island through great outdoors
With the weather in the UAE fantastic, now is the perfect time to enjoy some outdoor activities available at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure and entertainment hub
UAE's role in protection of environment phenomenal
The UAE has been assessed to be the leader in the 22-country Arab Region on caring for the environment through sustainable finance practices
Russia's Sputnik vaccine to boost UAE's anti-virus drive
Ministry approves Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use; UAE announces 3,529 new cases and 3,901 recoveries; Dubai halts permits for entertainment activities, puts elective surgeries on hold until Feb.19.
UAE and France cement bilateral ties
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, reviewed the prospects of fostering relations between the two nations across various fronts.
Many areas of UAE witness five hours of foggy weather
The National Centre of Meteorology is expecting today’s weather to be dusty and partly cloudy at times, with temperatures dropping from 5 to 8 degrees in some areas
Eco body hosts afforestation drive for Al Muntather Reserve
The campaign set out to emphasise social responsibility in preserving the environment and encouraging local agriculture as a positive social and recreational activity
A Rare Egg
Egyptian ostrich egg perfume case
The Art of Interrogation
Hacking the City with Bill Posters
THE WORST OF THE LOT
THE HISTORY OF THE IRAQI TABUK AK RIFLE
Trump's Quiet War On Iran Gets Loud
The US Drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on January 2, 2020, seemed to many Americans like the start of a war.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
More military shooting from the masters of the genre
Beyond Salute To Service
Helping New Jersey Veterans "Drop Their Pack'
Nights In Erbil
IN THE HEART OF A REGION THAT FACES AGGRESSION FROM ALL SIDES, THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE CAN BE DEATH-DEFYING. HERE’S HOW A HANDFUL OF LOCALS DO IT FROM ROOFTOP BARS TO THE UNDERGROUND DRAG SCENE
How ISIS Sex Slave Got Even With Terror Chief!
Courageous gal risked her life to pinpoint brute’s lair for Special Forces
Tourniquet Buyer's Guide - The How, Why, And What Of Stopping The Bleed
In 2017, the total number of violent crimes in the United States reached 1.28 million.
'Get a Weapon'
When a veteran military man gave me that advice before I left to join U.S. forces in Baghdad, I thought he meant that I needed a way to protect myself from the enemy.