Officials hope Fly Erbil's take-off is a sign of changing fortunes in the autonomous region, which has suffered from the jihadists onslaught and a failed independence bid. "IS delayed our project but today, we mark real progress," said the airline's chief executive, Laund Sheikh Mamundi, explaining the three-year delay since Fly Erbil first announced its launch. The airline currently has three planes and hopes to increase its fleet to 10, administrative director Ahmad Jamal told AFP. The company advertises flights to five European countries including Germany and the UK, targeting destinations with large Iraqi communities and investors who operate in Iraq, Jamal said. Dressed in a navy blue uniform with golden buttons to match the airline's logo, flight attendant Nisrine Rachid was thrilled the crew would be working in the Kurdish language. "I think that makes them happy and we are delighted to serve them in Kurdish," … [Read more...] about Iraq’s only Kurdish airline launches Swedish flight
Danish soldiers stand guard at the site of a roadside bomb attack, in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday Sept. 4, 2006. Photo: Ritzau Sca A Danish court ordered the government on Friday to compensate 18 civilians who were tortured during the Iraq war in an operation carried out by Iraqi security forces along with a Danish battalion. In total, 23 plaintiffs had sued Denmark after they were arrested and subjected to "torture and inhumane treatment" in 2004 during operation "Green Desert" near Iraq's main port city of Basra. The appeals court in Copenhagen ruled that although the Danish soldiers did not join in the torture, they failed to prevent the abuse. "The soldiers of the Danish battalion who were sent to Iraq in 2004 and partook in the operation were not found guilty of violence against the Iraqis," the court said. However, they were aware that the prisoners faced a "real … [Read more...] about Court orders Denmark to pay Iraq torture victims
Over the weekend Dieter Romann, head of the Federal Police, flew to northern Iraq with several elite anti-terror officers in tow and took custody of Ali B., the main suspect in a brutal rape-murder investigation in Hesse. Authorities in the autonomous northern region of the country arrested B. and then handed him over to Romann, who flew him back to Germany. Back in Hesse Ali B. admitted to investigators that he had murdered 14-year-old Susanna F. over two weeks previously. The murder of Susanna F. at the hands of a man who arrived during the refugee influx of 2015 was itself enough to ignite the tinder dry debate on refugees and crime in Germany. But the fact that Ali B. was able to escape to Iraq along with his family, despite being a suspect, proved to be a major embarrassment for German authorities and led critics to charge that the country’s asylum policies were in a state of total chaos. SEE ALSO: Police hunt Iraqi asylum-seeker over rape-murder of teenage girl To an … [Read more...] about Did Germany illegally arrest murder suspect Ali B. in northern Iraq?
Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press Updated 2:07 am, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Photo: Karim Kadim, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Iraqi security forces and firemen gather as smoke rises from a fire that broke out at Baghdad's largest ballot box storage site, where ballots from Iraq's May parliamentary elections are stored, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, June 10, 2018. The ballots are part of a manual recount of votes, mandated in a law passed by the Iraqi parliament last Wednesday. less Iraqi security forces and firemen gather as smoke rises from a fire that broke out at Baghdad's largest ballot box storage site, where ballots from Iraq's May parliamentary elections are stored, in Baghdad, ... more Photo: Karim Kadim, AP Iraq's al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition 1 / 1 Back to Gallery BAGHDAD … [Read more...] about Iraq’s al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Tamer El-Ghobashy Washington Post June 10, 2018 BAGHDAD — A fire engulfed a depot on Sunday where ballots from Iraq’s national elections were being stored ahead of a full manual recount, the latest setback for a process that had already been mired in accusations of fraud and other violations.The blaze sent black plumes that could be seen for miles around the capital. There were fears that the destruction of ballots further risks the legitimacy of last month’s election, which saw a major shift in Iraq’s political order.Saad Maan, a spokesman for Iraq’s Interior Ministry, said the fire had broken out in a warehouse where electronic voting machines and some ballot boxes were stored. Advertisement He said it was one of four storage facilities for ballots on the site, belonging to Iraq’s ministry of trade, and that the three … [Read more...] about Fire engulfs warehouse storing Iraq election ballots in latest setback for troubled vote