The circumstances of the attack were not immediately clear, but two officials who spoke to The Associated Press said Islamic State group militants had kidnapped two villagers earlier and then raided the village when their demands for ransom were not met.
“There has been a sharp reduction in the water level — reserves currently stand at 130 million cubic metres against two billion cubic metres normally,” said Aoun Dhiab, a senior adviser in the water ministry.
But instead, the hospital room was silent as the doctor carefully placed the unborn baby, no bigger than his palms, onto her mother’s unmoving body It was supposed to be a scene of joy – a mother reaching out to her crying newborn daughter and cradling her to her chest after months of feeling her little kicks.
Iraq’s water crisis has been in the making for nearly two decades.
It said its fighters clashed with a supporting unit from the federal police and destroyed one of their vehicles.
The officials said the attack occurred in the predominantly Shiite village of al-Rashad northeast of Baqouba in Diyala province. On Wednesday, three Iraqi soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded during a security operation in the Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad.
Militants from the Sunni Muslim extremist group still conduct operations, often targeting security forces, power stations and other infrastructure.
In January, twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens.
To the north, much of the once famed Mesopotamian Marshes — the vast wetland home to the “Marsh Arabs” and their unique culture — have been reduced to desert since Saddam Hussein drained them in the 1980s to punish its population.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the village of Ali al-Sultan in the Riyadh district of the province of Kirkuk.
A roadside bomb attack targeted a Baghdad suburb in July, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens of others at a crowded market. But it continues to carry out hit-and-run attacks through sleeper cells across both countries. Cash-strapped Iran has put pressure on Iraq´s government to release payments for power after falling into arrears.
BAQUBA, Iraq, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Islamic State militants killed 11 people including a woman on Tuesday in an attack on a village in Diyala province, east of Iraq, the country’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
“We didn’t know he was in Iraq until we were notified of his death” in December, Zakaria’s mother, Ghufran al-Adl, 56, told AFP from their one-bedroom apartment in the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighbourhood, one of the country’s poorest.
An eyewitness who was visiting his brother when the fire broke out described people jumping out of windows as the fire, caused by the explosion of an oxygen bottle, spread quickly throughout the unit equipped to house COVID-19 patients.
Iraqi officials blamed IS for those attacks.
Attacks targeting civilians have become rare in Iraq since the Islamic State group was largely defeated in the country in 2017, although it remains active through sleeper cells in many areas.
We are ready with our bags but we just don’t know if or when the crossing will open,” said Mohammed, a 40-year-old working for an Italian group.
IS overran large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014 and declared a self-styled Islamic caliphate.
In total, “69 percent of agricultural land is threatened with desertification, meaning it is being rendered unfit for cultivation,” Sarmad Kamel, a state forestry official working on the issue, told AFP.
Syria’s 11-year civil war and Iraq’s turbulence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion have provided fertile ground for Islamic State to embed in populations alienated by political corruption, violence, insecurity and ethnic or religious divisions.
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who control the area said 40 of their troops, 77 prison guards and four civilians were killed, as well as 374 Islamic State attackers or detainees, in the attempted jail break.
The development comes with months of scorching summer temperatures still to come, and ahead of much anticipated federal elections.
Among those killed was the commander of the 59th Infantry Brigade. Outdated infrastructure and short-term policies made Baghdad vulnerable to climate change and lower flows from Iran and Turkey, source of about 70% of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
The group was territorially defeated in 2017 after a years-long war spearheaded by local forces and a U.S.-led international coalition.
“I have been waiting for three days with my family in a house 10 minutes away.
Exhausted Palestinians desperately searched through the rubble of their homes for loved ones across Gaza this morning, their screams piercing the air as they found the lifeless bodies of their children, wives and parents.
The Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility late Monday for the Kirkuk attack, claiming it killed five Shiites in their agricultural fields in al-Rashad area in Kirkuk and set fire to five vehicles.
Among the fatalities was an officer with the rank of major, according to a tweet from a military spokesman, Yahya Rasool.