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Newsline: Iraq slams U.S. embassy relocation to Jerusalem as “step of war”

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has slammed the U.S. decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv into Jerusalem, warning that this action provokes feelings of Arabs and Muslims everywhere and represents a step of war. Addressing an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Jaafari said the U.S. embassy relocation decision represents a flagrant violation of human rights and international resolutions on that score. The top Iraqi diplomat further called on the international community to stand up to acts of violence committed by Israeli occupation forces, which left scores of peaceful protesters in Palestine killed and hundreds others injured. “The U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem represents a step of war and provokes feelings of Arabs and Muslims everywhere,” Jaafari noted, warning the U.S. administration not to take provocative or reckless steps that could threaten international peace and security.



Newsline: Iraqi ambassador to Moscow calls Turkish forces in Iraq “invaders”

The Iraqi ambassador to Moscow Haydar Hadi has described the presence of Turkish forces on Iraqi soil as an “invasion”, the Russian news site Sputnik Türkiye reported on Tuesday. “We see the Turkish soldiers’ presence in Iraq as an invasion, and have sent a message of protest on the topic,” said Hadi at a press conference in Moscow, adding that countries from the Arab League had supported Iraq’s stance. Turkish forces entered Iraq in 2015 to help the international coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), the extremist jihadist organisation that declared itself a caliphate in 2014 after seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Turkish parliament voted to extend the deployment of troops at a military base in the town of Bashiqa for another year in September 2017, even though its stated objective of forcing ISIS out of Mosul had been achieved.


Newsline: Iraqi Embassy ordered to pay unfairly sacked driver almost $11000

The Iraq Embassy in Canberra has been ordered to pay a former employee almost $11,000 after he was unfairly sacked. Ahmed Kenawy worked as a driver to Ambassador Hussain Al-Ameri for eight months from July 2017 until February 2017, when he claims he had been forced to resign. He lodged an unfair dismissal application, seeking compensation, with the Fair Work Commission and the matter came before Deputy president John Kovacic in November. Mr Kovacic found that, as Mr Kenawy had four months and one week left to run on his contract, that he would have earned US$8500 (A$10,849.86), less tax, if he had not been sacked. “I do not consider reinstatement appropriate and propose an amount of compensation of US$8500 less applicable tax to be paid.” The embassy was given 21 days to pay Mr Kenawy.


Newsline: Kurds across Canada demonstrate in front of US Embassy offices

The Kurdish diaspora across Canada on Tuesday demonstrated in front of the United States Embassy offices, calling on Washington to break its silence as Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shia militias continue to attack Peshmerga. In the Canadian capital of Ottawa, the Kurdish diaspora gathered in front of the Canadian Parliament building before marching toward the US Embassy. The peaceful rally, organized by the Kurdish Association of Canada, was meant to bring attention to the recent injustices against Kurdistan at the hands of the Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militia.


Newsline: Iraq slams attack on Iran consulate in Erbil

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry in a Sat. statement has condemned a pre-planned attack on Iranian consulate in Erbil, holding authorities of the Kurdistan region responsible for endangering lives of the consulate staff. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq condemns the pre-planned attack on Iran’s consulate in Erbil and the disrespect to the flag of the neighboring country and the endangering of lives of the consulate staff,” Iraq’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mahjoob said in a statement. The Iraqi foreign ministry also slammed attacks on other consulates and UN offices in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq holds authorities of the Kurdistan region fully responsible for the life and safety of the consulates’ staff,” the spokesman added. In a statement issued on Sunday, Iran’s consulate in Erbil condemned the Friday attack, reminding the KRG authorities of their duty to protect diplomatic sites and civilians.


Newsline: Kurdish protesters attack Iraqi embassy in London

Kurdish protesters staged a demonstration outside the Iraqi embassy in London as the country’s military continued its assault on the Kurdish city of Kirkuk in the north of Iraq. Protesters gathered outside the embassy on Monday afternoon as the Iraqi military closed in on the oil-rich region. In a video posted on social media, one protester can be seen hurling an object through a window. In another, a number of protesters can be seen kicking a door of the building, trying in vain to gain access. Monday’s military action saw troops take the city under Iraqi control in a matter of mere hours. Soldiers raised the Iraqi flag over key buildings in the city, following orders by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that the flag be hoisted over Kirkuk and other areas under Kurdish control.


Newsline: Attack near Iraqi embassy in Kabul reported

A suicide bomber has attacked a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday, security officials in the Afghan capital say. Sources tell Al Jazeera that fighters are holed up in a building close to the Iraqi embassy in Shar-e-Naw and a gun battle is under way. “We heard two explosions near the Iraqi embassy and part of the building has been damaged,” Mohsen Negaresh, a witness, told Al Jazeera. Police confirmed the blast had taken place, but said they did not immediately have further information. The attack comes a week after at least 35 people were killed in a suicide attack on government workers in Kabul and underlines the precarious security in Afghanistan as the US administration considers an overhaul of its policy in the region.