Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

Topic: Iraq

ISIS is growing again in Syria. Blame the grim deadlock between great powers

In 2019, US President held up a map showing the destruction of ISIS caliphate in Iraq & Syria: The tiny spot that remained, he vowed, would be ‘gone by tonight.’

OPEC’s second largest producer Iraq hit as cheap Russian oil flows into Asia

Basrah Medium & Heavy crude, Iraq's main exported grades, face a threat in international markets as major buyers, India & China prefer discounted Russian crude oil after Ukraine invasion.

Russia-Ukraine war, sanctions on Iran could push India’s fertiliser subsidy bill up by 60%

Centre spent around Rs 1.25 lakh crore on fertiliser subsidies in last financial year. Disruption of ammonia supplies from Russia likely to push bill up to Rs 2 lakh crore this year.

Islamic State leader’s death being cast as a milestone against terrorism. Truth is muddier

Celebrating ISIS leader’s death in US raid as big victory ignores past experience.

Assassination attempt on Mustafa al-Kadhimi shows why Iraq must confront Iran

Since his appointment, Kadhimi has tried to conciliate the Iran-backed Shiite militias. The brazen attempt on his life gives him the justification to order a crackdown on the militias.

Epic of Gilgamesh to return to Iraq 18 yrs after being looted as US gives back 17,000 artifacts

The artifacts were looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. About 12,000 were displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC and 5,000 were held by Cornell University.

Covid pandemic — Netherlands cases rise by over 500%, global interest in Tokyo Olympics muted

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19 pandemic: Philippines health system ‘under siege’, hospital blast kills 82 in Iraq

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq alone won’t bring peace. ISIS is down, not out

A landmark of destroyed churches in Mosul formed the backdrop of the Pope’s speech. Rebuilding continues, and that’s where India must play its role.

Iran to use money from its energy exports to Iraq to buy Covid vaccines

According to reports, Iraq has so far cleared $700 million of its debt for electricity and natural gas imports from Iran.

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File photo of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu | By special arrangement

Shut since 2018 violence, TN Sterlite plant’s closure cost economy Rs 14,749 cr, says study

Copper plant in Thoothukudi was closed after protests turned violent & police firing left 13 people dead. Job losses one of major impacts, says study by NGO CUTS International.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.