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7/8/2020 Xinhua Iraq faces long battle against COVID-19, as daily cases hike to 2,741 An Iraqi official said Wednesday that Iraq is facing a long battle against the coronavirus pandemic, as the Health Ministry recorded 2,741 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in single day since the outbreak of the disease. "The battle against the virus is long, as Iraq has entered the stage of the outbreak of the disease despite that all necessary measures have been taken, but this stage requires new preparations," Hassan Khalatti, member of the parliamentary health committee, said in a statement. The Health Ministry pursued a good plan when it increased the number of beds in hospitals and established more quarantine centers, he said, adding that the ministry still needs to take into consideration providing more medical supplies. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/08/c_139197946.htm
7/8/2020 BBC Leading Iraqi security expert shot dead in Baghdad A leading Iraqi expert on armed groups, who advised governments and appeared frequently in the media, has been shot dead in the capital, Baghdad. Hisham al-Hashimi was killed near his home in the Ziyouna district on Monday night by two gunmen riding a motorbike. No group has said it was behind the shooting, but he had reportedly been threatened by the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State and Shia militias. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53318803
7/8/2020 AP Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation A powerful Iran-backed militia said Wednesday there would be “escalation” if Iraq's prime minister continues to clamp down on armed groups, as tensions spiked following the killing of a prominent analyst, pitting the state against rogue elements. Hostilities have flared as Iraq reels from the assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, who was gunned down by unknown assailants on motorbikes outside his Baghdad home Monday. He had received death threats from the Islamic State group and Iran-backed militia groups. https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-backed-militia-pms-actions-bring-escalation-71676719
7/8/2020 Kurdistan24 Kurdistan announces 294 new infections, 11 deaths in 24 hours The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday nearly 300 new coronavirus infections during the previous 24 hours, along with 11 deaths and 140 recoveries. Health officials' daily coronavirus statement mentioned that the ministry conducted 2,247 new tests for the highly-contagious disease, of which 294 came back positive. Some 515 individuals have been quarantined in the past 24 hours, making a total of 1,287 individuals now under the restriction in 23 different locations across the region. https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/3d78878d-1b8f-473f-bcc6-c4182de04a29
7/8/2020 KP 22 Taliban militants killed, wounded on Kabul-Jalalabad highway The security forces killed or wounded at least 22 Taliban militants during a clash on Kabul-Jalalabad highway, the Afghan military said. The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted a joint operation based on a tip off in Sarkund Baba area Laghman province which is located on Kabul-Jalalabad highway. https://www.khaama.com/22-taliban-militants-killed-wounded-on-kabul-jalalabad-highway-08942/
7/8/2020 Afghanistantimes ‘Taliban truck bomb’ kills three in Kandahar At least three Afghan National Police members were killed in a Taliban truck bombing in southern Kandahar province, the first of such big attacks by the Taliban since Eid’s ceasefire almost two months ago. Taliban bomber targeted Shah Walikot police HQ on Wednesday morning, in which 14 people, majority of them civilians were also wounded, according to the provincial officials. http://www.afghanistantimes.af/taliban-truck-bomb-kills-three-in-kandahar/
7/8/2020 Afghanistantimes Gunmen kill six members of a family in Paktika Some unknown armed men entered into a house and killed six members of a family including a woman in Sharana, the capital city of southern Paktika province. Head of provincial public health confirmed receiving six dead bodies. A surviving member of the family told Pajhwok that the incident occurred on Tuesday night. “We don’t have hostility with anyone,” he said. “We didn’t recognize the attackers.” He demanded for justice and called on the government to prosecute the perpetrators. http://www.afghanistantimes.af/gunmen-kill-six-members-of-a-family-in-paktika/
7/8/2020 Afghanistantimes Freed Taliban prisoner kills govt. employees in Takhar A local official in northern Takhar province has said that three government employees were killed by a Taliban member who just freed from government jails as part of peace efforts. District Governor of Khwajaghar, Mohammad Omar said on Wednesday that the assassinated people were members of the local development communities – who were working for the betterment of the local people. http://www.afghanistantimes.af/freed-taliban-prisoner-kills-govt-employees-in-takhar/
7/6/2020 Iraq-businessnews Iraq sees 600% rise in COVID-19 cases in June With a 600 per cent rise in COVID-19 cases in Iraq through June, efforts must be re-doubled to slow the spread of the disease, warns the International Rescue Committee (IRC). With the number of confirmed cases standing at 53,708 on July 1 - up from 6,868 on June 1 - the Ministry of Health has announced that hospitals are almost at full capacity, and that schools and universities will be converted into isolation units to cope with the ever-increasing number of cases https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2020/07/07/iraq-sees-600-rise-in-covid-19-cases-in-june/
7/6/2020 Reuters Gunmen kill prominent Iraqi analyst and advisor Gunmen in Baghdad shot dead a well-known former government advisor and political analyst near his home on Monday in a rare high-profile killing in the Iraqi capital, government officials, police sources and medics said. The government officials described the killing of Hisham al-Hashemi, who had written about politics, Islamic State and the role of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, as a targeted killing but did not point the finger at any particular group. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iraq-security/gunmen-shoot-dead-prominent-former-iraqi-government-advisor-officials-idUKKBN2472KA