Weekly news update August 14-18

News Aug 19, 2023 2 min read

‌‌Welcome to our weekly news update, where we bring you the latest developments shaping Iraq. Read on to get a comprehensive summary of the noteworthy happenings.

Lifting of Telegram Ban:‌‌In a significant move, Iraq lifted the ban on Telegram, a popular Russian messaging app known for its strong privacy restrictions and anonymous features. After engaging in discussions with Telegram management, the decision was made to prevent data leaks and ensure citizens' privacy. The lifting of the ban sheds light on the app's politicization in Iraq, with some viewing the initial ban as a response to dissatisfied resistance groups within the coordination framework.

Water Crisis at Habbaniya Water Resort:‌‌The Habbaniya water resort, once thriving next to a picturesque lake, has fallen victim to the severe water crisis faced by Iraq. Experiencing scorching temperatures and exacerbated by global warming, the resort's lake has completely dried out. This alarming situation highlights the urgent need for effective policies to combat the water scarcity issue. Unfortunately, Iraq's weakened political position poses challenges in implementing sustainable solutions.

US Military Presence on Iraq-Syria Border:‌‌Reports indicate that the United States has bolstered its presence on the Iraq-Syria border, with the intention of establishing a military bridge in northern Syria. This move reflects a show of military strength and raises regional security concerns. The intensified US activities in the area coincide with the announcement of a joint security agreement between Iraq and the US, forming a high committee with the Global Coalition Against Daesh.

Uncertainty Surrounding the Joint High Committee:‌‌The formation of the joint high committee between Iraq and the United States has sparked questions and uncertainties. Despite official denials, the US's increased presence on the Iraq-Syria border contradicts its claims. Additionally, with an 80% decline in Daesh attacks reported by the US, alternative motivations for the committee come into question. The upcoming elections in Iraq further complicate the situation, as the committee's implementation remains uncertain.  Perhaps its the very thin legitimacy the US needed to justify the increase in its activities on the Iraq-Syrian border. In a world where its hegemonic power is increasingly under strain.  
Iraqi resistance groups  have expressed their readiness to target US bases unless significant steps are taken to end the US occupation.  

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