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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi appears to be alive

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SHAFAQNA- Despite numerous reports of his death or injury, Daesh’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still alive even though his whereabouts has been the subject of much speculation . There have been recurring reports of Baghdadi being…

Former Kurdish woman lawmaker nominates himself for Iraqi presidency

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SHAFAQNA- The former Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament from the Change Movement (Gorran), Sirwa Abdulwahid has announced her candidacy as  next president of the Republic of Iraq which makes her the first woman to run for this position…

Ta'ziyeh: play of the war between good and evil

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SHAFAQNA- Ta’zieh, condolence theater or passion play, is a traditional Persian theater, in which actors convey the dramatic events through music and songs. The Ta’zieh plays retail the wars between good and evil where dialogues symbolize…

Photos: Raas Al-Hussein (P) Mosque in Cairo

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SHAFAQNA - The Al Hussein Mosque is one of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt and famously known for it’s housing the oldest complete manuscript of the Holy Qu’ran. It’s location is also in an immensely popular street of Cairo…

More than 29 thousand from inside and outside Iraq are registered in Hussayni processions

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: The number of the registered Hussayni processions and bodies in the database of the department has exceeded 29 thousand service and condolence processions from inside and outside Iraq,  Haj Riyadh Ni'mat al-Salman , the…

The al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine security and service plan in Muharram

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: For the revival of the Ashura rituals, the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine has put a security and service plan, considering it the prelude to a broader and more comprehensive plan for the Ziyarat of Arba'een of Imam al-Hussayn…

Iraqi demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Iran

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqis have staged a march in the southern city of Basra to condemn a recent attack on Iran’s consulate in the city. Demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Iran and praised the country’s help to the Iraqi military and volunteer…

Starting the condolences' processions on the first day of Muharram

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: As is customary, at the beginning of the holy month of Muharram in every year, since the morning of the first day of the sacred month of Muharram 1440AH corresponding to the September 11, 2018, the condolences' processions…

A large part of Iraq protests are in the result of foreign excitements-Interview

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SHAFAQNA- "The situation in Iraq has generally changed since the fall of Saddam; the Iraqis become close to Iran somehow with holding the elections after Ayad Allawi," Dr. Hossein Rabiee, Professor of Geopolitics in Kharazmi University, told Shafaqna…

Iran calls for maximum penalty for rioters burning its consulate in Basra

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SHAFAQNA - Oil-rich Basra has been the epicentre of protests that have rocked Iraq since July, with anger fuelled by pollution of the water supply that left 30,000 people in hospital. Angry protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern…

Presentation of al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine in World Congress of Libraries and Information

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: Among 32 countries, The Library and House of Manuscripts of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine was chosen to present its research in the 84th World Congress of Libraries and Information in Malaysia. In the 84th World Congress…

Iraqi political groups announced formation of majority bloc in the parliament

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SHAFAQNA - During its first session on Monday, Iraq’s newly-elected parliament failed to elect a speaker amid ongoing disputes over which coalition commands the largest bloc in the assembly. According to Iraq’s constitution, the majority…

3.5 million Basra residents are threatened with lethal diseases

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SHAFAQNA- Iraq’s Basra declares 17000 infection cases from water pollute. This city residents are threatened with death. The Basra directorate called on the Iraqi government to intervene to rescue the Basra 3.5 million population from being…

The Supreme Religious Authority: Today's youth are in a terrible cultural danger and must employ their energies to serve their country

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: The Supreme Religious Authority has warned of a serious and frightening social epidemic in Iraqi society, especially in the youth category, which is the cultural danger. Young people should improve their behavior and harness…

Islamophobia in American high school Textbooks

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SHAFAQNA - Most Americans’ exposure to the Middle East and Islam starts with what they learn in high school history class. American history textbooks similarly tend to degrade Arabs and Muslims by situating them as foreign and antithetical…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on followers to keep up attacks against Shi’ite Muslims

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SHAFAQNA : In a new 54 minute long speech for the ‘Eid Al-Adha holiday, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, instructed his followers to keep fighting, despite their several setbacks across Syria, Iraq, and…

The achievements of the Department of Hussayni Rites and Processions in Islamic World

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SHAFAQNA - Alkafeel Global Network: The head of the Department of Hussayni Rites, Processions and Bodies in Iraq and the Islamic World, Haj Riyad Nemat Al-Salman, reviewed the achievements of the department during the ten years of its founding…

Christians' Life in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi Christians live throughout Iraq, from Zakho in north to Basra in south. Iraq is home to some of the oldest followers of Christianity in the world for some 2,000 years. The number of Christian communities in 2003 was 1, 5 million.…

Photos of Iraq Captured in the Second Half of 20th Century

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SHAFAQNA: Mr. Latif Al Ani is regarded as the founder of Iraqi photography. His pictures are mostly in black and white from everyday moments of Iraqi life, in a time between the revolutions, coups and wars that shaped modern Iraq, to show the…

Interview: Prominent Shiite and Sunni leaders can control the crisis in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - It seems that the particular atmosphere currently dominating Iraq in terms of security and politics is affected by several internal and external factors. Dr. Kiumars Yazdan Panah, an international affairs expert in an interview…

Three Iraqi protesters killed as unrest sweep southern cities

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SHAFAQNA - The main gates to Iraq's port of Umm Qasrnear basra were re-opened Monday following closure due to unrest over poor government services across southern cities. Three officials said activities resumed at the port near the southern…

Hundreds of iraqis resumed protest in demand of basic services

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SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets in Basra on Friday in protest of shortage of jobs, electricity, water, and other basic services. Iraq has placed its security forces on high alert after protest against high unemployment…

Aqaba Container Terminal: A new gateway for Iraq-bound cargo

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SHAFAQNA -New pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers in transit , Jordan’s deep-water Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), is now alternative maritime gateway for Iraq-bound cargo. Containers imported…

Indian visitors arrive at the holy shrines of Karbala after a journey lasting more than 6 months.

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SHAFAQNA- Al Kafeel : The love and attachment to the imams of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) are embodied in countless images. One of them is the experience of a group of lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) from the city of Hyderabad,…

Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

8 ISIS terrorists executed in Tehran over 2017 Parliament attack

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA : Eight members of Daesh terrorist group who were convicted in the 2017 deadly attack on Parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran have been executed. According to the public relations of Tehran’s…

Water crisis in Iraq: Declining water levels after filling Tigris dam

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SHAFAQNA - Reduction levels of Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, as the main sources of water in Iraq, after filling of a large dam on the Tigris River by Turkey lead to water crisis in Iraq. According to The Times, Iraq’s survival is commonly…

10 Muslim World Cup facts you should know

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Tharik Hussain : Russia 2018 is a record-breaking World Cup for the Muslim world, with seven Muslim-majority nations taking part this year, the most since the start of the games in 1930. To celebrate this, here are…