Twin explosions target Iraq communist party HQ in Baghdad: spokesman

File photo showing Labour Day demonstrators raising communist party banners in Baghdad, Iraq, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 25 May 2018
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Twin explosions target Iraq communist party HQ in Baghdad: spokesman

BAGHDAD: Two bombs exploded Friday close to the Baghdad headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party, said a spokesman for the political alliance which alongside populist cleric Moqtada Sadr triumphed in elections earlier this month.
Three people were injured in the twin explosions, a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The attack is the first time a political party has been targeted in the Iraqi capital since the electoral campaign started in mid-April.
“Two bombs were thrown at the ICP headquarters,” in Al-Andalus Square, spokesman Jassem Al-Hilfi told AFP.
He accused the “corrupt who cannot accept that they lost” the parliamentary elections of being behind the attack.
The bombings are “a threatening message aimed at frightening us to stop us from pursuing the path of reform and change,” he added.
The Iraqi Communist Party receives threats “all the time,” Hilfi said.
Sadr’s Marching Towards Reform anti-corruption campaign saw the alliance win 54 seats in the May 12 vote, to become the biggest bloc in Iraq’s 329-seat parliament.
The pro-Iranian Conquest Alliance, made up of ex-fighters from mainly Shiite paramilitary units that battled Daesh, came second in the elections.
The Victory Alliance of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, who declared victory over Daesh in December, performed worse than expected and came third.

 


Yemeni Vice President: Victory is just around the corner for Sanaa

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Yemeni Vice President: Victory is just around the corner for Sanaa

  • Mohsen reiterated that the Yemeni government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Arab coalition are determined to restore legitimacy and establish lasting peace
  • Meanwhile President Hadi had a meeting with senior officials in Hodeidah to discuss the situation there

Yemen’s Vice President, Lieutenant-General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar said that the capital Sanaa will be “cleansed of the Houthi militias,” Saudi state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported on Monday.

The vice president’s statemen came during a meeting with senior Yemeni army officials in Marib that was attended by the commander of the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces.

During the meeting, Al-Ahmar claimed that “victory was just around the corner” and that Sanaa would return to its Yemeni identity, stressing the need to redouble efforts, intensify training and rehabilitation and complete military tasks and plans.

Mohsen reiterated that the Yemeni government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Arab coalition are determined to restore legitimacy and establish lasting peace.

During the meeting, according to the official Yemeni news agency, developments in the field and the status of military units were discussed.

‘Imminent liberation’

Meanwhile Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi had a meeting with senior officials and security leaders in Hodeidah on Sunday to discuss the situation there. The president discussed plans to arrange for humanitarian and relief aid to be delivered, along with preparations for a decisive solution in the battle to liberate the port city.

Hadi said that the liberation of Hodeidah was imminent and that the Iran-backed Houthi militia will soon be put to an end.

Hadi also stressed the importance of increased efforts by the leadership of the province and managers of basic services for the people.

He called on ministers to provide the necessary support for the people of the province in terms of logistics, relief, health and other fields.

Efforts are being made to provide relief and shelter for all areas of the west coast with the support of the KSRelief, the UAE and international organizations. Two planes loaded with relief supplies from KSRelief are expected to arrive with various supplies.

The Minister of Health, Nasser Baoum, said that 50 hospital beds were transferred to a field hospital in the west coast and a number of ambulances with their crews, in addition to medical supplies provided from China and India.

Minister of Water and the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor discussed a number of measures to ensure the continuity and provision of basic water and tents services.