Iraq

News In Brief 05 September 2018

  • Top UN official in Iraq calls for calm following Basra fatalities
  • Burundi Government involved in summary executions: UN investigators
  • A quarter of the world’s adults are inactive
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Iraq milestone: Some four million people return home, displacement drops to four-year low

For the first time in nearly four years, the number of displaced Iraqis has fallen below two million, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations migration agency.

UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Elpida Rouka

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Elpida Rouka worked with the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq. She was at the UN compound on the day of the attack for final meetings with Mr. Vieira de Mello and others as the programme was concluding its activities.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Darko Mocibob

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Darko Mocibob, a senior UN official, had lived through the war in his native Bosnia. The day in Baghdad, bomb blast upended the office where was working.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Francis Mead

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. At the time of the blast, veteran television producer Francis Mead was undertaking a new challenge in Iraq: reporting for the UN humanitarian news agency, IRIN. He was at the Canal Hotel that afternoon for a press briefing.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Mujahed Hassan

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003.  For Mujahed Hassan, working for the UN was “a dream.” It was an opportunity to serve his homeland, and the workplace felt more like a family.  Mujahed was at the Canal Hotel at the time of the attack.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Andrew Clapham

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, on 19 August 2003. Andrew Clapham had only been in the city for a few weeks, serving as an academic adviser to Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in the country. He was attending a meeting at the Canal Hotel when the attack occurred.

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UN should never be a target, Baghdad bombing survivors stress, 15 years after deadly attack

On 19 August 2003, a suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives to the United Nations headquarters in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraq, and blew it up, killing 22 people – among them Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the head of the UN mission in Iraq.

News In Brief 08 August 2018

  • Secretary-General shows solidarity with Japanese nuclear bomb victims
  • Gaza fuel restrictions must end to avoid major crisis
  • UN Special representative for Iraq briefs Security Council on Basra tensions
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Amid ‘volatile’ environment, UN mission chief urges Iraqi leaders to ‘listen to the voice of the people’

Despite a myriad of “long-neglected social, economic and development needs”, the Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Wednesday said progress had been made towards recovery and stability in the battle-scarred country, and called for Iraqi political leaders to continue to “work for national reconciliation” through “inclusive” solutions.