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Major events of 2021 in Iraq

KUWAIT, Dec 28 (KUNA) -- Here are the main events in the Arab world throughout 2021, we continue with the Republic of Iraq.

Jan 8: The US Treasury Department announces sanctions against the Head of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), National Security Counselor Faleh Al-Fayyad, and the Iraqi Foreign Ministry expresses astonishment of the decision.

Jan 19: The Iraqi Government announces that early elections will be held on October 10 instead of the previous date, which was scheduled for June 6. Jan 21: Two suicidal explosions rock the Iraqi capital causing 32 deaths and 110 injuries.

Feb 2: Iraqi authorities announces death of four terrorists in an air raid by the International Coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) eastern the Capital Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi announces the death of IS Leader Abul Hassan Al-Ghareebawi in another raid Southern the country.

Feb 15: The Iraqi Health Ministry registers first case of the new strain of the Covid-19.

Feb 15: The international coalition against IS announces the death of a civil contractor and the injury of six persons including one American soldier in a missile attack against city of Irbil, and the American Defense Department confirms an American military base targeted with 14 missiles.

Feb 18: Iraqi cities start a partial curfew from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. to contain the new strain of the new strain of Covid-19 and prevent it from spreading.

Feb 18: Defense Ministers of the Nato approve, after their virtual meeting in Brussels, increasing the number of personnel assigned of training in Iraq to confront terrorism from 500 to 4,000 soldiers.

Feb 20: Iraqi authorities announce the death of four members of its security forces and five terrorists in a raid northern the capital Baghdad.

March 3: six IS members are killed in a military operation southern Kirkuk, north Iraq.

March 3: The Vatican Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad on a historical three-day visit for the head of the Catholic Church in Iraq. March 24: The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service announces the death of 27 IS members in a military operation southeast Mosul city.

March 31: The Iraqi parliament approves the general budget of USD 70 billion for the year 2021, while the fiscal deficit has reached USD 20 billion.

March 31: The Iraqi Council of Representatives votes to dissolve itself on October 7 and set October 10 for elections.

April 6: Prime Minister Al-Kadhemi announced that the his visits to Saudi Arab and United Arab Emirates result in attracting foreign investments valued at USD six billion.

April 7: Iraqi and United States governments agree on downgrading the role of US forces in Iraq, and to only restrict it to consulting and training, and to redeploy the remaining forces later on.

April 11: Al-Kadhimi announced launching Al-Faw Port project in Basra governorate, southern Iraq. This project will create many job opportunities to Iraqis, and boost geopolitical status in the region and worldwide.

April 12: Kurdistan region security announced dismantling a terrorist network consisting of five people, affiliated to the so-called Islamic State (IS). This group was planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the region.

April 12: Iraqi President Barham Saleh issues a decree setting October 10 as the date of early parliamentary elections.

April 14: Missile attack targeted a centre affiliated to the collation forces in Irbil International Airport with a drone, without resulting in any casualties, Kurdistan region ministry of interior reported.

April 23: The United Iraqi Medical Society for relief and development (UIMS) announced a new campaign for offering food for fasting Muslims during Holy month of Ramadan in a number of Iraq towns, upon donations of Kuwait-based International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO).

April 24: Iraq announced the death of 82 people, and injury of other 100 as a fire that took place in Ibn Al-Khateeb Hospital, designated for Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, southern Baghdad.

April 30: Iraq Government announces the death of four Iraq soldiers following an explosion in Baghdad. May 1: Kurdistan region in Iraq announced the death of three Peshmerga fighters, while injuring other two in an attack launched by IS militants, west of Kirkuk, northern Iraq.

May 3: Iraqi Minister of Oil Ihsan Abduljabar announced investments at the value of USD three billion to develop the industry of gas at Basra Gas Company.

May 3: The Iraqi Foreign Ministry handed the Turkish Charge d'Affairs in Baghdad Kojlo Kalfat a protest letter due to the entrance of the Turkish Defence Minister to the Iraqi territories without any coordination with the country.

May 4: Al-Kadhemi approved resignation of Minister of Health Hassan Al-Tamimi following the fire in Ibn Al-Khateeb Hospital.

May 9: Iraqi protesters burn parts of the fence of the Iranian Consulate in Karbala, following the assassination of a civilian activist in the city.

May 11: The Joint Operations Command for Iraq (JOC-I) announced the death of five militants affiliated to IS in an airstrike launched by the international coalition in Ninawa Governorate and its centre in Mosul.

June 1: Kuwait Consul in Irbil city, Iraq, Dr. Omar Al-Kandari announced the arrival of medical equipment offered by Kuwait to Kurdistan region to alleviate the spread of Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic.

June 2: Terrorism combating forces in |Kurdistan announced the death of eight IS militants in a joint attack of the international coalition and Peshmerga forces, southern Kirkuk, northern Iraq.

June 5: US and Iraqi coordination committees held their first meeting as part of the strategic dialogue and to tackled re-deployment of troops of the international forces outside Iraq.

June 5: Kurdistan government in Iraq announced the death of five, and injury of seven Peshmerga forces, following an attack launched by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) at an convoy belonging to the Peshmerga at Maten Mountain, norther Iraq.

June 8: Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and the United Kingdom (UK) Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab signed the strategic framework of bilateral cooperation.

June 14: Iraq security forces launched the "Lions of Al-Jazeera" operation to combat terrorism and chase IS militants west of the country.

June 15: Iraqi Government allocates USD 1.7 million to build a security fence at western borders with Syria. June16:? Iraqi Border Ports Authority announced establishing a new border crossing with Saudi Arabia.

June 17: Iraqi Ministry of Oil announced signing a contract to drill 96 oil wells, west of Qarana-1, southern the country.

June 23: The tripartite committee affiliated to the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) announced closing the files of 10 people, among them eight Kuwaitis, who were missing during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

June 27: the leaders of Iraq, Jordan and Egypt agree at the end of one-day summit on continuing to coordination in order to serve joint interests between their nations.

June 28: US Department of Defence (Pentagon) announced that US forces launched airstrikes against militants "supported by Iran" in Iraq and Syria. This came after drone attacks launched by militants against US soldiers and buildings in Iraq. 

July 7: More than 100 Iraqi amputees are relying on the use of prosthetics funded by Kuwait as a lifeline in the wake of their harrowing experiences, the country's consul general Dr. Omar Al-Kanderi made the remarks in the semi-autonomous region.
July 12: The death toll from Iraq's Al-Hussein hospital fire in Nasiriya city, that broke out in the COVID-19 ward, jumped to 64 people while injuries went up to 50.
July 17: Iraq's Ministry of Culture begins receiving tourist worshipers from all over the world.
July 19: Basra Oil Company of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil denies authenticity of a video clip on social media about purported oil drilling by Kuwait at a location very close to the Kuwaiti-Iraqi borders.
July 19: Iraq's security apparatus arrests prominent figure in the So-called Islamic State (IS), after extensive surveillance in three provinces.
July 19: A roadside bomb attack targeted a Baghdad suburb, killing at least 20 people and wounding 35 others, Iraqi security officials.
July 20: The State of Kuwait leads Arab investors in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan with investments topping USD 1.554 billion.
July 29: Five Iraqi military men killed, among them two officers after their helicopter crashes south of Kirkuk.
July 30: Eight people killed in an armed attack on a funeral procession in the Iraqi province of Salahaddin.
August 3: Iraq's Culture Ministry received from the Foreign Ministry more than 17,000 Iraqi ancient pieces, which were retrieved from US, Japan, Netherlands, and Italy.
August 10: Unknown gunmen detonated seven power transmission towers in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, the country's Ministry of Electricity said.
August 28: Participants in Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership called for addressing regional challenges on basis of good neighborliness, non-interference in internal affairs and respect of national sovereignty.
Sept 3: The demise of Iraqi Shiite leader Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Al-Hakeem in a heart attack at the age of 87 years old.
Sept 5: 12 police officers killed and other injured in armed attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq.
Sept 8: Irbil Governor Omid Khoshnaw praised Kuwait's support for refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Sept 11: Iraq's Ministry of Interior said the country's Intelligence Apparatus arrests two prominent figures from the terrorist organization, the so-called Islamic State (IS), north of the country.
Sept 12: The International Coalition said their defense systems destroyed two drones, which were attacking Irbil airport.
Sept 12: Kuwait Consul General in Irbil Dr. Omar Al-Kanderi said medical supplies weight more than 10 tons were delivered to hospitals in the region, to combat Covid-19.
Sept 12: Iraq's Joint Forces said six armed men from the terrorist organization of the so-called Islamic State (IS) were killed in a military confrontation in northern city of Kirkuk.
Sept 14: Kuwait Consul General in Irbil Dr. Omar Al-Kanderi said an aid project, which included more than 21 tons of food supplies were distributed in various Iraqi provinces, starting from Irbil city.
Sept 15: Iraq's dominant politicians sign ethical behavior doctrine, which was presented to the President, in regards to the election process in the country.
Sept 16: Iraqi Ministry of Justice organized an international conference to recover the "looted and smuggled" Iraqi funds, in the presence of Arab justice ministers.
Sept 17: Two technical military committees (one US and another Iraqi) agree to minimize the international coalition representation in Iraq by the end of this month.
Sept 18: Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid, affirmed that his country and Turkey agreed to activate a memorandum that allows obtaining a fair water quota.
Sept 22: Kuwait Consul General in Irbil Dr. Omar Al-Kanderi laid the foundation stone of a center for registration of refugees in Irbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region, North Iraq, a project that is funded by Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED).
Sept 25: The Iraqi government utterly rejects illegitimate tribes meetings in Irbil city that aims to normalize relations with Israeli occupation.
Sept 28: Kuwait Consul General in Irbil Dr. Omar Al-Kanderi inaugurates Plastic Houses project for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, funded by Kuwait Society for Relief.
Sept 30: Iraq opens second land border entry with Saudi Arabia, naming it Geima, following Arar border entry.
Oct 2: Iraq says eight men from the so-called Islamic State (IS) were killed in an operation north of the country.
Oct 6: Iraq and Iran exchanged the remains of 31 soldiers from the Iraq-Iran war that took place in 1980 until 1988.
Oct 6: Iraq Ministry of Electricity the National Investment Authority sign two contracts, one with Egypt and the other with UAE, to establish five solar power stations in Iraq.
Oct 11: The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) said preliminary results of parliamentary elections in 10 of Iraq's 18 governorates showed the Sadrist Movement and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are the frontrunners.
Oct 18: Iraq Prime Minister Mustapha Al-Kadhmi announces the arrest of a terrorist, who was the mastermind of Al-Karadah area in central Baghdad, he was behind killing hundreds and injuring others.
Oct 26: Iraqi police says eleven people were reportedly killed and six others wounded in a terrorist attack in Al-Rashad village, Al-Miqdadiyah district, Diyala governorate, northeast Iraq.
Oct 28: The 15th International Babel festival kicks off in Babel province, with participation from Arab and Foreign artists and intellectuals of more than 50 countries.
Nov 7: Iraq Prime Minister Mustapha Al-Kadhmi promises to hunt down those who attempted to assassinate him, accusing foreign entities of meddling in Iraq's security affairs.
Nov 12: Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the suspension of Belarus Honorable Consul General in Baghdad, due to migrants crisis in Belarus.
Nov 18: Kurdistan region says first patch of Iraqi migrants (431 people), who were in Belarus, and Poland, arrived in the region.
Nov 28: Five Peshmerga fighters were killed, another four injured, in an attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said.
Nov 30: Iraq's ministries of foreign and defense affairs renewed a call upon citizens to report any information regarding remains of missing Kuwaitis or Kuwaiti properties.
Nov 30: Iraq's election committee announced the final results of the recent parliamentary elections after considering and deciding upon vote challenges.
Dec 1: Iraq football team for youth defeats Lebanon in penalty shootout of the finals and wins West Asia Championship.
Dec 3: Seven Peshmerga soldiers of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and three civilians were killed in an armed attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh, in Iraq's northern Irbil.
Dec 6: Iraq air raids kill six members of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Anbar deserts, west of the country.
Dec 7: A bomb explosion occurred near a hospital in Basra, Southern Iraq, leading to four deaths and four injuries, said Basra governor Asaad Al-Eidani.
Dec 9: Iraqi National Security consultant Qasim Al-Araji announced the end of global coalition forces combat missions and their withdrawal from the country.
Dec 17: Local authorities in Iraq's Kurdistan region says death toll from floods and heavy rains in Irbil province reached 11 people. (end) ed