Iran cleric says US, Israel behind Iraq unrest to disrupt Shiite pilgrimage there

Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani blamed US and Israel for unrest in Iraq, saying they can’t take the presence of millions of Shiite pilgrims in Karbala. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 October 2019

Iran cleric says US, Israel behind Iraq unrest to disrupt Shiite pilgrimage there

  • The Shiite pilgrimage is called Arbaeen and happens in Karbala

DUBAI: A senior Iranian cleric on Friday accused the United States and Israel of stoking unrest in Iraq to disrupt a major annual Shiite Muslim pilgrimage planned to be held there later this month, the semi-official news agency Tasnim reported.
The death toll from days of violent demonstrations across Iraq surged to 44 on Friday.
“The enemy is now determined against the Islamic nation, America and Zionism ... are targeting the Arbaeen (pilgrimage) and Iraq, and causing trouble because it is hard for them to accept the presence of millions (of pilgrims) in Karbala,” Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani said in a sermon, according to Tasnim.


Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

Updated 15 November 2019

Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

  • Turkey said it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights
  • Yavuz is another Turkish drillship off the west coast of Cyprus

ANKARA: The Turkish oil-and-gas drilling ship Fatih has started its operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said on Friday, despite warnings from European Union for Ankara to stand down.
On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures against Turkey over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey, a formal candidate to join the EU despite worsening ties, criticized the decision and said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.
Another Turkish drillship, Yavuz, is off the west coast of Cyprus.