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Iraq demands an end to all unauthorized US flights in the country

The US-led coalition in Iraq has issued a statement indicating that they intend to comply with demands from the PM Adel AbdulMahdi respecting the use of Iraqi airspace for US warplanes.

Beats replace bombs: young Iraqis revel at summer festival

Baghdad - Hundreds of Iraqi teenagers clapped along exuberantly to techno beats pumping across a makeshift dance hall on Friday night, a scene their capital had not witnessed in decades.

Pentagon claims Syria withdrawal contributing to ISIS resurgence

Washington - Last year, the Pentagon was very public in its opposition to President Trump's plan to withdraw all troops from Syria last year. They are still opposed to it and are trying to paint the withdrawal as causing a resurgence of terrorist groups in Syria.

US military says service member dead in Iraq mission

Baghdad - The US military said Saturday that an American service member died during an operation alongside Iraqi security personnel in Nineveh province."One US service member died today during an Iraqi Security Force mission in...

Foreign jihadists on death row out of Iraqi govt hands: PM

Baghdad - The fate of hundreds of foreign jihadists sentenced to death or life terms in prison depends on Iraq's justice system, not the government, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi told AFP.

Death toll rises to 3 in attack on Turkish diplomat in Iraq

Arbil - The death toll from Wednesday's attack on Turkish consular employees in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has risen to three after one victim died of his wounds, his family told AFP.

Men still missing, Yazidi women stitch together incomes after IS

Dohuk - On the floor of her stuffy, dimly-lit tent in Iraq, Yazidi survivor Layleh Shemmo nimbly tugs floral pink fabric through her sewing machine, stitching together a living for her broken family.

Blood, bones paired to probe IS crimes against Iraq's Yazidis

Baghdad - Six drops of blood and a vial of ground-up bone: a sample of evidence that an Iraqi forensics lab has gathered of the Islamic State group's multiple brutal crimes against the Yazidis.

Op-Ed: Drawdown of some staff from Iraq embassy may become permanent

Baghdad - Last May US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, ordered a partial evacuation of diplomats from the huge US embassy in Iraq as tensions escalated with Iran. Now, several State Department officials are claiming the drawdown will effectively become permanent.

Iraq's former prime minister Abadi hints at comeback

Baghdad - Iraqi ex-prime minister Haider al-Abadi is eyeing a sequel to his turbulent single term, he hinted to AFP, warning a failure to tackle sectarianism and corruption risks seeing his country "fall apart".

Babylon, world wonder and jewel of Iraq's national narrative

Hilla - Babylon was once hanging gardens and opulent temples before parts were excavated and smuggled to Europe. A bastion for Saddam Hussein, then the forces overthrowing him. A centre of enlightenment, repeatedly destroyed.

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site 

Baghdad - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site 

Baghdad - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

Iraq sets up 'loophole' in US sanctions to buy Iranian power

Baghdad - Iraq is establishing a financial "loophole" to continue buying vital gas and electricity from Iran despite US sanctions, AFP has learned, mirroring a European mechanism that came into effect Friday.

Iraq appoints ministers but govt still incomplete

Baghdad - The Iraqi parliament approved three new ministers on Monday, but the post of education minister remains unfilled eight months after Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi was appointed.

Betrayal, guilt, hate: post-IS, Mosul society still broken

Mosul - Haytham Salem has not spoken to his sister in years, but this is no ordinary family feud. When Islamic State jihadists overran Iraq's Mosul, he fled but his nephew joined them.

Shells on American interests threaten Iraq's fine line between Iran, US

Baghdad - A nearly week-long barrage of anonymous shelling attacks on American interests across Iraq are intended to signal Iran's long reach and "embarrass" Baghdad amid spiralling US-Iran tensions, observers say.

US interests come under repeated fire in Iraq: officials

Baghdad - US assets in Iraq have been targeted at least five times in as many days, officials said Wednesday, amid a tense standoff between Baghdad's key allies, Washingon and Tehran.

Op-Ed: US — Iran best and worst case scenarios — Leading to war?

Sydney - In a move which will reassure nobody, the US today announced the deployment of more troops to the Middle East. The move comes as Iran restarts its uranium enrichment program after the United States pulled out of the international nuclear deal.

US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver: source

Baghdad - The United States has granted Iraq another 90-day waiver to continue with vital energy imports from neighbouring Iran despite re-imposed sanctions, a government source said Saturday.
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