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Iraq virus spike risks pushing strained doctors over the edge

Baghdad - Unpaid salaries, mask shortages, threats from patients' families -- doctors across Iraq are cracking under such conditions, just as they face a long-feared spike in coronavirus cases.

Iraq frees pro-Iran fighters held over rocket fire

Baghdad - More than a dozen pro-Iran fighters detained over a planned rocket attack were released on Monday, in an apparent major misstep for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi.

Water hyacinth pest chokes Iraq's vital waterways

- The broad leaves and delicate purple flowers floating on the Euphrates look breathtaking -- but they are suffocating the waterways of Iraq, celebrated as the "land of the two rivers".

Turkish strikes kill civilian in northern Iraq: local official

Arbil - Turkish bombardment has killed a Kurdish shepherd in northern Iraq, a local official said on Friday, the first known civilian victim of Ankara's air and ground assault on the region.

Turkey launches new operation against PKK in northern Iraq

On Wednesday Iraq issued a statement complaining that Turkey had violated its sovereignty as Turkey, which has been airlifting troops and special forces into northern Iraq recently, launched a new offensive against the Kurdish PKK in the Haftanin region.

US pledges to reduce Iraq troops as tensions ease

Baghdad - The United States said Thursday it would reduce troops in Iraq in the coming months as friction between the two countries eased under a new US-friendly premier in Baghdad.

Iraq, US find new stability in talks after tensions

Baghdad - After months of tensions, Baghdad and Washington found a fresh stability in their ties Thursday as they held strategic talks Thursday under a new, US-friendly Iraqi premier.

'We want to breathe, too': solidarity from Iraq

Baghdad - Seventeen years after US troops invaded their country and eight months since protests engulfed their cities, Iraqis are sending solidarity, warnings and advice to demonstrators across America.

As Iraq lockdown chokes off imports, local businesses thrive

Basra - In Iraq, a national lockdown to halt the coronavirus pandemic has found some unexpected fans: local businesses who no longer have to compete with Turkish, Iranian or Chinese imports.

Protests, pandemic rob Iraqi students of graduation dreams

Baghdad - It was supposed to be Basma's big year: a degree, language certification and maybe a master's abroad. But local protests and a global pandemic threw the Iraqi student's plans off-course.

In Baghdad's new Ramadan rhythm, calls to pray and keep COVID-19 away

Baghdad - Baghdad, a city of nearly ten million residents, is running on an unusual rhythm this Ramadan since Iraq imposed an overnight curfew to curb the spreading coronavirus.

In virus-hit Iraq, shrine visits go virtual

Najaf - Every year, Maher al-Rubaye would marvel at the gold-leaf walls of Iraq's Imam Ali mausoleum. He still visits the shrine today -- through a screen from his living room.

Ex-spy chief becomes Iraq PM amid fiscal, virus crises

Baghdad - Iraq's former spy chief Mustafa Kadhemi took office as prime minister Thursday facing a staggering economic crisis, a pandemic and the spectre of renewed protests after breaking months of political deadlock.

Iraq's new PM: former spy chief with friends on all sides

Baghdad - Iraq's new prime minister Mustafa Kadhemi is a pragmatic operator and former spy chief whose ties to Washington and Tehran could help steer Baghdad through a laundry list of crises.

Tea, beer, garlic: how world copes with lockdown

Baghdad - In the US it was toilet paper, in Mexico it's beer and in France, predictably, flour. The goods missing from stores reveal how the world is coping with coronavirus lockdowns.

US zeroes in on shadowy Lebanese playmaker in Iraq

Baghdad - Months after the United States killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, it has offered millions for any details on the mysterious man filling his boots -- Hezbollah power-broker Muhammad Kawtharani.

Op-Ed: Iraq announces Intelligence Chief as new Prime Minister-designate

Iraq is continuing to struggle to find a Prime Minister (PM) designate that is acceptable to competing parties ever since the resignation of Adel Mahdi in December.

Spy chief named Iraq's third PM-designate this year

Baghdad - Iraqi President Barham Saleh nominated spy chief Mustafa Kadhemi on Thursday as the country's third prime minister-designate this year, moments after his predecessor ended his bid to form a government.

Op-Ed: US said to be planning attacks on Iranian-supported Iraq militias

The United States and Iran both badly hit by the coronavirus appear to be on the verge of military action against each other. After earlier engagements this year both sides seem to be preparing for a new imminent conflict.

In Iraq, no resting place for coronavirus dead

Baghdad - For Saad Malik, losing his father to the novel coronavirus was only the beginning of his nightmare. For over a week, cemeteries across Iraq refused to allow the elderly man's burial.
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