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US troop levels cut to 2,500 each in Afghanistan and Iraq

Washington - The US military has cut troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the wars began, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Anti-US chants as Iraqis mourn commanders killed a year ago

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqi mourners chanted "revenge" and "no to America" on Sunday, one year after a US drone strike killed Iran's revered commander Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

One year after US killed Iran general, Iraq tensions boil

Baghdad - One year after US forces assassinated Iran's most storied commander, tensions are boiling between Iraq's Washington-backed premier and pro-Tehran forces that accuse him of complicity in the Baghdad drone strike.

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Al Hamdaniyah - It wasn't Santa on a sleigh, but it was close: just before dusk on Christmas Eve, a busload of volunteers pulled into the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh to deliver holiday happiness.

Trump pardons more allies and Kushner's father, sparking fresh outrage

Washington - US President Donald Trump issued new pardons Wednesday for allies including the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner and two confidants caught up in the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that brought him to power.

Trump warns Iran over rocket strike on embassy in Iraq

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Wednesday he would hold "Iran responsible" in the event of a fatal attack on Americans in Iraq, as the first anniversary of the killing of a top Iranian general in a US air strike approaches.

Baghdad's wristwatch repairman is a timeless treasure

Baghdad - Youssef Abdelkarim's storefront on one of Baghdad's most historic streets is a time capsule -- literally. Thousands of wristwatches fill the tiny shop, where three generations have repaired Iraq's oldest timepieces.

Rockets hit near US embassy in Iraq as tensions flare

Baghdad - A volley of rockets exploded near the US embassy in Baghdad Sunday, as tensions mount ahead of the anniversary of the US killing top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on Iraqi soil.

Bleak Christmas for Iraqi refugees stuck in Jordan

Apo - Saad Polus Qiryaqoz bitterly remembers the festive Christmas season in his Iraqi hometown of Bartella before he was forced to flee to neighbouring Jordan when jihadists took it over.

Migrant route to refugee status: an Iraqi family's odyssey

Duiven - In September 2015 as Europe confronts its worst refugee crisis since World War II, an AFP team meets a young Iraqi couple, who are among the one million people that year to arrive in Europe by sea.

'We made it': Iraqi refugee family is home at last

Duiven - He sought safety. She wanted freedom. They were dreams they could have died for.

Baghdad booze bombings: Islamic vice squads or turf war?

Baghdad - Escalating attacks on the Iraqi capital's few liquor stores have terrified shop-owners who fear hardline Islamists are flexing their muscle against alcohol consumption.

ICC drops probe into British war crimes in Iraq

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor announced Wednesday she was shutting down a preliminary probe into alleged war crimes committed by British soldiers after the US-led invasion in Iraq.

Pope plans historic visit to Iraq

Vatican City - Pope Francis will make a historic visit to Iraq in March, the Vatican said Monday, the first ever by a pontiff and which will include a trip to Mosul.

In Iraq's Mosul, wholesale market revives trade legacy

Mosul - Mountains of kitchen supplies, back-to-back butchers: the historic wholesale market in Iraq's Mosul is battling the odds -- from extremists to epidemic -- to revive the city's reputation as a trading hub.

In Iraq, virus revives traumas of IS survivors

- For half a decade, Zedan suffered recurring nightmares about jihadists overrunning his hometown in northern Iraq. The 21-year-old Yazidi was just starting to recover when Covid-19 revived his trauma.

Belgian policeman tried over Kurdish toddler's death

Mons - A police officer who opened fire on a van full of migrants and killed a two-year-old girl expressed his regrets Monday at the start of a trial that has put Belgium's immigration policy in the dock.

Nightmare over but Iraqi Christians still dream of leaving

Baghdad - The bells of St. Joseph's Chaldean Cathedral echo across Baghdad, signalling the start of Mass for the dwindling congregation that has stayed in the scarred Iraqi capital against all odds.

Belgian policeman tried over death of Kurdish toddler

Apo - Belgium's approach to policing undocumented migration will be in the dock Monday when an officer goes on trial over the shooting death of a two-year-old Kurdish girl.

As more US troops leave Iraq, pro-Iran factions take their shot

Baghdad - Eyeing Washington's withdrawal of 500 more troops from Iraq, pro-Iran factions have boldly resumed attacks on the US embassy there despite suspicions outgoing President Donald Trump could strike back.

US to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

Washington - The US will slash troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to their lowest in nearly 20 years, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, prompting security worries among allies and fear on Kabul's streets after President Donald Trump pledged to end conflicts abroad.

Senate chief blasts Trump troop withdrawal plans

Washington - US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned President Donald Trump Monday against accelerating troop reductions in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying it would give extremists a "big propaganda victory.

Holy smoke: Waterpipes keep bubbling in Iraqi shrine city

Karbala - Iraq's Karbala is known as a religious pilgrimage site, visited by millions of worshippers, but shisha-smokers revere it for a different reason: its signature wooden waterpipes.

New US defense chief tells troops 'time to come home'

Washington - Newly appointed Pentagon chief Christopher Miller signaled Saturday that he could accelerate the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East, saying, "It's time to come home.

Iraq shuts last 'safe haven' camps for vulnerable families

Baghdad - Shredded tarp flutters from the metal frames of what were once thousands of tent homes. After five years hosting displaced Iraqis, the vast camp was emptied in under 48 hours.

'In our hearts': radio keeps Syria refugees in Iraq close to home

- Speaking into a microphone in her modest studio, Sherin Mohammad goes live with the news. But this is no typical radio station: Gardenya FM is run by, and for, Syrian refugees.

Iraq's pro-Iran factions see smoother sailing with Biden at helm

Baghdad - Iraq's pro-Tehran factions have welcomed Joe Biden's election as US president, alarming officials and activists in Baghdad who fear a US-Iran deescalation could empower hardliners in their own country.

Demonstrations in Baghdad take place for a second day

Protesters took to the streets in Iraq's capital Baghdad for a second day in a row demanding government reforms. They were confronted by police who fired tear gas and used stun grenades that led to an exchange at bridges to the Green Zone.

Iraqis rally to revive year-old revolt against the system

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Sunday on the first anniversary of a revolt against a political system failing to deliver basic services and against the growing influence of pro-Iran militias.

Veterans of Iraqi turmoil view protesters with sympathy, concern

Baghdad - A year after Iraqi youths launched mass anti-government protests, elder veterans of past "revolutions" have praise for the idealistic activists but also words of caution born from tough experience.
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