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Iraq protesters keep up rallies despite pressure from riot police

Baghdad - Security forces shot live rounds to clear protest hotspots in Baghdad and southern Iraq for a second day Sunday, sparking skirmishes with demonstrators determined to keep up their movement.

Three Iraq protesters killed in clashes as security forces clear streets

Baghdad - Three protesters were shot dead in Iraq on Saturday in clashes with security forces clearing out streets and squares occupied for months by anti-government demonstrators, stoking fears of a wider crackdown.

Iraq security forces clear streets stoking protester fears

Baghdad - Iraqi security forces cleared anti-government protesters from streets and squares in Baghdad and the south on Saturday, AFP journalists reported, stoking protester fears their long-running campaign risks being sidelined.

Four employees of French Christian charity in Iraq missing

Paris - Three French nationals and one Iraqi working with a French Christian charity in Iraq have been missing since Monday, the group announced Friday.

Thousands join anti-US rally in Baghdad, rattling rival protesters

Baghdad - Thousands of supporters of volatile Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr gathered in Baghdad on Friday for a "million-strong" march to demand the ouster of US troops, putting the protest-hit capital on edge.

No talks with Iraq yet on removing US troops: official

Washington - The United States has not yet entered into talks with Iraq on the removal of US troops from the country, as demanded by the Iraqi parliament, a senior US official said Thursday.

Iraq protester gunned down in second night of violence

Basra - An Iraqi demonstrator was shot dead in the southern city of Basra overnight, a security source and the human rights commission said Thursday, the latest in a string of protester deaths.

Iraq protesters defy new violence as president addresses Davos

Basra - Anti-government rallies resurged in Iraq on Wednesday despite renewed violence across the capital and south this week, as protesters ramp up their sit-ins to pressure authorities to implement long-awaited reforms.

Iraq protester killed as youth keep up pressure on government

Baghdad - An Iraqi protester was killed in Baghdad on Tuesday, medics said, as angry young people reignited a three-month-old protest movement by shutting roads to pressure authorities to implement long-awaited reforms.

Iran MP offers $3 mn 'to anyone who kills Trump': report

Tehran - An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday offered a $3-million reward to "anyone who kills" US President Donald Trump to avenge the assassination of a top general, semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

Trump to meet EU chief, Iraqi president in Davos

Washington - US President Donald Trump will meet his Iraqi counterpart and the head of the European Union executive body during his visit to Davos in Switzerland this week, the White House said Monday.

Three Iraq protesters killed as anger boils over govt 'procrastination'

Baghdad - Three Iraqi protesters were killed in the capital as thousands of anti-government demonstrators sought to shut streets across the country on Monday, their deadline for authorities to implement long-awaited reforms.

Iraq protesters, police grapple for Baghdad streets as deadline expires

Baghdad - Hundreds of Iraqi anti-government protesters grappled with security forces in a bid to shut Baghdad streets on Monday, a deadline they had given authorities to implement long-awaited reforms.

Syria refugees bring new tastes and traditions to Kurdish Iraq

Arbil - At first, no one in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil would drink the bitter coffee at Syrian refugee Abdussamad Abdulqadir's cafe. But now it's a hit, part of a growing cultural exchange.

11 US troops wounded in last week's Iran attack on Iraq base

Washington - At least 11 American troops were injured in an Iranian attack on an Iraqi base where American soldiers were deployed, US Central Command said Thursday, although the US military had previously maintained there were no casualties.

As Iran missiles battered Iraq base, US lost eyes in sky

Moments after volleys of Iranian missiles began to batter Iraq's Ain al-Asad airbase, US soldiers at the desert facility lost contact with their ultra-powerful -- and expensive -- eyes in the sky.

Trump seizes on new Iran protests, but goal in question

Washington - With presidential tweets in Persian and stern warnings to the regime, Donald Trump's administration is rallying behind the latest protests in Iran -- and renewing suspicions that his real goal is regime change.

'Surviving was a miracle': Iran's missile attack on Iraq base

Waves of ballistic missiles, soldiers hunkered down in bunkers for hours, intense shock waves -- a top US commander said he reacted to Iran's unprecedented attack against an Iraqi base with "disbelief".

Iraq warns of 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

Baghdad - Iraqi officials fear economic "collapse" if Washington imposes threatened sanctions, including blocking access to a US-based account where Baghdad keeps oil revenues that feed 90 percent of the national budget.

Four Iraqi servicemen wounded in rocket attack at Balad Air Base

Tikrit - Four members of Iraq's military were wounded Sunday in a rocket attack targeting an airbase 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad that often hosts American troops, Iraqi security officials said.

Iraq interested in buying a Russian air defense system

Iraq is interested in purchasing Russian S-300 air defense systems. Russia's S-300 and S-400 systems have been popular purchases as many consider them more cost-effective than US alternatives while still top of the line.

Op-Ed: US refuses to discuss ways to withdraw from Iraq

According to a Washington Post report the Iraqi PM has asked for the US to devise a mechanism for withdrawal of its troops from the country.

Iran's 'catastrophic mistake': Speculation, pressure, then admission

Paris - When a Boeing passenger jet crashed in Iran early on January 8, speculation immediately swirled that the only plausible explanation was that it had been shot down by Iran.

Iraq asks US for team to prepare troop pullout

Baghdad - Iraq's caretaker premier Adel Abdel Mahdi has asked the United States to send a delegation to Baghdad to begin preparing for a troop pullout, his office said on Friday.

France calls for 'gesture' from Iran over detained academics

Paris - France said on Friday that the imprisonment of two prominent French academics by Iran was unacceptable and that their release would represent a "significant gesture", as tensions mount between Tehran and the West.

Trump seeks support in Iran crisis but Europe skeptical

Washington - With tensions soaring after he ordered the killing of a top Iranian general, US President Donald Trump publicly urged all other powers to abandon a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran.

Shia cleric Al-Sadr asks pro-Iranian militias to 'stand down'

Moqtada al-Sadr the influential Iraqi Shia cleric who heads the largest bloc in parliament on Wednesday issued a statement asking all Shi'ite militias to stand down as the US and Iran work at lessening tensions.

Iraq set for conflict, even if US and Iran de-escalate

Baghdad - Arch-foes Tehran and Washington may be temporarily calling it even after Iranian missiles targeted US forces in Iraq, but analysts predict violent instability will keep blighting Baghdad.

Trump says Iran 'appears to be standing down'

Washington - President Donald Trump said Wednesday Iran appeared to be "standing down" after missile strikes on US troop bases in Iraq that resulted in no American or Iraqi deaths.

Soleimani successor: continuity figure in uncertain times

Paris - Esmail Qaani, the new commander of the shadowy Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards after the killing of Qasem Soleimani, represents a continuity choice at a hugely combustible moment for Tehran but lacks the charismatic aura of his storied predec...
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An image taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11  2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State...
An image taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) allegedly shows ISIL militants gathering at an undisclosed location in Iraq's Nineveh province
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File photo of US troops in Iraq.
File photo of US troops in Iraq.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Res...
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Rescue Committee at the Newroz camp in northeastern Syria in August.
Rachel Unkovic-IRC/UK Department for International Development
NERVE CENTER:  U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the O...
NERVE CENTER: U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the Oval Office in 2009.
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George W. Bush:   Mission Accomplished
President George W. Bush addresses sailors and the nation from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln of the coast of San Diego, California. Behind him is a banner reading "Mission Accomplished."
White House photo by Paul Morse
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon  Alpha Battery  1st Battalion  319th Airborne Field Artillery Re...
U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment prepare for a early morning mission out of Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq
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A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi  the former interim prime minister  takes centre stage.
A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister, takes centre stage.
Al Jazeera English
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after a press eve...
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after a press event at Camp Victory outside Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009.
US Army/Wikimedia Commons
From the Al Jazeera video about the WikiLeaks War Logs
From the Al Jazeera video about the WikiLeaks War Logs
Al Jazeera video capture
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take position with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Fall...
Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take position with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (43 miles) west of Baghdad, February 26, 2014
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American actress Cynthia Watros during a visit to Camp Taji  Iraq.
American actress Cynthia Watros during a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq.
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Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes bat...
Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi
With permission by Reuters / Ali al-Mashhadani
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
A file image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23  2013 allegedly shows a member...
A file image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23, 2013 allegedly shows a member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a group affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), holding up the black and white Islamist flag
, YouTube/AFP/File
Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq.  Here  a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in...
Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq. Here, a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in 2008 said interrogators in 2007 blindfolded him and attacked him with a pipe on various parts of his body. His ensuing head would was left untreated.
Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch

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