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Ramadan breeds dread in crisis-hit Iraq

Baghdad - Faced with sharp price rises, a decline in the buying power of the dinar and rising unemployment, Iraqis enter the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan with a feeling of dread.

Iraqi youth see little hope 18 years after Saddam's fall

Baghdad - Eighteen years ago Saddam Hussein's brutal rule came to an end, but the prospects for young Iraqis who never witnessed his dictatorship remain blighted by insecurity, rampant corruption and joblessness.

'Pyramid' of corruption pushes Iraq family to emigrate

Karbala - Hassanein Mohsen spent months protesting against corruption in Iraq. He also lodged complaints against officials. But now he is shunned as a whistleblower and sees only one way out: emigration.

'Worse than a jungle': the cartel controlling Iraqi borders

Baghdad - Along Iraq's borders, a corrupt customs-evasion cartel is diverting billions of dollars away from state coffers to line the pockets of armed groups, political parties and crooked officials.

'I don't have money!': Iraq's graft-busting budget baroness

Baghdad - Suitcases of spreadsheets are wheeled into her office, as infuriated MPs storm out. Her unmistakeable voice booms down the finance ministry hallways. Meet Taif al-Sami, Iraq's budget baroness.

'Caliphate' or not, Islamic State expands its reach

Paris - In the two years since Kurdish forces wrested away the Islamic State's last Syrian bastion, the jihadist group has proved it does not need a stronghold to pose a potent threat in more countries than ever.

33 years after Iraq chemical attack, survivors still seeking justice

Halabja - Hawker Saber is one of the survivors of the chemical attack Saddam Hussein ordered on the Kurdish town of Halabja 33 years ago but he needs a respirator to stay alive.

Arab troubadour Madfai longs to get back on stage

Apo - The Arab world's favourite troubadour Ilham al-Madfai, who last year had to perform in an empty Roman amphitheatre and scrub concert dates across Europe and the Gulf, can't wait to get back on stage.

Pope says meeting Shiite cleric 'good for my soul'

Pope Francis said Monday his meeting with top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani had been "good for my soul", as he returned to Rome following his historic trip to Iraq.

Meeting Shiite cleric 'good for my soul', says pope

Pope Francis on Monday described his meeting with top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani as "good for my soul", as he returned to Rome following his historic trip to Iraq.

Iraq pegs hopes on Pope's visit, but experts sceptical

Baghdad - Pope Francis' historic trip to war-scarred Iraq went off without a hitch -- an image boost Baghdad hopes will help revive international engagement, foreign investment and even tourism.

Pope celebrates largest mass of historic Iraq trip

Arbil - Pope Francis vowed Sunday to keep Iraq in his heart, as he concluded the largest mass and final public event of a historic trip meant to encourage the country's dwindling Christian community and deepen interfaith dialogue.

Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under IS

Baghdad - Pope Francis, on his historic Iraq tour, visits on Sunday Christian communities that endured the brutality of the Islamic State group until the jihadists' "caliphate" was defeated three years ago.

Near Abraham's Iraq birthplace, lone Christians put hope in Pope

Nasiriyah - As Pope Francis prays for Iraq's minorities Saturday from the birthplace of the common patriarch of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, one family will be listening particularly carefully.

Pope Francis to meet top cleric Sistani on second day in Iraq

Najaf - Pope Francis begins the second day of his historic Iraq visit on Saturday with an extraordinary meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the top authority for the country's Shiite Muslims.

Gift for Francis, handmade shawl tells story of Iraq's Christians

Al Hamdaniyah - Pulling golden thread with her frail fingers, elderly Christian Karjiya Baqtar has embroidered a precious prayer shawl to gift the most cherished visitor to her Iraqi hometown -- Pope Francis.

Grand Ayatollah Sistani, Iraq's 'shepherd', to meet Pope Francis

Baghdad - Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the highest religious authority for Iraq's Shiite Muslims, has wielded subtle but unprecedented power for a cleric, guiding his followers through decades of dictatorship, occupation and conflict.

'Pilgrim of peace' Pope Francis heads to war-scarred Iraq

Baghdad - Pope Francis embarked on a historic visit to war-battered Iraq on Friday, defying security fears and the pandemic to comfort one of the world's oldest and most persecuted Christian communities.

Pope says he will visit Iraq as 'pilgrim of peace'

Vatican City - On the eve of his historic trip to Iraq, Pope Francis paid tribute Thursday to those who have suffered from years of violence, saying he came as a "pilgrim of peace".

One dead in rocket attack on Iraq base hosting US troops

Baghdad - At least 10 rockets slammed into a military base in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops on Wednesday, security sources said, leaving one civilian contractor dead.

In Iraq, Pope reaches out to top Shiite cleric

Vatican City - Pope Francis, on a historic trip to Iraq, will on Saturday hold a hugely symbolic meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, seeking to deepen his cautious dialogue with Muslim leaders.

Covid, unrest: Iraqis tackle obstacles to host pope

Baghdad - Security threats, the Covid pandemic, war-ravaged infrastructure: Iraqis are facing major challenges as they plan to host Pope Francis later this week.

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Baghdad - Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling Christian community to remain in their ancient homeland, and broaden his outreach to Islam.

Once ravaged by IS, Iraq's Sinjar caught in new tug-of-war

Baghdad - Nearly six years since Iraq's Sinjar region was recaptured from jihadists, a tangled web of geopolitical tensions risks sparking a new conflict that could prolong the dire situation of minority Yazidis.

US strikes Iran-backed militias in Syria in Biden first

Beirut - The US military has struck Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria, killing at least 22 fighters according to a war monitor, in what the Pentagon said was a message from the new administration after recent rocket attacks targeting US troops in Iraq.

US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon

Washington - The US military launched an airstrike on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militia Thursday, in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

Senior Iraq MP target of international extortion bid

Sydney - Police in Australia and Canada arrested four people accused of trying to extort a senior Iraqi politician, after what was described Wednesday as a year-long campaign of intimidation.

Rocket strikes on US in Iraq seen as 'message from Iran'

Baghdad - Renewed rocket attacks on US targets in Iraq show Iran-aligned factions are heaping pressure on the government while Tehran may be seeking leverage over America's new administration, analysts say.

Iraq's ancient Christian community, decimated by violence, fear

Baghdad - Some fled after the US-led invasion, others during sectarian bloodshed and more following jihadist attacks. Iraq's last two violent decades have hollowed out its Christian community which dates back two millennia.

Ousted by war, Iraq's Christians struggle to reclaim homes

Baghdad - Fleeing war or threats of persecution, Iraq's Christians left behind thousands of homes in recent years -- returning to find them occupied by militiamen or secretly sold using fabricated deeds.
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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.
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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.
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada s role in Iraq.
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
The aftermath of a suicide bomb in the Iraq city of Baquba
The aftermath of a suicide bomb in the Iraq city of Baquba
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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.
File photo of US troops in Iraq.
File photo of US troops in Iraq.
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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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The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
Al Jazeera English
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada s role in Iraq.
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
There are a number of religious sects such as Yazidi  Zoroastrian  Yarsan  Alevi  Christian  Jewish ...
There are a number of religious sects such as Yazidi, Zoroastrian, Yarsan, Alevi, Christian, Jewish, Sarayi, Bajwan, Shabak, and Sarli living in Kurdistan, northern Iraq.
ACoE photographer Jim Gordon
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U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair shake hands after receiving notification that the Coalition Provisional Authority had returned full sovereignty to Iraq
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Sajad Jiyad picketing the British Broadcasting Corporation over its reporting of the crisis in Iraq.
Sajad Jiyad picketing the British Broadcasting Corporation over its reporting of the crisis 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.
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Members and supporters of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which favors establishment of an Islamic state, demonstrate on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2006.
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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.
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.
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.
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This camera is identical to the one carried by one of two reuters journalist killed by the US military in Iraq. Wikileaks believes this is what the military saw in the hands of photographer not a weapon.
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