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Iraq court sentences Belgian jihadist to death for IS membership

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Tuesday sentenced a Belgian jihadist, who threatened Europe in propaganda videos, to death by hanging for membership of the Islamic State group, an AFP journalist reported.

Nearly a year since fall of Iraq's Mosul, hunt for bodies goes on

Mosul - Atop an enormous mound of rubble under blistering sun in Iraq's second city Mosul, fire crews and police chip away at a grim but vital task.

Cleric Sadr wins Iraq poll but forming government far off

Baghdad - Final results from Iraq's election confirmed Saturday that an alliance spearheaded by populist cleric Moqtada Sadr has triumphed, but the fiery preacher faces a huge task to form a governing coalition.

Denmark to pull special forces out of Iraq

Stockholm - NATO-member Denmark said Thursday its special forces taking part in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq would be withdrawn following the IS defeat.

Iran allies round on surprise Iraq vote winner

Baghdad - Iran and its allies were mustering a bid Wednesday to limit the role of fiery Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr in Iraq's next government after his shock election win reshaped the country's political landscape.

As former US foe gains, Mattis 'stands with' Iraq election result

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he stands by Iraqis' electoral choices, despite the surprise success of populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr -- who fought US troops during the Iraq War.

Cleric eyes government as election upset rocks Iraq

Baghdad - Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr on Tuesday eyed a broad coalition after appearing to deal a blow to both Iranian and American influence with a shock election triumph that has upended Iraqi politics.

Victorious against IS, Iraqi PM flunked fight with corruption

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi won plaudits for overseeing the war to defeat the Islamic State group -- but his failure to beat corruption appears to have cost him at the polls.

Fiery cleric, paramilitary leader surge at Iraq elections

Baghdad - An alliance headed by nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr and a rival bloc of pro-Iranian former fighters appeared to surge Monday in surprise preliminary results from Iraq's first poll since the defeat of the Islamic State group.

Record abstention in Iraq's first vote after defeating IS

Baghdad - Iraqis on Saturday inflicted a blow on a political class they view as corrupt by shunning the first legislative elections since victory over Islamic State jihadists.More than half of the nearly 24.

In Iraq's shattered Mosul, voters eye fresh start after IS

Mosul - Voters in the ravaged Iraqi city of Mosul flocked to the polls Saturday, hoping that parliamentary elections can help turn the page after the devastating war against the Islamic State jihadist group.

For young Iraqis, election offers little appeal

Baghdad - Mounes Fauzi was simply too busy doing nothing to go vote in the parliamentary elections being held across Iraq.

Demands for change as Iraqis vote in national polls

Hilla - Iraqis voting across the country in parliamentary polls Saturday insisted they were hoping for change, even as the same old names continued to dominate the ballot papers.

Iraq holds first nationwide election since IS defeat

Baghdad - Iraq voted Saturday in its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with growing tensions between neighbouring Iran and the United States threatening a power struggle.

Voters and candidates in Iraq's election

Baghdad - Iraqis head to the polls on Saturday for parliamentary elections.After the ballot, the 329 members of parliament elected from party lists will be tasked with forming a government and electing a prime minister and president.

Iraq to vote in first nationwide poll since IS war

Baghdad - Iraq on Saturday holds its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with the country hoping to shore up a fragile peace as it looks to rebuild.

Iraq security forces vote in first poll since IS war

Baghdad - Around one million soldiers, police and other security personnel were voting across Iraq on Thursday in the first national elections since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group.

Iraq readies for first election since end of IS war

Baghdad - Iraq is gearing up for key parliamentary elections on Saturday, some five months after declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with the dominant Shiites split, the Kurds in disarray and Sunnis sidelined.

In crowded field, Iraq election hopefuls vie to stand out

Baghdad - With campaign posters cluttering the streets of Iraq, the almost 7,000 candidates running for parliament in upcoming elections are resorting to increasingly wacky pitches to woo voters.

Court blocks sending American 'IS fighter' to third country

Washington - A US appeals court on Monday blocked the government's plan to hand over to a third country an American citizen captured in Syria allegedly fighting for the Islamic State group.

IS claims assassination of Iraq election candidate

Baghdad - Gunmen shot dead a parliamentary candidate at his home in northern Iraq on Monday, a local official told AFP, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Iraq's displaced forgotten in elections

- While the election campaign is in full swing elsewhere in Iraq, the country's displaced camps holding hundreds of thousands of people barely register on the radars of those running for office.

In Mosul's ruins, Iraq election candidates vow bright future

Mosul - Election posters plastered on the bullet-riddled wall of a girls' school in the Old City of Iraq's Mosul pledge a better future for those casting their ballot at a nationwide vote.

Divided Kurds face losses in Iraq's election

Arbil - As if the loss of oil-rich territory last year wasn't painful enough, Iraq's divided Kurds are bracing for a blow on the political front in the country's May 12 elections.

Iraq voters fed up with 'same old faces'

Baghdad - Only a decade after their country's first ever multi-party elections, disenchanted Iraqis say "the same old faces" with their vested interests have been running the show since the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein.

EU, US police cripple Islamic State media mouthpieces

Den Haag - European and US police forces have struck at the heart of Islamic State's propaganda machine, seizing servers and "punching a hole" in its ability to spread its radical jihadist message online.

416 donors to IS identified in France: prosecutor

Paris - French authorities have identified 416 people who gave money to the Islamic State (IS) group, France's top anti-terror prosecutor said Thursday, as dozens of ministers met to discuss how to cut off funds for extremists.

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

Ramadi - In the vast desert province of Anbar where Islamic State group jihadists first emerged in Iraq, parliamentary elections next month are an opportunity for the predominantly Sunni residents to settle scores.

In southern Iraq, drought tightens its grip

- Abu Ali carefully crank-starts a generator to pump water from a well out into his parched field in southern Iraq. There used to be no need for a well in his village, but a creeping drought is now threatening agriculture and livelihoods in the area.

In Iraq, ex-sports stars seek to shake up politics

Baghdad - In the sweltering heat of Mexico '86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq's football team in its sole World Cup Finals.
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