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Rockets target US interests despite arrests: Iraq military

Baghdad - Two rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations overnight, Iraq's security forces said Sunday, a little over a week since unprecedented arrests prevented a similar incident.

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 deploys troops against Kurdish rebels in Iraq

Ankara - Turkey launched an air and ground offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq on Wednesday, in a move likely to increase friction with the Baghdad government.

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.

US to reduce troops in Iraq 'over coming months'

Washington - The United States promised Thursday to reduce troops from Iraq over the coming months after talks with Baghdad, where lawmakers have pushed for their withdrawal.

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.

Pompeo presses nations to fund IS fight despite budget crunch

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged allies to make up a shortfall in funding to defeat the Islamic State movement despite a budget crunch after the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Coalition against IS to meet virtually amid virus

Washington - Foreign ministers from nations fighting the Islamic State group will meet virtually next week to coordinate action as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts operations, the United States announced Wednesday.

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.

Pompeo welcomes new Iraq government, extends Iran sanctions waiver

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Iraq's formation of a government after months of instability, and extended a waiver on Iran sanctions to ease pressure on the new leader.

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.

Syria strikes kill 14 Iranian, allied fighters: monitor

Beirut - Overnight strikes on positions held by Iranian-backed militias and their allies in eastern Syria killed 14 fighters, a war monitor said on Tuesday.

German court tries IS jihadist over Yazidi genocide

Frankfurt Am Main - An Iraqi man believed to have belonged to the Islamic State group went on trial in Germany on Friday accused of genocide and murdering a child belonging to the Yazidi minority who he held as a slave.

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.

US, Iraq to hold talks on troop future

Washington - The United States will hold talks with Iraq in June on the future of its troop presence in the country, whose parliament has voted to expel them, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.

Iran, US heat up war of words despite virus pandemic

Tehran - Iran said Thursday it "only acts in self-defence" after President Donald Trump warned it against attacks on US troops in Iraq, as a new war of words heated up despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump warns Iran of 'heavy price' in case of attack on US troops

Washington - President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday of a "heavy price" if it or its allies in Iraq attack US troops stationed there.

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.

Rockets hit Iraq's Green Zone, US-led coalition leaves base

Gayara - Two rockets slammed into the Iraqi capital's high-security Green Zone early Thursday, hours before US-led forces were set to pull out of a second base in the country.

Op-Ed: New Iraqi PM designate faces rejection

Iraq is struggling to form an interim government that could prepare for early elections. However, the newest Prime Minister (PM) designate Adnan Zurufi may be the latest to fail as several pro-Iranian Shi'ite groups publicly reject him.
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PALACE: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein built one of his presidential palaces in Mosul  which ...
PALACE: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein built one of his presidential palaces in Mosul, which was used by the US Army following the 2003 invasion.
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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.
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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Protester take part in a Stop the War demonstration opposite Downing Street in central London on Sep...
Protester take part in a Stop the War demonstration opposite Downing Street in central London on September 25, 2014
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The Iraqi army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
The Iraqi army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
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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
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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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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.
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The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
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Most trash generated at the base in Bagram  Afghanistan is burned in an open pit or in several small...
Most trash generated at the base in Bagram, Afghanistan is burned in an open pit or in several small incinerators that are located just 300 yards beyond the runway. Bulldozers constantly shovel rubbish into the fire, creating thick columns of brown smoke. Jan. 5, 2012.
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Fallujah  Iraq.
Fallujah, 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.
File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Ir...
File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida 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.
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 on October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton on October 25, 2014.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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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.
U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair shake hands after receiving notific...
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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