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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.

Iraq Shiites defy curfews to commemorate revered imam

Baghdad - Tens of thousands of Iraqi Shiites turned out to commemorate a revered imam on Saturday, defying curfews imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Iraq's PM-designate Adnan Zurfi, Shiite moderate with US ties

Baghdad - Adnan Zurfi, Iraq's second premier-designate this year, is respected for focussing on public services and security but faces resistance from factions wary of his close ties with the United States.

Iraq names new PM as rockets hit base hosting foreign troops

Baghdad - Iraq's president on Tuesday named pro-Western lawmaker Adnan Zurfi, a former Najaf city governor, as the next prime minister, tasked with ruling a country hit by military unrest, street protests and the coronavirus outbreak.

New rockets target Iraq base where US, UK troops killed

Baghdad - A fresh spate of rockets targeted an Iraqi base north of Baghdad on Saturday where foreign troops are deployed, Iraqi and US security sources told AFP, in a rare daytime attack.

US keeping two carriers in Gulf to deter Iran proxy attacks

Washington - The Pentagon said Friday it would keep two aircraft carrier task forces in the Gulf region after carrying out strikes in Iraq on five depots for Iran-supplied rockets.

Civilian among six dead in US air strikes on Iraq

Baghdad - US air strikes targeting pro-Iranian military factions in Iraq killed one civilian and five security personnel early Friday, the Iraqi military said, warning the raids risked a bloody escalation in the war-battered country.

Civilian among six dead in US strikes: Iraq military

Baghdad - US air strikes targeting pro-Iranian military factions in Iraq early Friday killed one civilian and five security personnel, the Iraqi military said in a preliminary toll.

Pentagon warns 'all options on the table' after Americans killed in Iraq

Washington - US Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned Thursday that "all options are on the table" after three US-led coalition members, including two American soldiers, were killed in a rocket attack in Iraq.

Iraq leaders, UN condemn deadly attack on coalition troops

Baghdad - Top Iraqi politicians joined the United Nations Thursday in condemning a rocket attack north of Baghdad that killed a British soldier and two Americans and threatened a new escalation.

East Syria strike kills 26 Iraqi fighters: monitor

Beirut - An air strike killed 26 fighters of Iraqi paramilitary group Hashed al-Shaabi in eastern Syria after a deadly attack on US-led coalition troops in Iraq, a war monitor said Thursday.

US, UK troops among 3 dead in Iraq rocket attack as US-led coalition responds

Baghdad - Two American soldiers and a British soldier were killed Wednesday, a US official said, in the deadliest rocket attack in years on an Iraqi military base hosting foreign troops.

Op-Ed: Three killed as rockets rain down on US base north of Baghdad

On Wednesday evening a volley of 18 rockets hit the Taji air base north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, The base hosts US and other foreign forces whose mission is said to be helping local forces battle radical jihadists.

Op-Ed: Iraqi PM-designate fails to form government withdraws candidacy

Mohammed Allawi's Iraqi Prime Minister-designate candidacy ended last Sunday as he announced he was withdrawing from consideration. Allawi had been unable to form a government due to political opposition.

Iraq crisis deepens after PM-designate steps down

Baghdad - Protest-torn Iraq on Monday faced more political gridlock after prime minister-designate Mohammed Allawi withdrew overnight, accusing lawmakers of obstructing his attempt to form a government.

'They're the virus': Iraq outbreak refuels anti-govt protests

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters had been rallying against government incompetence, poor public services and foreign meddling for months before a novel coronavirus outbreak. Then the epidemic arrived and breathed new life to their grievances.

Iraq closes public spaces as first coronavirus case hits capital

Baghdad - Iraq announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the capital Baghdad on Thursday, taking nationwide infections to six and raising concerns about the capacity of the dilapidated health system to respond.

As Iraqis rally against corruption, ministries up 'for sale'

Baghdad - With Iraq rocked by months of protests against corruption and nepotism, the judiciary is investigating allegations ministeries are up for sale as politicians wrangle to form a new government.

As Iraqis rally against corruption, ministries up 'for sale'

Baghdad - With Iraq rocked by months of protests against corruption and nepotism, the judiciary is investigating allegations ministeries are up for sale as politicians wrangle to form a new government.

Rocket attack hits near US embassy in Iraq capital: US military source

Baghdad - Multiple rockets hit near the US embassy in Iraq's capital early Sunday, an American military source said, the latest in a flurry of attacks against US assets in the country.

Irked US squeezes Iraq with cash delays, short waivers

Baghdad - Irked by Iraq's close ties to neighbouring Iran, Washington has begun following through on threats to squeeze Baghdad's fragile economy with delays to crucial cash deliveries and shortened sanctions waivers.

NATO agrees to expand Iraq training mission

Apo - NATO defence ministers agreed Wednesday to expand the alliance's training mission in Iraq, responding to US President Donald Trump's demand for more action from allies in the Middle East.

NATO agrees to expand Iraq training mission

Apo - NATO defence ministers agreed Wednesday to expand the alliance's training mission in Iraq, responding to US President Donald Trump's demand for more action from allies in the Middle East.

Ultra-rare snowfall carpets Baghdad

Baghdad - Residents of Baghdad rushed to have snowball fights or take photographs Tuesday as the Iraqi capital woke carpeted in white by only its second snowfall in a century.

Digital lifeline for refugees in Bulgaria -- and beyond

Sofia - Single mother-of-two Sara Faizi from Afghanistan faced a dead end when she arrived in Bulgaria in 2018: the former bank branch operations manager needed a job but neither spoke the local language nor had any contacts.

Op-Ed: Iraqi military officials cautioned not to seek US help

Tensions may have eased a bit since the US carried out the assassination of Qaseem Soleimani a top Iranian commander along with an Iraqi deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization forces in a drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport.
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Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton  October 25  2014. Peggy Morton from ...
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton, October 25, 2014. Peggy Morton from ECAWAR was the main speaker.
Turkish troops drive their anti-mine Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) past shepherds on a road near ...
Turkish troops drive their anti-mine Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) past shepherds on a road near the Syrian village of Tuwairan, located around 2km of al-Rai, the small border town with Turkey
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Mesopotamia  the  cradle of civilization   was located in what is now called Iraq  in an area known ...
Mesopotamia, the "cradle of civilization," was located in what is now called Iraq, in an area known as the fertile crescent.
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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.
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A U.S. Army Soldier of Company A  1st Battalion  30th Infantry Regiment moves down a flight of stair...
A U.S. Army Soldier of Company A, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment moves down a flight of stairs in a suspected insurgent safehouse during a 2007 air assault operation in Arab Jabour, 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.
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A captured Iraqi military vehicle
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Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life.  Here the remains of a bus in ...
Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life. Here the remains of a bus in Najaf show the results of a car bomb that occurred days before the country’s parliamentary election on March 7, 2010. In all, three people were killed in this bombing and 50 were wounded.
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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.
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.
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.
File photo: Car bombing aftermath  Iraq.
File photo: Car bombing aftermath, Iraq.
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The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
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DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islam...
DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islamic State radicals in Iraq and Syria.
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MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base  Iraq
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base, 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.
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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Iraq US casualty
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FACT-FINDING: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters last year at the US embassy in Baghd...
FACT-FINDING: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters last year at the US embassy in Baghdad. Kerry is back in Iraq this week.
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