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US to reduce staff at Baghdad embassy amid regional tensions

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Thursday, temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns. ...

EXPLAINER: How could US drawdown in Iraq aid IS, Iran?

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — In a quest to root out Islamic State group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. But the muc...

Clashes with cleric's supporters kill 5 in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of a firebrand Iraqi cleric shot dead five people on Saturday, according to medical officials, in overnight clashes with anti-government protesters in southern Iraq. ...

Travel agents in Mideast, Africa say UAE is blocking visas

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa say the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, a so-far unex...

Iran's allies on high alert in Trump's final weeks in office

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has instructed allies across the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump administration cause to launch attacks...

Iraqi FM condemns Baghdad rocket attack as 'terrorist act'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister Wednesday condemned a rocket attack in the capital a day earlier, calling it a “terrorist act," and said combat operations by the U.S.-led coalition will cease o...

Iraqi military says 4 rockets land in Baghdad's Green Zone

BAGHDAD (AP) — Four rockets struck inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, Iraq’s military said, wounding at least two people and signaling an end to an informal truce announced by I...

US, Israel worked together to track and kill al-Qaida No. 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel worked together to track and kill a senior al-Qaida operative in Iran earlier this year, a bold intelligence operation by the two allied nations that cam...

Iraq ratifies new election law, paving way for early vote

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president ratified on Thursday a new election law aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament, paving the way for early elections next y...

Iraq clears sit-in square, a year after mass protests began

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Saturday cleared out sit-in tents from the capital's central square that has been the epicenter of the anti-government protest movement, a year after the erupti...

Thousands rally in Iraq to mark one year of protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday to mark one year since mass anti-government demonstrations swept Baghdad and Iraq's south, sparking hope for change and calls to en...

Iran-backed militias offer truce for US troop withdrawal

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi militias backed by Iran have agreed to temporarily halt attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq on the condition that U.S.-led coalition troops withdraw from the country i...

An Iraqi father confronts militia in search for missing son

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a dimly lit street...

In Iraq a father faces militia power as he seeks missing son

Associated Press (AP) — In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a dimly ...

Iraqi officials: 3 dead, 2 wounded in Baghdad rocket attack

BAGHDAD (AP) — Three Iraqi civilians were killed and two severely wounded after a katyusha rocket hit near the vicinity of Baghdad airport, two Iraqi security officials said Monday. ...