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World Mar 06Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence
Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric Saturday, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from…
World Feb 26WATCH: U.S. strike, first under Biden, kills Iran-backed militiaman in Syria
The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.
World Jan 21Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 32 dead
Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
World May 06Former Iraqi intelligence chief approved as new premier
Iraq's former spy chief has been sworn in as the prime minister by lawmakers after weeks of tense political negotiations as the country faces a severe economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.
World Apr 27Mideast economies take massive hit with oil price crash
The historic crash in oil prices in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is reverberating across the Middle East as crude-dependent countries scramble to offset losses from a key source of state revenue.
World Apr 01Iran general visits Baghdad, tries to forge political unity
His arrival comes as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts chances for the country's latest prime minister-designate can form a government.
World Mar 14Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing US troops
A barrage of rockets hit a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi security officials said, just days after a similar attack killed three servicemen, including two Americans.
World Mar 13Iraq army says U.S. airstrikes kill 5 security forces, 1 civilian
U.S. officials said the airstrikes' intended targets were mainly weapons facilities belonging to Kataib Hezbollah, the militia group believed to be responsible for Wednesday's attack on Camp Taji base.
Economy Feb 12U.S. gives Iraq sanctions waiver for vital Iranian gas imports
The U.S. had expressed willingness to extend the waiver, which was due to expire this week, officials told The Associated Press, on the condition that Iraq provide a timeline detailing a plan to wean itself off of Iranian gas dependence.
Politics Feb 05Iraqi officials say Baghdad wants to minimize reliance on U.S.
The development comes amid a prevailing crisis of mistrust between Washington and Baghdad after a Washington-directed strike killed a top Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander.