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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.
World Feb 01Iraqi blocs select new PM-designate after weeks of jockeying
Former communications minister Mohammed Allawi was named prime minister-designate by rival Iraqi factions Saturday after weeks of political deadlock.
World Jan 27Rocket attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad injures 1
No U.S. military members were injured. One U.S. national received a minor injury but has returned to work.
World Jan 24Iraqis rally to demand U.S. troops leave
Rather than draw down, Americans have poured 20,000 additional troops in the Middle East to counter what Washington describes as an escalating threat from Iran.