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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.
World Jan 20Clashes in Baghdad kill 3 and wound dozens
The clashes prompted authorities to close key streets and thoroughfares leading to the Iraqi capital's center.
World Jan 13U.S. troops knew Iran strike was coming hours ahead
At 11:00 p.m. on Jan. 6, two hours before the missile strikes, U.S. military officials gave the order for American troops at Ain al-Asad air base, in western Iraq, to go on lockdown.
World Jan 13U.S. troops clear rubble from Iraq base after Iran missile strike
The Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq’s western Anbar province was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday.
World Jan 10Iraqi prime minister tells U.S. to start working on troop withdrawal
Adel Abdul-Mahdi made the request in a telephone call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night.
World Jan 05Iraq vote, Hezbollah threat leveled at US troops in Mideast
The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq's parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from their country while the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said the U.S. military across the region “will pay…
World Jan 04Thousands mourn Iranian general as region braces for revenge
Thousands of mourners chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a U.S. airstrike.
World Jan 03Iraqi militant killed in U.S. strike worked with Iran for decades
Al-Muhandis was the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite paramilitaries.