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World Jan 01U.S. Embassy in Iraq suspends operations, militiamen withdraw
U.S.-Iran tensions remain high and could spill over into further violence.
World Jan 01U.S. troops fire tear gas at pro-Iran protesters in Iraq
Hundreds of Iran-backed militiamen and other protesters gathered outside the American Embassy in Baghdad for a second day and set fire to the roof of a reception area inside the compound.
World Dec 31Iran-backed Iraqi militia, protesters breach U.S. Embassy compound
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire, angered over deadly U.S.
World Dec 30Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge for U.S. strikes
The U.S. attack — the largest targeting an Iraqi state-sanctioned militia in recent years — and the calls for retaliation, represent a new escalation in the proxy war between the U.S. and Iran playing out in the Middle East.
World Dec 26Iraq’s president offers to quit after rejecting PM nominee
President Barham Saleh said in a statement issued by his office that he would not name the governor of the southern Basra province, Asaad al-Eidani, as the country's next prime minister “to avoid more bloodshed and in order to safeguard…
World Nov 155 protesters dead in violence over key Baghdad squares
Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas in renewed clashes with anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Friday. Separately, a bomb placed under a car exploded near a central square.
World Nov 11Top Shiite leader backs U.N. plan to resolve Iraqi crisis
At least 12 protesters were wounded in new confrontations with security forces in and around central Baghdad's Khilani Square. Most were hit directly with tear gas canisters, according to security and hospital officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in…
World Nov 10Rights group calls Iraqi crackdown on protests a ‘bloodbath’
BAGHDAD — Amnesty International said Sunday that Iraq’s crackdown on anti-government protests has descended into a “bloodbath.” At least 319 protesters have been killed so far by security forces since the unrest began last month, according to the latest figures…
World Nov 09Iraqi security: 4 protesters killed more than 100 wounded
Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition at anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing four and wounding more than 100 others, medical and security officials said.
World Nov 06Iraq protesters storm Baghdad bridge, medic killed
The military called on the protesters to stop blocking roads and ports, saying they had cost Iraq $6 billion, and it vowed to arrest those responsible. The U.S. Embassy urged the government to "engage seriously and urgently" with the demonstrators…