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World Jun 11U.S. and Iraq launch strategic talks on economy, American troops
The U.S. and Iraq have launched much-anticipated strategic talks that are to span the gamut of their bilateral relations.
World May 18Iraq faces full local lockdowns as virus cases jump
Iraq will impose a complete lockdown on some areas of the capital, the country's new health minister said on Monday, amid an uptick in coronavirus cases in recent weeks since curfew hours were relaxed.
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 29U.S.-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month
The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew Sunday from a military base in the country's north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran.
Health Mar 16Virus toll in Iran rises as lockdowns deepen across Middle East
The divergent approaches adopted by local authorities reflect continued uncertainty over how to slow the spread of a virus that has infected around 170,000 people worldwide and caused more than 6,500 deaths.
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.