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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.
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 02Iraqi protesters reject PM-designate picked by ruling elites
Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators in Iraq rejected Sunday the new prime minister-designate who was recently nominated by rival government factions. Demonstrators have long swore they would not accept a candidate chosen by Iraq's establishment.
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.