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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.
World Jan 15Iraq prime minister says whether to oust U.S. troops is up to next government
Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's comments came ahead of planned protests against the American military presence in Iraq called for by an influential Shiite cleric.
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 Dec 06At least 15 killed in Iraqi capital as assailants fire live rounds
Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad's Khilani Square, leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. It wasn't immediately clear who did the shooting.