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A growing challenge for Iraq: Iran-aligned Shiite militias

BAGHDAD — It was a stark message: A convoy of masked Shiite militiamen, armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, drove openly through central Baghdad denouncing the U.S. presence in Iraq and threatening to cut off the prime minister’s ear. The ominous display underscored the growing threat that rogue militias loyal to Tehran pose for […]

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade. In a gesture both simple […]

Pope urges Iraqis to shun violence and give peace a chance – Times of India

BAGHDAD: Pope Francis, beginning the first trip by a pontiff to Iraq, made an impassioned call on Friday for an end to the militant violence and religious strife that has plagued the country for decades, saying peacemakers should finally be given a chance. “May the clash of arms be silenced … may there be an […]

Rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad, no casualties

Iraq’s army says three rockets have been fired at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone without causing any casualties By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press February 22, 2021, 6:32 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BAGHDAD — Three rockets were fired at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Monday without causing […]

Islamic State claims deadly and rare twin blasts in Baghdad

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a rare suicide attack that rocked central Baghdad, killing 32 people and wounding dozens By Associated Press January 22, 2021, 11:11 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BAGHDAD — The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a rare suicide attack that rocked central Baghdad, […]

Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

Piles of plush carpets line the floors of a shopping center in northern Iraq hosting traders from neighboring Iran By RASHID YAHYA and SAMYA KULLAB Associated Press January 21, 2021, 7:53 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DOHUK, Iraq — Piles of plush carpets line the floors of a […]

The UN law office criticizes Trump’s pardon for ex-contractors

The United Nations Human Rights Bureau says it is “deeply concerned” about US President Donald Trump’s pardon for four former government companies convicted in a 2007 Baghdad massacre that killed more than a dozen Iraqi civilians ByThe Associated Press December 23, 2020, 5:38 pm • • 2 min read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSend this […]