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US outraged by killing of protesters in Iraq

The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has expressed outrage over the killing of eight “peaceful protesters” in Iraq on Wednesday.
Iraqi anti-government demonstrators block a road with burning tires in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on February 3, 2020 during a demonstration against the new Iraqi prime minister-designate. – Mohammad Allawi was named prime minister-designate after a hard-won consensus among Iraq’s rival parties, who had struggled to agree on a candidate since outgoing premier Adel Abdel Mahdi resigned under growing street pressure two months ago. Mass rallies have rocked Baghdad and the mainly-Shiite south since October, with protesters demanding snap elections and an independent prime minister as well as accountability for corruption and recent bloodshed. (Photo by Asad NIAZI / AFP) /

Iraqi protesters face off against cleric’s followers

Anti-government demonstrators faced off against followers of influential cleric Moqtada Sadr in protest squares across Iraq Tuesday, a day after one demonstrator was killed in a clash between the two sides.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

Iraq bars foreign arrivals from China over coronavirus fears

Iraq’s interior ministry announced on Sunday that it would not allow foreigners travelling from China to enter the country over fears of an outbreak of coronavirus.
After two months of political deadlock, Iraqi President Barham Salih on Saturday appointed Mohammed Allawi to replace caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in late November in the face of widespread anti-government protests.

Iraqi president names Mohammad Allawi as new prime minister

After two months of political deadlock, Iraqi President Barham Salih on Saturday appointed Mohammed Allawi to replace caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in late November in the face of widespread anti-government protests.

Police arrests Al Qaeda leader in US

The suspected leader of an al Qaeda terror group in Iraq has been arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, US authorities have said.
At least 50 US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries resulting from Iran’s missile attack on an Iraqi air base earlier this month, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Pentagon: 50 US troops suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran strike

At least 50 US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries resulting from Iran’s missile attack on an Iraqi air base earlier this month, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr gather in the capital Baghdad for a “million-strong” march to demand an end to the presence of US forces in their country, on January 24, 2020. Ahmad Al-Rubaye-AFP-Getty

Protesters demand removal of US troops in Iraq

Thousands of supporters of populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr gathered in Baghdad on Friday for a rally to demand the ouster of US troops, putting the protest-hit capital on edge.

Iraq attacks US embassy in Baghdad

Six Iraqis including two police officers were killed and scores were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces, medical and security sources said, as anti-government unrest resumed after a lull of several weeks.
Iraqi Anti-government demonstrators block a road with debris and burning tires in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on January 19, 2020. (Photo by – - AFP)

Iraq protests swell with youth angry at slow pace of reform

Protests escalated across Iraq’s south and its capital Baghdad on Sunday as demonstrators sealed off streets with burning tyres in outrage at the government’s slow pace of reform.

Iraq’s security forces kill at least two protesters in Baghdad

At least two protesters have been killed and dozens injured in central Baghdad when Iraq's security forces launched tear gas canisters to disperse demonstrators trying to breach the capital's Sinak bridge, according to activists and officials.
Two rockets Saturday hit Iraq’s Al-Balad air base, where US troops are stationed, while two mortars hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, a high-security enclave housing the US embassy, security sources said.

US resumes joint military operations in Iraq

The United States on Wednesday resumed joint military operations with Iraq that had been put on pause after the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, the New York Times reported.
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio Thursday. Tony Dejak-AP

Donald Trump talks up killing, insults Qassem Soleimani at campaign rally

U.S. President Donald Trump has called Qassem Soleimani a “son of a bitch” in his latest round of fierce criticism of the Iranian general he had assassinated earlier this month.
Gholamhossein Esmaili

Iran makes first arrests over Ukranian plane downing

Iran on Tuesday announced its first arrests over the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran last week, after the third night of angry protests over the disaster.
Airbase north of Baghdad targeted with rocket barrage, wounding four Iraqi soldiers, as US-Iran tensions simmer.

Another rockets hit Iraq military base hosting US troops

Airbase north of Baghdad targeted with rocket barrage, wounding four Iraqi soldiers, as US-Iran tensions simmer.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani during a welcome ceremony in Tehran on 12 January 2020 (Reuters)

Iran: We agree de-escalation ‘only solution’ to solve crisis with US

Iran signalled Sunday it favours a de-escalation after 10 days of heightened tensions with the United States during which both sides fired missiles and Tehran accidentally shot down a passenger aircraft.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Saturday for talks set to focus on flashpoints in the Middle East.

Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin discuss Middle East flash-points at Kremlin meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Saturday for talks set to focus on flashpoints in the Middle East.
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted drone aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, U.S., June 25, 2015. Picture taken June 25, 2015. U.S. Air Force-Senior Airman Cory D. Payne-Handout via REUTERS

How US tried, failed to kill another top Iranian military commander in Yemen

On the same day the U.S. military killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top-secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to a new report.
In a statement on Friday, spokesperson for the Department of State, Ms Morgan Ortagus, said the U.S. would keep its troops in Iraq to continue the fight against ISIS.

US rejects request to withdraw troops from Iraq

The U.S. has expressed its desire to maintain its military presence in Iraq, in spite of a request by the Iraqi government for the withdrawal of American troops from the country.

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