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Gunmen kill prominent Iraqi analyst and advisor: officials

Jul 07 2020

BAGHDAD Gunmen in Baghdad shot dead a well-known former government advisor and political analyst near his home on Monday in a rare high-profile killing in the Iraqi capital, government officials, police sources and medics said.

Iraqi forces swoop on Iran-backed militiamen in Baghdad

Jun 26 2020

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces raided a stronghold of a powerful Iran-backed militia in southern Baghdad late on Thursday and detained more than a dozen members of the group, government officials and paramilitary sources said.

Special Report: Inside the proxy battle that keeps an Iraqi city on its knees

Jun 11 2020

MOSUL, Iraq Three years ago, the world rejoiced when Iraqi forces backed by the United States and Iran liberated this ancient city from the brutal rule of Islamic State. The people of Mosul hoped to rebuild their shattered lives.

Iran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination

May 27 2020

BAGHDAD Two diplomats are quietly leading Iran's push to influence politics in Iraq, in a departure from the more blunt enforcement employed by Qassem Soleimani, a top commander slain in a U.S. air strike.

Iraq lawmakers approve government of Prime Minister-designate Kadhimi

May 06 2020

BAGHDAD Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government on Wednesday after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over Cabinet seats in backroom deals.

Pandemic pushes some Iraqis, broken by conflict, into poverty

May 06 2020

BAGHDAD When shops and homes shutter at curfew, some Iraqis in this Baghdad district say it reminds them of past traumas that destroyed lives and livelihoods: sectarian death squads, foreign invasion, and the ruin wrought by international sanctions.

Fractures grow among Iraq militias, spell political retreat

Apr 01 2020

BAGHDAD In February, an Iraqi militia commander trained by Iran took over the empty office of his slain superior, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed weeks before alongside Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike.

In Iraq, coronavirus terrifies even doctors hardened by conflict

Mar 27 2020

BAGHDAD Through decades of conflict, Dr Haidar Hantoush has watched wounded soldiers and civilians flood into Iraq's emergency wards. But he's never been so scared.

To preserve Shi'ite power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric

Feb 24 2020

BAGHDAD When the grip of Iraq's Tehran-backed Shi'ite Muslim parties and militias threatened to slip following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, they turned to an unpredictable rival.

Iraqi cleric scolds security forces after protesters die in new tensions

Feb 07 2020

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday berated security forces for failing to protect protesters killed in clashes with rival groups this week in the southern city of Najaf, and urged politicians to pick a government trusted by the people.

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