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Iran will defeat Trump just like it did Saddam, won't abandon missiles: Rouhani


DUBAI U.S. President Donald Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran, just like Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, referring to the war between the two Middle Eastern powers and vowing that Tehran will not abandon its missiles.

Millions of Shi'ites express suffering in Ashura ritual in Iraq

KERBALA, Iraq Millions of Shi’ites Muslims gathered at shrines and mosques in Kerbala and other parts of Iraq on Thursday to mark the climax of the annual ritual of Ashura with expressions of suffering.

World, Sep 20 2018

German court releases Iraqi suspect in Chemnitz stabbing

BERLIN A German court on Tuesday released an Iraqi asylum seeker detained last month over the fatal stabbing of a Cuban-German man that set off violent protests by far-right radicals, his lawyer and a prosecutor said.

World, Cuba, Sep 18 2018

Iraq Shi'ite paramilitary leader al-Amiri withdraws candidacy for PM

ERBIL Shi'ite militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, withdrew his candidacy for prime minister on Tuesday, putting the country one step closer to forming a government after months of political stagnation.

World, Sep 18 2018

Germany committed over long-term to help Iraq rebuild: defense minister

TAJI, Iraq German forces will be needed in Iraq for a long time to help rebuild the country's military as it struggles to ensure that Islamic State militants do not regroup in underground cells, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.

World, Sep 16 2018

Iraq parliament elects Sunni lawmaker al-Halbousi as speaker, breaking deadlock

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Iraq's parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker on Saturday, marking an important step toward establishing a new government four months after an inconclusive national election.

World, Sep 15 2018

U.S. marines conduct big drills with rebels in southern Syria

AMMAN A Syrian rebel commander said on Thursday rare military exercises with U.S. marines in southern Syria sent a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to their presence.

World, Jordan, Syria, Russia Sep 13 2018

Iran says missile attack on Kurdish dissidents a warning to hostile powers

ANKARA The chief of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Thursday that Tehran's missile attack on an Iranian Kurdish rebel base in northern Iraq last week was a warning to hostile powers, Iranian state television reported.

World, Sep 13 2018

Republicans seek sanctions on Iraqi militias with Iran ties

WASHINGTON Republican U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation on Wednesday seeking to counteract what they see as Iran's increasing influence in Iraq, amid concern about attacks in Iraq by groups U.S. officials consider Iranian proxies, a Senate aide said on Wednesday.

Protests dash Iraqi PM's chances of new term, hit U.S. hopes of shaping government

SULAIMANIYA/ERBIL, Iraq Violent protests in the Iraqi city of Basra have all but ended U.S.-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's chances of winning a second term and shattered Washington's hopes of shaping the next government.

World, Sep 12 2018