Iraq

Iraq sending teams to Tehran, Washington seeking to calm tensions

BAGHDAD — Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help “halt tension” amid fears of a confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday. His comments came two days after a rocket fired in Baghdad landed close to the U.S. Embassy. No one has claimed responsibility Sunday’s attack on the heavily fortified Green ...

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America Should Tread Carefully to Avoid Pushing Iraq Further Into Iran’s Orbit

Iraq remains economically dependent on Iran which complicates Washington’s hopes of forcing the country to adopt an actively anti-Iranian policy AמשThe Katyusha rocket that exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a fortified area home to Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies, instantly turned Iraq into a new focal point of the collision course that Iran and the ...

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Blackwater Founder Erik Prince’s New Company Is Operating In Iraq

Frontier Services Group has not publicly stated it is working in Iraq, but documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show it was registered there last year. HONG KONG — A Hong Kong–based security and logistics company founded by Erik Prince is working in the south of Iraq, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. Prince, a former Navy SEAL and the ...

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Joe Biden and the Iraq War: It’s Complicated

As Joe Biden joins the far-too-wide 2020 Democratic field, various media outlets have published stories noting that his 2002 vote in the Senate for a resolution that granted President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq could come to haunt his campaign. After all, during the 2008 Democratic primary, Barack Obama effectively cited Hillary Clinton’s vote for that measure, ...

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Iraq: Yazidis to accept children of IS rape into community

IRBIL, Iraq: The children of Yazidi women raped by Islamic State men will be welcomed into the minority faith, a community leader said Thursday, allowing women taken as slaves by the militant group to return to Iraq from Syria. Eido Baba Sheikh, son of the Yazidi spiritual leader Baba Sheikh, said the children of the formerly enslaved women will be ...

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Iraq to investigate 1 officer killed, 2 wounded amid coalition air strikes

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraq’s Joint Operations Command announced on Friday it will open “an investigation commission” after two Federal Police were wounded and one killed while the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition conducted activities around Kirkuk province. Iraqi Interior Minister Aqeel Mahmoud al-Khazali confirmed in a Facebook post that the investigation will take place, following the casualties to the 11th Brigade of the Federal ...

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Australian jets may have killed 18 civilians in Mosul air strike, ADF admits

Australian Defence Force officials have admitted between six and 18 civilians were killed in a Mosul airstrike involving Australian jets, but said they could not determine if Australian or allied missiles caused the deaths. The defence minister, Christopher Pyne, described the deaths as “deeply regrettable” but said the 12-month investigation into the strike on 13 June 2017 could not come to a conclusion ...

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In Iraq, political wrangling spawns debate over US troops

BAGHDAD: From the halls of parliament to the lightning-fast rumour mills of social media, pro-Iran factions are demanding US troops withdraw from Iraq in a challenge to the country’s fragile government. The political wrangling is another indication of Iraq’s precarious position as it tries to balance ties between two key allies — the United States and the Islamic republic of ...

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Iran and Iraq hail energy cooperation as US reins in sanction waivers

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s oil minister Thamer al-Ghadhban and his Iranian counterpart Bijan Namdar Zangeneh met on Saturday to discuss Iranian gas imports for Iraq’s power stations. However, the US has signaled the sanction waivers it granted to some of Iran’s energy customers will soon expire. During a press conference following their meeting, Ghadhban stressed the importance of Iran ...

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America is trying to get more out of its relationship with Iraq

You have to hear it to believe it. Iraqi political leaders seriously believe they have blessed the Iraqi people with the benefits of freedom and chide them for not appreciating the value of this freedom and for not knowing that many countries in the region are envious of their freedom. Like doting, loving fathers imparting their wisdom to their innocent ...

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