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Iraqi official: Suicide bomber attacks Baghdad marketplace

An Iraqi security official says a suicide bomber has attacked a marketplace in Baghdad’s Sadr City suburb, killing seven people and wounding 16. Continue reading

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In time for Ramadan, Iraqi TV drama returns after 7 years

The arts are coming to life again in Baghdad, bringing with it a touch of hope and comfort as the country works to rebuild after 16 years of war. Continue reading

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Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq’s famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate change. Continue reading

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Bad weather gives IS militants in Syria a second wind

U.S.-backed Syrian forces say Islamic State militants have taken advantage of dusty and windy conditions to wage multiple counterattacks from their last speck of land in eastern Syria. Continue reading

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US-backed Syrian forces push on as IS militants fight back

U.S.-backed Syrian forces say Islamic State militants are putting up a desperate fight against their advances and have staged a counterattack from the tiny speck of land the extremists still hold in eastern Syria. Continue reading

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Hopes for missing Yazidis dim as Islamic State defeat looms

Yazidi women enslaved by the Islamic State group who escaped captivity say there could be hundreds of other women still missing, women who may never return home. Continue reading

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Former Yazidi captives of IS reunite with families in Iraq

A group of Yazidi women and children reunited with their families in Iraq Saturday after five years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group, hugging and kissing relatives in emotional scenes that underscored their yearslong ordeal and that… Continue reading

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Iraq: 8 killed in Baghdad women’s prison fire

Baghdad police say eight women have been killed in a fight and fire at a women’s jail in the north of the city. Continue reading

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Russia resettles 30 Russian children from war on IS in Iraq

Russia resettled 30 children of jailed and deceased Islamic State members from Iraq, on Sunday, in a minor breakthrough to the deadlock over what to do with the foreign families to IS militants. Continue reading

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Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdrawal after Trump visit

Iraqi lawmakers Thursday demanded U.S. forces leave the country in the wake of a surprise visit by President Donald Trump that politicians denounced as arrogant and a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. Continue reading

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Iraq receives 90-day extension to Iran sanctions waiver

The U.S. has granted Iraq a 90-day Iran sanctions waiver to allow it to continue to import electricity from Tehran, the State Department told the Associated Press on Friday. Continue reading

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump prematurely declares victory over IS

President Donald Trump is declaring victory over the Islamic State group in Syria, but the militants remain a deadly force, and U.S. partners warn a premature U.S. withdrawal will allow them to storm back. Continue reading

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Iraq’s new PM moving government outside Baghdad Green Zone

Iraq’s new prime minister began moving his offices out of Baghdad’s highly secure Green Zone on the first day of his term Thursday, saying he wanted to bring his government closer to the people. Continue reading

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Iraq lawmakers confirm new government, key posts left empty

Iraq’s parliament voted to confirm Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s new government on Thursday while leaving key Cabinet posts unfilled. Continue reading

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Want to run an Iraqi ministry? Apply online, PM says

Drain the swamp: it’s a promise leaders around the world are making in this era of voter cynicism and political upheaval. Continue reading

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US-backed group in last push to defeat IS in northeast Syria

A U.S.-backed Syrian fighting force said Tuesday it has begun the final stage of its campaign to clear Islamic State group militants from northeast Syria. Continue reading

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AP Explains: The looming, final battle for Syria’s rebels

In a corner of northwestern Syria packed with nearly 3 million people, the government and its opponents are preparing for a final, bloody showdown. Continue reading

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Kurds meet with Syrian government to discuss self-rule

Representatives from Syria’s Kurdish-run northeastern region met with the government in Damascus last week to discuss self-administration in a postwar Syria, a leading Kurdish official said Tuesday. Continue reading

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UN says 1 million children at risk in Syria’s Idlib province

A battle between Syrian government forces and rebels for the northwestern Idlib province could affect the lives of more than 1 million children, many of whom live in refugee camps, the U.N.’s children’s agency warned Friday. Continue reading

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A goodwill gesture over electricity sows discord in Lebanon

It was supposed to be a goodwill gesture from an energy company in Turkey. Continue reading

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