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Iraq anti-government protesters block roads amid strike call

Nov. 17, 2019 5:17 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq on Sunday, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze...

Iraqi protesters seize key square in Baghdad

Nov. 16, 2019 1:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters seized control of a strategic square in central Baghdad on Saturday, as they inched closer toward their goal of reaching the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of government, after days of violent clashes with security forces. An activist involved in the...

Trump intervenes in military justice cases, grants pardons

Nov. 15, 2019 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. Army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and a former Army lieutenant convicted of murder for ordering his men to fire upon three Afghans, killing two, the White House announced late...

5 protesters dead in violence over key Baghdad squares

Nov. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas in renewed clashes with anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Friday, killing three people, while Iraq’s top Shiite religious leader warned its government to heed calls for sweeping political reforms. Separately, a...

US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 12:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to...

The Latest: Iraq: 2 more protesters killed in Baghdad

Nov. 15, 2019 9:34 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Iraq’s anti-government protests (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Iraqi security and medical officials say two protesters have been killed and at least 25 others wounded in ongoing confrontations with security forces in a central Baghdad square. The officials say the...

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

Nov. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo told foreign ministers and...

Iraq officials: 4 protesters killed in Baghdad clashes

Nov. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes between Iraqi protesters and security forces in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded 62 on Thursday, Iraqi medical and security officials said, as authorities continued to clamp down on the anti-government demonstrations. According to the officials, the casualties occurred...

Protesters in Iraq celebrate soccer win against Iran

Nov. 14, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city celebrated with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it would return momentum to their movement that has been hit by a deadly security crackdown. Crowds watched the game...

Iraqi protests celebrate 2-1 win over Iran in soccer match

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city are celebrating with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it’ll return momentum to their movement. Crowds watched the game Thursday on a large screen in Baghdad’s main...