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Iraq top court says it can't dissolve parliament amid crisis

Sep. 07, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top court ruled Wednesday that it does not have the legal right to dissolve parliament, a much anticipated decision that raises the stakes in the country's unprecedented 11-month political crisis. The ruling by the Supreme Federal Court states the court does...

No end to crisis as Iraq's PM ends second round of talks

Sep. 05, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister convened a second round of talks Monday with Iraqi leaders aimed at resolving the ongoing political crisis between rival Shiite blocs, but the representatives of an influential cleric failed once again to attend the gathering. The...

4 militiamen killed in reprisal attacks in southern Iraq

Sep. 02, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Four militants were killed in reprisal attacks between rival Shiite militia groups in southern Iraq, two security officials said Thursday, after violent clashes in Baghdad brought the country to the precipice of street warfare. Iraqi security forces were swiftly...

Political crisis continues in Baghdad after bloody clashes

Aug. 31, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi paramilitary forces killed in heavy clashes with the supporters of a powerful Shiite cleric were laid to rest on Wednesday as Iraq’s parliament speaker announced three days of mourning. Normal life crept back in Baghdad after a bloody 24 hours when the...

Iraqis heed cleric's plea to leave streets after clashes

Aug. 31, 2022 01:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Armed supporters of a powerful Iraqi cleric who clashed with security forces in the capital began to withdraw from the streets Tuesday, restoring a measure of calm after a serious escalation of the nation's political crisis. Following two days of deadly unrest that...

EXPLAINER: What spurred the bloody armed clashes in Baghdad?

Aug. 30, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s long-running power struggle between rival Shiite camps devolved into bloody street violence this week – the culmination of months of simmering tensions and a political vacuum. For 24 hours, loyalists of powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr transformed the...

Clashes erupt after Iraqi Shiite cleric resigns, 15 dead

Aug. 29, 2022 21:44 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Shiite cleric announced Monday that he would resign from Iraqi politics, prompting hundreds of his angry followers to storm the government palace and sparking clashes with security forces. At least 15 protesters were killed. Protesters loyal to cleric...

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces his resignation from politics amid protests by his followers

Aug. 29, 2022 06:53 AM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces his resignation from politics amid protests by his followers.

Iraqi PM: Political crisis undermining security achievements

Aug. 27, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi warned Saturday that the political crisis in the country is threatening security achievements made in past years. Al-Kadhimi’s warning is a clear indication of the dangers of one of Iraq’s worst political...

Explosive detonates in Baghdad, targets Australian diplomats

Aug. 26, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A small homemade explosive detonated on Friday near Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone as an Australian diplomatic convoy made its way into the area, two security officials told The Associated Press. No injuries were reported. The blast happened...