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US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

Dec. 5, 2019 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region. John Rood, defense undersecretary for...

Fears rise as at least 13 stabbed in Baghdad square

Dec. 5, 2019 1:23 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 13 people were stabbed Thursday in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Iraq’s protest movement, security and medical officials said, stoking fears of infiltration by unknown groups among anti-government demonstrators. Parliament was scheduled to meet Thursday to...

Israeli PM, meeting Pompeo, calls for more pressure on Iran

Dec. 4, 2019 2:19 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday praised the tough U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying the financial pressure has sparked protests against Tehran’s influence across the region and urging even stronger action. Speaking alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before...

Iran consulate in Iraq burns a 3rd time, amid premier talks

Dec. 3, 2019 5:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters burned an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq for a third time on Tuesday, as the country’s political leaders continued talks over selecting a new prime minister following weeks of widespread unrest. Five rockets landed inside Ain al-Asad airbase, a sprawling...

UN envoy urges Iraq’s leaders to ‘rise to the moment’

Dec. 3, 2019 2:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq said Tuesday its political leaders “must rise to the moment” to build a stable, inclusive and prosperous nation after unrest and upheaval have gripped the country this fall. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the U.N. Security Council that Iraq...

The new ‘three amigos’ riding into Trump impeachment inquiry

Dec. 1, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “three amigos” used to stand for one thing in Washington — the pack of globe-trotting senators led by John McCain who brought American idealism to the world’s trouble spots. Now it refers to another trio, the Trump envoys who pushed Ukraine to pursue...

With prime minister out, Iraq in constitutional ‘black hole’

Dec. 1, 2019 3:26 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s parliament on Sunday formally accepted the prime minister’s resignation, but the path to replacing Adil Abdul-Mahdi was clouded with legal questions that one lawmaker described as a “black hole in the constitution,” which does not clearly spell out the next...

Iraqi PM formally submits resignation amid more violence

Nov. 30, 2019 6:13 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 others wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament. Lawmakers were expected to either vote or accept...

Iraqi prime minister to resign in wake of deadly protests

Nov. 29, 2019 3:43 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A day after more than 40 protesters were killed by security forces, Iraq’s prime minister announced Friday that he would submit his resignation to parliament, a step that carried uncertainty for the entire government and stirred fears of a possible political crisis. The move by Adel...

The Latest: 4 more anti-government Iraqi protesters killed

Nov. 29, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 10 p.m. Iraqi officials say four protesters were killed amid ongoing violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, hours after Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his intention to resign. Security and hospital officials say one...