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UN condemns attempts to discredit Iraq's recent election

Nov. 15, 2021 17:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday condemned attempts to discredit Iraq’s election and deplored the use of violence to settle election-related grievances. The U.N.’s most powerful body congratulated the Iraqi government and the Independent...

Iraqi PM tours Baghdad area days after assassination attempt

Nov. 10, 2021 13:25 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister toured a Baghdad neighborhood on foot Wednesday, three days after he escaped an assassination attempt at his home in the Iraqi capital. In his first public appearance outside his residence since the attack, Prime Minister Mustafa...

Tension rises in Iraq after failed bid to assassinate PM

Nov. 07, 2021 15:55 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The failed assassination attempt against Iraq’s prime minister at his residence on Sunday has ratcheted up tensions following last month’s parliamentary elections, in which the Iran-backed militias were the biggest losers. Helicopters circled in the...

Iraqi prime minister survives assassination bid with drones

Nov. 07, 2021 04:19 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday and officials said he was unharmed. The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept...

1 killed, scores injured in rally over Iraq election results

Nov. 05, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — One protester was killed and scores of people, mostly members of Iraqi security forces, were injured Friday when scuffles between supporters of pro-Iran Shiite militias who had camped outside Baghdad’s Green Zone and anti-riot police turned deadly, officials aid. ...

In Iraq, election fraud claims fuel uncertainty, divisions

Nov. 03, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than three weeks after Iraqis voted in parliament elections, pro-Iran Shiite militias that emerged as the biggest losers are still rejecting the outcome of the vote, thrusting the country into uncertainty and political crisis. Militia supporters have...

Analysis: Iraq vote underscores divisions over Iran's role

Oct. 12, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Shiite militias that often serve as a proxy for neighboring Iran have taken a beating in Iraq’s election, while a Shiite cleric who set himself apart by taking a more nationalistic approach has emerged as Iraq’s strongest political figure. ...

Partial results show pro-Iran groups losing Iraq election

Oct. 11, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An alliance of Iraqi candidates representing Shiite militias supported by neighboring Iran has emerged as the biggest loser in the country’s national elections, according to partial results released Monday. The results, posted online successively, also...

Sunday's vote in Iraq clouded by a disillusioned electorate

Oct. 06, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Blinking under the garish lights of a hotel ballroom in southern Iraq, Wael Makhsusi argued his case to a young audience. Microphone in hand, the engineer in his 30s stood onstage in Basra with other novice candidates in Sunday's parliamentary...

Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

Sep. 27, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old...