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Iran, Saudis hold talks in Baghdad, few expect quick results

Apr. 21, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A first round of direct talks between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran signaled a possible de-escalation following years of animosity that often spilled into neighboring countries and at least one still-raging war. But few expect quick results. The...

Rockets hit Iraqi air base, 2 security forces wounded

Apr. 18, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Multiple rockets hit an Iraqi airbase just north of the capital Baghdad Sunday, wounding two Iraqi security forces, an Iraqi military commander said. In comments to Iraq's official news agency, Maj. Gen. Diaa Mohsen, commander of the Balad airbase, said...

No timetable for withdrawal of troops after US, Iraq talks

Apr. 07, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The mission of U.S. forces in Iraq has shifted to training and advisory roles, allowing for redeployment of combat forces remaining in the country, U.S. and Iraq delegates said Wednesday, after a third round of strategic U.S.-Iraq talks. Statements...

'We failed the test' of COVID-19, says human rights champion

Apr. 07, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Agnès Callamard is best known for her investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and has made a career uncovering extrajudicial killings. The French human rights expert's focus on rights abuses is taking on new dimensions as she...

Iran says it has arrested spies for Israel, other nations

Apr. 05, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities arrested several people on charges of spying for Israel and other nations, state TV announced Monday. An unnamed Intelligence Ministry official in the country's eastern Azerbaijan province was quoted by state TV as saying that...

Rockets hit near Iraq base housing US trainers, no one hurt

Apr. 04, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets landed Sunday near an Iraqi air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties or damage, an Iraqi official said. Maj. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji said the rockets landed outside Balad air base after midday....

A growing challenge for Iraq: Iran-aligned Shiite militias

Mar. 31, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — It was a stark message: A convoy of masked Shiite militiamen, armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, drove openly through central Baghdad denouncing the U.S. presence in Iraq and threatening to cut off the prime minister's ear. The ominous...

UN rights investigator Agnes Callamard named Amnesty chief

Mar. 28, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Agnes Callamard, who led a United Nations’ investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has been appointed the new leader of Amnesty International. The international human rights group said Callamard’s four-year term as secretary...

Defense contractor pleads guilty to sharing classified info

Mar. 26, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who worked as a contract linguist for the U.S. military in Iraq pleaded guilty Friday to sharing classified information with a romantic interest linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Mariam Taha Thompson was arrested last year in an...

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

Mar. 23, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Biden administration is set to resume strategic talks with Iraqi officials next month on the withdrawal of remaining U.S. combat forces in the country and other matters related to the bilateral relationship. The talks, which began in June under the...