Latest Iraq government News

Iraq electoral commission confirms October election results

Nov. 30, 2021 12:13 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The final results announced by Iraq’s electoral commission on Tuesday confirmed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as the biggest winner in last month's vote, securing 73 out of Parliament’s 329 seats. A Sunni party headed by Parliament Speaker Mohamed...

UK: BA flight not informed of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait

Nov. 23, 2021 13:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — More than 300 passengers and crew on a British Airways flight could have been spared a months-long hostage ordeal in 1990 in Kuwait if Britain’s Foreign Office had informed the airline that Iraq had commenced its invasion of its oil-rich Persian Gulf neighbor, newly...

Doctor warns Iraqi Kurds: Illegal path to EU can be deadly

Nov. 22, 2021 11:57 AM EST

BIELSK PODLASKI, Poland (AP) — Dr. Arsalan Azzaddin was seeing migrants from Iraq and Syria being brought into a hospital in eastern Poland every day with hypothermia, pneumonia, broken bones and severe dehydration. So he asked a Kurdish TV channel to let him go on the news to warn people...

Iraqi migrants caught in border crisis in Belarus fly home

Nov. 18, 2021 15:39 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqis returned home Thursday from Belarus after abandoning their hopes of reaching the European Union — a repatriation that came after tensions at Poland’s eastern border, where thousands of migrants became stuck in a cold and soggy forest. ...

Iraqi Shiite cleric calls on pro-Iran militias to disband

Nov. 18, 2021 13:00 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric who emerged as a winner in last month’s general elections on Thursday called on the country’s myriad pro-Iran Shiite armed factions to disband if they want to join his upcoming government. Muqatada al-Sadr also...

Belarus brings some migrants in from cold at Polish border

Nov. 17, 2021 15:56 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of migrants who were camped in the cold on the Poland-Belarus border have been moved to a nearby warehouse in Belarusian territory, reports said Wednesday, with some still harboring hopes of entering the European Union. The move came a day...

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...

Kurds, others converge in French camp, seeking to reach UK

Nov. 15, 2021 11:02 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — At least 1,500 migrants are living in tents on a muddy lot in northern France as growing numbers of people fleeing Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries seek to traverse the English Channel and reach the U.K., according to aid workers. In Grande-Synthe, a...

Polish PM mulls asking NATO to hold talks amid border crisis

Nov. 14, 2021 11:53 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are considering asking NATO to hold emergency talks as they struggle to manage a tense migration standoff on their borders with Belarus, the Polish prime minister said Sunday. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he...

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...