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Mohammed Mohieh, the spokesman of Iraq's Iranian-backed Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades, gives an interview at his office, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Mohieh said Monday that the death toll from U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria against its fighters has risen to 25, vowing to exact revenge for the

AP Explains: Who are Iraq's Iran-backed militias?

Dec. 31, 2019 12:55 PM EST

Iran emerged as a major power broker in Iraq after the American invasion in 2003, supporting Shiite Islamist parties and militias that have dominated the country ever since. Worries are increasing that the militias could drag Iraq into the growing proxy war between the U.S. and Iran in the Middle East. The United...

A protester walks past a poster with a defaced picture of the governor of the southern Basra province Asaad al-Eidani and Arabic that reads

Iran-backed groups accuse Iraqi president of caving to US

Dec. 27, 2019 6:11 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-supported groups on Friday blasted Iraq's president for not naming their preferred prime minister candidate, saying his decision was at the behest of the United States, and warned him not to designate anyone who could be “an agent of the Americans.” In refusing to appoint...

A protester hits a poster with a defaced picture of Asaad al-Eidani, Iran-backed parliamentary bloc's nominee for the post of the prime minister and Arabic that reads

Iraq president offers to quit after rejecting PM nominee

Dec. 26, 2019 5:31 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president refused on Thursday to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc and offered to resign, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests. President Barham Salih said...

Protesters go through security inspection as they arrive to Tahrir Square, during ongoing protests, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Iran-backed bloc names Basra governor for post of Iraqi PM

Dec. 25, 2019 2:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iranian-backed bloc in Iraq's parliament proposed Wednesday the governor of oil-rich southern Basra province as the country's next prime minister, two officials said. The nomination was promptly rejected by Iraqi protesters who want an independent candidate to take over the government. ...

Anti-government protesters stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraq's parliament approves new election law amid protests

Dec. 24, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament approved a new election law on Tuesday aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament. The new law changes each of the country's 18 provinces into several electoral districts, with one legislator elected per 100,000 people. It also...

Posters of Anti-government protesters who have been killed in demonstrations are displayed in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Baghdad mob kills teen and strings up his corpse

Dec. 16, 2019 4:55 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The body of a 16-year-old boy was hung from a traffic pole in a central Baghdad square Thursday, amid conflicting versions about how he was killed. Security officials said the teen was wanted by police on drug-related charges and was running from security forces. Other officials said the...

A protester plays an instrument on a street leading to Tahrir Square where ongoing anti-government protests are taking place in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. At least 25 people, including protesters and police, were killed and 130 wounded on Friday when armed men in pick up trucks stormed Khilani square, which is adjacent to Tahrir, and shot live ammunition at demonstrators. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi state forces, militia man checkpoints after bloodshed

Dec. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Sunday set up checkpoints and manned them alongside unarmed members of a militia group, Iraqi police officials said, to protect anti-government protesters in central Baghdad plazas, two days after a deadly attack by unknown gunmen. The militia group, Saraya Salam or...

Anti-government protesters throw stones while security forces close Rasheed Street during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi officials raise toll to 25 killed in Baghdad bloodshed

Dec. 7, 2019 5:14 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters wielding a blood-drenched flag returned to Baghdad's central plaza on Saturday after a night of bloody attacks that left 25 people dead and more than 130 wounded. Storm clouds gathered over Khilani Square as the protesters surveyed the blackened facade of a...

Anti-government protesters gather on barriers set up by security forces to close Rasheed Street during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. At least 400 people have died since the leaderless uprising shook Iraq on Oct. 1, with thousands of Iraqis taking to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite southern Iraq decrying corruption, poor services, lack of jobs and calling for an end to the political system that was imposed after the 2003 U.S. invasion. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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...

Anti-government protesters set fire while security forces close Rasheed Street during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Scores of protesters have been shot dead in the last 24 hours, amid spiraling violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

40 Iraqi protesters slain in 24 hours as violence spirals

Nov. 28, 2019 4:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces shot dead 40 anti-government protesters during 24 hours of bloodshed amid spiraling violence in the capital and Iraq’s south, security and medical officials said Thursday, one day after an Iranian consulate was torched. Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in...