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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the mmbers of his ruling party at the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greece and Cyprus of failing to fulfill

France warns Turkey of EU sanctions over 'provocations'

Oct. 15, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — France warned Turkey on Thursday that it could face European Union sanctions for its “provocations,” after Ankara redeployed its search vessel on a new energy exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean. Speaking in Paris after a meeting of the French-German-Polish...

Iran-backed militias offer truce for US pullout from Iraq

Oct. 11, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi militias backed by Iran have agreed to temporarily halt attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq, on the condition that U.S.-led coalition troops withdraw from the country in line with a parliamentary resolution, three militia officials said Sunday. The militia officials spoke...

Shiite pilgrims arrive Karbala, Iraq, for the Arbaeen ritual Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Arbaeen holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson in the 7th century. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)(AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Dozens injured in clashes in Iraq's south during pilgrimage

Oct. 6, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of people were wounded in clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters in Iraq's south Tuesday during the annual Shiite Muslim pilgrimage of Arbaeen. The violence took place at a location between two important shrines in the holy city of Karbala as thousands...

A woman holds a picture of her a missing son during anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. There are 25 activists still missing since the protests erupted on Oct. 1, 2019, according to the semi-official Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights. No group has claimed responsibility but activists have blamed the militias. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In Iraq a father faces militia power as he seeks missing son

Oct. 2, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a dimly lit street in the city of Amara, her face hidden in a black abaya, and greeted Jasb. Almost immediately a black SUV pulled up, two men...

A woman holds a picture of her a missing son during anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. There are 25 activists still missing since the protests erupted on Oct. 1, 2019, according to the semi-official Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights. No group has claimed responsibility but activists have blamed the militias. Arabic reads,

An Iraqi father confronts militia in search for missing son

Oct. 2, 2020 2:14 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a dimly lit street in the city of Amara and greeted Jasb. Almost immediately a black SUV pulled up, two men forced him in, and the vehicle sped...

Iraq hopes US reconsiders embassy closure, warns of danger

Sep. 30, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister on Wednesday said his country hopes the U.S. will reconsider its decision to close its diplomatic mission in Baghdad, as a group of ambassadors expressed their willingness to help Iraq tackle security challenges. Fuad Hussein spoke at a news conference during a heated...

Mourners pray over the coffins of civilians killed by a Katyusha rocket attack near the international airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Several Iraqi civilians were killed and two severely wounded Monday after the rocket hit near Baghdad airport, Iraq's military said. It was the first time in months an attack caused civilian casualties.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

US 'outraged' by rocket attack that killed women, children

Sep. 30, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was outraged by a rocket attack a day earlier that killed Iraqi civilians and called on the government to take action amid an impending diplomatic crisis between Baghdad and Washington. The attack and subsequent condemnation come after the U.S....

FILE - The U.S. Embassy is seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq Jan. 3, 2020. The Trump administration has signaled it could close its diplomatic mission in Baghdad if measures are not taken to control rogue armed elements responsible for a recent spate of attacks against U.S. and other interests in the country, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

US warns Iraq of Baghdad embassy closure if attacks continue

Sep. 28, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Trump administration has warned Iraq that it will close its embassy in Baghdad if the government does not take swift and decisive action to end persistent rocket and other attacks by Iranian-backed militias and rogue armed elements on American and allied interests in the country, U.S.,...

Iraqi military: 5 dead, 2 wounded in Baghdad rocket attack

Sep. 28, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Five Iraqi civilians were killed and two severely wounded Monday after a Katyusha rocket hit near Baghdad airport, Iraq's military said. It was the first time in months an attack caused civilian casualties. The rocket targeted the international airport but struck a residential home close by...

Iraqi security officials say 3 civilians killed, 2 seriously wounded in rocket attack outside Baghdad airport

Sep. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say 3 civilians killed, 2 seriously wounded in rocket attack outside Baghdad airport.