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Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr dismantle their tents in preparation for withdrawing from the anti-government protests in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Iraq's anti-government protests were dealt a blow after a powerful Shiite cleric withdrew his support from the movement, leading security forces to set fire to protesters' tents overnight Saturday in the country's south, as well as re-open key public squares in Baghdad that had been occupied by the demonstrators. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Tents set ablaze after Iraq cleric withdraws protest support

Jan. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces set fire to anti-government protest tents in the country's south early Saturday and re-opened key public squares in Baghdad that had been occupied by demonstrators for months. The crackdown came hours after a powerful Shiite cleric dealt the protest movement a blow by...

4 aid workers for French charity disappear in Baghdad

Jan. 24, 2020 2:50 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Four aid workers for a French Christian charity disappeared this week in Baghdad at at time of heightened tension in Iraq, the organization said Friday, The charity, SOS Chrétiens d'Orient, said the four — three French citizens and an Iraqi — failed to show up for a...

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo)

Iraqis rally against US troops, demanding they leave

Jan. 24, 2020 12:21 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waving national flags and banners denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Iraqis marched peacefully through Baghdad on Friday to demand the ouster of U.S. troops from their country in a protest organized by a populist Shiite cleric. Later Friday night, two...

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, meets with sailors and Marines on the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in the northern Red Sea.  McKenzie told some newly arrived troops in the region that they could be there for a while.  (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

US general says troop surge in Middle East may not end soon

Jan. 23, 2020 3:47 PM EST

ABOARD THE USS BATAAN (AP) — Over the past eight months, the United States has poured more than 20,000 additional troops into the Middle East to counter the escalating threat from Iran that peaked with the recent missile attack on American forces in Iraq. Despite President Donald Trump’s pledge to...

Anti-government protesters continue to shutdown a key highway in downtown Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Targeted killings up as 8 wounded in Iraq protest violence

Jan. 23, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Government inaction over the rising number of assassinations targeting anti-government demonstrators and supporters is stirring fear and resentment, activists said Thursday. Iraqi security forces, meanwhile, fired tear gas to disperse protesters on a vital Baghdad highway, injuring eight....

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, crewmen of Bradley fighting vehicles stand guard at a U.S. military base in Northeastern Syria. Iran has had its fingers in Iraq's politics for years, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander outside Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-Americanism that Tehran now hopes it can exploit to help realize the goal of getting U.S. troops out of the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

Jan. 23, 2020 4:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal. The...

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Trump's two-day stay in Davos is a test of his ability to balance anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump meets Iraqi counterpart, first since Soleimani strike

Jan. 22, 2020 11:58 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump hinted that sanctions on Iraq were still a possibility in a bilateral meeting with Iraq's president Wednesday, the first since a U.S. drone strike on Iraqi soil killed a top Iranian general, straining Washington-Baghdad ties. Iraq's President Barham Saleh met...

Women walk past a banner of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone attack on Friday, in Tajrish square in northern Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Many Iranians say they are relieved that neither their country nor the United States appear primed right now for a more direct military confrontation that could lead to war. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Masked gunmen kill local commander of Iran's security forces

Jan. 22, 2020 8:26 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Masked gunmen on Wednesday ambushed and killed the local commander of a paramilitary security force in southwestern Iran, an associate of Iran's top general recently killed in an American drone strike in Baghdad, the official IRNA news agency reported. The slain commander, Abdolhossein...

An anti-government protester throws a stone towards security forces during an ongoing protest in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi officials: 3 dead, dozens wounded in Baghdad protests

Jan. 20, 2020 5:41 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds during clashes with anti-government protesters overnight and Monday morning in Baghdad, killing three and wounding dozens of demonstrators, officials said. Separately, three katyusha rockets landed in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, the...

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, arrives prior to a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Iran's top diplomat has cancelled his trip and will not be attending the Davos Forum, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday amid a crisis with Washington and disputes with Europe over Iran's nuclear steps. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's foreign minister cancels attendance at Davos summit

Jan. 20, 2020 9:33 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top diplomat has cancelled his trip and will not be attending the Davos Forum, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday amid a crisis with Washington and disputes with Europe over Iran's nuclear steps. The summit in the Swiss resort also comes after Iran earlier this month shot...