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Iraq military says Turkish drone kills 2 senior commanders

Aug. 11, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Turkish drone strike killed two senior Iraqi security officials, Iraq's military said Tuesday, marking the first time that Turkey's operation to root out Kurdish rebels in Iraq's north produced fatalities among high-ranking Iraqi personnel. The drone targeted a vehicle belonging to the...

US says blast hits Iraq convoy, border attack claim false

Aug. 11, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An explosion targeted a U.S.-led coalition convoy in Iraq on Tuesday and caused no casualties, just hours after a newly formed Shiite militant group falsely claimed bombing a similar convoy at the Iraq-Kuwait border, the American military said. The little-known Ashab...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1990 file photo, President George H. W. Bush gestures as he and National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft walk to the presidential helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)

Scowcroft, national security adviser to 2 presidents, dies

Aug. 7, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lifetime before he served two presidents as national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft was just 12 when he decided to become a West Point cadet after reading about cadet life. After he graduated with the Class of 1947, he decided to join the Army Air Corps and train to be a fighter...

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi wears a protective face mask to help prevent spread of the coronavirus a he gives a press briefing with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iraqi prime minister: Early elections to be held next June

Jul. 31, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will hold early general elections next June, the country's prime minister announced Friday, fulfilling a promise made when he took office to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said the June 6 vote will come a year earlier than scheduled....

Protesters burn tires during a demonstration demanding better public services and jobs in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq: Since October, 560 protesters, police died in rallies

Jul. 30, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s government said Thursday that since last October when anti-government protests erupted in the country, a total of 560 protesters and members of the security forces have been killed in the violence. The figure was reported by Hisham Daoud, an advisor to Iraq’s prime...

Anti-government protesters gather by barriers near Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July, 27, 2020. Fresh violence erupted between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces in central Baghdad, human rights monitors and Iraqi security and health officials said on Monday, following months of quiet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraq PM orders probe after 2 protesters killed in clashes

Jul. 27, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Monday he had ordered an investigation into the killing of two anti-government protesters, saying security forces were not authorized to fire “a single bullet” toward the demonstrators. Twenty-one protesters were also wounded in the overnight clashes....

CAPTION ADDITION ADDS SOURCE OF PHOTO - In this undated photo provided by Tower of Babel for Media Development, German national, Hella Mewis rides on a boat on the Tigris River, in Baghdad, Iraq. An Iraqi security official and human rights monitors said Tuesday, July 21, 2020, that Mewis was kidnapped Monday night in Baghdad outside the arts center where she works. The official said that Mewis was taken by armed men in two vehicles, citing ongoing investigations. She was well known in Iraq's art scene and an ardent supporter of mass anti-government protests. (Tower of Babel for Media Development via AP)

German curator abducted in Iraq freed in security operation

Jul. 24, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A German arts curator abducted earlier this week in Iraq was freed on Friday in a raid by Iraqi security forces near the capital, Baghdad, officials said. Hella Mewis was freed in an early morning operation southeast of Baghdad, when security forces raided a location based on intelligence...

Visitors wearing face masks stand near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus at National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Just days after South Korean officials hopefully declared the country’s COVID-19 epidemic was coming under control, health authorities reported dozens of new cases following a dual rise in local transmissions and imported infections. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea baseball, soccer fans to return to games

Jul. 23, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday under a phased process planned by health authorities to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Officials said Friday that spectators can begin attending professional soccer...

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as they wear protective face masks to help prevent spread of the coronavirus, during an official arrival ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iran's president calls Iraqi premier's visit 'turning point'

Jul. 21, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called a visit Tuesday by the new prime minister of Iraq, where the U.S. military has a presence, “a turning point” in the countries' relations and vowed to continue supporting the neighboring Arab nation. Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived...

In this undated photo Hella Mewis rides a boat on the Tigris River, in Baghdad, Iraq. An Iraqi security official and human rights monitors said Tuesday, July 21, 2020, that Mewis, a German woman, was kidnapped Monday night in Baghdad outside the arts center where she works. The official said that  Mewis was taken by armed men in two vehicles, citing ongoing investigations. She was well known in Iraq's art scene and an ardent supporter of mass anti-government protests. (AP Photo)

German working to support Iraqi art kidnapped in Baghdad

Jul. 21, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A German woman well known in Iraq’s art scene and an ardent supporter of mass anti-government protests was kidnapped outside the Baghdad arts center where she worked, a security official and activists said Tuesday. The abduction of Hella Mewis prompted alarm among Iraqi activists and...