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Cars drive in a highway in northern Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 20, 2020, on the first day of Iranian New Year, called Nowruz, or

Iran's leaders take upbeat tone even as virus deaths climb

Mar. 20, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's leaders vowed to overcome the coronavirus outbreak in upbeat messages marking the Persian New Year on Friday, even as the Health Ministry announced 149 more fatalities, bringing the country's death toll to 1,433. Iran is battling the worst outbreak in the Middle East, with...

In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 photo, people shop in the main Shurja market, in central Baghdad, Iraq. The economic fallout from the new coronavirus coupled with a sudden drop in oil prices threatens to catapult Iraq into an unprecedented crisis. The crude-exporting country is struggling to finance measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid a leadership void in the federal government. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

One-two punch of new virus, falling oil prices threaten Iraq

Mar. 20, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The economic fallout from the coronavirus coupled with a sudden drop in oil prices is threatening to catapult Iraq into an unprecedented crisis. The crude-exporting country is struggling to finance measures to contain the pandemic amid a leadership void in the federal government, and the...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2005 file photo, then Governor of Najaf Adnan Al-Zurfi gives a news conference in Najaf, Iraq. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Iraq's president named Al-Zurfi as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political infighting and a looming crisis amid a global pandemic. His naming comes hours before a COVID-19 curfew is set to take hold in the capital, Baghdad, as Iraq struggles to contain the spread of the virus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness  (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Iraq ex-governor named PM-designate as Baghdad awaits curfew

Mar. 17, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president Tuesday named a former governor of the city of Najaf as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political infighting, as Baghdad residents rushed to stock up on supplies hours before a days-long curfew was set to take hold amid a global pandemic. Adnan al-Zurfi was...

In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 photo, a protester sits outside his tent, in Baghdad, Iraq. The youth protesters are struggling to keep their movement going after one set-back after another, now capped by fears over the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq's protesters struggle to keep waning movement going

Mar. 14, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — At the once bustling hub of the largest anti-government protest movement in Iraq's modern history, crowds have dwindled, and donation boxes have sprouted up. Loudspeakers resound with calls by activists for funds to keep their hard-fought revolution alive. The six-month-old movement has...

Destroyed buildings are seen at an airport complex under construction in Karbala, Iraq, Friday, March 13, 2020. Iraq's military said five security force members and a civilian were killed early Friday in a barrage of U.S. airstrikes, which were launched hours after a rocket attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Iraq army says US strikes kill 5 security forces, 1 civilian

Mar. 13, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said five security force members and a civilian were killed early Friday in a barrage of U.S. airstrikes launched hours after a rocket attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base north of Baghdad. An Iran-backed Shiite militia group vowed to exact...

This photo released by the government-affiliated Media Security Cell on Thursday, March 12, 2020, shows a rocket-rigged truck launcher after a rocket attack on Camp Taji, a few miles north of Baghdad, in Rashidiya, Iraq. Iraq's military on Thursday said it opened an investigation into the rocket attack that hours earlier killed three servicemen, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces that has been used as a training base for a number of years. (Media Security Cell via AP)

Iraq will investigate attack on base that killed US troops

Mar. 12, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said Thursday it opened an investigation into a rocket attack that killed three service members, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces, igniting fears of an escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions after months of detente. At least 12 coalition personnel...

Protesters hold posters showing Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi with Arabic that reads,

Iraq's PM-designate withdraws from post, prolonging deadlock

Mar. 2, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Baghdad (AP) — Iraq's prime minister-designate announced his withdrawal from the post Sunday night after failing to secure parliamentary support for his Cabinet selection, prolonging the political deadlock in the country amid multiple economic, health and security challenges. Prime Minister designate...

Free food is prepared for protesters during the ongoing anti-government protests next to a poster of Muqtada al-Sadr whose image is centered between the image of his father, Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, right, and Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, left, in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Influential and radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for his followers to return to the street, one week after he withdrew support for anti-government demonstrators camped out in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Radical Iraqi cleric threatens to disavow PM designate

Feb. 11, 2020 2:33 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Shiite preacher who heads a powerful political bloc in Iraq's Parliament threatened Tuesday to withdraw support for the candidate chosen by rival blocs as prime minister designate, indicating the formation of a new government was facing challenges. Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, workers walk in the Nihran Bin Omar field north near Basra, Iraq. The U.S. has signaled to Iraq it's willingness to extend sanctions waivers enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity imports, three Iraqi officials said this week. The decision comes amid strained U.S.-Iraqi ties following last month's Washington-directed airstrike that killed a high-profile Iranian general on Iraqi soil. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Iraqi officials: US will grant vital Iran sanctions waiver

Feb. 10, 2020 2:36 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has signaled to Iraq its willingness to extend sanctions waivers enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity imports, three Iraqi officials said this week, a move that would be a key test of Baghdad-Washington ties. The decision comes amid...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, an Iraqi army soldier stands guard near a U.S.-made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, Iraq. The Iraqi government has told its military not to seek assistance from the U.S.-led coalition forces in operations against the Islamic State group, two senior Iraqi military officials said. The move comes amid a crisis of mistrust tainting U.S.-Iraq ties after an American strike killed a top Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Iraq considers deepening military ties with Russia

Feb. 6, 2020 3:51 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq and Russia discussed prospects for deepening military coordination, Iraq's Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid a strain in Baghdad-Washington relations after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general inside Iraq. The ministry statement followed a meeting in Baghdad between Iraqi...