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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...

With prime minister out, Iraq in constitutional ‘black hole’

Dec. 1, 2019 3:26 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s parliament on Sunday formally accepted the prime minister’s resignation, but the path to replacing Adil Abdul-Mahdi was clouded with legal questions that one lawmaker described as a “black hole in the constitution,” which does not clearly spell out the next...

Iraqi PM formally submits resignation amid more violence

Nov. 30, 2019 6:13 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 others wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament. Lawmakers were expected to either vote or accept...

Iraqi prime minister to resign in wake of deadly protests

Nov. 29, 2019 3:43 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A day after more than 40 protesters were killed by security forces, Iraq’s prime minister announced Friday that he would submit his resignation to parliament, a step that carried uncertainty for the entire government and stirred fears of a possible political crisis. The move by Adel...

The Latest: 4 more anti-government Iraqi protesters killed

Nov. 29, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 10 p.m. Iraqi officials say four protesters were killed amid ongoing violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, hours after Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his intention to resign. Security and hospital officials say one...

Iraq’s prime minister says he will submit his official resignation to Parliament following day of bloodshed

Nov. 29, 2019 7:40 AM EST
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says he will submit his official resignation to Parliament following day of bloodshed .

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...

Iraqi officials cite progress on oil deal with Kurds

Nov. 25, 2019 4:21 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s government has agreed “in principle” on a long-anticipated oil-sharing deal with the northern Kurdish region, officials said Monday. The agreement comes amid weeks of anti-government protests threatening the continued rule of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who...

The Latest: US, Kurds target Islamic State in joint action

Nov. 23, 2019 9:39 PM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Iraq (all times local): 8:30 p.m. American-led forces and their Syrian Kurdish allies have carried out their biggest joint operation against the Islamic State in Syria since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces...

Reports: Iraqi minister suspected of fraud in Sweden

Nov. 23, 2019 10:30 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish media reports say Iraq’s defense minister, who holds dual Iraqi-Swedish citizenship, is suspected of illegally receiving benefits in Sweden. Local media, citing a Swedish defense official, reported that Najah al-Shammari claimed child and housing support for years despite...