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FILE - In this May 24, 2017 file photo, Gen. Esmail Ghaani speaks in a meeting at the shrine of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini just outside Tehran, Iran. Iraqi officials said Ghaani arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq's fractured political leaders as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts the chances the country's latest prime minister-designate can form a government. Ghaani, head of Iran's expeditionary Quds Force, arrived in Iraq on his first public visit to the country since succeeding slain Iranian general Qassim Soleimani. (Hossein Zohrevand/Tasnim News Agency via AP, File)

Iran general visits Baghdad, tries to forge political unity

Apr. 1, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A top Iranian general arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq's fractured political leaders, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts chances the country's latest prime minister-designate can form a government. Meanwhile, revenues from oil...

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...

Women take part in a protest in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Hundreds of Iraqi women took to the streets of central Baghdad and southern Iraq on Thursday in defiance of a radical cleric's calls for gender segregation in anti-government protest sites. Iraqis began protesting on Oct. 1 to decry rampant government corruption, poor services and unemployment. The protests have been unique because they have drawn both men and women who have camped out alongside each other in protest squares, a rare occurrence in Iraq.  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Women protesters in Iraq defy radical cleric, take to street

Feb. 13, 2020 1:10 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqi women took to the streets of central Baghdad and southern Iraq on Thursday in defiance of a radical cleric's calls for gender segregation at anti-government protest sites. An anti-government protest movement began Oct. 1 to decry rampant corruption, poor services and...

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...

Fresh snow falls while motorists drive through Abu Nawas street in central Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Snow fell across the Iraqi capital Baghdad for the first time in a decade on Tuesday as morning temperatures uncharacteristically hovered around freezing. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqis wake up to snow for first time in over a decade

Feb. 11, 2020 3:49 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's capital of Baghdad awoke on Tuesday to a sight not seen in over a decade — their city covered in snow. It was a rare moment of respite during which residents took selfies and children played in parks, lobbing snowballs before the fluffy flakes disappeared and the white cover...

University students hold national flags during a protest in front of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi officials say protester shot, killed in southern Iraq

Feb. 10, 2020 8:45 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces shot and killed at least one protester in the country's south on Monday, official said as the five-month anti-government protest movement enters a critical stage. Security forces fired live rounds to disperse crowds at the rally site near the al-Ain University in the...

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, shiite pilgrims pass a poster of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, as they head to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric whose opinion is often sought during troubled times will undergo surgery for a fractured bone, according to two officials and a statement from his office on Thursday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Iraq's top cleric calls for state to protect protests

Feb. 7, 2020 8:10 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric called for security forces to protect anti-government protesters in a Friday sermon, after weeks of violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, and amid seething tensions between demonstrators and followers of a radical preacher. Grand Ayatollah Ali...

Smoke rises from the sites of anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Iraqi officials and activists say multiple anti-government protesters have been shot dead and dozens wounded in clashes with followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Iraqi officials: At least 8 shot dead in southern Iraq

Feb. 5, 2020 4:09 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least eight anti-government protesters were shot dead and 52 were wounded in clashes with followers of a radical Shiite cleric in southern Iraq on Wednesday, Iraqi medical officials and activists said. The violence comes as new divisions have emerged among protesters and supporters of...