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Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 6:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties would not carry...

UN mission in Iraq proposes roadmap for ending upheaval

Nov. 10, 2019 10:06 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations' mission for Iraq on Sunday proposed a roadmap out of the country's social upheaval, while Amnesty International said Iraq's crackdown on anti-government protests has descended into a "bloodbath." At least 319 protesters have been killed by security forces since the...

5 Italian soldiers wounded by roadside explosion in Iraq

Nov. 10, 2019 1:32 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A roadside blast wounded five Italian military members Sunday in northern Iraq as they returned from a mission aimed at helping Iraqi troops combat the Islamic State group, Italian military officials said. The Italian Defense Ministry said three of the wounded were in "grave condition" after...

Iraqi forces kill 6 protesters, retake key Baghdad bridges

Nov. 9, 2019 2:54 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces killed six anti-government protesters and wounded more than 100 others on Saturday, pushing them back from three flashpoint bridges in central Baghdad, medical and security officials said. Five of the protesters were killed by live ammunition, while the sixth died after...

The Latest: Iraq officials: 4 protesters killed, 100 wounded

Nov. 9, 2019 11:02 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on protests in Iraq (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Iraqi medical and security officials say four anti-government protesters were killed and 108 wounded in the capital Baghdad. The officials said the deaths and injuries occurred Saturday afternoon when protests intensified in Baghdad...

Iraqi security and medical officials say 4 protesters have been killed and over 100 wounded in Baghdad clashes

Nov. 9, 2019 10:25 AM EST
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security and medical officials say 4 protesters have been killed and over 100 wounded in Baghdad clashes.

No coalition troops hurt in rocket attack at Iraq base

Nov. 8, 2019 7:58 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A barrage of Katyusha rockets targeted an Iraqi air base that houses American troops south of the city of Mosul on Friday, officials said. No members of the U.S.-led coalition were injured. The rocket fire appears to have originated in Mosul and struck the Iraqi army base in Qayyara, about...

Iraqi officials: 17 Katyusha rockets hit Iraqi air base south of Mosul that houses US troops; no word on casualties

Nov. 8, 2019 2:18 PM EST
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials: 17 Katyusha rockets hit Iraqi air base south of Mosul that houses US troops; no word on casualties.

Iraqi spiritual leader warns of 'great risks' from protests

Nov. 8, 2019 12:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric urged political leaders Friday to find a way out of the current cycle of anti-government protests and a subsequent security crackdown that has left more than 250 people dead, saying the country faces "great risks" if it continues. The protests continued to...

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...