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Attack on Saudi oil sites raises risks amid US-Iran tension

Sep. 15, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom's oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran was responsible for the assault amid...

The Latest: US says intel points to Iran for Saudi strike

Sep. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Senior U.S. officials are citing intelligence assessments, including satellite imagery, to support their case that...

Iraqi prime minister's office denies the country's territory was used to launch the drones that attacked Saudi oil sites

Sep. 15, 2019 5:13 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iraqi prime minister's office denies the country's territory was used to launch the drones that attacked Saudi oil sites.

The Latest: 31 killed in Iraq during Ashoura procession

Sep. 10, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Ashoura holiday (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Iraq's state-run TV channel, citing Iraq's Health Ministry, says the death toll from a stampede in the Shiite holy city of Karbala has climbed to 31. Another 100 people were injured in the incident which security officials told...

Judge orders Iraq to pay millions to slain contractor's firm

Aug. 27, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A military contractor whose top executive was killed in Iraq under mysterious circumstances 15 years ago has won a judgment of roughly $140 million against Iraq to reimburse the contractor for funds it never received. The judgment of nearly $89 million plus interest and attorneys'...

Israel's shadow war with Iran bursts into the open

Aug. 27, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The long shadow war between Israel and Iran has burst into the open in recent days, with Israel allegedly striking Iran-linked targets as far away as Iraq and crash-landing two drones in Hezbollah-dominated southern Beirut. These incidents, along with an air raid in Syria that Israel says...

3 Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

Aug. 25, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's official news agency is reporting that three Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in clashes with Kurdish militants. Anadolu Agency, citing the Turkish Defense Ministry, said Sunday that another seven soldiers were wounded and hospitalized. Turkey launched the "Claw"...

Strikes on Iran-backed militias threaten to destabilize Iraq

Aug. 23, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq, confirmed by U.S. officials, is threatening to destabilize security in the volatile country that has struggled to remain neutral in the conflict between Washington and Tehran. It would be the first known Israeli airstrike in Iraq...

The Latest: Cleric issues edict forbidding US troops in Iraq

Aug. 23, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Iraq, after U.S. officials confirmed Israel last month bombed a weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A leading Shiite Muslim cleric followed by some Iraqi militants has issued a public religious edict forbidding...

Clashing statements expose rift in Iraqi paramilitary force

Aug. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of Iraq's paramilitary forces supported by Iran on Thursday walked back a statement by his deputy the day before in which he blamed Israeli drones and held the U.S. responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militias. Faleh al-Fayyadh said the statement by his deputy,...