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5 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes against PKK in Iraq

May. 24, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Five Turkish soldiers were killed Tuesday in clashes with Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Turkey’s defense ministry said. Two other soldiers were wounded in the fighting. The clashes took place during Turkey’s latest cross-border offensive against the...

Iraqi merchants struggle on amid series of strong sandstorms

May. 16, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The thick layer of dust blanketing the sky did not deter Muhammed Ghalib from walking to work in Baghdad’s main commercial district on Monday, as the latest in an unrelenting series of intense sandstorms swept Iraq. The dust coated his eyelashes a shade of orange....

Iran detains 2 Europeans; EU envoy in Tehran about nuke deal

May. 11, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shortly before the European Union envoy met Iran's nuclear negotiator in Tehran on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage Iran's atomic deal with world powers, the country's Intelligence Ministry announced that authorities have detained two Europeans. ...

Yazidis, displaced again, fear more strife in Iraqi homeland

May. 03, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

ZAKHO, Iraq (AP) — Iraqis in a northern town still traumatized by memories of the Islamic State group feared more violence Tuesday after hostilities between the military and a local militia erupted, people internally displaced by the fighting said. Tensions reached a fever pitch...

Thousands flee after clashes erupt in embattled Iraqi town

May. 02, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands or people fled a northern Iraqi town amid fierce clashes between the army and a militia linked to a Kurdish separatist group, the military and local Iraqi Kurdish officials said Monday. At least 3,000 people left Sinjar and its surrounding areas, the...

Turkey launches new ground, air offensive in northern Iraq

Apr. 18, 2022 07:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has launched a new ground and air cross-border offensive against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, that has left at least 19 suspected Kurdish rebels dead and has wounded at least four Turkish soldiers, Turkey’s defense minister said Monday. Turkish...

Extradition bid certified for man accused in Iraq killings

Apr. 04, 2022 20:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has certified the Iraqi government's extradition request for a Phoenix driving school owner on charges that he participated in the killings of two police officers 15 years ago in the Iraqi city of Fallujah as the leader of an al-Qaida group, sending the extradition decision...

Iraqi cleric steps back, asks rivals to try form government

Mar. 31, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric said Thursday that he was stepping back for the next 40 days and giving his Iran-backed rivals the chance to form the country's next government. The surprising move by Muqtada al-Sadr comes against the backdrop of a persisting...

Justices cast doubt on Texas immunity claim in vet's lawsuit

Mar. 29, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday cast doubt on Texas' claim that it can't be sued by a former state trooper who says he was forced out of his job when he returned from Army service in Iraq. The justices heard arguments in a dispute over a federal law that was enacted...

Iraqi lawmakers fail to elect president for a second time

Mar. 26, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers failed for a second time on Saturday to select a head of state, further deepening a political crisis spurred by infighting following federal elections five months ago. Only 202 lawmakers arrived to Iraq's parliament, falling short of the two-thirds...