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Iraq's Kurdish region warns against 'unlawful' stop to funds

Jan. 26, 2023 12:51 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish authorities on Thursday pushed back against a decision by Iraq's top court that blocked payments from state coffers funding the semi-autonomous region. Jutiar Adel, a spokesperson for Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement that the...

Hundreds in Baghdad protest devaluation of Iraq's currency

Jan. 25, 2023 06:36 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of protesters rallied Wednesday near the Central Bank in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, angered by the recent devaluation of the Iraqi dinar and demanding the government take action to stabilize the currency. The protesters — mainly young people — rallied...

Iraqi PM replaces Central Bank governor over currency drop

Jan. 23, 2023 12:28 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister on Monday replaced the governor of the country's Central Bank following a weekslong plunge of the Iraqi dinar, the state news agency reported. Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani made the move after the governor, Mustafa Ghaleb Mukheef,...

Ex-SEAL dies in Ukraine; 6th known American killed in war

Jan. 20, 2023 19:12 PM EST

A former U.S. Navy SEAL who went AWOL in 2019 was killed this week in Ukraine, American officials said Friday. They said he was not fighting in an official capacity. Daniel W. Swift, who was a 1st class petty officer, was injured in Dnipro and died of his wounds, said one of the...

Trio of suicide drones strike US base in Syria, wounding 2

Jan. 20, 2023 07:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Three suicide drones attacked a U.S. base in eastern Syria on Friday, wounding two Syrian opposition fighters, the U.S. military said. No Americans were hurt in the attack. It was not clear who was behind the drone attack, but Iran-backed fighters in the region have...

Deadly stampede could affect Iraq's World Cup hopes

Jan. 19, 2023 19:31 PM EST

Iraq won the Gulf Cup for the first time since 1988 with a 3-2 victory over Oman on Thursday but the triumph was marred by a deadly stampede outside the Basra International Stadium. The disaster could have repercussions for the country’s 2026 World Cup hopes. As fans...

Stampede outside stadium in Iraq kills 2, injures dozens

Jan. 19, 2023 14:05 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A stampede outside a stadium in southern Iraq on Thursday killed at least two people and injured dozens, a health official said. Witnesses blamed the deadly incident on what they said was bad organization of the tournament. The deadly incident happened in the...

US fines Virgin Atlantic $1 million for flights over Iraq

Jan. 18, 2023 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department has fined British airline Virgin Atlantic up to $1.05 million for flying over restricted airspace in Iraq while operating flights in a partnership with Delta Air Lines. The federal agency said the flights occurred between...

Late Pentagon chief Ash Carter honored as 'force of nature'

Jan. 12, 2023 12:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden honored the late Ash Carter, the former defense secretary who opened the way for women to fight in combat and for transgender personnel to serve, as a “force of nature” at a memorial service on Thursday at Washington National Cathedral. ...

Iraq reopens Baghdad's Green Zone to ease traffic jams

Jan. 08, 2023 05:58 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities reopened Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Sunday in an attempt to ease traffic jams in the capital after it was closed and reopened several times in recent years. Starting in the early hours of the day, Iraqi authorities removed...