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Father, son from U.S. charged with joining Islamic State

Sep. 30, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A father and son accused of traveling from the U.S. to Syria and joining the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham are facing terrorism charges in South Florida, prosecutors said. Emraan Ali, 53, a U.S. citizen born in Trinidad & Tobago, and Jihad Ali, 19, a U.S. citizen born in New York, made...

Iraq hopes US reconsiders embassy closure, warns of danger

Sep. 30, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister on Wednesday said his country hopes the U.S. will reconsider its decision to close its diplomatic mission in Baghdad, as a group of ambassadors expressed their willingness to help Iraq tackle security challenges. Fuad Hussein spoke at a news conference during a heated...

Mourners pray over the coffins of civilians killed by a Katyusha rocket attack near the international airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Several Iraqi civilians were killed and two severely wounded Monday after the rocket hit near Baghdad airport, Iraq's military said. It was the first time in months an attack caused civilian casualties.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

US 'outraged' by rocket attack that killed women, children

Sep. 30, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was outraged by a rocket attack a day earlier that killed Iraqi civilians and called on the government to take action amid an impending diplomatic crisis between Baghdad and Washington. The attack and subsequent condemnation come after the U.S....

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Death of Kuwait ruler Sheikh Sabah draws outpouring of grief

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region’s political and sectarian divides, touched off an outpouring of grief from the Arab world Tuesday. As news...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, welcomes Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Kuwait ruler, longtime diplomat Sheikh Sabah, dies at age 91

Sep. 29, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. He was 91. In a Middle East replete with...

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows 42-year-old Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, who was arrested earlier this year in Arizona as part of an extradition request made by the Iraqi government. Ahmed, a native of Iraq who became a U.S. citizen in 2015, is charged with murder in the 2006 shooting deaths of two police officers in Fallujah. A judge on Sept. 21, 2020, ordered Ahmed to be jailed until his extradition hearing has concluded. Ahmed has denied involvement in the killings. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Judge: Man charged in 2006 Iraq slayings to remain jailed

Sep. 28, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Arizona has ruled that an Iraqi immigrant arrested on charges of participating in the 2006 killings of two police officers in Iraq will remain jailed until his extradition case concludes. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Morrissey concluded Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri is at risk of...

FILE - The U.S. Embassy is seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq Jan. 3, 2020. The Trump administration has signaled it could close its diplomatic mission in Baghdad if measures are not taken to control rogue armed elements responsible for a recent spate of attacks against U.S. and other interests in the country, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

US warns Iraq of Baghdad embassy closure if attacks continue

Sep. 28, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Trump administration has warned Iraq that it will close its embassy in Baghdad if the government does not take swift and decisive action to end persistent rocket and other attacks by Iranian-backed militias and rogue armed elements on American and allied interests in the country, U.S.,...

Iraqi military: 5 dead, 2 wounded in Baghdad rocket attack

Sep. 28, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Five Iraqi civilians were killed and two severely wounded Monday after a Katyusha rocket hit near Baghdad airport, Iraq's military said. It was the first time in months an attack caused civilian casualties. The rocket targeted the international airport but struck a residential home close by...

Iraqi security officials say 3 civilians killed, 2 seriously wounded in rocket attack outside Baghdad airport

Sep. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say 3 civilians killed, 2 seriously wounded in rocket attack outside Baghdad airport.
Bawi UK, 22, is photographed in his apartment in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. UK was a small child when his parents fled Myanmar, leaving him and his siblings to be cared for by their maternal grandmother. UK said the family suffered discrimination as Christians in a predominantly Buddhist nation. The military government was also trying to forcibly conscript his father.

New US citizen refugees excited for first presidential vote

Sep. 28, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — They came fleeing war and persecution in countries like Myanmar, Eritrea and Iraq, handpicked by the United States for resettlement under longstanding humanitarian traditions. Now, tens of thousands of refugees welcomed into the U.S. during the Obama administration are American citizens,...