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Iraq says goodbye to its beloved archaeologist al-Gailani

Jan. 21, 2019 5:50 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. Al-Gailani, who died in Amman, Jordan, on Friday at the age of 80, was one of Iraq's first women...

Iraqi archaeologist, museums champion dies at 80

Jan. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Lamia al-Gailani, an Iraqi archaeologist who lent her expertise to rebuilding the National Museum's collection after it was looted in 2003, has died at age 80. Her daughter, Noorah al-Gailani, said Sunday that her mother died Friday in Amman, Jordan. She didn't give a cause of death. A...

Iraqi prime minister visits Basra, months after unrest

Jan. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, made his first visit to Basra on Sunday, promising better water and electricity services after riots swept through the impoverished city last summer. Demonstrators set fire to nearly every government building in the summer unrest and torched most...

France pledges 1B euros in aid to rebuild Iraq

Jan. 14, 2019 12:55 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — France is committing $1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to help Iraq rebuild after its war against the Islamic State group, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday. Le Drian was in Baghdad on a busy day that also saw Iraq's top officials receiving King Abdullah II of Jordan. The French...

Iraq says it supports Syria's return to Arab League

Jan. 13, 2019 11:55 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim says his country supports efforts to restore Syria's membership in the Arab League eight years after it was expelled from the regional body. Iraq is one of three countries in the Arab world that never cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad's...

US official says withdrawal from Syria has begun

Jan. 11, 2019 11:34 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, a U.S. defense official said Friday the process has begun with the removal of some military cargo. The official said the movement of equipment is part of what...

Iraq to proceed with oil exploration with Iran

Jan. 10, 2019 11:35 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's oil minister says Iraq and Iran are jointly exploring two oil fields shared by the two countries, despite U.S. efforts to isolate Iran from global oil markets. Thamer Ghadhban says Iraq is honoring an existing exploration agreement with neighboring Iran. He received Iranian Oil...

Iraq closes camps for displaced, pushes families into peril

Jan. 10, 2019 1:12 AM EST

BZEIBIZ, Iraq (AP) — It was a cold and gusty day in December when the army came to the Bzeibiz camp and told families displaced by the war against the Islamic State group that it was time to go home. The fighting was over, they said, and the camp west of Baghdad was going to be closed. Some of the families...

Pompeo, in Iraq, seeks to reassure Kurds on Syria withdrawal

Jan. 9, 2019 2:52 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Wednesday to reassure U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria that they will be safe after American troops withdraw from the country. Amid confusion over plans to implement President Donald Trump's pullout order and threats from Turkey to attack the Kurds,...

Kurds' ambitions caught in power games

Jan. 9, 2019 5:49 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — They always anticipated U.S. support would run out, but President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to rapidly pull U.S. forces out of northeast Syria has nevertheless stunned the Kurds there, who for the past three years have been America's partner in fighting the Islamic State group. A...