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Supervisor of Navy SEAL accused of murder faces charges

Jan. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy officer who supervised a SEAL accused of fatally stabbing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 is due in a military court to face various offenses Tuesday, including allegedly conducting the SEAL's re-enlistment ceremony next to the corpse and encouraging enlisted personnel...

Islamic State group targets US convoy in northeastern Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 4:07 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than a week and further highlighting the dangers surrounding U.S. plans to withdraw forces after a declaration that the...

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...

Bolton's test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

Jan. 21, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades...

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...

Trump celebrates new citizens in Oval Office ceremony

Jan. 19, 2019 7:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day focused on his demand for a border wall, President Donald Trump used music and pageantry to welcome "the five newest members of our great American family" during a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office. In a ceremony Saturday that began to the strains of a violin and ended...

Sen Graham: Syria withdrawal without plan can lead to chaos

Jan. 19, 2019 5:50 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A U.S. withdrawal from Syria that has not been thought through would lead to "chaos" and "an Iraq on steroids," Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Saturday, urging President Donald Trump not to get out without a plan. Speaking to reporters in the Turkish capital Ankara a day after meeting...

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Jan. 16, 2019 1:35 AM EST

Forty years ago, Iran's ruling shah left his nation for the last time and an Islamic Revolution overthrew the vestiges of his caretaker government. The effects of the 1979 revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through decades of tense...

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...