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Iran claims arrest of spy group linked to Israel's Mossad

Jul. 27, 2021 06:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV reported on Tuesday that authorities arrested members of a group linked to Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency amid ongoing protests over water shortages in the country’s southwest. The report said “a network of spy agents,...

Biden says US combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end

Jul. 26, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, an announcement that reflects the reality on the ground more than a major shift in U.S. policy. Even before Biden took office, the main U.S. focus has...

AP Interview: PM says Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 26, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...

Biden to meet with Iraqi prime minister at White House

Jul. 16, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

President Joe Biden will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi later this month in Washington, the White House said Friday. The meeting set for July 26 comes at a pivotal point in the U.S.-Iraq relationship, and amid growing concerns about more frequent...

Videos: Protests, gunfire in oil-rich, restive Iran province

Jul. 16, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets late Thursday in an oil-rich, restive province in southwestern Iran and police apparently fired weapons to disperse the crowds, online videos showed. It wasn't immediately...

Keeping up attacks, some Iraq militias challenge patron Iran

Jul. 09, 2021 06:23 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force commander brought one main directive for Iraqi militia faction leaders long beholden to Tehran, when he gathered with them in Baghdad last month: Maintain calm, until after nuclear talks between Iran and the United States. ...

Bases housing US troops in Iraq, Syria attacked, 2 injured

Jul. 07, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters and American troops foiled an attack with drones Wednesday on a base housing members of the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces said. In neighboring Iraq, rockets hit a base housing U.S. troops, inflicting two minor...

Iraqi militia commander vows to avenge deaths in US strike

Jul. 06, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia has vowed to retaliate against America for the deaths of four of his men in a U.S. airstrike along the Iraq-Syria border last month, saying it will be a military operation everyone will talk about. Abu Alaa...

US troops in Syria attacked after airstrikes on militias

Jun. 28, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. troops in eastern Syria came under rocket attack Monday, with no reported casualties, one day after U.S. Air Force planes carried out airstrikes near the Iraq-Syria border against what the Pentagon said were facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups to support...

Thousands march in large show of Iraqi paramilitary force

Jun. 26, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of members of Iraq’s umbrella of mostly Shiite militias known as Popular Mobilization Forces marched in a parade Saturday, the largest show of strength since the founding of the controversial paramilitary group. Russian-made tanks, boats,...