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Analysis: Subdued Iran vote will still impact wider Mideast

Jun. 15, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's presidential election on Friday, though likely more a coronation for a hard-line candidate long cultivated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, still carries implications for a wider Middle East already roiled by years of tensions between...

Missiles target U.S. troops, contractors in Iraqi army bases

Jun. 09, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Multiple rockets targeted two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S.-led coalition troops and foreign contractors Wednesday, Iraqi security officials and the military said. Three rockets hit Balad airbase, north of Baghdad, without causing any casualties or...

Iraqi militia commander, whose arrest stoked tensions, freed

Jun. 09, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi militia commander whose arrest last month sparked a standoff between the government and paramilitary groups was freed Wednesday after a judge ordered his release. The release of Qassim Mahmoud Musleh came as Iranian Gen. Esmail Ghaani, head of...

3 killed when gas cylinder explodes at Baghdad restaurant

Jun. 03, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An explosion at a crowded restaurant in a northwestern Baghdad neighborhood killed three people and injured 16 Thursday evening, two Iraqi health officials said. A military statement said a gas cylinder exploded at the restaurant in the city's Kadhmiyah...

Tensions rise in Baghdad after arrest of militia commander

May. 26, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tensions mounted in Iraq's capital on Wednesday after the arrest of a militia commander on terrorism charges, prompting a dangerous showdown by the detainee's paramilitary supporters and the Iraqi government. The confrontation began after Iraqi security...

1 killed as protesters scuffle with Iraqi security forces

May. 25, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes between security forces and protesters left one person dead and over a dozen injured Tuesday after hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets in Baghdad to protest a rise in targeted killings of prominent activists and journalists. Violence erupted...

Single rocket hits near Iraqi air base hosting U.S. troops

May. 24, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A single rocket struck close to a military base hosting U.S. troops in western Iraq on Monday without causing any injuries, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said. The rocket struck near Ain al-Asad air base, a sprawling complex in Anbar province,...

US commander says more work needed to counter small drones

May. 22, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A month after an explosives-laden drone targeted U.S. forces at an Iraq base, the top American commander for the Middle East says finding better ways to counter such attacks is a top priority, and the United States is still behind the curve on solutions. ...

The Latest: China calls for UN council action, slams US

May. 15, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers amid the latest escalation in the Middle East: ___ BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early...

Top Iran diplomat: Tehran ready for closer ties with Riyadh

May. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country is ready for closer ties with regional rival Saudi Arabia, adding that he hoped recent talks between the two sides would lead to greater stability in the region. Mohammad Javad Zarif was...