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No timetable for withdrawal of troops after US, Iraq talks

Apr. 07, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The mission of U.S. forces in Iraq has shifted to training and advisory roles, allowing for redeployment of combat forces remaining in the country, U.S. and Iraq delegates said Wednesday, after a third round of strategic U.S.-Iraq talks. Statements...

Rockets hit near Iraq base housing US trainers, no one hurt

Apr. 04, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets landed Sunday near an Iraqi air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties or damage, an Iraqi official said. Maj. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji said the rockets landed outside Balad air base after midday....

Iraq judge who presided over Saddam's trial dies of COVID-19

Apr. 02, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A retired Iraqi judge who presided over the trial of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has died after battling COVID-19, the country's top judicial body said Friday. According to Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, 52,...

A growing challenge for Iraq: Iran-aligned Shiite militias

Mar. 31, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — It was a stark message: A convoy of masked Shiite militiamen, armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, drove openly through central Baghdad denouncing the U.S. presence in Iraq and threatening to cut off the prime minister's ear. The ominous...

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

Mar. 23, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Biden administration is set to resume strategic talks with Iraqi officials next month on the withdrawal of remaining U.S. combat forces in the country and other matters related to the bilateral relationship. The talks, which began in June under the...

Iraq pilgrims defy virus protocols as case numbers rise

Mar. 10, 2021 12:58 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims clad in black marched through the streets of Baghdad on Wednesday, part of a weeklong procession to a revered shrine, bypassing barbed wire set up by security forces and spurring fears of another wave of coronavirus on the heels of the papal visit. ...

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

Mar. 06, 2021 13:40 PM EST

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric Saturday, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back...

The Latest: Pope Francis delivers sermon in Baghdad church

Mar. 06, 2021 10:42 AM EST

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq, aimed at rallying the country's dwindling Christian community after decades of war and unrest (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pope Francis is reminding Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics...

Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit

Mar. 05, 2021 12:17 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Pope Francis opened the first-ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday with a plea for the country to protect its centuries-old diversity, urging Muslims to embrace their Christian neighbors as a precious resource and asking the embattled Christian community -- “though small like...

The Latest: Pope honors massacre victims at Baghdad church

Mar. 05, 2021 10:03 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq to deliver a message of hope to the country's dwindling Christian community following years of unrest and amid a devastating pandemic (all times local): 5:50 Pope Francis is honoring...