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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. The U.S. has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Iraqi officials expressed surprise at the new, stricter waiver as it comes just one month after al-Kadhimi’s Washington visit hailed as a success. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

In sign of frustration, US shortens sanctions waiver to Iraq

Sep. 24, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday. The development is a sign of unease in U.S.-Iraq relations amid...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bahrain says it broke up militant attack plot in early 2020

Sep. 20, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain said Monday it broke up a plot by militants backed by Iran earlier this year to launch attacks on diplomats and foreigners in the island nation home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. The announcement came hours after Saudi state television and a Bahraini local...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, Chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Hossein Salami speaks at a pro-government rally, in Tehran, Iran. The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has threatened to go after everyone who had a role in a top general’s January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. The guard’s website on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real.” U.S. President Donald Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran vows 'hit' on all involved in US killing of top general

Sep. 19, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general's January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. The guard's website quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for...

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz transits the Arabian Sea on Aug. 17, 2020. The U.S. Navy searched through the night into the morning of Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, for a sailor who went missing from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during its patrol of the northern Arabian Sea amid tensions with Iran. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elliot Schaudt/U.S. Navy via AP)

US carrier transits Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran

Sep. 18, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier safely transited on Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil shipments, the U.S. Navy said, as tensions with Iran continue to simmer. In a “scheduled” maneuver, the U.S. sent...

Security forces stand guard after an attack near the American Institute for English Learning in Najaf, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. An IED attack on the American Institute for English Learning in southern Iraq caused major damage without casualties in the early hours on Friday. according to Iraq security officials. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Blast targets 'American' English school in southern Iraq

Sep. 18, 2020 4:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An improvised explosive device blew up outside an English-language institute in southern Iraq early Friday without causing any casualties, Iraqi police said in a statement, amid a recent uptick in attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq. The blast damaged the facade of the American...

Iraqi army: Rocket hits Baghdad's Green Zone; no casualties

Sep. 16, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Katyusha rocket landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Wednesday, the Iraqi military said, a day after a British Embassy convoy was targeted on a key highway in the city. There were no casualties and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack —...

Feds: Men hacked US sites after killing of Iranian general

Sep. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two computer hackers have been indicted on charges that they defaced websites across the U.S. in retaliation to the killing of Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The men, whom authorities believe to be living in Iran and the Palestinian territories, are accused of...

Diplomats: Roadside bombing targets British convoy in Iraq

Sep. 15, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bombing targeted British diplomatic vehicles in Baghdad on Tuesday, the British Embassy and Iraqi officials said. There were no injuries but the attack is fueling concerns of armed groups outside of the state's control. The attack targeted an embassy convoy on a Baghdad highway...

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron greet each other with an elbow bump during a joint press conference at the Salam Palace Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Baghdad. French President Emmanuel Macron is the first head of state to visit the Iraqi capital since Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq's former intelligence chief, formed a new government in May. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)

French leader in Baghdad, urges Iraqis to guard sovereignty

Sep. 2, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that Iraq is facing multiple challenges with the two biggest problems being foreign interference in Iraqi affairs and the Islamic State group militants. In brief comments after meeting top Iraqi leaders on his first visit to Baghdad, Macron...

Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at parliament building during protests in Basra, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.   Demonstrators burned the outer gate of the entrance to the parliament building in Basra province, the area that produces the lion's share of the crude exporting country's oil. The country's main parliament building is in the capital Baghdad. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Irate, protesters in Iraq's south torch parliament offices

Aug. 21, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Protesters torched parliament offices in Iraq's oil-rich south on Friday following days of inaction by the government after two activists were assassinated. Demonstrators burned the outer gate of the entrance to the parliament building in Basra province, the area that produces the...