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Iraqi caretaker PM in Iran to rekindle talks with Saudis

Jun. 26, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister met with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday, state TV reported, on a visit aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi officially received Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who...

Iraqi PM heads to Saudi Arabia, Iran for new dialogue

Jun. 25, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, his office said, on a visit that an official said aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between the kingdom and Iran. The official said Mustafa al-Kadhimi planned to travel to Tehran after...

Iraq parliament swears in new members after walkout of 73

Jun. 23, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Parliament swore in dozens of new lawmakers on Thursday, replacing 73 legislators loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, strengthening the power of rival Iran-backed Shiite factions in the assembly. The 73 had resigned collectively earlier this...

Long, fraught timeline of tensions over Iran nuclear program

Jun. 09, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

Iran has started removing 27 surveillance cameras installed by U.N. inspectors at nuclear sites around the country, widening a dispute over Tehran's program as it enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels. Here’s a timeline of the major events involving Iran’s...

No way out as Iraq's dangerous post-election impasse deepens

Jun. 09, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Eight months after national elections, Iraq still doesn’t have a government and there seems to be no clear way out of the dangerous deadlock. Political elites are embroiled in cutthroat competition for power, even as the country faces growing challenges, including...

In Iraq, British man gets 15 years over smuggling artifacts

Jun. 06, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A British citizen was sentenced Monday by an Iraqi court to 15 years in prison after being convicted of attempting to smuggle artifacts out of the country, in a case that has attracted international attention. The verdict handed down to retired geologist Jim Fitton,...

5 missiles hit Iraqi base hosting US troops; no casualties

May. 30, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least five missiles hit a sprawling Iraqi army base hosting U.S. troops in the country's western desert Monday, two Iraqi security officials said. The officials said the Grad missiles struck inside the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq's western Anbar province and caused...

Severe water shortages strain wheat harvest in Iraq

May. 29, 2022 02:15 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Salah Chelab crushed a husk of wheat plucked from his sprawling farmland south of Baghdad and inspected its seeds in the palm of one hand. They were several grams lighter than he hoped. “It’s because of the water shortages,” he said, the farm machine roaring...

Iraqi lawmakers pass bill criminalizing any ties with Israel

May. 26, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill criminalizing normalization of ties and any relations, including business ties, with Israel. The legislation says that violation of the law is punishable with the death sentence or life imprisonment. The law was approved...

More hardship as new sandstorm engulfs parts of Middle East

May. 23, 2022 21:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A sandstorm blanketed parts of the Middle East on Monday, including Iraq, Syria and Iran, sending people to hospitals and disrupting flights in some places. It was the latest in a series of unprecedented nearly back-to-back sandstorms this year that have bewildered...