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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...

No nukes? Ukraine-Russian war will shape world's arsenals

Jun. 21, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

The headlines on the newsstands in Seoul blared fresh warnings of a possible nuclear test by North Korea. Out on the sidewalks, 28-year-old office worker Lee Jae Sang already had an opinion about how to respond to North Korea's fast-growing capacity to lob nuclear bombs across...

Navy destroyer bears name of decorated Marine killed in WWII

Jun. 18, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — The christening of a Navy destroyer on Saturday highlighted the sacrifices of two generations — the ship’s namesake killed in World War II and another Marine who died more than 60 years later. The future USS Basilone bears the name of a Marine who was awarded...

Turkish drone strike in north Iraq said to kill 4 militants

Jun. 17, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

IRBIL, Baghdad (AP) — A Turkish drone targeted a vehicle traveling in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Friday, killing four Kurdish militants, Iraq’s Kurdistan’s counter-terrorism service said. In a statement, it said the drone struck the jeep in the town of Kalar in the northern...

Senate OKs enhanced benefits for vets exposed to burn pits

Jun. 16, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday approved a sweeping expansion of health care and disability benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in response to concerns about their exposure to toxic burn pits. Passage of the bill by a vote of 84-14 sets a course that could help...

U.S. veterans missing in Ukraine formed bond over background

Jun. 16, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh are both military veterans from Alabama, so it was natural that they formed a bond once they met in Ukraine, where each traveled separately with the intention of helping defend democracy against Russian invaders. “They became...

Senior IS leader captured in US-led military raid in Syria

Jun. 16, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led coalition forces captured a senior leader of the extremist Islamic State group in a military operation in northern Syria on Thursday, the coalition said. A statement from the coalition said the captured IS leader was an experienced bomb maker and operational...

Iraqi held by US at Guantanamo pleads guilty to war crimes

Jun. 13, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Iraqi man who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center for more than 15 years pleaded guilty Monday to war crimes charges for his role in al-Qaida attacks against U.S. and allied forces along with civilians in Afghanistan. The pleas by the...

Iraqi leaders vow to move ahead after dozens quit parliament

Jun. 13, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi leaders vowed Monday to move forward with efforts to form a government following the shocking resignation of 73 lawmakers from parliament during a prolonged political impasse. But the unprecedented mass withdrawal by members of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada...

Iraq's 'pearl of the south' Lake Sawa dry amid water crisis

Jun. 13, 2022 02:13 AM EDT

LAKE SAWA, Iraq (AP) — Hussam al-Aqouli remembers the exact spot along southern Iraq’s Lake Sawa where his two daughters once dipped their feet into clear waters. Now he stands there two years on and the barren earth cracks beneath him. This year, for the first time in its...