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Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq commemorate Ashoura, marking the death of Imam Hussein

Jul. 17, 2024 06:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shiite Muslims Wednesday in Lebanon and Iraq commemorated Ashoura, marking the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith, while paying tribute to Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 10th month and tensions heightened...

A leading human rights group calls on Iraq to halt deportations of Syrian refugees

Jun. 27, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities in Baghdad and the administration in the semi-autonomous northern Iraqi Kurdish region have been arbitrarily detaining and deporting Syrian refugees to their country, a leading international rights group said Thursday. The New York-based Human...

Attacks on businesses linked to US brands rattle Baghdad as anger over the war in Gaza surges

Jun. 07, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A dozen masked men jump out of two SUVs and a white pickup and storm a KFC in Baghdad, smashing everything in sight before fleeing the scene. A few days earlier, similar violence played out at Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken and Chili House — all American brands popular in the Iraqi...

Syria's Kurdish-led force hands over 2 IS militants suspected in 2014 mass killing of Iraqi troops

May. 10, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force has handed over to Baghdad two Islamic State group militants suspected of involvement in mass killings of Iraqi soldiers in 2014, a war monitor said Friday. The report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came a day after...

Turkey says it has carried out new airstrikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

May. 06, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has carried out a new round of airstrikes targeting Kurdish militants in neighboring Iraq, the Turkish defense ministry said Monday. Warplanes struck suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in the regions of Hakurk, Metina and...

Iraq repatriates nearly 700 more citizens linked to the Islamic State group from a Syrian camp

Apr. 29, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has repatriated hundreds more of its citizens linked to the Islamic State group from a sprawling camp in northeastern Syria, Iraqi and Syrian officials said Monday. Ali Jahangir, a spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Migration and Displaced, said the nearly 700...

Iraqi authorities are investigating the killing of a social media influencer

Apr. 27, 2024 15:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities on Saturday were investigating the killing of a well-known social media influencer, who was shot by an armed motorcyclist in front of her home in central Baghdad. Ghufran Mahdi Sawadi, known as “Um Fahad," was popular on the social media sites...

Kurdish separatists and water issues loom large in long-awaited visit of Turkey's Erdogan to Iraq

Apr. 22, 2024 13:33 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdog an arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit in more than a decade as Ankara seeks greater cooperation from Baghdad in its fight against a Kurdish militant group that has a foothold in Iraq. Other issues also loom...

Today in History: April 20, 2 students kill 12 at Columbine High School

Apr. 20, 2024 00:03 AM EDT

Today is Saturday, April 20, the 111th day of 2024. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before...