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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020 file photo, Iraqi army soldiers are deployed in front of the U.S. embassy, in Baghdad, Iraq.  U.S. and Iraqi officials on Thursday, Dec. 3, say the U.S. is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad, temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns. U.S. Ambassador Mathew Tueller said the reduction of staff members will not affect the mission’s work, adding that he will continue to carry out his duties from the embassy for the “foreseeable future.”(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

US to reduce staff at Baghdad embassy amid regional tensions

Dec. 3, 2020 12:39 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Thursday, temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns. U.S. Ambassador Mathew Tueller said the reduction would not affect the mission's work, adding that he will continue to...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020 file photo, U.S. soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield, Iraqi Security Forces, in the south of Mosul, Iraq. In a quest to root out Islamic State group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. But the much-touted operation still relied heavily on U.S. intelligence, coalition flights and planning assistance. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan, File)

EXPLAINER: How could US drawdown in Iraq aid IS, Iran?

Dec. 3, 2020 1:25 AM EST

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — In a quest to root out Islamic State group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. But the much-touted operation still relied heavily on U.S. intelligence, coalition flights and planning assistance....

A group of protesters burn pictures of the U.S. President Donald Trump, top, and the President-elect Joe Biden in a gathering in front of Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, a day after the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh an Iranian scientist linked to the country's nuclear program by unknown assailants near Tehran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist

Nov. 28, 2020 4:45 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Saturday demanded the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist who led Tehran's disbanded military nuclear program, as the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions across the...

FILE - In this photo released by the official website of the Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader, Gen. Esmail Ghaani, newly appointed commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, weeps while praying over the coffin of the force's previous head Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Tehran University Campus in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.  On Friday, Nov. 20, two Iraqi officials say Iran has instructed allies in the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump Administration cause to launch attacks in his final weeks in office.   (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's allies on high alert in Trump's final weeks in office

Nov. 20, 2020 11:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has instructed allies across the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump administration cause to launch attacks in the U.S. president's final weeks in office, Iraqi officials have said. The request — delivered...

Gen. Hossein Dehghan, a military advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Dehghan said the Israeli strikes were a violation of Syria's sovereignty. Israeli warplanes struck Iran-linked targets in Syria overnight after troops uncovered roadside bombs along the frontier in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Adviser to Iran's leader: US attack risks 'full-fledged war'

Nov. 19, 2020 10:24 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An adviser to Iran's supreme leader who is a possible 2021 presidential candidate is warning that any American attack on the Islamic Republic could set off a “full-fledged war” in the Mideast in the waning days of the Trump administration. Speaking to The Associated Press,...

An army soldier inspects the scene of the rocket attack at the gate of al-Zawra public park in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Rockets struck Iraq's capital on Tuesday with four landing inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, Iraq's military said, killing a child and wounding at least five people, signaling an end to an informal truce announced by Iran-backed militias in October.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi FM condemns Baghdad rocket attack as 'terrorist act'

Nov. 18, 2020 9:09 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister Wednesday condemned a rocket attack in the capital a day earlier, calling it a “terrorist act," and said combat operations by the U.S.-led coalition will cease once troop withdrawals take place in the coming weeks. Fuad Hussein's comments came hours after...

Iraqi military says rocket attack in Baghdad kills child

Nov. 17, 2020 4:38 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Rockets struck Iraq's capital Tuesday with four landing inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, Iraq’s military said, killing a child and wounding at least five people, signaling an end to an informal truce announced by Iran-backed militias in October. Two Iraqi security officials...

A passer-by takes a selfie with an extra newspaper reporting on President-elect Joe Biden's win in the U.S. presidential election, in Tokyo Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. The headline reads: “Mr. Biden Assured to win.”(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Many world leaders express hope, relief after Biden win

Nov. 7, 2020 10:28 PM EST

World leaders congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, cheering it as an opportunity to fortify global democracy and celebrating the significance of Americans having their first female vice president. Although President Donald Trump did not concede defeat, relief was a common theme expressed...

FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, an Iranian woman holds up a national flag as people celebrate a landmark nuclear deal, in Tehran, Iran. The race for the White House could mean another four years of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign of crippling sanctions. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Analysis: Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn't matter

Oct. 29, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top officials in Iran say the upcoming U.S. election doesn't matter, but nearly everyone else there seems to be holding their breath. The race for the White House could mean another four years of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign....

In this January 26, 2010, Sheik Nabil Qaouk a member of Hezbollah's Central Council, attends the funeral of prominent businessman Hassan Tajeddine, in the southern village of Hanaway, Lebanon.  On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, the U.S. Treasury has sanctioned two high-ranking Hezbollah officials,  Nabil Qaouk and Hassan al-Baghdadi, both members of Hezbollah's Central Council. The Council is responsible for electing members of the group's top decision-making body, the Shura Council.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

US sanctions 2 senior members of Lebanon's Hezbollah

Oct. 23, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. Treasury has sanctioned two high-ranking Hezbollah officials, including a former military commander in the country's south. The sanctioned officials are Nabil Qaouk and Hassan al-Baghdadi, both members of Hezbollah's Central Council. The Council is responsible for electing members...