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In this photo provided by southern separatist forces in Yemen, known as Resistance Force, a crowd of people stand around a crater created by a missile attack on a military parade in Dhale, Yemen Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. A ballistic missile attack ripped through a military parade for the Yemeni southern separatist group that's backed by the United Arab Emirates,  a spokesman said Sunday. (Resistance Forces via AP)

Yemen separatists, government troops pull back from key city

Jan. 16, 2020 7:02 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni separatists and forces loyal to the country's U.N.-recognized government whose deadly infighting erupted last summer in the war-torn Arab country are pulling back from a key southern city, military officials said Thursday. The pullout, envisaged under a Saudi-brokered peace deal,...

Anti government Iraqi protesters gather by a banner with pictures of Iraqi politicians and Arabic that reads

US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

Jan. 10, 2020 2:11 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk about how to “recommit” to their partnership. Thousands of...

Iraqi prime minister asks US secretary of state to decide the mechanism for American troop withdrawal from Iraq

Jan. 10, 2020 5:21 AM EST
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi prime minister asks US secretary of state to decide the mechanism for American troop withdrawal from Iraq.

Iranian leader calls missile attack a 'slap' at US bases

Jan. 8, 2020 12:16 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing its most powerful military commander, firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops in what the Iranian supreme leader said was a “slap” against the U.S....

In this image from video, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper talks to the press on Iran and Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at the Pentagon in Washington. (divids via AP)

Killing of Iran general risks US gains against Islamic State

Jan. 8, 2020 6:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security team knew that killing Iran's most powerful general could hurt efforts to mop up and head off any revival of the Islamic State militant group — and that is just what has happened. Days after Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone...

Kuwait says state-run KUNA news agency's Twitter account hacked, posted false story on US troops withdrawing from nation

Jan. 8, 2020 6:21 AM EST
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait says state-run KUNA news agency's Twitter account hacked, posted false story on US troops withdrawing from nation.
In a photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office, Iraqi acting Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, center, heads a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office, via AP)

Iraq's outgoing prime minister says US troops must leave

Jan. 7, 2020 5:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq's outgoing prime minister said Tuesday that the United States has no alternative and must pull its troops out of the country, or else face an impending crisis. But President Donald Trump countered that it's not the right time for a pullout and that it would be the worst thing that...

Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The processions mark the first time Iran honored a single man with a multi-city ceremony. Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Soleimani on Monday will lie in state at Tehran's famed Musalla mosque as the revolutionary leader did before him. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The Latest: Iraq seeks Security Council condemnation of US

Jan. 7, 2020 1:18 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 4 a.m. Iraq is condemning the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top military commander as a “flagrant violation” of the terms of the American...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley deliver a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

'Honest mistake' sets off alarm about US troops in Iraq

Jan. 6, 2020 7:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few tense hours Monday, the United States appeared to have announced that American troops were pulling out of Baghdad after nearly 17 years. Turns out, it was just an “honest mistake.” “Here's the bottom line, this was a mistake,” Gen. Mark Milley,...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, this photo provided by the U.S. Army, paratroopers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division walk as they prepare equipment and load aircraft bound for the U.S. Central Command area of operations from Fort Bragg, N.C. A push led by pro-Iran factions to oust U.S. troops from Iraq is gaining momentum, bolstered by a Parliament vote in favor of a bill calling on the the government to remove them. But the path forward is unclear. (Spc. Hubert Delany III/U.S. Army via AP, File)

Push to oust US troops from Iraq a risky undertaking

Jan. 6, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A push led by pro-Iran factions to oust U.S. troops from Iraq following the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general is gaining momentum, bolstered by a Parliament vote calling on the government to remove them. But the path forward is unclear, and in Iraq's deeply divided terrain,...