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Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo)

Thousands turn up for 'million' Iraq rally against US troops

Jan. 24, 2020 7:35 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands rallied in Baghdad on Friday to demand that American troops leave the country, though their numbers fell short of the “million-man” march called for by an influential Shiite cleric. The rally came amid heightened anti-U.S. sentiment after a U.S. drone strike earlier...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, crewmen of Bradley fighting vehicles stand guard at a U.S. military base in Northeastern Syria. Iran has had its fingers in Iraq's politics for years, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander outside Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-Americanism that Tehran now hopes it can exploit to help realize the goal of getting U.S. troops out of the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

Jan. 23, 2020 4:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal. The...

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses European Parliament Foreign Affairs committee members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Stoltenberg told lawmakers that NATO needs to beef up its military training operation in Iraq once the government in Baghdad requests that it resume work. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

NATO chief seeks beefed-up training role in Iraq

Jan. 21, 2020 12:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance must beef up its military training operation in Iraq to ensure that its members are not drawn back into combat there against Islamic State extremists. Stoltenberg has held talks in recent days with senior Iraqi and officials and King...

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhahkim, right, holds a press conference with visiting Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Outgoing Iraq PM says US troop ouster up to next government

Jan. 15, 2020 7:22 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's outgoing prime minister said Wednesday it was up to the next government to see through parliament's decision to oust U.S. troops. Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's comments came ahead of planned protests against the American military presence in Iraq called for by an influential...

In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, protesters hold flowers as tear gas fired by police rises at a demonstration in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, online videos purported to show that Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. (AP Photo)

Video: 20 seconds of terror between missiles in Iran crash

Jan. 15, 2020 12:10 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to" for days after the Islamic Republic accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. The admission came as new surveillance footage purported to show two surface-to-air missiles 20 seconds apart...

FILE- In this Monday, May 27, 2019 file photo, NATO forces attend the graduation ceremony of Afghan National Army soldiers from a 3-month training program at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Iran warning puts thousands of European troops in spotlight

Jan. 15, 2020 9:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A warning by Iran's president that European forces in the Middle East could be at risk if their nations join the U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic puts a focus on thousands of foreign troops in the region. Britain, France, and Germany have spent months...

Sen. Tim Kaine D-Va., accompanied by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and other senators, speaks during a news conference outside of the Senate chamber, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Dem senator says he has 51 votes to restrain Trump on Iran

Jan. 14, 2020 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator said Tuesday he has at least 51 votes to support a bipartisan resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said the Senate could vote as soon as...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 photo, posters of anti-government protesters who have been killed in demonstrations are displayed in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq. Mass protests by young Iraqis against their country's ruling elite helped force the resignation of the prime minister, but with the focus now turning to the conflict between the United States and Iran, demonstrators fear the momentum is being drawn away from their goals. The four-month old protest movement was already struggling amid internal divisions and a fierce security crackdown. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqis worry US-Iran tensions are eclipsing their protests

Jan. 14, 2020 1:12 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Young Iraqis who drove mass protests demanding sweeping political reforms are worried that the conflict between the U.S. and Iran, which is playing out in part on Iraqi soil, is killing their momentum. Even before the U.S. drone attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the...

FILE - in this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, an Iraqi army soldier stand guard near a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, Iraq. Iraqi security officials said on Jan. 12, 2020, four members of Iraq's military have been wounded by a rocket attack targeting Balad Air Base, an air base just north of Baghdad. American trainers and a company that services F-16 aircraft are present at that base. Sunday's attack by at least six rockets came just days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces, causing no casualties. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

4 Iraqi servicemen wounded by rocket attack on air base

Jan. 12, 2020 5:52 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Four members of Iraq's military were wounded Sunday in a rocket attack targeting an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers were present until recently, Iraqi security officials said. The attack by at least six rockets came just days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two...