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Strikes on Iran-backed militias threaten to destabilize Iraq

Aug. 23, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq, confirmed by U.S. officials, is threatening to destabilize security in the volatile country that has struggled to remain neutral in the conflict between Washington and Tehran. It would be the first known Israeli airstrike in Iraq...

The Latest: Cleric issues edict forbidding US troops in Iraq

Aug. 23, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Iraq, after U.S. officials confirmed Israel last month bombed a weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A leading Shiite Muslim cleric followed by some Iraqi militants has issued a public religious edict forbidding...

Clashing statements expose rift in Iraqi paramilitary force

Aug. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of Iraq's paramilitary forces supported by Iran on Thursday walked back a statement by his deputy the day before in which he blamed Israeli drones and held the U.S. responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militias. Faleh al-Fayyadh said the statement by his deputy,...

Report: 2 Iranian lawmakers arrested for 'disrupting' market

Aug. 22, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Fars news agency says two lawmakers have been arrested for unspecified actions described as "disrupting" the country's car market. The report says the two lawmakers — Fereydoun Ahmadi and Mohammad Azizi — were initially taken to the Evin prison in...

Iran's president says 'talks are useless' in dealing with US

Aug. 22, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president struck a muscular tone on dealings with the U.S., saying Thursday that "talks are useless" as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers crumbles further. President Hassan Rouhani made the comment in a speech in Tehran during the unveiling of the Bavar-373, a long-range...

Rebels claim downing US drone over Yemen

Aug. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they shot down a U.S. drone over the country's north, as a leading rights group said Wednesday the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen in bombing attacks on fishing boats last year. Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the...

Iran-backed militias blame US for attacks on bases in Iraq

Aug. 21, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran accused Israeli drones of carrying out a series of attacks on bases run by the militias, saying Wednesday that they hold the United States ultimately responsible. The militias vowed to defend themselves against any future attack. The rare and...

Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency

Aug. 21, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic's sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. By sending the bill to lawmakers, President Hassan Rouhani's government...

The Latest: Iran-backed militias blame US for attacks

Aug. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on explosion near Baghdad earlier in the month (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Iran-backed militias in Iraq have said they hold the United States responsible for a series of attacks targeting militia bases across the country. In a statement issued Wednesday, the deputy head of the...

State TV: Iran to unveil air defense missile system

Aug. 21, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that the country will unveil an Iran-made air-defense missile system. The Wednesday report says the Bavar-373 is a long-range surface-to-air missile system able to recognize up to 100 targets at a same time and confront them with six different weapons. It...