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US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 12:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to...

3 protesters killed in Baghdad as bloody clashes continue

Nov. 15, 2019 10:23 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at anti-government protesters in a central Baghdad square Friday, killing three people, in bloody confrontations that continued despite an influential Shiite leader’s call for calm. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani emphasized support for...

The Latest: Iraq: 2 more protesters killed in Baghdad

Nov. 15, 2019 9:34 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Iraq’s anti-government protests (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Iraqi security and medical officials say two protesters have been killed and at least 25 others wounded in ongoing confrontations with security forces in a central Baghdad square. The officials say the...

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

Nov. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo told foreign ministers and...

Iraq officials: 4 protesters killed in Baghdad clashes

Nov. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes between Iraqi protesters and security forces in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded 62 on Thursday, Iraqi medical and security officials said, as authorities continued to clamp down on the anti-government demonstrations. According to the officials, the casualties occurred...

Protesters in Iraq celebrate soccer win against Iran

Nov. 14, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city celebrated with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it would return momentum to their movement that has been hit by a deadly security crackdown. Crowds watched the game...

Iraqi protests celebrate 2-1 win over Iran in soccer match

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city are celebrating with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it’ll return momentum to their movement. Crowds watched the game Thursday on a large screen in Baghdad’s main...

Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

Nov. 14, 2019 7:07 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waves of violent protests have engulfed Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces, with demonstrators chanting for the downfall of a political establishment that they say doesn’t prioritize them. Fueling the unrest is anger over an economy flush with oil money that has failed to...

Finland reopens Iraq embassy after hiatus of nearly 30yrs

Nov. 14, 2019 6:22 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland says it is reopening its embassy in Iraq and sending an ambassador to Baghdad after a hiatus of nearly 30 years to re-establish bilateral ties, help in the country's reconstruction and boost trade. Repatriating thousands of Iraqis who are staying illegally in Finland after rejection...

Iraqi protesters defiant in face of deadly crackdown

Nov. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters said Wednesday that an intensifying crackdown by authorities has been instilling fear and reducing turnout, but said they were remaining defiant and have called for people to return to the street in large numbers later this week. Protesters told The Associated Press that...