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Syrian allies vow response to Israeli strike, also blame US

Oct. 14, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense ministry said on Thursday that one of its soldiers has been killed and three injured in an overnight Israeli airstrike on a telecommunication tower in the central province of Homs. A military official said the strike shortly...

Analysis: Iraq vote underscores divisions over Iran's role

Oct. 12, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Shiite militias that often serve as a proxy for neighboring Iran have taken a beating in Iraq’s election, while a Shiite cleric who set himself apart by taking a more nationalistic approach has emerged as Iraq’s strongest political figure. ...

Partial results show pro-Iran groups losing Iraq election

Oct. 11, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An alliance of Iraqi candidates representing Shiite militias supported by neighboring Iran has emerged as the biggest loser in the country’s national elections, according to partial results released Monday. The results, posted online successively, also...

Iraq's parliamentary vote marred by boycott, voter apathy

Oct. 10, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis voted Sunday in parliamentary elections held months ahead of schedule as a concession to a youth-led popular uprising against corruption and mismanagement. But the voting was marked by widespread apathy and a boycott by many of the young activists...

EXPLAINER: Why do Iraq's elections matter to the world?

Oct. 09, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's elections on Sunday come with enormous challenges: Iraq’s economy has been battered by years of conflict, endemic corruption and more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. State institutions are failing, the country’s infrastructure is crumbling. Powerful...

Iraqi security forces, displaced vote ahead of elections

Oct. 08, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces, displaced people, patients in hospitals and prisoners across the country cast their ballots Friday, two days before the rest of the nation votes in parliamentary elections. Sunday's vote is being held six months before schedule, in...

Iranian FM in Beirut says Iran-Saudi talks on a 'good path'

Oct. 07, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia are on a “good path," Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday, suggesting the negotiations between the two regional archrivals would continue. Speaking during his first visit to Lebanon since taking his post after...

Iraq, UAE sign contract to build 5 solar power stations

Oct. 07, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has signed a contract with a United Arab Emirates-based renewable energy developer to build five solar power plants in the oil-rich country with a chronic energy problem, the company said Thursday. The signing took place in Baghdad Wednesday between...

Sunday's vote in Iraq clouded by a disillusioned electorate

Oct. 06, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Blinking under the garish lights of a hotel ballroom in southern Iraq, Wael Makhsusi argued his case to a young audience. Microphone in hand, the engineer in his 30s stood onstage in Basra with other novice candidates in Sunday's parliamentary...

Iraq’s militias seek to consolidate political power in vote

Oct. 05, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Among the candidates running in Iraq’s general elections this week is a leader in one of the country's most hard-line and powerful militias with close ties to Iran who once battled U.S. troops. Hussein Muanis joins a long list of candidates from among...