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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 says it has arrested top leader in Islamic State group

Oct. 11, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jasim, who oversees the...

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...

Army general who commanded in Iraq dies of cancer at age 67

Oct. 09, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raymond T. Odierno, a retired Army general who commanded American and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war and capped a 39-year career by serving as the Army's chief of staff, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 67. “The general...

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...

Turkey says it captures Kurdish militant base in north Iraq

Oct. 04, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish troops have captured a major base belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said on Monday. Twelve members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were “neutralized” in the operation, the ministry said in...

Cyprus' top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire

Sep. 29, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of the divided island of Cyprus is accusing Turkey’s president of attempting to promote a new Ottoman empire in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East — and says such an approach to geopolitics could adversely impact regional security. ...

Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

Sep. 27, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old...