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Iraqi PM: Probe recovers part of $2.5B embezzled from taxes

Nov. 27, 2022 13:51 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government said on Sunday it will recover part of nearly $2.5 billion in funds embezzled from the country's tax authority in a massive scheme involving a network of businesses and officials. Approximately 182 billion Iraqi dinars, or $125 million, of the...

Iran bolsters border security to prevent 'infiltration'

Nov. 25, 2022 06:12 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has sent additional units of special forces to fortify its northern border with Iraq and clamp down on what it says is infiltration by Kurdish opposition groups, Iranian state media reported on Friday. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, chief of ground forces of the...

Salt, drought decimate buffaloes in Iraq's southern marshes

Nov. 23, 2022 05:13 AM EST

CHIBAYISH, Iraq (AP) — Abbas Hashem fixed his worried gaze on the horizon — the day was almost gone and still, there was no sign of the last of his water buffaloes. He knows that when his animals don't come back from roaming the marshes of this part of Iraq, they must be dead. ...

Official: Iran airstrikes target Kurdish groups in Iraq

Nov. 22, 2022 12:45 PM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iran on Tuesday launched a new round of strikes at Iranian Kurdish dissident groups based in Iraq’s northern, semi-autonomous Kurdish region, a spokesman said. Iranian opposition groups were targeted in two locations, in the areas of Perdi and Degala,...

Auditors in Iraq uncover staggering $2.5 billion tax fraud

Nov. 22, 2022 01:53 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Auditors in Iraq have uncovered a massive scheme in which a network of businesses and officials embezzled some $2.5 billion from the country’s tax authority, despite layers of safeguards. The scandal poses an early test for Iraq’s new government, which was formed...

Kurdish militants fire at Turkish border town, 2 killed

Nov. 21, 2022 15:04 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Suspected Kurdish militants in Syria fired rockets across the border into Turkey on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding 10 others, Turkish officials said. The attack followed deadly airstrikes by Turkey on suspected militant targets in Syria and Iraq. ...

Activists: Iranian forces unleash heavy fire on protesters

Nov. 21, 2022 13:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian security forces used heavy gunfire against protesters in a Kurdish town in the country's west on Monday, killing at least five during an anti-government protest that erupted at the funeral of two people killed the day before, activists said. ...

Turkey strikes in Syria, Iraq a week after Istanbul bombing

Nov. 20, 2022 11:43 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey launched deadly airstrikes over northern regions of Syria and Iraq, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Sunday, targeting Kurdish groups that Ankara holds responsible for last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul. Warplanes attacked bases of the outlawed Kurdistan...

Officials: IS militants kill 4 Iraqi soldiers in northwest

Nov. 19, 2022 08:36 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group militants attacked an Iraqi army position in the northwestern governorate of Kirkuk early Saturday killing four soldiers, security sources and a local government official said. IS fighters in the district of Dibis took the soldiers' weapons and...

NC veteran finds his true calling as a teacher

Nov. 19, 2022 00:13 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Over the last eight years, Christopher Simmons has turned his classroom at Meadowlark Middle School into a safe space for students with special needs. “If they need anything,” he said one afternoon after the last of his students filtered out of his...