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UN warns 'complete halt' of humanitarian activities if access not reauthorized by Baghdad

The United Nations’ Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq Marta Ruedas has expressed her concern about the failure of the Iraqi government to grant letters of access to humanitarian actors, which could lea


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Eleven US troops injured in Jan. 8 Iran missile attack in Iraq

The United States treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where US forces were stationed, the US military said on Thursday (January 16), af


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Iraqi forces arrest ISIS leader in Kirkuk

The Iraqi Security Forces arrested an Islamic State (ISIS) leader in Kirkuk, Brigade 16 of the Council of Ministers said in a statement on Thursday (January 16).


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Iraqi President, PM, Speaker stress importance of accelerating new government formation

Iraqi President Barham Salih, caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, and Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi stressed the importance of expediting the formation of a new government during a mee


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Hadi al-Amiri expresses support for Sadr’s call for anti-US protests

Fateh Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri has expressed his support for Shia cleric and Sadrist movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr's call for anti-US protests.


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Katyusha rockets target Camp Taji in north of Baghdad

A number of Katyusha rockets were fired at Camp Taji, housing Coalition troops, in north of Baghdad on Tuesday (January 14), the Iraqi Security Media Cell said.


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Al Hurra offices closed in Baghdad due to threats, says channel

The US-backed Al Hurra news station has closed its offices in Baghdad due to threats on journalists, the channel’s authorities said on Tuesday (January 14).


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Sadr calls for protests by ‘million’ Iraqis against presence of US troops

Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday (January 14) called for protests by million Iraqis against the presence of US troops in Iraq.


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Hours of forewarning saved US, Iraqi lives from Iran's missile attack

Nearly eight hours before Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on US forces at bases in Iraq, American and Iraqi soldiers at Ain al-Asad air base scrambled to move personnel and weaponry to fortified bunkers,


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Iraq appoints new head of oil contracts office: document

Iraq’s oil minister Thamer al-Ghadhban appointed a new head for the ministry’s licensing and contracts office, which oversees oil contracts and negotiates energy deals with international companies, ac


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Eight rockets fell inside Balad air base wound four members of Iraqi air force

SULAIMANI — Four members of the Iraqi air force were wounded after several rockets were fired at the Balad air base in Iraq’s northern Salahuddin province, Iraqi Security Media Cell said on Sunday (Ja


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Media watchdog says it recorded 188 violations against journalists in Iraq in 2019

The Iraqi National Union of Journalists said Sunday (January 12) it had recorded 188 cases of violations against journalists in the country in 2019.


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Prominent Iraqi journalist, cameraman shot dead in Basra while reporting on protests

Iraqi journalists Ahmed Abdulsamad and Safaa Ghali were gunned down on Friday evening (January 10) in Basra while covering anti-government protests there.


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US not discussing withdrawal from Iraq with Baghdad, says State Department

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Friday (January 10) that the United States is committed to continuing the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and that any di


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Abdul Mahdi asked Pompeo for US cooperation in withdrawing its forces

Iraqi Caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi Said on Friday (January 10) that he told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call on Thursday to select a representative to smoothen the US for


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Sistani rejects foreign interference in Iraq, calls on parties to put aside self-interest

Speaking after a week of growing tension between the US and Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said through a representative on Friday (January 10) that recent events represented a clear violation o


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Iraqi protesters rally in attempt to recapture momentum

People flocked to Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Friday (January 10) in response to calls for large demonstrations to mark the passage of 100 days since the beginning of an anti-government uprisi


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Council of Representatives to summon General Education Director of Kirkuk, Education Minister

Deputy Speaker of the Council of Representatives Bashir Hadad said on Friday (January 10) that the Council of Representatives will summon the General Education Director of Kirkuk and the federal Educa


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Turkish foreign minister meets caretaker PM Abdul Mahdi in Baghdad

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi during a visit to Baghdad on Thursday (January 9).


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Japan temporarily closed its embassy in Baghdad, says foreign ministry

Japan said it had temporarily closed its embassy in Baghdad due to safety concerns, after Iran launched dozens of missiles at two bases housing US and Coalition troops in Iraq.


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