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Trump pardons former US soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner


  Hunter said he believed Behenna’s conviction was unjustified because of erroneous jury instructions and the failure of prosecutors to turn over evidence supporting a self-defense claim WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has pardoned a former US soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner, the White House announced Monday. Trump signed an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, ... Read More »

Iraq Shia protesters camp out after storming Green Zone


Supporters of a powerful Shia Muslim cleric remain camped outside parliament in Baghdad, a day after thousands stormed the secure Green Zone. For the first time in weeks of protests they broke into the area, home to embassies and government buildings. A state of emergency has been declared. Security forces used tear gas and fired shots but there was no ... Read More »

Civilians flee Iraq town as battle looms


BAGHDAD: Terrified residents were fleeing the Iraqi town of Hit as security forces closed in Tuesday and terrorists hunkered down to defend one of their main bastions in Anbar province. After regaining control of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi from the Daesh group earlier this year, Iraqi forces have been advancing up the Euphrates Valley in recent weeks. Officials are vowing ... Read More »

US forces capture key militant operative in Iraq


WASHINGTON: US commandos have captured a major Daesh operative in Iraq and his detention will likely lead to the apprehension of other militant targets, a US defense official told AFP Wednesday. The issue raises questions about what will happen to the detainee and others like him, given that President Barack Obama has ruled out sending any more terror suspects to ... Read More »

Daesh used mustard gas in Iraq, confirm samples


AMSTERDAM: Daesh terrorists attacked Kurdish forces in Iraq with mustard gas last year, the first known use of chemical weapons in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a diplomat said, based on tests by the global chemical weapons watchdog. A source at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that laboratory tests had come back positive ... Read More »

Oil falls 4% after Iraq supply adds to glut


NEW YORK: Oil prices resumed their slide on Monday, falling about 4 percent to wipe out some of the surge at the end of last week, on news that Iraq flooded a massively oversupplied oil market with record output last month. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was down $1.18 at $31.00 a barrel by 11:29 a.m. EST (1629 GMT), down ... Read More »

Security tightened at Saudi Embassy in Iraq


RIYADH: Security has been tightened at the Saudi Embassy in Iraq after the attacks on the country’s diplomatic mission in Tehran. This is according to Thamir bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan, the Kingdom’s ambassador in Baghdad. “Security measures have been further enhanced with the help of the local authorities,” he was quoted as saying by a local publication on Monday. Al-Sabhan said ... Read More »

Iraq gets first beauty queen since 1972


BAGHDAD: It was smoky, alcohol-free and there was no swimsuit contest, but Saturday’s party produced the first Miss Iraq in four decades and left all feeling a small victory had been won. “Some people out there think we don’t love life,” said Humam Al-Obeidi, one of the organizers, as the crowd spilled out of the Baghdad hotel ballroom where the ... Read More »

Iraq tells Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw troops

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BAGHDAD: Iraq called on Turkey to “immediately” withdraw forces, including tanks and artillery, it has deployed in the country’s north without Baghdad’s consent, the premier’s office said on Saturday. “The Iraqi authorities call on Turkey to… immediately withdraw from Iraqi territory,” the statement said. “We have confirmation that Turkish forces, numbering about one armored regiment with a number of tanks ... Read More »

10 Saudis fighting for Daesh captured in Iraq


JEDDAH: Ten Saudis fighting for the Daesh terrorist organization have been captured by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq during battle, an online newspaper reported on Sunday.  An adviser at the Iraqi President’s office was quoted as saying that the Kurdish government of Erbil might decide the fate of the Saudis. “They will either be tried there or sent to ... Read More »

Jordan MP’s son carried out Iraq suicide bombing 


AMMAN: A Jordanian parliamentarian's son died carrying out a suicide attack claimed by Daesh in Iraq, Jordanian media said Friday. Independent legislator Mazen Al-Dhalaein was quoted as telling the Khaberni website that his son, Mohammed, who went by the name of Abu Baraa, had died in Iraq. He said he learned of his son's death after seeing his photo on ... Read More »

16 Turkish kidnapped in Iraq released


BAGHDAD: Sixteen Turkish workers kidnapped from a construction site in Baghdad and held for nearly a month were released on Wednesday, Turkey’s prime minister and Iraqi officials said. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said through his Twitter account that the workers were handed over to the Turkish ambassador in Iraq and that they were all in good health. He did not ... Read More »

Iraq puts F-16s into action against Daesh(IS)


BAGHDAD: Iraq has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the US into action against Daesh for the first time, the commander of the air force said Sunday. “Fifteen air strikes were carried out in the past four days,” Staff Lt. Gen. Anwar Hama Amin told AFP following a news conference in Baghdad. “Smart weapons” were used in the strikes, Amin said, ... Read More »

Warning: Iraq, without reform, faces partition


BAGHDAD: Top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, has warned that Iraq faces dire consequences including possible “partition” if real reform is not carried out. Al-Sistani, who is revered by millions and has unmatched prestige in Iraq, has made several calls for reforms this month that have played a major role in a wide-ranging anti-corruption drive by the government.  “Today, ... Read More »

Four Saudis get death in Iraq; defense not allowed


JEDDAH: Four Saudis accused of terrorism were recently given the death sentence in Iraq without being allowed to defend themselves, local media reported, quoting informed sources, on Monday. The Saudis — Fahad Alhezan, Majed Al-Baqmi, Mohammad Abdullah Al-Obaid and Jarallah Salim Al-Jarallah — were transferred from Al-Nasiriyah, Baghdad and Sosah’s prisons to a prison in the Green Zone.  The Green ... Read More »

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