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Tag Archives: Iraq

United States to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump vowed that he will sharply reduce the number of US forces deployed in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, but did not commit to a full withdrawal from the country’s longest war after facing fierce criticism from at home and abroad. ...

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Forces free German woman kidnapped in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: A German woman kidnapped in Baghdad earlier this week was freed overnight and is now in the care of her embassy, officials from the two countries said. “Security forces have freed activist Hella Mewis,” Iraq’s military spokesman Yahya Rasool said in a statement. Mewis has worked in Baghdad since ...

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Iraq’s PM to resign amid worsening crisis

BAGHDAD-Iraq’s prime minister said he would submit his resignation to parliament, a day after more than 40 people were killed by security forces and following calls by Iraq’s top Shiite cleric for lawmakers to withdraw support. The move by Adel Abdul-Mahdi 13 months after he took over as prime minister ...

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Iraqi protesters torch Iranian consulate amid deadly protests

NAJAF: Iraqi protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of anti-government demonstrations that have left more than 350 people dead. Tall flames and thick clouds of smoke rose from the entrance of the consulate in the southern city, AFP s ...

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Protesters block entrance of Iraq’s Umm Qasr port

BAGHDAD: Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the gates of Umm Qasr port in the Iraq’s southern province of Basra, a security source said. The port “Umm Qasr” is one of the most prominent ports for goods movement and the largest in Iraq. Trucks movement has stopped as hundreds of demonstrators used ...

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Iraq army declares curfew in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi army announced it would impose an overnight curfew in the capital as students and schoolchildren joined spreading protests to demand an overhaul of the government. Swathes of Iraq have been engulfed by demonstrations over unemployment and corruption this month that have evolved into demands for regime change. ...

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‘Enemies seek to sow discord’ between Iran and Iraq: Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “enemies” were trying to drive a wedge between Tehran and Baghdad following deadly unrest in neighbouring Iraq. “Iran and Iraq are two nations whose hearts & souls are tied together… Enemies seek to sow discord but they’ve failed & their conspiracy won’t ...

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Iraq declares curfews as gunfights rage and protests spread nationwide

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared a curfew in Baghdad until further notice after at least seven people were killed and more than 400 were injured during two days of nationwide anti-government protests. Curfews were imposed earlier in three southern cities while elite counter-terrorism troops opened fire on protesters ...

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India, other countries must fight terrorists in Afghanistan: Trump

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump said that India, Iran, Russia and Turkey would have to fight against terrorists in Afghanistan at some point of time. “India is right there, they are not fighting it, we are fighting it,” said Mr. Trump. “Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting ...

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US to extend Iran energy sanctions waiver for Iraq

WASHINGTON has assured Afghanistan it would prolong the sanctions waiver, allowing Iraq to purchase Iranian energy, a source, close to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd Mahdi, told Sputnik. “There is currently no official information [on the issue] but we have the United States’ assurance that Iraq will be excluded [from the ...

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