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The US has threatened to close its embassy and remove its remaining troops from Iraq amid ongoing rocket attacks by militias, potentially leaving Prime Minister Kadhimi to an uncertain fate

Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his east Baghdad stronghold, the first weekly prayers since mosques closed for

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Comment: Reham Yacoub's assassination is evidence of an increasingly restricted space for free speech and protest in Iraq, write Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri.

Iraq's PM promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

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Iraq's PM promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

Fulfilling a key demand of the months-long protest movement, Prime Minister Kadhimi announced Iraq's parliamentary elections would be held in ...

The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate Shia militias

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The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate Shia militias

Iraqi Shia militias are beginning to show signs of discontent as Iran's economy is ravaged by US sanctions and Covid-19.

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

Lawmakers close to Iran are trying to pass legislation that would force Riyadh to pay reparations to Iraqi victims of terrorism perpetrated by Saudi nationals.

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The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and ...

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EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The representatives of Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union in Iraq marked the International Day Against Homophobia by raising the ...

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The Iraq Report: Kadhimi takes aim at pro-Iran militias

While hailed as a show of force by Iraq's new premier against malign Iranian influence, the arrest of pro-Iran militants may be little more than ...

The Iraq Report: Protest movement revives as lockdown eased

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The Iraq Report: Protest movement revives as lockdown eased

The Iraqi deep state is on full alert, showing demonstrators they will be killed if they continue to ask for change.

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Iraqi Shia groups reluctantly agree on new PM-designate

Iraqi Shia political groups have conditionally agreed to appoint Mustafa Kazemi, the country’s head of intelligence, as prime minister after ...

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

Iraq's governance woes have further exacerbated the country's fightback against the coronavirus pandemic as both Iraqis and militia groups flout ...

Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

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Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

The influential Iran-linked cleric has previously been linked to the torture and killing of gay men in Iraq.

Iran-backed blocs reject new Iraqi premier-designate

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Iran-backed blocs reject new Iraqi premier-designate

Iraq's powerful Iran-aligned power blocs, many of whom disapproved of al-Zurfi's relations with the US, will now name a candidate to replace him.

Iraq on total lockdown until March 28 over virus

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Iraq on total lockdown until March 28 over virus

Most of Iraq's 18 provinces had so far imposed their own local curfews but the new measures would include the whole of the country.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Gaza authorities confirm first two COVID-19 cases, Iraq goes on nation-wide lockdown, Turkey gets serious with the elderly and the UAE bans print media in today's Coronavirus roundup.

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Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

Leading Muslim clerics have widely backed scientifically-based measures to contain the virus, notably by supporting crowd size restrictions ...

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Iraq announces new steps against deadly coronavirus

Shopping centres will only open three hours a day and schools and universities will be closed for weeks as Iraq takes drastic measures to ...

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Iraq's Allawi steps down as PM-designate

Iraq's prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi bowed out Sunday from the task of forming a government, as two rockets crashed near the US ...

Iraqi PM-designate to announce cabinet amid mass public discontent

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Iraqi PM-designate to announce cabinet amid mass public discontent

Iraq's PM-designate will meet the country's ruling political factions on Monday, ahead of a confidence vote later this week. Protesters now seek ...

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Protester shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Iraqi capital

Unidentified gunmen entered a tent near Baghdad's Tahrir Square and shot a male demonstrator inside with a silenced pistol on Friday.

Thousands march in counter-protests supporting Iraq’s <em>Sadr</em>

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Thousands march in counter-protests supporting Iraq’s Sadr

Thousands of Sadr supporters rallied in support of the cleric two weeks after he turned against the popular anti-government movement ...

Sadr's attack on protests brings out his true colours

Taif Alkhudary

Sadr's attack on protests brings out his true colours

Comment: Al-Sadr's attack on Iraqi protesters has brought his deeply conservative and pro-establishment values into sharp relief, writes Taif ...

Iraq's <em>Sadr</em> dissolves 'blue caps' force after widespread backlash

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Iraq's Sadr dissolves 'blue caps' force after widespread backlash

Moqtada al-Sadr's 'blue cap's will be dissolved, the popular cleric said on Tuesday, after widespread backlash triggered by a deadly ...

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