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Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and influence even further.

An explosive device damaged the facade of the American Institute for English Learning in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq.

Top Iraq Shia cleric backs early election

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Top Iraq Shia cleric backs early election

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, 90, endorsed early parliamentary elections set for June 2021 following a meeting with senior United Nations official.

Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

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Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his east Baghdad ...

Two anti-government protesters killed by police in Baghdad

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Two anti-government protesters killed by police in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces killed two protesters taking part in demonstrations on Monday, local reports confirmed.

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Qatar sends field hospitals to treat Iraq's coronavirus patients

Qatar has sent two field hospitals, including medical supplies and 250 beds, to help Iraq in its ongoing battle with Covid-19.

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Iraq airspace reopens after months of virus lockdown

Before boarding, passengers at Baghdad International Airport were required to show negative Covid-19 test results to airport staff wearing masks ...

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Protesters return to Iraqi streets despite coronavirus pandemic

Protesters have accused Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of stalling reforms he promised to carry out and taken to the streets over the ...

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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.

HRW urges Iraq domestic violence law after horrific death

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HRW urges Iraq domestic violence law after horrific death

The husband of a woman who died of severe burn wounds has been arrested but Iraqi authorities need to do more to prevent domestic violence, HRW ...

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US zeroes in on Soleimani replacement in Iraq

The United States is combing Iraq for any information about Muhammad Kawtharani, the general who took over Soleimani's operations in the country.

Iraq 'arrests four suspects' over Malak al-Zubeidi case

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Iraq 'arrests four suspects' over Malak al-Zubeidi case

Iraq has issued four arrest warrants for suspects involved in the alleged torture and burning of Malak al-Zubeidi.

The Iraq Report: Can new PM-designate break political deadlock?

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The Iraq Report: Can new PM-designate break political deadlock?

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is the third candidate in as many months, only this time it appears he may succeed in forming yet another in a long ...

US to review troop presence in Iraq

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US to review troop presence in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the country is reviewing its military presence in Iraq.

Iraqi Shia groups reluctantly agree on new PM-designate

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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 ...

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The Middle East At war with coronavirus

Algeria releases 5,000 prisoners in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus and the World Health Organisation warns Iraq that coronavirus cases are likely to balloon.

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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 ...

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Iraqi pilgrims returning from Syria test positive for coronavirus

Iraq's latest coronavirus cases highlight fears around pilgrims spreading the highly contagious virus and of a serious outbreak in war-ravaged ...

Azhar Al-Rubaie

The fight for LGBT rights in Iraq's revolution

LGBT Iraqis are fighting for their rights on the frontline of the country's protest movement.

Honour infects: Iraqi families 'refuse quarantine' for coronavirus-positive daughters

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Honour infects: Iraqi families 'refuse quarantine' for coronavirus-positive daughters

Citing 'dishonour' and 'shame', some conservative families in Iraq are refusing hospital quarantine for female relatives who tested positive for ...

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Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The US invasion in 2003, which promised liberty and democracy, led to the deaths of millions of Iraqis, destroyed much of the country's ...

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.

Former <em>Najaf</em> governor Adnan Zurfi named as Iraq's PM

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Former Najaf governor Adnan Zurfi named as Iraq's PM

Adnan Zufri, former governor of the Shia holy city of Najaf has been chosen as Iraq's new prime minister.

Iraq quarantines holy city of <em>Najaf</em> over coronavirus fears

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Iraq quarantines holy city of Najaf over coronavirus fears

Iraq’s Najaf province, home to holy Muslim Shia shrines, will be closed to for a week to all non-residents starting on Wednesday, state ...

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