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    US Assassinates Top Iran General Qassem Soleimani

    Hillary Mann Leverett, a former White House National Security official, said the US killing of Soleimani is a "declaration of war" on Iran."We are now in an incredibly dangerous situation. It is an incredibly dangerous

    World
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    Iraq warns US ties at stake after deadly strikes

    Iraq’s government warned on Monday that its relations with the United States were at risk after deadly American air strikes against a pro-Iran group sparked anger on the streets with protesters torching US flags.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi PM Issues Decree Integrating Popular Forces into Armed Forces

    Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has issued a decree integrating the country’s Popular Mobilization Forces into the formal armed forces.“All Hashd al-Shaabi forces will work as an inseparable part of the armed.

    West Asia
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    100 dead as Iraq ferry sinks on spring holiday trip

    Almost 100 people, mostly women and children, died as a ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year sank in a swollen river in the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul, in Iraq’s.

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    Nowruz: Celebrating the New Year on the Silk Roads

    Nowruz is a rite dating back to at least the 6th century BCE, marking the new year and ushering in spring. Variously known as Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz or Nevruz, this historic.

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    America has been shunned and shamed

    A week ago Hassan Rouhani paid his first official visit to Iraq as Iran’s president.  He has been preceded by a series of visits by the first vice president, oil and foreign ministers, Central Bank chief.

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    By granting rare audience, Iraq’s grand ayatollah sends message to Washington and Tehran

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani capped his state visit to Iraq on Wednesday by meeting the country’s most respected religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani— a sit-down.

    West Asia
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    Rouhani’s Iraq Visit Undercuts U.S. Iran Policy

    This week, President Hassan Rouhani’s three-day Iraqi visit marks an important turning point in Iran-Iraq relations. Rouhani aims to boost bilateral ties and, simultaneously, circumvent suffocating.

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    Rouhani seeks to counter US pressure on first Iraq visit

    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani hit back on Monday against pressure from the “aggressor” United States on Iraq to limit ties with its neighbour, during his first official visit to Baghdad.

    West Asia
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    Rouhani Begins Iraq Visit In Major Blow to Trump

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Baghdad on his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to 'watch Iran'

    Iraqi leaders have hit back at Donald Trump after the US president said he plans to keep troops in the country to spy on Iran, with President Barham Salih saying the mission does not have Baghdad's permission.

    West Asia
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    Don’t play with fire: Iraqi anti-terror force warns Israel

    Iraq's pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi, have advised Israel against “playing with fire” after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted that Tel Aviv may.

    West Asia
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    After Trump, Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Iraq

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an unannounced visit to Iraq, involving meetings with high-ranking officials and no statement to media.The American top diplomat landed in the capital.

    West Asia
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    Baghdad fumes over Trump's surprise visit to US troops in Iraq

    In a surprise visit to US troops, Trump on Wednesday landed at an airbase west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where he thanked the soldiers for their service.

    West Asia
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    Iraq’s new president meets Saudi king after visiting Iran

    Barham Salih’s back-to-back visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia reflect the delicate balance Iraq seeks to maintain in a region where its two powerful neighbours are battling for supremacy.

    West Asia
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    US 'war on terror' has killed 500,000 people: study

    About half a million people have died violently in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan due to the US "war on terror" that was launched following the September 11 attacks in 2001, according to a study released Thursday.

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    US exempts Iraq in further retreat on Iran sanctions

    Iraq will continue importing electricity and natural gas from Iran under an exemption from US sanctions, the special representative for Iran at the US State Department Brain Hook has said.

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    ‘Walk to heaven’: Why millions trek to Karbala this week

    Millions of Muslims from around the world are making their way this week to the holy shrines of Karbala in southern Iraq, a pilgrimage that is as much about community as it is about religion.

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    Why Is Basra Burning and who Is Behind the Unrest

    The deadly unrest, led mostly by masked men, has left Iraq facing its latest political and security crisis as the country struggles to regain its feet after the war with Daesh.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi political groups announce formation of majority bloc in parliament

    Sixteen Iraqi political groups, including those led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, announced an alliance on Sunday that will be the largest bloc in the newly elected.

    West Asia
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    Sadr's alliance wins Iraqi election recount

    Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May, according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said on Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed.

    West Asia
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    Iraq executes 12 death row IS terrorists in response to killings

    Iraq executed a dozen death row terrorists on the order of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, his office said on Friday, in retaliation for the Islamic State group's (IS) murder of eight captives.

    West Asia
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    'Erasing terrorist ideology': Iraqis fill the Mosul airwaves after IS radio silence

    During the Islamic State group's rule in Mosul, radio stations were banned and replaced with broadcasts of extremist propaganda. Today, young Iraqis are filling the city's airwaves.

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    Iraq’s first Kurdish airline launched

    IS delayed our project but today, we mark real progress,” said the airline’s chief executive, Laund Sheikh Mamundi, explaining the three-year delay since Fly Erbil first announced its launch.

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