Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

Iran-backed militias in Iraq are suspected of carrying out recent drone strikes on sensitive American targets in Iraq, evading U.S. defenses.

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Iraq Arrests Militia Leader, Inciting a Standoff With Iran-Backed Forces

The arrest of an Iranian-backed paramilitary leader in the killing of government protesters enraged powerful militias in Iraq and posed a test of the prime minister’s pledge to rein them in.

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Iraqi Activism Fights for Survival Amid Murders and Threats

A movement demanding a new kind of Iraq struggles to carry on, despite intimidation from Iranian-backed militias that are believed to have murdered dozens of activists.

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Baghdad Hospital Fire Kills at Least 82, Many of Them Coronavirus Patients

A blast caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder swept through a hospital that lacked smoke detectors and had flammable false ceilings.

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Baghdad Hospital Fire Kills at Least 82, Many of Them Older Covid Patients

A blast caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder swept through a hospital that lacked smoke detectors and spread partly because of flammable false ceilings, an official said.

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Tomb of Joshua, Revered Prophet, Beckons Believers in Baghdad

No one knows for certain if Joshua, the Old Testament prophet, actually lived or where he might be buried. But for over 1,000 years, the sick and faithful have visited a Baghdad tomb said to be his.

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.

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Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 15

Such attacks, once common in the Iraqi capital, have become rarer in recent years as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have largely defeated the Islamic State.

#baghdad-iraq, #terrorism

Iraq, Struggling to Pay Debts and Salaries, Plunges Into Economic Crisis

Oil-rich Iraq, its economy hobbled by neglect and corruption, has devalued its currency and had its imported electricity cut off for nonpayment.

#baghdad-iraq, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-light-and-power, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iraq, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #unemployment

Blackwater’s Bullets Scarred Iraqis. Trump’s Pardon Renewed the Pain.

Iraqi witnesses against Blackwater guards were promised justice after a mass killing in Baghdad in 2007. ‘Today,’ one said, the bullets still in his leg, ‘they proved to me it was just theater.’

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Ditching the Turkey: Thanksgiving Memories (and Misadventures) of Reporters Abroad

Some of our international journalists have gone to great lengths trying to bring a taste of home to their new locations. But it hasn’t always worked out.

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They Came for My Father Nearly 30 Years Ago. It Still Haunts Me.

The recent antigovernment protests in Iraq remind me of Saddam Hussein’s regime of fear and of the rebels who, like my parents, opposed it at great risk.

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.

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Scorching Temperatures Bake Middle East Amid Eid al-Adha Celebrations

Record high temperatures were recorded in Baghdad and Damascus, and experts warned of the effects of prolonged heat waves as the planet warms.

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The Meeting That Brings the International Desk Closer to Home

Stationed all over the world, my colleagues and I can feel isolated. But a weekly call that began because of the pandemic has provided a comforting support system.

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Killing of Security Analyst Seen as Message to Iraqi Government

The analyst, Hisham al-Hashimi, was a proponent of government efforts to rein in the Islamic State and Iraq’s Shiite militias. Suspicion fell on both groups.

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U.N. Documents Abductions and Torture Of Iraqi Protesters

Protesters have long said threats and abductions by militias were routine. United Nation investigators have begun to substantiate the claims.

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Baghdad, a City Gone Still

The picnicking families are gone by the Tigris. So are the peddlers. But a twilight walk along the river still offers a sad solace.

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Stigma Hampers Iraqi Efforts to Fight the Coronavirus

A combination of religious beliefs and a deep suspicion of the government have made people ashamed and afraid of getting tested.

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Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.

Iraq depends on oil revenues, which have plummeted. The country is so desperate it is asking for donations to help it weather the pandemic.

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