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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Iraq’s F-16s Grounded After Lockheed Martin Withdraws Crews

The decision by Lockheed Martin, after repeated rocket attacks, highlights the Iraqi government’s failure to rein in militia groups.

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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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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.

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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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Trump Meets With Iraqi Leader Amid Negotiations Over U.S. Troop Levels

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to the White House is largely focused on negotiations, which started in May, on resetting the United States military mission in Iraq.

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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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