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FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, an Iraqi woman living in Iran holds a poster of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, in a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and to support Ayatollah al-Sistani, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iraq’s top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to […]

06/27/2014

Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, right, listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the presidential palace in Irbil, Iraq, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Kerry arrived in Iraq's Kurdish region in a US diplomatic drive aimed at preventing the country from splitting apart in the face of militants pushing towards Baghdad. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kurdish leader cites ‘new reality’ in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq’s ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq” as the country considers new leadership for its Shiite-led government as […]

06/24/2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Sayyed Amar Al-Hakim, head of Supreme Islamic Council, during a meeting in Baghdad, Monday, June 23, 2014.  (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry urges political reform in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Iraq’s top Shiite leaders to give more government power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and […]

06/23/2014

Iraqi men flash victory signs as they leave the main recruiting center to join the Iraqi army in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Hundreds of young Iraqi men gripped by religious and nationalistic fervor streamed into volunteer centers across Baghdad Saturday, answering a call by the country's top Shiite cleric to join the fight against Sunni militants advancing in the north. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Signs of reprisal killings emerge in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nearly four dozen Sunni detainees were gunned down at a jail north of Baghdad, a car bomb struck a Shiite neighborhood of the capital and four young Sunnis were found slain, as […]

06/17/2014

Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters deploy with their weapons in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

Fighting northeast of Baghdad kills 44 detainees

BAGHDAD (AP) – Sunni insurgents pushed further into a province northeast of Baghdad, laid siege to a police station and battled pro-government Shiite militiamen in overnight clashes that left at least 44 detainees dead, Iraqi […]

06/17/2014

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama says al-Qaida now more active in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to help combat an increasingly active al-Qaida in Iraq but stopped short of announcing new commitments of assistance sought by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Maliki came […]

11/01/2013

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Wave of Iraq blasts kill 57 a decade after invasion

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings tore through the Baghdad area Tuesday, killing 57 people on eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion and showing how unstable Iraq remains more than a year after the withdrawal of American troops.

03/19/2013

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