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Iraqi cleric Sadr says he is dissolving armed faction loyal to him

CAIRO (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday he was dissolving the Promised Day Brigade, an armed faction loyal to him, and closing its headquarters, according to…

Iraqi cleric Sadr urges militias to purge ‘undisciplined’ members

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged the country's paramilitaries on Thursday to purge what he called undisciplined members and for non-state armed groups to hand over their…

‘Tourists’ In Belarus Become Refugees in Poland

When Kamaran Mohammed travelled with his wife and three children to the Belarus capital Minsk last month from their home in northern Iraq, they went as tourists. They were among…

By Reuters and Chanakya Forum

Drone Attack on Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al Khadimi Will Complicate Iraq’s Complex Politics

For fairly long the attention of the world has been focused on Afghanistan and the various shenanigans related to the Taliban 2.0. A presumption seemed to prevail that all was…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

Kataib Hezbollah dismisses suggestions that Iraqi groups behind attack on PM

DUBAI (Reuters) - A security official from the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah group in Iraq dismissed suggestions on Sunday that Iraqi groups were behind the attack on Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.…

Shi’ite cleric Sadr comes first in Iraq election – officials, sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's party swept an Iraqi election on Monday, coming first and increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results,…

Iraqi forces capture senior Islamic State leader, PM says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -Iraqi security forces have captured a senior member of the Islamic State group who was a deputy to slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and oversaw its finances, Iraqi…

French Foreign Minister Le Drian held talks with Iraq President Salih

PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian held "thorough and confident" talks with Iraq's President Barham Salih late on Thursday, wrote Le Drian on his Twitter page. "Following…

Iraqi PM becomes first foreign leader to meet Iran’s Raisi

(Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi became the first foreign leader on Sunday to visit and meet with Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi since the hardliner took office in August.…

Drone attack hits near U.S. forces in Erbil, northern Iraq – officials

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -A drone attack hit near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said. The internal security service for Iraq's…

Iran’s Guards target Kurdish rebels in Iraqi Kurdistan -report

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Thursday used artillery and drones to strike Kurdish militants based in neighbouring Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB reported.…

Islamic State says it carried out Sunday’s attack on Iraqi police near Kiruk, killing 10

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants on Monday claimed responsibility for an overnight attack on Sunday on a guard post near the city of Kirkuk that police sources said…