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Polls show most Americans see Iraq war a mistake, 2 decades after invasion

Two decades after the US invaded Iraq, most Americans believe the war, which left about a million people dead and ruined the Arab country, was a mistake, a new poll shows.

Investigators say ex-PM’s office at heart of Iraq’s ‘theft of the century’

The investigative committee probing the theft of $2.5bn from an Iraqi state bank account has concluded the office of former Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was instrumental in the conspiracy, a report seen exclusively by Middle East Eye has revealed.

Pentagon chief arrives in Iraq on a surprise visit

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in Iraqi capital Baghdad on an unannounced visit following meetings in Jordan.

Turkish base in northern Iraq comes under rocket attacks

Unidentified attackers fired eight rockets at a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, the Counter-Terrorism Group, a security organisation in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, has announced.

Iraq stadium stampede leaves two dead, dozens injured

Two people were killed and 80 more injured in a stampede ahead of a soccer match in the Iraqi city of Basra on Thursday. The stampede took place near the Jaza’a Al Nakhla Stadium, where Iraq and Oman were set to play in the Persian Gulf Cup final.

Iraqi PM supports open-ended US troop presence, citing Daesh threat

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani defended the presence of US forces in the country setting no timetable for their withdrawal.

PM says Iraq does not need foreign combat troops

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani has said his country is in no need of foreign combat forces on its soil.

Security sources say at least nine Iraqi police killed in blast near Kirkuk

At least nine Iraqi federal police officers were killed in a bomb blast near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Sunday, security sources told Reuters.

Turkish army hits targets in Syria, Iraq after Istanbul blast

The Turkish military has conducted a series of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, targeting several towns and villages in in the war-torn countries.

10 killed in air raid on fuel convoy near Iraq-Syria border

An airstrike on a convoy carrying fuel across the Iraqi border into Syria killed at least 10 people late Tuesday, members of paramilitary groups operating in the area confirmed.

Canadian soldier, US citizen die in Iraq

The Canadian Armed Forces announced that one of their members has died in Baghdad due to reasons not related to military operations earlier this week. In a separate incident, an American citizen died in the Iraqi capital city under unclear circumstances, an informed source confirmed.

Many killed, wounded in Baghdad’s blasts

At least 10 people have reportedly been killed and more than 20 others injured in back-to-back explosions in the eastern part of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Iraq parliament approves new government

Iraqi lawmakers have thrown their support behind a government headed by the country's new Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani.

Abdel Latif Rashid elected as new Iraqi president

Iraqi lawmakers have elected Abdul Latif Rashid as the country’s new president, breaking a months-long political deadlock and paving the way for the formation of a new government.

Analyst: No govt. can be formed in Iraq without agreement among all factions

A political commentator says no Iraqi party will be able to form a government amid divisions among major Shia factions in the parliament unless it manages to secure at least a “minimum agreement” with the country’s major political groups.

Thousands of Iraqis demand ‘regime change’

Angered by a months-long political crisis, thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets of Baghdad, demanding a change to the political system. It comes days after deadly clashes between rival groups sparked fears of widespread unrest.

Muqtada al-Sadr calls on supporters to withdraw after deadly clashes

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has urged his supporters to withdraw from the Green Zone, where they have traded heavy fire with security forces in a serious escalation of a months-long political crisis gripping the nation.

Iraq unrest: Dozens killed in clashes between Sadr supporters, security forces

The death toll from clashes between supporters of the Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the security forces over the Sadr’s announcement of quitting politics has reached 30, a medical source confirmed.

Iraqi Analyst: Sadr ‘withdrawal from politics’ attempt to pressure federal court on his demands

An Iraqi political analyst says the “withdrawal” of the leader of the country’s Sadr bloc from politics is an attempt to attract public support to exert pressure on the federal court to dissolve the parliament.

Muqtada al-Sadr ‘withdraws’ from Iraqi politics

The Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has announced that he is quitting political life and closing his political offices in a move that could further inflame tensions in the Arab country.

Muqtada al-Sadr demands dissolution of Iraqi parliament, early elections

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has urged his supporters to continue their sit-in inside the parliament in Baghdad until his demands, including the dissolution of parliament and the holding of early elections, are met.

Sadr’s supporters vow to remain inside Iraq’s parliament

Supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have vowed to continue to remain inside the Iraqi parliament after they breached Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" and occupied the country’s legislature for a second time in days.

Sadr supporters occupy Iraqi parliament again

Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr have breached Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" and occupied parliament for the second time in three days.

Sadr supporters storm Iraqi parliament

Hundreds of supporters of firebrand Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have breached Iraq's parliament building to protest selection of a consensus nominee for prime minister following months of uncertainty.

UNSC condemns deadly attack on Iraq’s Kurdistan region

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent attack in Dohuk province in the northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan which left at least nine civilians dead, including women and children.

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