09 Mar 2021

Pope Francis Meets Iraqi Shiite Leader, Seeking to Build Ties With Islam

Pope Francis has met with Iraq’s most influential Shiite Muslim leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The meeting was a historic event that sought to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. The two leaders spoke of religion being a cause of peace and protection of the vulnerable, among other topics such

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02 Mar 2021

Pope Francis Prepares to Visit Iraq, Despite Covid-19 and Security Fears

Pope Francis is preparing to travel to Iraq this week, marking his first international trip and public appearance since before the pandemic began. Iraq is currently battling a surge in terrorist attacks and a spike in Covid-19 cases, creating concern over the Pope’s safety. The four-day tour will begin on

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26 Jan 2021

At least 32 killed as first suicide bombing in nearly 2 years rocks Baghdad

On Thursday morning, two suicide bombs ripped through a busy market in central Baghdad, marking the first suicide bombing in nearly two years. Now, Afghan authorities are reporting that 32 have died and 110 others have been injured in the attack. The bombing occurred on Thursday morning, according to officials

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21 Jan 2021

Baghdad Bombings Kill Dozens, Highlighting Iraq’s Challenges Amid U.S. Withdrawal

Earlier today in Baghdad, two suicide bombings in the same crowded marketplace claimed 32 casualties, wounding at least 75 others. The attack is the first of its nature to occur in the capital city of Baghdad in over two years and is raising serious concerns regarding the US’s withdrawal of

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28 Dec 2020

Rockets fired at Baghdad Green Zone in ‘terrorist act,’ Iraq says

A rocket attack on Baghdad’s diplomatic Green Zone on December 20 has been deemed a terrorist attack by Iraqi President Barham Salih. Mr. Salih also stated that the attack undermines Iraq’s international reputation. According to a statement released by the Iraqi military, eight rockets were fired at the area, injuring

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28 Sep 2020

U.S. Warns Iraq It Is Preparing to Shut Down Baghdad Embassy

The Trump administration has announced it will be closing the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq if the Iraqi government refuses to stop a series of rocket attacks by Shiite militias against US interests. This marks a new crisis in the tensions between the two countries, who are allies. Mike Pompeo,

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10 Sep 2020

U.S. to Cut Its Force in Iraq to About 3,000 Troops, Commander Says

On Wednesday, roughly 2,200 troops will reportedly be pulled from Afganistan, lowering the total number of troops within the country to roughly 3,000. The move is part of a broader campaign to reduce the US military footprint in contentious countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan prior to the US elections

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07 Jul 2020

Hisham al-Hashimi: Leading Iraqi security expert shot dead in Baghdad

On Monday night, top security expert Hisham al-Hashimi was killed near his home in the Ziyouna district of Baghdad in a drive-by shooting consisting of two gunmen riding a motorbike. Al-Hashimi advised government agencies and is a leading figure on armed groups, appearing frequently in the media Although no group

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07 May 2020

Iraq Gets New Government After Months of Political Deadlock

Early this morning, Iraq swore in a new government after months of political deadlock that hindered the country’s ability to adequately respond to crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers in protective gear voted in 15 ministerial candidates appointed by intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who will now become prime

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13 Mar 2020

US conducts airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq

The US initiated airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq one day after determining they were responsible for a fatal rocket attack. The Iranian rocket attack killed two American service members and one British service member. The Defense Department stated that the purpose of the airstrikes was to harm

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