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The US operation in Iraq could come to an embarrassing end. Iran’s power will only grow

But a US withdrawal could bring even more trouble, experts say. ISIS continues its attacks in the country, and without US and other foreign troops, the group would have more room to resurge. At the same time, Iran will be able to expand its already far-reaching powers in Baghdad. Tehran and Washington have competed for […]

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Pompeo postpones visit to Ukraine citing ‘ongoing situation in Iraq’

The trip was cancelled less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to depart. January 1, 2020, 8:23 PM 4 min read Less than 24 hours before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to depart for his first visit to Ukraine as secretary, the trip was cancelled, because of the protests at the U.S. […]

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Iraq protests: 12 demonstrators killed in Baghdad

As thousands of anti-government demonstrators rallied in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square — the epicenter of the protest movement — the gunmen seized a nearby parking garage that is used by activists. The gunmen have not yet been identified. Hundreds of members of pro-government militias have descended on Tahrir Square in a show of force over recent […]

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US intelligence claims Iran secretly storing short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq

A possible offshore Iranian arsenal could allegedly provide superiority to Tehran and the nation’s military in a possible standoff with the United States and its regional allies, The New York Times said Wednesday, citing US military and intelligence officials, Trend reports citing Sputnik. According to the media report, the intelligence sources declined to name the […]

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The KRG’s anti-corruption effort must start from its oil sector | Iraq

Iraq is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and oil has a lot to do with it. With nearly $100bn in annual revenues coming from oil, which constitutes 90 percent of its budget, the country is a great example of what political economists call “the resource curse”. Over the past two decades, […]

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Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq : NPR

Vice President Pence and his wife Karen Pence greet troops at a mess hall at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Saturday. At the base Pence spoke with Iraq’s prime minister by phone because of security concerns. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Vice President Pence and his wife Karen Pence greet […]

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