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John McCain Hesitant to Support Pick for New Ambassador to Iraq

John McCain Hesitant to Support Pick for New Ambassador to Iraq

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John McCain could torpedo the Obama’s administration pick to replace outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James F. Jeffrey.The Arizona Republican has expressed reservations with Jeffrey’s possible successor, Bre…

New Fears of Sectarian Warfare in Iraq After Deadly Attack

New Fears of Sectarian Warfare in Iraq After Deadly Attack

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — There are fresh concerns in Baghdad about the renewal of sectarian warfare in the country after Monday’s explosion at a Shiite foundation’s office in central Baghdad that left 25 people dead and more than 70 wounded.J…

Bombings in Iraq Kill 18, Wound 53

Bombings in Iraq Kill 18, Wound 53

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — At least 18 people were killed in Iraq Thursday by a series of bomb blasts that mostly targeted Shiite civilians in Baghdad.Government officials said it was the bloodiest day in over a month as more than four dozen ot…

After 20 Years, Families of Genocide Victims Bury Their Dead

After 20 Years, Families of Genocide Victims Bury Their Dead

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The bodies of 730 victims of Saddam Hussein’s military campaign against Kurdistan, their coffins draped in the Kurdish flag, returned home to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, on Monday and were finally laid to rest.Their rem…

Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume in Baghdad

Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume in Baghdad

IIPA via Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — Six world powers, including the U.S., will meet with Iranians officials in Baghdad on Wednesday in another attempt to minimize the danger of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.The so-called “5+1 powers” — the five perm…

Iraq Vets Returning Medals at NATO Summit in Chicago

Iraq Vets Returning Medals at NATO Summit in Chicago

Khalid Mohammed-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A protest of Iraq war veterans at the NATO summit being held in Chicago this weekend is intended to send a strong message to Washington and the European alliance.Some members of the Iraq Veterans Against t…

Murder Trial of Iraqi VP Starts Without Him

Murder Trial of Iraqi VP Starts Without Him

Hemera/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Iraqi government Tuesday began the trial of Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who is accused of running death squads that have allegedly killed dozens of Shiite officials.Al-Hashemi, on the lam since being indicted last…

UN Envoy Sees No Deterioration in Iraq’s Security Situation

UN Envoy Sees No Deterioration in Iraq’s Security Situation

Rubberball/Mike Kemp(BAGHDAD) — More than four months after the U.S. withdrew nearly all of its troops from Iraq, the security situation there seems to be going as well as can be expected, given the threats from al Qaeda and the local insurgency that …

Iraq to Free Hezbollah Commander Accused in US Troop Slay Plot

Iraq to Free Hezbollah Commander Accused in US Troop Slay Plot

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — In a decision that will likely strain relations between Washington and Baghdad, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq announced Monday that it was freeing a jailed Hezbollah commander who allegedly plotted t…

Group Charges Iraq with Suppressing Press Freedoms

Group Charges Iraq with Suppressing Press Freedoms

Rubberball/Mike Kemp(WASHINGTON) — Journalists in Iraq have much to fear, a local rights group has charged.That fact was already documented in media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders’ 2011-2012 World Press Freedom Index, which listed Ira…

Islamic Cleric Undertakes Mission to Keep Iraq Unified

Islamic Cleric Undertakes Mission to Keep Iraq Unified

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr finds himself in the role of peacemaker in an attempt to calm a crisis that threatens to split Iraq.Al-Sadr, who is pro-Iran and vehemently anti-America, traveled to Iraq’s semi…

Dozens Killed, Wounded in Series of Bombings in Iraq

Dozens Killed, Wounded in Series of Bombings in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — A series of bombings across Iraq Thursday morning left dozens dead and many more injured, marking the deadliest day in the country in nearly a month.Blasts were reported in Baghdad, Baqouba, Dibis, Kirkuk, Samarra and…

Dozens of Boeing Planes Headed to Iraq

Dozens of Boeing Planes Headed to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — One of the many casualties of the long war in Iraq was the shuttering of its commercial aviation operations.However, the industry could be up and flying again, with reports that 40 Boeing commercial airplanes will soo…

Iraqi Vice President Claims Bodyguards Tortured to Death

Iraqi Vice President Claims Bodyguards Tortured to Death

SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — Iraq’s fugitive vice president is making explosive claims that two of his bodyguards were tortured to death by government security forces in late March, allegedly making it three that have been killed during the…

Iraq Approves First Human Rights Commission

Iraq Approves First Human Rights Commission

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Baghdad’s current problems notwithstanding, the Iraqi parliament took a positive step to disassociate the country from its violent past by approving the first-ever independent human rights commission.Something that wo…

Former Saddam Crony Appears to Surface in New Video

Former Saddam Crony Appears to Surface in New Video

Salah Malkawi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A frail-looking man with a striking resemblance to former Iraqi Vice President Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri has turned up in a video posted on YouTube — the most recent evidence to date that he possibly remains the hi…

Kurdish President Warns of New Iraqi Dictatorship

Kurdish President Warns of New Iraqi Dictatorship

SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Is Iraq headed toward another Saddam Hussein-style dictatorship?Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region, suggested that possibility on Thursday.Barzani, who was in Washington to…

Iraq’s Problems Becoming More Evident to Arab Neighbors

Iraq’s Problems Becoming More Evident to Arab Neighbors

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Iraqi government of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has canceled Thursday’s reconciliation conference with opposition groups just a week after hosting an Arab League summit that Baghdad had used to boast the…

Victim of Possible Hate Crime Buried in Iraq

Victim of Possible Hate Crime Buried in Iraq

Comstock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, California)  — An Iraqi woman who was found slain in her California home last month was buried Saturday in her native country.While mourners laid to rest Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, in the holy Shii…

Victim of Possible Hate Crime Buried in Iraq

Victim of Possible Hate Crime Buried in Iraq

Comstock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, California)  — An Iraqi woman who was found slain in her California home last month was buried Saturday in her native country.While mourners laid to rest Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, in the holy Shii…

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