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Iraqi rival groups both announce parliamentary blocs to form new government

03 Sep 2018

BAGHDAD Rival Iraqi political factions said on Sunday they had each formed alliances capable of forming a government in the new parliament after months of political uncertainty following a May election.

Iraq sending team to U.S. to seek deal on transactions with Iran

28 Aug 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq will send a delegation to the United States seeking an agreement on financial transactions with Iran following Washington's reimposition of sanctions on Tehran, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday.

Exclusive - Iraq to ask U.S. for exemptions on some Iran sanctions

21 Aug 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq's economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad is going to ask Washington for permission to ignore some U.S. sanctions on its neighbour, Iraqi government and central bank officials said.

Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes

10 Aug 2018

BAGHDAD Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government. | Video

Exclusive: Iraq election commission ignored warnings over voting machines - document

05 Aug 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq's election commission ignored an anti-corruption body's warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines used in May's parliamentary election, according to investigators and a document seen by Reuters.

Islamic State makes comeback in Iraq with switch to guerrilla tactics

24 Jul 2018

BAQUBA, Iraq Months after Iraq declared victory over Islamic State, its fighters are making a comeback with a scatter-gun campaign of kidnap and killing.

U.S. senator warns against further Turkish incursions in Syria

05 Jul 2018

BAGHDAD Turkey could find itself in a quagmire if it deepens its involvement in Syria's multi-sided civil war, a U.S. senator said on Wednesday after meeting President Tayyip Erdogan this week.

Iraq executes 12 after PM calls for speedy executions

29 Jun 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq put to death 12 people convicted of terrorism hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for speedy executions in response to the kidnapping and killing of eight members of the security forces, the government said on Friday.

Iraq finds bodies of security men kidnapped by Islamic State

27 Jun 2018

BAQUBA, Iraq Iraqi security forces have found the bodies of eight men, two days after a deadline set by their Islamic State kidnappers expired, a local commander told Reuters on Wednesday.

Iraq plans manual election recount only for suspect ballots

24 Jun 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq will conduct a manual recount of votes from a May election only for ballots mentioned in official reports on fraud or in formal complaints, a move likely to speed up the ratification of final results and the formation of a new government.

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