Tag: Mahdi, Adel Abdul

Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.

BAGHDAD — When Iraq recorded its first cases of coronavirus, its health minister asked the government for $5 million in emergency funds. But there were no funds to be had. “There is no money and we are in a difficult situation,” said the minister, Jaafer Sadiq Allawi, as he appealed for help from a cleric […]

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Iraqis Question U.S. Claim That Iran-Backed Militia Attacked Base

NEPTIS, Iraq — The white Kia pickup turned off the desert road and rumbled onto a dirt track, stopping near a marsh. Soon there was a flash and a ripping sound as the first of the rockets fired from the truck soared toward Iraq’s K-1 military base. The rockets wounded six people and killed an […]

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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Is Hit by Rocket Fire

BAGHDAD — The United States Embassy in Baghdad was struck by rocket fire late Sunday, with at least one hitting a dining facility, slightly injuring one person and causing minor building damage. It was unclear whether any of the other four rockets launched in the attack landed inside the embassy compound, but the assault prompted […]

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Protesters Mass in Baghdad, Demanding U.S. Leave Iraq

BAGHDAD — Throngs of Iraqis gathered on the streets of the capital, Baghdad, in the early hours of Friday to protest the United States military presence in the country at the behest of populist and armed forces in Iraq with ties to Iran. The demonstration comes three weeks after the United States launched a drone […]

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The Wrong Track for Confronting Iran

In the quick escalation of tensions and attacks between the United States and Iran this month, each side threw down a gauntlet. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo defined America’s goal as to “confront and contain.” Iran’s rulers said they won’t be satisfied until America leaves the Middle East. Confronting and containing Iran may sound wise. […]

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