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Iraq: Country in Western Asia
Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest and Syria to the west. The capital and largest city is Baghdad. Iraq is home to diverse ethnic groups including Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Yazidis, Shabakis, Armenians, Mandaeans, Circassians, Sabians and Kawliya. Around 99% of the country's 38 million citizens are Muslims, with small minorities of Christians, Yarsans, Yezidis and Mandeans also present. The official languages of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish.

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Fmr NATO military commander: Trump's drawdown in Afghanistan & Iraq is 'astoundingly foolish from a military, strategic, diploma [Video]

Fmr NATO military commander: Trump's drawdown in Afghanistan & Iraq is 'astoundingly foolish from a military, strategic, diploma

Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) joins The Lead.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 05:42Published
US will withdraw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by January 2021 [Video]

US will withdraw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by January 2021

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced that the US will withdraw thousands more US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by Jan 15, 2021.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 01:32Published
Trump remains at White House amid troop announcement [Video]

Trump remains at White House amid troop announcement

President Donald Trump’s remained at the White House and out of the view of the public as his acting defense secretary announced troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins has..

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 03:54Published
Iraq gov't bans imports to support local farmers [Video]

Iraq gov't bans imports to support local farmers

Government imposes restrictions on imports of beans and other agricultural products during harvest season.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:40Published
No timeline as US to move remaining combat troops out of Iraq [Video]

No timeline as US to move remaining combat troops out of Iraq

Timing for move to be established in ‘upcoming technical talks’ and foreign forces to stay to provide training and assistance to Iraqi army, statement after US-Iraq talks says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published
Iraq's plan to inoculate 8 million begins [Video]

Iraq's plan to inoculate 8 million begins

Iraq’s government is facing a dual challenge, on one hand, it must convince people to get the vaccine, and at the same time, it is struggling to secure doses from global suppliers.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published
What's the secret behind Iraq's large gold exports? [Video]

What's the secret behind Iraq's large gold exports?

From glittering religious sites to important social occasions, Iraqis have a centuries-old relationship with gold.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published
UDF, LDF both are ideologically bankrupt: JP Nadda in Kerala [Video]

UDF, LDF both are ideologically bankrupt: JP Nadda in Kerala

Ahead of the assembly polls in the state of Kerala, while addressing a public gathering in Thodupuzha town of Idukki district on March 27, BJP chief JP Nadda said, "Our vote share has increased from 5%..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:45Published
Iraq’s Tarmiyah: A battleground between ISIL and militias [Video]

Iraq’s Tarmiyah: A battleground between ISIL and militias

Al Jazeera gain rare access to a region in Iraq, used by ISIL for its recent attacks and we speak to military officers, who say they have sacrificed their lives to fight for peace the threat of..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:16Published
Coronavirus pandemic: Rising virus cases and shortages stoke chaos fears in Iraq [Video]

Coronavirus pandemic: Rising virus cases and shortages stoke chaos fears in Iraq

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Iraq’s MPs to debate budget talks amid economic crisis [Video]

Iraq’s MPs to debate budget talks amid economic crisis

The Iraqis struggling to feed their families, as politicians bicker over the national budget.

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Iraq’s Mandaeans celebrate baptism feast [Video]

Iraq’s Mandaeans celebrate baptism feast

Nearly two decades of violence, insecurity, neglect and indifference have destroyed Iraq's rich heritage.And one of its religious minority groups fears extinction unless its traditions and people are..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:22Published
Pope Francis ends epic Iraq tour preaching peace [Video]

Pope Francis ends epic Iraq tour preaching peace

Pope Francis' whirlwind tour of Iraq has come to an end, with the pontiff saying Iraq would "always remain with me, in my heart" as he departed from Baghdad international airport on Monday. Adam Reed..

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Papal visit to Iraq: "Seeing these images today is deeply moving" [Video]

Papal visit to Iraq: "Seeing these images today is deeply moving"

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After historic whirlwind visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome [Video]

After historic whirlwind visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

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Iraqi priest dances for joy over Pope's arrival [Video]

Iraqi priest dances for joy over Pope's arrival

"I felt I was flying like an angel," Father Roni Momika said when Reuters caught up with him after he showcased his dance moves in the streets of Qaraqosh, moments before the arrival of Pope Francis.

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Pope ends Iraq visit after mass in ISIL-ravaged city of Mosul [Video]

Pope ends Iraq visit after mass in ISIL-ravaged city of Mosul

On the third day of his first visit to Iraq, Pope Francis has been sending a message of hope, healing and unity to the victims of war.

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CNN10 - 3/8/21 [Video]

CNN10 - 3/8/21

Different states take different tacks concerning Covid, the pope makes a historic visit to Iraq, and a Japanese centenarian prepares to carry the Olympic torch.

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Pope Francis visits Iraqi church once attacked by ISIS [Video]

Pope Francis visits Iraqi church once attacked by ISIS

During his historic trip to Iraq, Pope Francis traveled to the northern part of the country where he visited several sites that had been attacked by ISIS. CNN’s Ben Wedeman has more.

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On GPS: Pope Francis visits Iraq [Video]

On GPS: Pope Francis visits Iraq

CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman joins Fareed from Erbil for a report on the first ever visit of a Pontiff to the country.

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Pope Francis holds prayer for Iraq's war victims in church ruins [Video]

Pope Francis holds prayer for Iraq's war victims in church ruins

Pope Francis called for peaceful coexistence and prayed for Iraq's war victims in Mosul.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published
Pope Francis blesses faithful at church in Qaraqosh [Video]

Pope Francis blesses faithful at church in Qaraqosh

Pope Francis urged Iraq’s Christians to forgive and to rebuild as he visited church ruins in the war-ravaged north.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:50Published

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The RAF used bombs and missiles to clear an IS stronghold in Iraq as part of a 10-day operation, the Ministry of Defence has said.
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Amid the rubble and pain in Iraq, the Pope came with a message of peace

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'Iraq will always remain with me, in my heart': Pope's message to packed Erbil stadium

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Pope Francis has said Mass to thousands of people in the packed Franso Hariri stadium in Erbil.
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Pope visits Mosul - former Islamic State stronghold in Iraq

Pope Francis has arrived in Mosul on his tour of Iraq, a former stronghold of terror group Islamic State.
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Pope Francis's historic visit has given Iraqis hope of more tolerant days ahead

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This extraordinary and historic papal visit to Iraq may have been risky and controversial.
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Pope holds Mass at Iraq cathedral after historic meeting with Muslim cleric

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The Pope has performed Mass in a Baghdad cathedral after earlier holding a historic meeting with Iraq's top Shia cleric.
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'Look beyond our differences': Pope Francis meets with senior Iraqi Shia cleric

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Pope Francis has met Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani - Iraq's top Shia cleric - at the Islamic scholar's home in the Iraqi city of Najaf.
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Pope Francis arrives at home of senior Iraqi Shi'ite cleric

Pope Francis has arrived at the home of Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani - southern Iraq's top shi'ite cleric - in a historic meeting of Catholic and Shi'ite Muslim leadership.
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Pope arrives in Iraq for historic first-ever papal trip to nation despite security and COVID fears

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At least 28 killed and dozens injured in twin suicide attack in Baghdad

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At least 28 people have died and dozens more are wounded after a double suicide attack in Iraq's capital.
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Situation in Bengal worse than Kashmir, similar to that of Iran, Iraq: State BJP chief

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday alleged that with surging political violence, the law and order situation of the state has become "worse than Kashmir" and is "similar to that of Iran..
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Kerala IS jihadi who went to Iraq gets life in jail, fined 2.1 lakh


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NIA court convicts Kerala man who joined IS in Iraq


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India's Rafale jets to have HAMMER missiles; weapon that was used in Iraq and Syria

It was pointed out that the Rafale jets with HAMMER missiles carried out airstrikes in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
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U.N. mulls proposal to reopen Iraq crossing for pandemic aid to Syria

The United Nations Security Council is considered a proposal to reopen a border crossing from Iraq into Syria for six months to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to help millions of Syrian..
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Turkey plans more military bases in north Iraq after offensive: official

Turkey plans to set up more temporary military bases in northern Iraq after stepping up its strikes against Kurdish militants there, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, saying the effort would..
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Turkey says it hits 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

Turkish forces have hit more than 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq as part of an operation in the region against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
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Four rockets fall inside Baghdad's Green Zone, no casualties: military statement

Four rockets fell late on Wednesday inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the U.S. embassy and other missions in the Iraqi capital, but caused no casualties, Iraq's military said..
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UAE says Turkish and Iranian interventions violate Iraqi sovereignty

The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday that Turkish and Iranian military interventions in Iraq violated the sovereignty of a sisterly Arab country.
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Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish targets in northern Iraq

Turkey's Defence Ministry said its warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq's Haftanin region on Wednesday, the second such operation launched against the Kurdistan Workers Party..
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Three rockets land near Baghdad airport, no casualties: military

Three Katyusha rockets landed near Baghdad International Airport late on Monday, the Iraqi military said.
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Two rockets fall in Iraq's Taji base, no casualties reported: news agency

Two Katyusha rockets fell in Iraq's Taji base that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops, with no casualties reported, the state news agency said on Saturday.
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Iraq, U.S. affirm commitment to U.S. troop reduction: statement

Iraq and the United States affirmed their commitment to the reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq, a statement from the two countries said, as officials discussed Washington's future relationship with..
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Special Report: Inside the proxy battle that keeps an Iraqi city on its knees

Three years ago, the world rejoiced when Iraqi forces backed by the United States and Iran liberated this ancient city from the brutal rule of Islamic State. The people of Mosul hoped to rebuild their..
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Denmark agrees to send more troops to Iraq's NATO training mission

Denmark will send up to 285 military personnel to NATO's non-combat training operation in Iraq as it takes over leadership of the mission training Iraqi security forces from Canada by the end of 2020,..
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A rocket falls inside Baghdad's Green Zone

One rocket fell on Wednesday inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, but caused no casualties, Iraqi military sources said. 
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Rocket hit near Baghdad international airport, no casualties

A rocket landed in the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport on Monday, the Iraqi military said.
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Iraq records over 1,000 coronavirus cases for first time: ministry

Iraq recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time on Friday, with its total approaching 10,000 confirmed cases, the health ministry said.
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In Iraq's fields of black gold, thousands lose livelihoods

Mohammed Haider, a security worker in Iraq's southern oilfields, thought he was safe after signing a new one-year contract to guard oil facilities. Three days later, he was out of a job.
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Iran signs two-year contract with Iraq to export electricity: IRNA

Iran has signed a two-year contract with Iraq to export electricity to the neighbouring country, Iranian state news agency IRNA on Thursday quoted the country's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian as..
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Turkey to open Iran, Iraq border gates this week to boost trade

Turkey will open its Gurbulak border gate with Iran and the Habur border gate with Iraq this week in order to help boost trade as coronavirus containment measures are eased, Trade Minister Ruhsar..
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Iraqi militiamen drop guns to dig graves for coronavirus victims

Iraqi paramedic Sarmad Ibrahim cut his teeth treating fellow Shi'ite Muslim militiamen in the war against Islamic State. Now, he buries COVID-19 victims - an exhausting task where he must also get to..
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Iran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination

Two diplomats are quietly leading Iran's push to influence politics in Iraq, in a departure from the more blunt enforcement employed by Qassem Soleimani, a top commander slain in a U.S. air strike.
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Iran Supreme Leader says Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria

Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, renewing Iran's demand for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East.
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Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria: Iran Supreme Leader

Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, according to his official website.
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Trump congratulates Iraq PM Kadhimi on forming government

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to congratulate him on the approval of his new government by Iraqi lawmakers last week, the White House said.
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Iraqi who recovered from COVID-19 faced some social stigma

Mohannad Ennezi spent nearly a month in a hospital isolation ward in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul being treated for COVID-19. Now he has recovered, Ennezi says he has faced suspicion from some..
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Iraq lawmakers approve government of Prime Minister-designate Kadhimi

Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government on Wednesday after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over Cabinet seats in backroom deals.
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U.S. to renew waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity for 120 days: State Department

The United States will grant a 120-day waiver for Iraq to continue importing electricity from Iran to help the new Iraqi government succeed, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the newly installed..
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Rockets hit near Baghdad airport, launcher with timer found

Three Katyusha rockets landed in the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday but caused no damage or casualties, the Iraqi military said.
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