BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqi women took to the streets of central Baghdad and southern Iraq on Thursday in defiance of a radical cleric's calls for gender segregation at anti-government...
BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Shiite preacher who heads a powerful political bloc in Iraq's Parliament threatened Tuesday to withdraw support for the candidate chosen by rival blocs as prime...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's capital of Baghdad awoke on Tuesday to a sight not seen in over a decade — their city covered in snow.
It was a rare moment of respite during which residents took...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces shot and killed at least one protester in the country's south on Monday, official said as the five-month anti-government protest movement enters a critical...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric called for security forces to protect anti-government protesters in a Friday sermon, after weeks of violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, and...
BAGHDAD (AP) — At least eight anti-government protesters were shot dead and 52 were wounded in clashes with followers of a radical Shiite cleric in southern Iraq on Wednesday, Iraqi medical...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators on Sunday rejected Iraq’s new prime minister-designate following his nomination by rival government factions, compounding the challenges he'll have to...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Former communications minister Mohammed Allawi was named prime minister-designate by rival Iraqi factions Saturday after weeks of political deadlock.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful religious figure, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, reiterated Friday his condemnation of the use of force against anti-government protesters as the mass movement...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Joint military operations with the U.S.-led coalition to counter the Islamic State group have resumed after a nearly three-week pause, an Iraqi military statement said...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Waving national flags and banners denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Iraqis marched peacefully through Baghdad on Friday to demand the ouster of U.S....
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Sunday set up checkpoints and manned them alongside unarmed members of a militia group, Iraqi police officials said, to protect anti-government protesters...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters burned an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq for a third time on Tuesday, as the country’s political leaders continued talks over selecting a new prime...
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq, amid deadly violence over anti-government protests (all times local):
An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric has called on the...
BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb north of Baghdad killed nine members of the Iraqi security forces on Thursday, including a counter-explosives official and a commander in a militia headed by populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, authorities said.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to a provincial government building in the southern city of Basra, despite a curfew imposed by authorities Thursday to try and quell demonstrations against poor public services and unemployment that have turned violent.
Three protesters were shot dead by security forces, according to a medical and a security official. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Saturday with two Iraqi leaders to express support for Iraq's efforts to form a "moderate, nationalist" government that would serve all Iraqis, his spokeswoman said.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top court has ratified the results of the country's May parliamentary elections following a manual ballot recount ordered by the outgoing chamber following charges of irregularities.
The Federal Court's decision on Sunday paves the way for the president to summon lawmakers to an inaugural session of the new, 329-seat house. In theory, parliament should then proceed to elect a speaker, a president and a prime minister, who will in turn form a new government.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's election commission says the result of its recount of ballots from May's parliamentary elections doesn't alter the overall outcome of the vote.
The commission completed earlier this week its recount from the vote which was marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities. It didn't recount votes from eastern Baghdad because of a fire at a warehouse where ballot boxes were stored.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's election commission has completed its recount of ballots from May's parliamentary elections, which were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities.
The commission said Monday it didn't recount votes from eastern Baghdad because of a fire at a warehouse where ballot boxes and electronic counting equipment were stored.
It did not say whether the recount had altered the results or when the new count would be made public.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's national elections commission says a hand recount of the vote from last May's parliamentary elections will start on Tuesday.
Leith Jaber Hamza, spokesman for the Independent High Electoral Commission, said Saturday the recount would be monitored by the United Nations, as well as foreign diplomats and local party officials.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first.
Instead, he has forged a postelection coalition with a rival Shiite bloc that includes some of the most powerful militias operating in Iraq — groups that get their funding and support from Tehran.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced on Saturday a political coalition amid talks to form a new government after national elections last month.
Al-Sadr's political bloc won the largest share of seats in May parliamentary elections. He has already joined in a coalition with the second-place bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri, a Shiite militia leader who enjoys the support of Iran. Al-Abadi's bloc came in third in the polls.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month's parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government.
The move, announced by al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri of the Fatah coalition in the revered southern Shiite city of Najaf, came as a surprise as al-Sadr has been touting himself as a nationalist leader who opposes Iranian influence in Iraq.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A pair of explosions ripped through a mosque in a mostly Shiite district of Iraq's capital Wednesday, killing at least 10 worshippers, including two children, security officials said.
They said the blasts in Baghdad's Sadr City district also wounded 25 people, almost completely destroyed the mosque and damaged several nearby houses.
The officials agreed to give details of the attack only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive" and mindful of their needs.
No single bloc won a majority in the May 12 vote, raising the prospect of weeks or even months of negotiations to agree on a government. Major political players began talks soon after the election's partial results were announced last week.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.
The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, had defeated his establishment rivals.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission early Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after Muqtada al-Sadr's militias fought American troops, the United States is preparing to work hand in hand with the charismatic Shiite cleric and his movement, hoping to find common cause in curtailing Iran's influence in the wake of an upset Iraqi election.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A populist coalition organized by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr emerged as the front-runner Monday with more than half the vote counted in Iraq's national elections.
Partial returns from Saturday's balloting — the first since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State militant group — were announced by the country's electoral commission and put al-Sadr's political alliance in the lead in six provinces, including Baghdad.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Iraq's national elections (all times local):
Iraq's national elections commission says Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has taken the largest share of votes in the province that includes the formerly Islamic State-held city of Mosul.
It is the only province so far to give a plurality of votes to al-Abadi, who has performed poorly in this year's parliamentary elections. The elections were held Saturday, with low turnout.
BAGHDAD (AP) — In the years following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the young cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burst onto the scene as a renegade champion of poorer Shiites, leading militant fighters who carried out deadly attacks on American forces and were notorious for sectarian killings against Sunni Muslims.
Now al-Sadr appears set to secure the most significant victory of his political career after a strong showing in parliament elections held over the weekend.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The political coalition of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took an early lead in Iraq's national elections in partial returns announced late Sunday by the Iraqi electoral commission.
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1. WHO LEADS IN IRAQ NATIONAL ELECTION
Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's alliance is the early front-runner, with official results in from just over half the country.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Iraq's national elections. (all times local):
Iraq's electoral commission says influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's alliance is the early front-runner in national elections, with official results in from just over half of the country's provinces.
The announcement Sunday night comes a day after polls closed across Iraq. The results are from 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including Baghdad and Basra.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric said the additional 560 U.S. troops heading to Iraq to upgrade an air base recently retaken from the Islamic State group would be a "target" for his supporters.
Muqtada al-Sadr's threat came in response to a question from a supporter about the deployment, announced in Baghdad last week by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
"They are a target for us," Al-Sadr wrote on his official website late Sunday, without...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of a powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric rallied in central Baghdad on Friday to press demands for reform and an end to alleged corruption in the government.
The rally was held under tight security following a devastating Islamic State group attack that killed nearly 300 in Baghdad on July 3. Hundreds of policemen and riot police were deployed, along with members of the Sarayah al-Salam, or Peace Brigades, a Shiite militia led by...