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Officials: Iran tones down posture in Iraq

Iran has shifted its military strategy regarding U.S. forces in Iraq ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November, reducing the number of rockets launched at bases and potentially withholding its response to the January killing of its top general, according to an intelligence assessment described by U.S. officials.

21 September 2020 10:08 PM

Know about Trump's remarks on new restrictions re-imposed on Iran

Today, I am taking new actions to restrict Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits.

21 September 2020 09:26 PM

Iran says ready for full prisoner swap with US

Iran is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a virtual address to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

21 September 2020 09:17 PM

Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi must face down Iran’s militias

In a recent interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said he envisaged the Middle East as a region that he called “the New Levant,

21 September 2020 09:05 PM

Iraq closes borders to face enraged Iranian pilgrims

The Iraqi Border Authority have announced that the country's borders are closed, a response to videos posted on social media showing some

21 September 2020 08:59 PM

Iran: nuclear deal with world powers worth preserving

The head of Iran’s nuclear agency said Monday that the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers on his country’s atomic program

21 September 2020 08:52 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Set to Visit Paris Next Month

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has planned an official visit to Paris which is likely to take place in mid-October.

21 September 2020 08:50 PM

Aoun warns Lebanon will go "to hell" unless government agreed

President Michel Aoun warned on Monday Lebanon was going “to hell” if a new government was not formed, and said agreeing one could need a

21 September 2020 08:49 PM

Iran's Zarif says wrestler Afkari executed for murder, not role in unrest

Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari was executed earlier this month for murder, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday, rejecting assertions by

21 September 2020 08:46 PM

Kurdistan Coronavirus Cases Climb to 41,732, Death Toll Jumps to 1,536

A total of 730 new cases of COVID-19 recorded within the past 24 hours brings the total tally to 41,732, Kurdistan Region’s health ministry said.

21 September 2020 08:45 PM

U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran's defense ministry, Venezuela's Maduro

The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on the Iranian defense ministry and others involved in Iran’s nuclear and weapons program

21 September 2020 08:44 PM

Islamic Scholars Continue Promoting Peaceful Coexistence in Kurdistan: Barzani

Kurdish prominent leader and the president of ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) issued a message to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kurdistan Islamic Scholars’ Union, saying the religious figures significantly contributed to the Kurdish cause.

21 September 2020 08:43 PM

COVID-19 Infections in Iraq Rise to 322,856

With nearly 4,000 new cases, the coronavirus tally across Iraq reached 322,856 on Sunday, the country's health ministry reported.

21 September 2020 08:41 PM

PM Barzani Highlights Role of Islamic Religious Scholars in Kurdish Struggle for Freedom

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has hailed the contribution of the Islamic religious scholars to the long Kurdish struggle for freedom.

21 September 2020 08:40 PM

Israel: Honduras to move embassy to Jerusalem by end of 2020

Honduras will move its embassy to Jerusalem this year, and Israel will open an embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement released early Monday.

21 September 2020 08:14 PM

Iraqi president confirms support for the security, judicial services

On Sunday, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, appreciated the efforts of the security forces and the speed of their response and coordination with the Kurdistan region in following up the causes of Al-Mansour’s crime and arresting the perpetrator, stressing his support for the security and judicial agencies to uncover those involved in a criminal practice.

21 September 2020 12:33 AM

Meeting US amb., Iraqi president calls for reducing tensions

On Sunday, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, discussed with the US Ambassador Matthew Tueller the relations between the two countries, while stressing the need to reduce tensions and use the language of dialogue in resolving outstanding issues.

21 September 2020 12:30 AM

US accuses Europe of inaction over Iran arms

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said European leaders "haven't lifted a finger" to halt arms sales to Iran after they rejected a unilateral US declaration that UN sanctions on Tehran were back in force, AFP reported.

21 September 2020 12:27 AM

Iran threatens 'crushing response to US bullying' after sanctions declaration

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said the US "faces defeat" in its move to reimpose UN sanctions on the country as European allies called the unilateral declaration legally void.

21 September 2020 12:25 AM

U.N. chief says no action on U.N. Iran sanctions due to 'uncertainty'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that

20 September 2020 11:40 PM

Iran's Rouhani says U.S. faces defeat in bid to reimpose U.N. sanctions

The United States faces defeat in its move to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as Washington

20 September 2020 11:37 PM

Russian jets strike Syrian rebel-held bastion in heaviest strikes since ceasefire

Syrian opposition sources said Russian jets bombed rebel-held northwestern Syria on Sunday in the most extensive strikes since a Turkish-

20 September 2020 11:35 PM

Bahrain says it foils "terrorist attack" backed by Iran - media

Bahrain said on Sunday it had foiled a “terrorist attack” backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Saudi state television Al-Ekhbariya

20 September 2020 11:33 PM

A Protest Activist Kidnapped in South of Iraq, Another Injured

Unidentified perpetrators on Saturday night kidnapped a protest activist in south of Iraq and left another with injuries.

20 September 2020 11:24 PM

Kurdistan Reports 444 New Coronavirus Cases, over 650 Recoveries

The Kurdistan Region recorded 444 new cases of COVID-19 with 667 recoveries in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday.

20 September 2020 11:22 PM

Kirkuk: Village of Kakai Minorities Comes under Attack

A village populated by the Kurdish Kakais was attacked on Saturday, a local source said.

20 September 2020 11:21 PM

Four IS Militants Killed in Operation North of Baghdad

At least four IS militants were killed in an operation by the Iraqi forces in Salahaddin province.

20 September 2020 11:19 PM

Iran speaker slams Rouhani's gov't over US sanctions

Iran's Parliament Speaker Baqer Ghalibaf has criticized the “passive” reactions of the Hassan Rouhani's government to the US move to re-impose sanctions on Tehran.

20 September 2020 06:29 PM

Iraq reports 3,438 new COVID-19 cases and 64 deaths

On Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health reported 3,438 new cases of coronavirus and 64 deaths in the country.

20 September 2020 06:14 PM

Iran dismisses US efforts for UN sanctions as currency drops

Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday.

20 September 2020 05:35 PM

Iraq captures 2 ISIS militants in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces arrested two ISIS militants in raids in the capital Baghdad, according to the Defense Ministry on Sunday.

20 September 2020 05:10 PM

Railway to be built between Iraq's Mosul, Turkey

A railway will be built between Iraq's Mosul and Turkey, according to the governor of Mosul on Sunday.

20 September 2020 05:05 PM