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US says signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of response

The United States sees signs the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack on Sunday in northwest Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond “quickly and appropriately” if this were proven.

22 May 2019 03:02 AM

Half of American adults expect war with Iran 'within next few years'

Half of all Americans believe that the United States will go to war with Iran “within the next few years,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the two countries.

22 May 2019 02:35 AM

Libyan National Army hires firm to forge closer ties with US

A Libyan general who has gained control of the city of Benghazi and is believed to have ties to the CIA has hired a Texas-based lobbying firm to help him forge closer relations with the US as he seeks to defeat rival militias and consolidate his hold on the North African country.

22 May 2019 01:32 AM

European trade mechanism to unlikely happen: Iranian lawmaker

​Hishmatullah Fallah Beshah, head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Committee ruled out the possibility that Europeans would activate the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).

22 May 2019 01:28 AM

Palestinian business leaders to boycott US economic conference

Palestinian business leaders on Tuesday rebuffed US plans for an economic conference in Bahrain that has become the spearhead of President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan.

22 May 2019 01:12 AM

Prices of houses in Iran increase up to 40%: report

​The real estate market is witnessing a hike in housing prices up to 40%, Iranian newspaper Mardom Salari reported.

22 May 2019 12:10 AM

Potential for Iran attacks 'put on hold,' threats remain: Shanahan

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that while threats from Iran in the Middle East remained high, deterrence measures taken by the Pentagon had “put on hold” the potential for attacks on Americans.

21 May 2019 11:50 PM

Iraq, Jordan agree to exchange power, oil: Energy min.

Jordan's Energy Minister Hala Zawati announced an agreement with the Iraqi side to provide Iraq with electricity in return for providing Jordan with about 7% of its daily need of oil.

21 May 2019 11:42 PM

Syrians detained, killed in southern cradle of revolt: UN

At least 380 civilians have been arrested in Syria’s south and 11 civilians serving on local councils and former fighters have been killed or attacked there since the government retook the area, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

21 May 2019 11:23 PM

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, UN arms research chief says

The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior UN security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an “urgent” issue that the world should take more seriously.

21 May 2019 11:01 PM

US fingers Iran on Gulf attacks but eases tone

President Donald Trump's administration charged Tuesday it was "quite possible" Iran was responsible for sabotage of Gulf oil interests but said its robust response had stopped potential attacks on Americans.

21 May 2019 10:40 PM

Turkey: Where to go when the cash runs low

Turkey is struggling to support the ailing lira, which has lost more than 40% of its value over the past two years, and with foreign currency reserves running low, investors are trying to map out Ankara’s options for turning the tide.

21 May 2019 10:04 PM

News about arming tribes in Anbar by US 'void of truth': Hewitt

​Muzahim al-Hewitt, spokesman of the Arab tribes in Nineveh denied claims that the US has armed the Sunni tribes in Anbar, particularly in Nineveh.

21 May 2019 09:47 PM

Documents shine rare light on Syrian government crackdown

Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country’s civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar al-Assad’s shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought to eliminate dissidents at all cost and systematically persecuted the Kurdish minority even before the onset of protests.

21 May 2019 09:36 PM

Sadrist Movement calls on Iraqis to protest Friday

​A Sadrist Movement official called on supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to rush into the streets and protest on Friday in various provinces.

21 May 2019 09:33 PM

Bahrain defends decision to host White House Mideast meeting

Bahrain on Tuesday defended its decision to host a White House-engineered conference to address the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, saying its only objective is to support the “brotherly Palestinian people.”

21 May 2019 09:12 PM

MP urges Abd al-Mahdi to monitor border crossings

A Wisdom Movement MP called on Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi to personally intervene to control the border crossings.

21 May 2019 09:00 PM

May to ask lawmakers to vote on a second Brexit referendum

British Prime Minister Theresa May said her government will include in her Withdrawal Agreement Bill a requirement for lawmakers to vote on whether to hold another Brexit referendum

21 May 2019 06:58 PM

Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants in Sinai

Egyptian security forces have killed 16 suspected militants in North Sinai and found a stash of weapons and explosives in their hideouts, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday

21 May 2019 06:56 PM

Iraq's racy TV in Ramadan revives an industry - and draws censure

On a studio set in Baghdad, a director watches the star of his TV series hold a knife against the neck of a fellow actor, in a dramatic revival of fortunes for Iraq's entertainment industry

21 May 2019 06:15 PM

Daily updates: Halbousi remains parliament speaker despite dipsutes

The Baghdad Post presents to its readers the latest news updates and breaking news today in Iraq

21 May 2019 06:02 PM

Potential attacks on Americans in Middle East "put on hold": acting Pentagon chief

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that while the threat from Iran in the region remains high, the potential for attacks on Americans had been "put on hold."

21 May 2019 05:43 PM

Despite rhetoric, Turkey complies with US oil sanctions on Iran

​Turkey has closed its ports to Iranian oil, fully complying with US sanctions against its main supplier, despite Ankara publicly criticizing the United States' move to end import waivers and warning of a struggle to tap alternative producers

21 May 2019 05:22 PM

Yemen's Houthis step up drone attacks on Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last year amid United Nations-led peace efforts

21 May 2019 05:14 PM

Iraq sending teams to Tehran, Washington to try to calm tensions - PM

Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help "halt tension" amid fears of a confrontation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said on Tuesday

21 May 2019 05:09 PM

Middle East tensions pose 'challenge' to oil market stability - Iraqi minister

Growing tensions in the Middle East pose a challenge to the stability of global crude oil markets, Iraq's oil minister said on Tuesday

21 May 2019 04:58 PM

Attacks on US embassy in Baghdad put Iraqi government in unenviable position

The firing of a missile near the US embassy in Baghdad on Sunday evening did not leave casualties or damages, however, it caused a great effect that could result in consequences, increasing the tension between the US and Iran

21 May 2019 03:27 PM

Iran’s Revolutionary Regime Hard Wired For Confrontation

Since 1979 Iran has defined itself as a country with expansionist designs backed up by a relentless ideology. Its latest confrontation with the US shows yet again that this ideology is hard-wired into the soul of the Tehran Regime. Indeed, Iran’s course of action is the very reason that the regime exists as it does.

21 May 2019 03:20 PM

Social media activists say US will eradicate Iran militias in Iraq

Social Media users have said that eradicating the terrorist militias in Iraq requires an international alliance to fight it as their threats are growing.

21 May 2019 02:47 PM

Salih discusses bilateral ties with US delegation in Baghdad

Iraqi President Barham Salih has received in Al-Salam Palace in Baghdad Marshall Billingslea, the US Treasury Department's assistant secretary for terrorist financing, a presidential statement said.

21 May 2019 02:07 PM

Oil up on escalating US-Iran tensions, but trade war worries cap gains

Oil prices rose on Tuesday on escalating U.S.-Iran tensions and amid expectations that producer club OPEC will continue to withhold supply this year.

21 May 2019 01:51 PM

Iranian IRGC in Syria's Latakia?

Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. Latakia is where Russia’s Khmeimim airbase is located.

21 May 2019 01:43 PM