Prominent activist gunned down in Iraq shrine city Karbala

World / Crime & Legal Dec 9, 2019

Prominent activist gunned down in Iraq shrine city Karbala

A prominent civil society activist was shot dead late Sunday in Iraq's shrine city of Karbala while returning home from anti-government protests, a neighbor told AFP. Fahem al-Tai, 53, had been taking part in weeks of rallies denouncing Iraq's entrenched political elite as corrupt, inept ...

Airstrikes kill five pro-Iran fighters in Syria, monitor says

World Dec 9, 2019

Airstrikes kill five pro-Iran fighters in Syria, monitor says

Airstrikes by unidentified warplanes have killed five pro-Iran fighters in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor near the Iraqi border, a Britain-based war monitor said on Sunday. The strikes late Saturday targeted "positions of Iranian forces and allied militias" on the edge of the town ...

U.S. weighs sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

World Dec 6, 2019

U.S. weighs sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region. John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, ...

World Dec 5, 2019

U.S. completes troop pullback from northeast Syria

The United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country after repositioning and reducing forces, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said. Esper's remarks in an interview with Reuters could ...

Iraq's embattled prime minister exits as protesters mourn dead

World / Politics Dec 2, 2019

Iraq's embattled prime minister exits as protesters mourn dead

Iraqi prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi's government ended Sunday after two months of violent unrest that has left more than 420 people dead and thousands mourning them in nationwide marches. As anti-government demonstrators across the strife-torn country massed to honor the fallen activists, Parliament met to ...

Iraqi prime minister says he will quit after deadly protests

World Nov 30, 2019

Iraqi prime minister says he will quit after deadly protests

A day after more than 40 protesters were killed by security forces, Iraq's prime minister announced Friday that he would submit his resignation to parliament, a step that carried uncertainty for the entire government and stirred fears of a possible political crisis. The move by ...