Iraq’s Kurdish regional parliament elects interim speaker amid boycott

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers on Monday elected an interim speaker of parliament, an assembly key to regional stability, although the Kurds’ second largest party boycotted the... Read more »

Watergate movie was meant to be funny. Then came Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) – The makers of “Watergate”, a film about the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, first intended to make a lightly humorous study of the affair. Then... Read more »

At Khomeini’s Iraqi place of exile, Iranians remember revolution’s leader

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – On a backstreet in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf, Iranian pilgrims shuffle in and out of a small doorway, making a short but important detour.... Read more »

Will Iraq Ask U.S. Troops to Leave the Country?

Ali Mamouri, Al-MonitorUS President Donald Trump’s recent statement about the role of US troops in Iraq — to keep an eye on Iran — has caused a strong backlash... Read more »

U.S. military aims to withdraw from Syria by April: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: A U.S military vehicle travels in the town of Amuda, northern Syria April 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo ANKARA (Reuters) – The U.S. military is preparing to... Read more »

Trump Is Stumbling His Way to a Vainglorious Middle East Retreat

WASHINGTON — Iraqi President Barham Salih measured his words in a telephone interview from Baghdad Monday. He didn’t want to worsen a quarrel with President Trump over U.S. access... Read more »

Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to ‘watch Iran’: CBS interview

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting to “discuss fighting human trafficking on the southern border” in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February... Read more »

Turkey aims to form safe zones in Syria for refugees to return

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech at the Turkish Military Academy in Ankara, Turkey January 24, 2019. Cem Oksuz/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey... Read more »

Bomb attacks kill four policemen in northern Iraq: police

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) – At least four policemen were killed and 11 wounded by two roadside bombs that targeted police convoys in separate attacks in northern Iraq on Sunday,... Read more »

A century on, Basra’s British-era shipyard going strong

BASRA (Reuters) – Begun in 1918 by British troops, Basra’s shipyard is surviving into old age with little maintenance, relying on its vintage machinery and the skill of its... Read more »