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Why Is Pope Francis Visiting Iraq?

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 13:17
The trip is taking place despite concerns about the pandemic and security. Here’s a brief look at why Francis is visiting Iraq, what the trip will entail and what he hopes to achieve.
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Pope’s Planned Visit to Iraq, Amid Pandemic, Raises Questions of Timing

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 13:17
Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.
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In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 11:00
Pope Francis will arrive in a country whose ancient Christian towns are in danger of disappearing. In one, a Christian community’s survival may come at the expense of another minority group.
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Your Friday Briefing

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 06:38
The female heroes of Myanmar’s protests.
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Rockets Hit Iraqi Base Where U.S. Troops Are Stationed

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 20:48
At least 10 rockets were fired on the Ayn Al Asad air base one week after U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia positions along the Syrian-Iraqi border.
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Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 17:50
Some saw the barrage of rockets aimed at an airport in the northern city of Erbil as a test of the new administration in Washington.
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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 17:50
The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.
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U.S. Aims to Send ‘Clear Signal’ in Airstrike Against Iran-Backed Militias

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 00:02
On Friday, John F. Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, confirmed that overnight U.S. airstrikes hit a collection of buildings on the Syrian side of a border crossing with Iraq, targeted at members of an Iran-backed militia and an affiliated group.
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Biden Orders Airstrikes in Syria Targeting Iran-Backed Militias

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 07:57
President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.
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Shlomo Hillel, Who Helped 120,000 Jews Flee Iraq, Dies at 97

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 02:51
Working undercover, he used bribes, fake visas and a network of smugglers to bring refugees to Israel in the late 1940s and early ’50s.
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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 00:24
The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.
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Julian Assange Extradition to U.S. Blocked Over Mental Health Concerns

Sat, 02/13/2021 - 00:49
U.S. officials want the WikiLeaks founder to face charges of violating the Espionage Act. But a judge in London ruled that he was at extreme risk of suicide.
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With Trump Presidency Winding Down, Push for Assange Pardon Ramps Up

Sat, 02/13/2021 - 00:49
Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have enlisted a lobbyist with connections to the president and filed a clemency petition with the White House.
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Mass Funeral in Iraq Honors Yazidi Victims of ISIS

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 19:01
The remains of 103 men and boys, members of the Yazidi ethnic minority group killed by ISIS in a 2014 massacre in Kojo, Iraq, were reburied in the village on Saturday after they were recovered from a mass grave.
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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

Sat, 01/30/2021 - 02:19
The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.
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Pentagon Begins Independent Inquiry Into Special Ops and War Crimes

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 03:52
The Defense Department inspector general will examine whether elite U.S. commando forces are doing enough to comply with the laws of armed conflict and hold violators accountable.
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Suicide Bombings in Crowded Baghdad Market Kill at Least 32

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 02:24
Such attacks, once common in the Iraqi capital, have become rarer in recent years as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have largely defeated the Islamic State.
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