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Iraq’s Sadr urges million-man march against US military presence

BAGHDAD: Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has demanded that Iraqis stage a “million-man march” against the continued US military presence in the country, days after Iraq’s parliament voted to expel the American troops following an assassination operation by Washington on Iraqi soil. The march is needed “to condemn the …

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Iraq negotiating with Russia to buy S-300 missile system: Top Iraqi lawmaker

BAGHDAD: A senior Iraqi legislator says Baghdad is in talks with Moscow to purchase Russian-built long-range, surface-to-air S-300 missile defense systems. The head of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Mohammad Reza, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency in an exclusive interview on Thursday …

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Conflicting reports emerge of US ‘movement out of Iraq’

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has denied that the US military has announced preparation for “movement out of Iraq,” after the Muslim country’s parliament voted to oust foreign troops. Brigadier General William Seely, who oversees US Task Force Iraq, sent a letter to the head of Iraq’s joint operations …

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Iraqi PM stresses foreign troops withdrawal in talks with US ambassador

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s caretaker prime minister says his country and the United States should work together on implementing the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country. Adel Abdul-Mahdi made the remarks while talking to US ambassador Matthew Tueller, after Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill demanding the withdrawal of all …

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Iraqi foreign ministry summons US envoy over ‘violation of sovereignty’

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi foreign ministry has summoned US ambassador Matthew Tueller to condemn recent American strikes in the capital Baghdad that resulted in the assassination of Iran’s top military commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. In a statement released …

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Iraq’s Sistani condoles with Ayatollah Khamenei on Soleimani assassination

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has offered condolences to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei over the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). “The news of the martyrdom of the …

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