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From Saddam’s ouster to brutal Islamic State campaign, a timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians
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From Saddam’s ouster to brutal Islamic State campaign, a timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians

The Vatican for years has voiced concern about the flight of Christians from the Middle East, driven out by war, poverty, persecution and discrimination. Pope Francis hopes that by visiting Iraq — the first visit by a sitting pontiff — he will be sending a message of hope and solidarity.

Pope Francis to meet Iraq’s ‘shepherd’ Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in first visit to country
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Pope Francis to meet Iraq’s ‘shepherd’ Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in first visit to country

The highly reclusive 90-year-old, whose sermons are typically delivered through a representative, will hold a rare in-person meet with the Pope on Saturday

US forces: 10 rockets target Iraq’s Ain al-Asad airbase hosting US-led coalition troops
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US forces: 10 rockets target Iraq’s Ain al-Asad airbase hosting US-led coalition troops

Iran had struck the airbase with missiles in January last year in retaliation for the killing of General Qassim Soleimani

Joe Biden confronts Iran-backed militias with Syria airstrikes, but Tehran's destabilising activities are far from over
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Joe Biden confronts Iran-backed militias with Syria airstrikes, but Tehran's destabilising activities are far from over

Several militia groups such as the Hezbollah have received at least some financing, support and weaponry from Iran over the years

US conducts airstrike in Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militias: Pentagon
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US conducts airstrike in Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militias: Pentagon

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member

UN urges countries to repatriate children from Syria, says 27,000 'remain stranded, abandoned to their fate'
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UN urges countries to repatriate children from Syria, says 27,000 'remain stranded, abandoned to their fate'

The children at the Al Hol camp are vulnerable to be preyed on by Islamic State enforcers, “and at risk of radicalisation within the camp” UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov said

Baghdad blasts: IS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing that killed 32, injured 110
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Baghdad blasts: IS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing that killed 32, injured 110

In a statement posted on the group's Telegram communications channel early Friday, Islamic State claimed two of its men blew themselves up in Tayaran Square

Baghdad blasts: At least 32 killed, 110 injured; twin suicide bombings deadliest attack in Iraq since 2018
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Baghdad blasts: At least 32 killed, 110 injured; twin suicide bombings deadliest attack in Iraq since 2018

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraq has seen assaults perpetrated by both the Islamic State group and other militia groups in recent months

US warship's secret Africa mission aims to help punish Venezuela, deter attempts to jailbreak Maduro aide before extradition
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US warship's secret Africa mission aims to help punish Venezuela, deter attempts to jailbreak Maduro aide before extradition

US cruiser San Jacinto recently sailed across the Atlantic to keep a close eye on Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman, widely believed to be the architect of the economic deals that are keeping the Maduro government afloat, who was arrested in June in Cape Verde

Six Iraqi security personnel, 3 civilians killed in Islamic State ambush, say police
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Six Iraqi security personnel, 3 civilians killed in Islamic State ambush, say police

Four members of the Hashed al-Shaabi and two policemen died along with three civilians, Mohammed Zidane, the mayor of Zouiya, 50 kilometres from the city of Tikrit

US grants Iraq 45-day sanctions waiver allowing import of Iran gas before Joe Biden takes office
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US grants Iraq 45-day sanctions waiver allowing import of Iran gas before Joe Biden takes office

Previously, such waivers were granted for 120 days but the periods have now been reduced in what some view as part of Donald Trump’s effort to raise pressure on Iran

US Democrat leaders slam Donald Trump's announced troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq
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US Democrat leaders slam Donald Trump's announced troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq

'By 15 January, 2021, our forces, their size in Afghanistan will be 2,500 troops. Our force size in Iraq will also be 2,500 by that same date,' said the US Acting Defence Secretary

Donald Trump said to be readying to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia
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Donald Trump said to be readying to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia

Trump’s national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, said last month that the United States would withdraw about 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by early next year

From building the wall to ending wars, four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business
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From building the wall to ending wars, four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

Since taking the oath of office in 2016, US president Donald Trump has faced the same hard truth that each of his White House predecessors learned: Governing is rarely easy

Iraq's 'stadium of horrors' in ruins, but the game goes on for Mosul Sports Club
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Iraq's 'stadium of horrors' in ruins, but the game goes on for Mosul Sports Club

The bullet-riddled 20,000-seater stadium, home to Mosul Sports Cub, was not spared, caught up in the deadly battles for control.

US to cut troops in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 in September, says top general
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US to cut troops in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 in September, says top general

Marine General Frank McKenzie said the decision to reduce American troops reflects the Trump administration's confidence in the ability of Iraqi security forces to handle the militant threat in the country

Donald Trump planning to withdraw additional US troops from Iraq, say officials
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Donald Trump planning to withdraw additional US troops from Iraq, say officials

The planned announcement comes as the president tries to make good on his campaign promise to disentangle the US from 'endless wars'

Coroanvirus Outbreak: Mideast economies take massive hit with historic oil price crash
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Coroanvirus Outbreak: Mideast economies take massive hit with historic oil price crash

Iraq is planning painful cuts in social benefits relied on by millions of government workers. Saudi Arabia will likely have to delay mega-projects

India to use low priced oil from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq to fill strategic reserves
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India to use low priced oil from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq to fill strategic reserves

Capitalising on low global oil prices, India will fill its underground strategic oil reserves with oil from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iraq as it shores up supplies to meet any supply or price disruption

Coronavirus Outbreak: IOC declares force majeure on oil purchases from Saudi, UAE, Iraq, Kuwait
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Coronavirus Outbreak: IOC declares force majeure on oil purchases from Saudi, UAE, Iraq, Kuwait

India's top oil firm IOC has declared force majeure on crude purchases from four of its biggest suppliers - Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE and Kuwait - as refinery run rates have been cut down in view of plummeting fuel demand following a nationwide lockdown