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Soleimani killing adds new dimension to Iraq unrest

BAGHDAD- Iranian-backed Shi’ite factions have exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a “million-strong” march on Friday aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the United States’ struggle with Iran plays out on the streets of Baghdad. Those behind the rally have two goals in mind – to pressure Washington to pull its troops out of […]

Washington turns down Iraq request call to remove troops

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON- Washington on Friday spurned an Iraqi request to prepare to pull out its troops, amid heightened U.S.-Iranian tensions after the U.S. killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad, and said it was exploring a possible expansion of NATO’s presence there. Seeking to tighten pressure on its foe, the United States meanwhile imposed more sanctions […]