John Davison

Iran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination

27 May 2020

BAGHDAD Two diplomats are quietly leading Iran's push to influence politics in Iraq, in a departure from the more blunt enforcement employed by Qassem Soleimani, a top commander slain in a U.S. air strike.

Iraq lawmakers approve government of Prime Minister-designate Kadhimi

07 May 2020

BAGHDAD Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government on Wednesday after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over Cabinet seats in backroom deals.

Pandemic pushes some Iraqis, broken by conflict, into poverty

06 May 2020

BAGHDAD When shops and homes shutter at curfew, some Iraqis in this Baghdad district say it reminds them of past traumas that destroyed lives and livelihoods: sectarian death squads, foreign invasion, and the ruin wrought by international sanctions.

Fractures grow among Iraq militias, spell political retreat

01 Apr 2020

BAGHDAD In February, an Iraqi militia commander trained by Iran took over the empty office of his slain superior, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed weeks before alongside Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike.

In Iraq, coronavirus terrifies even doctors hardened by conflict

27 Mar 2020

BAGHDAD Through decades of conflict, Dr Haidar Hantoush has watched wounded soldiers and civilians flood into Iraq's emergency wards. But he's never been so scared.

To preserve Shi'ite power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric

24 Feb 2020

BAGHDAD When the grip of Iraq's Tehran-backed Shi'ite Muslim parties and militias threatened to slip following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, they turned to an unpredictable rival.

Iraqi cleric scolds security forces after protesters die in new tensions

07 Feb 2020

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday berated security forces for failing to protect protesters killed in clashes with rival groups this week in the southern city of Najaf, and urged politicians to pick a government trusted by the people.

Abandoned and attacked, some Iraq protesters look to an ayatollah

07 Feb 2020

KERBALA, Iraq After followers of a populist Iraqi Shi'ite cleric who had once supported anti-government protests attacked sit-ins this week, some activists are looking to one last vestige of the establishment for support: their ayatollah.

UPDATE 2-Iran wants to resolve issues with Saudi, UAE quickly - Iranian official

04 Feb 2020

BAGHDAD/DUBAI, Feb 4 Iran wants to resolve differences with its Gulf foes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates "as quickly as possible", Tehran's ambassador to Iraq said in remarks published on Tuesday.

In death, Iran's Soleimani bequeaths perilous dilemma for Iraq

03 Feb 2020

BAGHDAD (Reuters)- - A month after a U.S. missile killed him, Qassem Soleimani looms as large over Iraq's fractured democracy as he ever did alive.

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U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000 as country reopens

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.