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Iran's Zarif in Iraq ahead of president's visit

Iran's Zarif in Iraq ahead of president's visitIran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Baghdad to prepare the ground for his country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, who will begin his first official visit to Iraq on Monday. Baghdad has been under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour, particularly after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and hit Tehran with sanctions. Speaking in a joint press conference with Iraq’s top diplomat Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, Zarif said Sunday they had held “very good discussions”.



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Iran's Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit: state TV

Iran's Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit: state TVIran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit, state television said, as Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour. Before leaving Tehran Rouhani hailed the “special” relations between Iran and Iraq, saying they could not be compared to Baghdad’s ties “with an aggressor country like America”.



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Group: Iraq is torturing children to coerce confessions

Group: Iraq is torturing children to coerce confessionsBEIRUT (AP) — Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.



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U.S.-backed SDF hands over 280 Iraqi, foreign detainees to Iraq

U.S.-backed SDF hands over 280 Iraqi, foreign detainees to IraqAn Iraqi military colonel confirmed to Reuters that 130 people were transferred on Sunday, adding to the 150 transferred on Thursday. There are meant to be more such handovers under an agreement to transfer a group of some 500 detainees held by the SDF in Syria, Iraqi military sources said. Among the 280 were as many as 14 French citizens and six Arabs of unspecific nationality, according to one military source close to the handover process who commands troops near the Syrian border.



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More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from SyriaOUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation from Syria of captured militants so far.



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More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from SyriaOUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation from Syria of captured militants so far.



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U.S.-backed SDF hand Iraqi, foreign Islamic State fighters to Iraq

U.S.-backed SDF hand Iraqi, foreign Islamic State fighters to IraqU.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over more than 150 Iraqi and other foreign Islamic State fighters to Iraq on Thursday. “The majority of the fighters are Iraqi,” said a military colonel whose unit is stationed at the Syrian border. “But we have a few foreigners.” The mayor of Iraqi border town Al-Qaim, Ahmed al-Mahallawi, said some fighters’ families were also transferred.



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Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in IraqTheir home countries don’t want them and holding trials in Syria isn’t an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq. As the final shred of the once-sprawling jihadist “caliphate” crumbles in eastern Syria, Kurdish-led forces backed by the US have captured hundreds more diehard foreign fighters. The American military — which spearheads an international coalition fighting IS — has in the past shown itself willing to hand those captured in Syria to the authorities in Iraq.



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Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran': CBS interview

Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran': CBS interviewThe Republican president lamented “endless wars” in Syria and Afghanistan in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” and made clear he wants to reduce the costly U.S. military presence in those countries despite warnings against such moves from his military advisers and spy chiefs. The United States could rely heavily on intelligence work in Afghanistan, he said, and respond to developments in Syria from U.S. bases in neighboring Iraq. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have sent weapons and thousands of soldiers to Syria to help shore up the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a 7-year civil war there.



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Lindsey Graham to CNN host on Iraq withdrawal issue: 'That's a bunch of bulls***'

Lindsey Graham to CNN host on Iraq withdrawal issue: 'That's a bunch of bulls***'Sen. Lindsey Graham said that former President Barack Obama is to blame for “everything we’re dealing with today” because of his decision to withdraw from Iraq in 2011.



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