The US embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Erbil evacuated non-emergency staff this week.
The Department of State ordered the pullout of employees from both the US Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil. Meanwhile, Germany and Netherlands suspended their military missions to Iraq due to regional tensions.
"A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up close to stalls at the crowded Jamila market," said a senior police officer, who asked not to be named.
If history is anything to go by then Saudi Arabia's executions of thirty-seven Saudis, most believed to be Shia, could incite anger in the region and a response from Iran.
Mustafa Sentop will address parliament speakers and lawmakers from neighbouring countries at a Baghdad summit that is expected to discuss regional issues.
The decision to label the IRGC as a terrorist organisation is unnecessarily provocative from the Trump administration.
The Algiers Agreement was initially signed to resolve border issues in 1975 between Iran and Iraq. Now, the two countries have come together to implement it, but not just for border issues.
Since Rouhani's election in 2013, Iraq has relied on Iranian paramilitary support to fight Daesh, following the terror group's capture of the Iraqi city of Mosul and other territory in both Iraq and Syria.
Persecuted by extremists, Sufis in Iraq sought shelter among other followers of mystical Islam in Baghdad. Their plight sheds light on nearly two million internally displaced Iraqis unable to return home.
US Army General Joseph Votel, head of the US Central Command, cautioned that the exact timing would depend on the situation in Syria.
If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
Demand for books is growing in the city, so is the need for good coffee as Iraq steps out of the shadow of war and discovers a love of reading.
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