The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
As the number of cases grew with the death toll at 20, Iraq imposes a total nationwide lockdown until 28 March to fight the novel coronavirus.
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Multiple rockets have hit near the US embassy in Iraq's capital Baghdad, a US military source says, the 19th attack against US assets in the country since late October.
A volley of rockets landed near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, two security sources tell AFP, in the latest unclaimed attack on American installations in the country.
An Iraqi anti-government activist has been gunned down in the southern port city of Basra, a police source says amid resurgent rallies demanding authorities implement long-awaited reforms.
From Iraq and Syria to Yemen he fanned the flames of hatred and sectarian violence causing hundreds of thousands of innocent people to die, millions to become refugees and cities that stood for centuries leveled to the ground.
The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer says, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.
Iraqi officials fear economic "collapse" if Washington imposes threatened sanctions, including blocking access to a US-based account where Baghdad keeps oil revenues that feed 90% of the national budget.
There is a difference between what "the US wants" and what "Trump wants". According to European officials, the nuclear containment agreement reached between Western allies and Iran under former president Barack Obama was working in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, writes Pieter du Toit.
Two rockets crashed late Wednesday into the Iraqi capital's Green Zone, the high-security enclave where foreign embassies including the US mission are based, security sources told AFP.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Iraq the US would retaliate "as necessary" against any new assaults on Americans after a series of deadly rocket attacks on a military base in Iraq.
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Iraq's president named former communications minister Mohammad Allawi as the country's new prime minister on Saturday after an 11th-hour consensus among political blocs, but the streets seemed divided on his nomination.
The death of powerful militia leader in US drone strike, Qassem Soleimani, has thrown the future of the Popular Mobilisation Force into uncertainty.
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Three rockets hit near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital's high-security Green Zone, security sources told AFP, with no immediate reports of casualties.
Waves of ballistic missiles, soldiers hunkered down in bunkers for hours, intense shock waves -- a top US commander said he reacted to Iran's unprecedented attack against an Iraqi base with "disbelief".
The United States on Friday rejected a request by Iraq's caretaker prime minister to send a delegation to start preparations to pull out its 5,200 troops in the country.
President Donald Trump pulled back from the brink of war with Iran on Wednesday, saying that Tehran appeared to be "standing down" after firing missiles - without causing casualties - at US troops based in Iraq.
US President Donald Trump announced that there were no casualties in a missile attack by Iran and that the country "appears to be standing down".
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