Iraq finally bans fake bomb detectors after July 3 blast

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- For nearly a decade, anyone driving through one of Baghdad's many checkpoints was subjected to a search by a soldier pointing a security wand at their vehicle and watching the device intently to see if its antenna moved. If it pointed at the car, it had supposedly detected a possible bomb....

Iraq records hottest day so far this year in Basra city
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's state-run Meteorological Department said on Saturday that it had registered the hottest day so far this year, with maximum temperatures hitting 53.9 degrees Celsius (129.02 Fahrenheit) in the southern city of Basra....

AP EXCLUSIVE: Iraq digs security trench around Fallujah

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi military will use a medieval tactic to keep control of Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State group last month: It is digging a trench around the city....

Islamic relief agency admits illegal funds transfer to Iraq
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri-based Islamic charity that was shut down after being identified by the federal government as a global terrorist organization admitted in federal court Wednesday that it illegally funneled $1.4 million to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions....

No exit: Safety failures turned Baghdad bombing into inferno

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Dozens of men were watching a soccer match at the "Smile" cafe when the blast hit in the street below. Within minutes, a fire ripped through the Baghdad shopping mall where they were gathered, trapping them in a crowd on the second floor....
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