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Iraqi officials finally ban security wands used for years as bomb detectors, though they were long ago found to be bogus

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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's state-run Meteorological Department says it has registered the record hottest day so far this year, with maximum temperatures hitting 53.9 degrees Celsius (129.02 Fahrenheit) in the southern city of Basra
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....

Iraq's army is turning to a radical, almost medieval method to control Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State group last month

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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....

An Islamic relief agency once based in Missouri admits in federal court that it illegally funneled $1.4 million 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....

Malls hit in Baghdad's worst single suicide bombing had no fire exits or safety measures, trapping victims inside

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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....

Iraq's deadliest bombing in 13 years turns Baghdad district into place of rivalry between premier, Shiite militias

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's deadliest single bombing in 13 years of war has turned the Baghdad district where it took place into the centerpiece in an increasingly bitter rivalry between the country's prime minister and its Iranian-backed Shiite militias eager to hold sway over the city's most diverse and prosperous area....
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