Model of U.S. Embassy burnt in Iraq

Supporters of an Iran-backed Shi’ite paramilitary group built and burned a fake structure of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sky News meets the smuggling middleman in Northern Iraq

Sky News has gained exclusive access to the smuggling middleman, responsible for organising the journeys of 10 of the people who died last month in the English Channel.

The agent, based in Iraqi Kurdistan, acts as an intermediary between the families of people desperate to reach the UK, and the smugglers profiting off them.

He spoke to Sky’s Middle East Correspondent Alistair Bunkall in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraq says U.S.-led troops formally end combat role

U.S.-led forces have ended their combat mission in Iraq, a move that transfers all remaining troops into a training and advising role, Iraqi military commanders and officials from the coalition led by the United States said

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U.S. returns 3,500-year-old clay tablet to Iraq

Artifacts returned to Iraq by the U.S. include a 3,500-year-old clay tablet bearing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the ancient Sumerian tale believed to be one of the world’s first pieces of literature.

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Turkey stops flying citizens of Iraq, Syria, Yemen to Belarus | DW News

Polish police say the body of a Syrian man has been found near the border with Belarus. At least 11 people have now died in the humanitarian crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. On Friday Turkey stopped citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen from flying to Belarus from its territory. Thousands of people are camped out on the Belarusian side of the border, in freezing conditions, trying to cross into bordering EU member states like Poland. Poland has deployed its army to stop them, and set up an exclusion zone that aid workers and journalists are barred from entering.

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Non-Profit Works To Give Iraq Veteran New Home After Sacrifice On The Battlefield

NBC News’ Aaron Gilchrist reports on how Homes For Our Troops, a national non-profit lead by retired Army Brigadier General Tom Landwermeyer, builds homes specifically for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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November 8, 2021: U.S. lifts entry ban, Travis Scott, Biden vaccine mandate, COVID cases, Iraq PM

November 8, 2021: U.S. lifts travel entry ban, Travis Scott, Biden vaccine mandate, COVID cases, Iraq PM

1. Travelers excited at the prospect of seeing family and friends for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began took off for the United States on Monday as it lifted travel restrictions slapped on much of the world for the best part of two years.

2. At least two investigations and one civil lawsuit were underway on Sunday into the deadly stampede during rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival that killed at least eight people and injured dozens in Houston.

3. A U.S. federal appeals court issued a stay Saturday freezing the Biden administration’s efforts to require workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly, citing "grave statutory and constitutional" issues with the rule.

4. Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 250 million on Monday as some countries in eastern Europe experience record outbreaks, even as the Delta variant surge eases and many countries resume trade and tourism.

5. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi escaped unharmed from an armed drone assassination attempt in Baghdad, officials said on Sunday, in an incident that raised tension in Iraq weeks after a general election disputed by Iran-backed militia groups.

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2,700-year-old wine press discovered in Iraq

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is a 2,700-year-old wine press in Dohuk, Iraq, according to the province’s Head of Antiquities Baikaz Gamal Eldin.

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