Iraqi Kurds celebrate Nowruz, the Persian new year

Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain in the town of Akra, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad, during celebrations of Nowruz (Noruz), the Persian New Year. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds, which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar.

Today in History for March 19th

Highlights of Today in History: US launches 2003 attack on Baghdad; Televangelist Jim Bakker quits ministry due to scandal; Nevada legalizes casino gambling; Bob Dylan’s debut album is released. (March 19)

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It’s not US troops’ job to spy on our neighbors – ex-Iraqi PM

Trump’s plan for US troops to remain in Iraq has concerned Baghdad and angered Tehran. How will Iraq balance out everyone’s interests here without forgetting its own? We asked former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

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King of Spain visits Iraq, first in 40 years

King Felipe VI of Spain arrives at the presidential palace in Baghdad to meet Iraqi President Barham Saleh. This constitutes the first visit there by a Spanish monarch in four decades, a diplomat told AFP. 1ST IMAGES

Back Home: 30 children of allegedly ISIS parents return to Russia from Iraqi jail

A plane carrying 30 Russian children, some as young as three years old, who had been kept in a Baghdad prison together with their Islamic State-linked mothers, has landed in Moscow. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9lit

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Russian IS fighters’ children return home from Iraq

Thirty Russian children whose mothers are in prison in Iraq for belonging to the Islamic State arrive in Moscow from Baghdad. The fathers of the children, aged three to ten years old, are believed to have been killed in combat during Iraq’s three-year war against the jihadists.

Iraqi forces hold military parade one year after IS defeat

Units from the elite Emergency Response Division (ERD) carry out a military exercise at a base in western Baghdad to mark the first anniversary of their victory against the Islamic State group.

To reclaim Baghdad, Iraqi artists grapple with its ghosts

Young Iraqi artists expose their work in public spaces in an effort to address social dilemmas and reclaim Baghdad’s identity after more than a decade of violence.

Wealth gaps affecting schoolchildren in Iraq: UN

UNICEF distributes images showing Iraqi shoolchildren and damaged classrooms after it released a study warning that economic inequality is massively affecting whether students in war-ravaged Iraq finish school and urging the fledgling government in Baghdad to spend more on education.

Voters cast ballots to elect new parliament in Iraqi Kurdistan

Voters casts their ballots across Iraqi Kurdistan to elect a new parliament in the autonomous region, mired in an economic crisis a year after an independence referendum that infuriated Baghdad.