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The US Embassy in Baghdad | Wiki Commons

Rocket hits US embassy in Baghdad’s green zone, causes huge explosion

The rocket was fired from Baghdad's eastern district and hit an empty building inside the heavily fortified green zone, which also houses other diplomatic compounds in Iraq.
Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. Photo | Twitter

Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s appointment as Iraq’s interim PM shows Iran is losing its grip

Despite opposition from militia supported and directed by Iran to Kadhimi, the Iraqi Parliament ignored it and went ahead with the appointment.
ISIS

ISIS will hit back, and the world distracted by Covid is not paying attention

There are striking similarities between current ISIS attacks and developments and events that happened in 2013-14 when it seized territories in Iraq and Syria.
Iranian mourners gather for the burial of slain top general Qasem Soleimani in his hometown Kerman | Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images | Bloomberg

US and Iran are inching towards a confrontation in Iraq

The new escalation is largely driven by Iran’s ongoing imperative to carve out some breathing space from the suffocating US economic sanctions.
South China Sea

Coronavirus hasn’t made much of a difference to these conflict hotspots of the world

Some leaders are looking to exploit the virus as a distraction that allows them to advance goals like cracking down on dissent.

Iraq faces the greatest collateral damage of Saudi Arabia’s oil war

Iraq is reeling from effects of coronavirus crisis & political paralysis & can’t bear the huge economic burden imposed by Saudi prince’s impetuousness.
(Representational Image) of protests in Baghdad, Iraq | Commons

Iraq has lots of protesters, and a government on autopilot

The protesters may have ceded center stage today, but they are determined to reclaim the public square in the weeks ahead.
Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iraqi leaders privately want US troops to remain

Pompeo said he’s had some 50 phone calls with Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders in Iraq since Soleimani's killing and suggested the public outcry from the country’s senior leadership wasn’t genuine.
File photo of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran won’t be satisfied by its missile attacks on US air bases in Iraq

The fact that no Americans were killed in the missile attacks will do little to quench the bloodlust of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei over Gen Soleimani's assassination.
Visitors look at a missile display at a military museum in Tehran, Iran | Ali Mohammadi | Bloomberg File Photo

What we know about the 2 US air bases in Iraq targeted by Iran

Iran fired at the al-Asad and Erbil US air bases in Iraq, escalating an already tense situation that began last week after Iranian Gen Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike.

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Kota

India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.