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Iraq paramilitary chief walks back accusations against US

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The head of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force has walked back his deputy’s accusation that the United States was behind a string of recent explosions at the group’s bases.

Faleh al-Fayyadh said investigators had yet to determine who was behind the past month’s blasts at four training camps and arms depots used by the Hashed, which is mainly composed of pro-Iranian militias.

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Fayyadh, who also serves as the government’s national security adviser, issued the statement after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi late on Wednesday.

“Preliminary investigations” found the incidents were “an external, premeditated act,” he said.

“The investigations will continue until the responsible entities are accurately identified to be able to take the appropriate stances.”

Just hours earlier, the Hashed’s deputy commander Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, whose virulent anti-Americanism as a militia leader earned him a US terror blacklisting, had been unequivocal in blaming Washington.

“We announce that the first and last entity responsible for what happened are American forces, and we will hold them responsible for whatever happens from today onwards,” Muhandis said.

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He said the attacks were carried out by “agents or in special operations with modern airplanes,” without providing further details.

Fayyadh distanced himself from his deputy’s statement, saying it “does not represent the Hashed’s official position.”

The Hashed, which, with Iranian training and advice, played a key role in the fight against the Islamic State group independently of the US-led coalition, is made up of disparate armed groups that also include some Sunni tribal units.

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Analysts say the divergent statements from its top commanders could reflect a wider rift within the alliance.

The Pentagon on Wednesday denied any involvement in the explosions.

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President Donald Trump was once the Republican Party's greatest asset in an election, mobilizing thousands of supporters to rush to the polls. Recently, however, it seems he's now driving anti-Trump votes up so much that it may no longer be worth the Trump trouble.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” Trump told a Louisiana crowd this week before the GOP candidate lost the governor's race in a red state.

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A large fire held off an apparent police advance on the Hong Kong campus where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were holed up early Monday, hours after officers warned they may use "live rounds" if confronted by deadly weapons in a dangerous escalation of the near six-month crisis engulfing the city.

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Ambassador Sondland was updating Trump officials on progress of ‘push for investigations’ — including Mulvaney

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The Wall Street Journal obtained emails showing that ahead of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was updating officials on the strive for investigations.

Chief of staff and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was one of the main points of contact, and he replied to the email saying he would schedule the call with Zelensky.

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