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U.S. to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a “foreign terrorist organization” – an unprecedented move that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in …


Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for ‘historic’ visit to offset U.S. sanctions

BAGHDAD – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad Monday on his first state visit to Iraq since his election six years ago, shoring up political and trade relations as …


More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited US military role

The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

Iraqi president hits back at Trump over U.S. Army presence

Iraq’s president hit back at Donald Trump Monday for saying U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran, saying the U.S. leader did not ask …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. troop withdrawal following surprise Trump visit

President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

Security forces deploy in Iraq’s Basra following violence

Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of Basra on Saturday, a day after protesters in the southern city stormed the Iranian consulate and torched government buildings in violence that …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iran consulate in southern city

Angry protesters stormed the Iranian consulate Friday in the southern city of Basra, setting a fire inside as part of ongoing demonstrations that have turned deadly in the past few …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Soldier from Spokane area killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

A solider from Spokane was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, the Pentagon announced.


Security forces deploy in Iraq’s Najaf after day of protests

Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Saturday after a day of angry demonstrations over failing public services and high unemployment.


Watchdog group says Syrians uncovering IS mass graves need help

Syrians working to uncover mass graves in an area once ruled by the Islamic State group need help to preserve evidence, identify human remains and shed more light on the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Iraqi lawmakers approve manual ballot recount in May 12 vote

Iraq’s parliament voted on Wednesday in favor of a manual ballot recount after allegations of widespread fraud in the country’s recently held parliamentary elections, a lawmaker said, a development that …


In scattered memorials, Spokane remembers its nation’s wars – but what do the monuments mean?

Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving in the military. Monuments are just one way to remember the dead, yet what those memorials represent, …


Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in …


At Iraq’s polls, voters seek patronage and jobs

As Iraq waits for the results of its national elections, the Associated Press is publishing accounts from the polling stations to understand why Iraqis voted, or didn’t vote, the way …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

Record low turnout in first Iraq elections since IS defeat

Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country …


Iraqi forces capture 5 top IS leaders in cross-border raid

Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement.


Iraqi man who threw shoes at Bush is running for office

Muntadhar al-Zaidi might be most famous for his shoes. Back in 2008, the Iraqi journalist attended a Baghdad news conference with George W. Bush. The then-president was there to tout …


Ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq

Thousands of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that were smuggled into the U.S. and shipped to the head of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby were …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Two lions from Mideast war zones reach South African refuge

Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh …


$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group, Kuwait announced Wednesday, overcoming Western doubts and donor fatigue over Mideast crises to …


Iraqi officers say U.S. plane mistakenly kills 7

A coalition air strike mistakenly hit friendly Iraqi forces and civilians Saturday in western Anbar, according to senior Iraqi officers, but the U.S.-led coalition said the matter is still under …


2 Seattle-area men accused of smuggling handguns hidden in cars shipped to Turkey

Two Seattle-area men have been arrested by federal agents for allegedly conspiring to violate the U.S. Arms Export Control Act after officials in Turkey found handguns hidden in vehicles shipped …


Turkey vows to expand Syria offensive east to Iraqi border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Friday to expand Ankara’s operation in a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria eastward, toward the frontier with Iraq.


Mattis says U.S. competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9 p.m.

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of …


Eight earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled Baghdad on Thursday, apparent aftershocks of a temblor that struck the mountainous region in November and killed over …


A ‘martyr’ sniper becomes a hero to Iraq’s Shiites

Ali Jayad al-Salhi, a veteran sniper in an Iraqi militia, was killed in fighting with the Islamic State group earlier this year. He was then vaulted into legend, virtually becoming …


A massive price tag to rebuild Iraq after Islamic State

It will take years to haul out the rubble that weighs down Mosul’s Old City. More than 3,000 tons cover every acre, and much of the shattered concrete and twisted …