Stories tagged: Iraq
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
PM announces on state TV Iraq’s war against IS has ended
After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:52 a.m.
Iraq, GE sign $400 million deal for power infrastructure
BAGHDAD – Iraq and General Electric have signed a deal to develop Iraq’s power infrastructure, which would help bring much-needed electricity to areas facing significant shortages across the country. GE …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:19 p.m.
Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action
Saudi Arabia on Sunday asked fellow Arab nations to take a “serious and honest” stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on …
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 9:05 a.m.
Iraqi forces retake the country’s last IS-held town
Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Iran to probe state-built homes destroyed by deadly quake
Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:16 p.m.
Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area
Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills 207, injures 1,686
powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing 207 people and injuring 1,686 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, Iranian state media said.
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
New mass graves found in Iraq could contain up to 400 bodies
Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Sunday.
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Iraqi VP calls Iran-backed militias his nation’s top threat
Iraq’s highest-ranking Sunni leader said Tuesday the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias looms as the nation’s most pressing future security threat and called for bolstering U.S. military aid to …
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 10:22 a.m.
Iraqi PM raises flag at border crossing taken from IS
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised on Sunday the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group, state TV …
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 10:11 a.m.
Iraq says negotiations with Kurds have failed
Iraq says negotiations with the Kurds over the deployment of federal forces along the borders of their autonomous region have failed.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 7:38 p.m.
‘Penance’: NC congressman writes to families of fallen troops
On a Sunday morning more than two weeks after four U.S. soldiers were ambushed and killed in Niger, Rep. Walter Jones sat at the desk in his North Carolina office, …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Clashes around parliament as Iraqi Kurdish leader steps down
Clashes raged in front of Irbil’s parliament building after the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Masoud Barzani, dissolved his powers as president Sunday just over a month after a …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:39 a.m.
Coalition says no Iraq-Kurds cease-fire reached
A cease-fire was reached Friday between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurdish minority temporarily halting clashes that followed a controversial vote on Kurdish independence last month, according to the U.S.-led coalition.
Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
U.S. general: Iraqi tensions divert resources from IS fight
The top U.S. general in Iraq says the fallout from last month’s Kurdish vote for independence is diverting resources away from the war on the Islamic State group just as …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
Iraq dismisses Kurdish offer to ‘freeze’ independence vote
Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday dismissed a proposal from the country’s Kurdish leaders to “freeze” the results of their independence vote last month as Iraqi government forces and Kurdish fighters …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 4:03 p.m.
Tillerson travels to Iraq, hours after visiting Afghanistan
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on an unannounced trip to Iraq just hours after returning from a similar surprise visit to Afghanistan.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
Raqqa a reminder of U.S. military might
The heaps of rubble in Raqqa that once housed terrorists and torturers convey a bedrock lesson, as valid now as in 1945: It’s a mistake to provoke the United States.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 3:42 p.m.
Iraqi forces seize disputed town after clashes with Kurds
Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq.
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds
Smoke wafted from the smoldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa
The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 3:49 p.m.
Kurds pull out abruptly from disputed Iraqi areas
Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk – a dramatic redeployment of …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 9:19 p.m.
Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdraw
KIRKUK, Iraq – Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
Iraqi forces push into disputed city as Kurds withdraw
Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 10:45 p.m.
Iraqi Kurds say federal forces attack near disputed Kirkuk
Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a “major, multi-pronged” attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk.
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 2 p.m.
Iraq’s ex-President Talabani buried in Kurdish region
Thousands of Iraqi Kurdish mourners, Iraqi officials and world dignitaries attended the funeral of Jalal Talabani, the country’s first president in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq and once a symbol of …
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Iraq says it has retaken northern town from Islamic State
Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday that troops have retaken the northern town of Hawija from the Islamic State group, driving the extremists from one of their last strongholds in the …
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 11 a.m.
Pentagon identifies American soldier killed in Iraq attack
A 20-year-old Army specialist was killed in Iraq on Sunday when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive, raising to at least 13 the number of U.S. troops killed …
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 7:11 a.m.
Kurdish officials: Iraqi ex-President Jalal Talabani dies
IRBIL, Iraq – Kurdish officials say former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has died in a Berlin hospital at the age of 83. A close family friend and a senior Kurdish …
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 4:31 p.m.
Iraqi forces to take control of Kurdish regional borders
Iraq’s military was preparing to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region as a flight ban halted all international flights from servicing the territory’s airports on …