Stories tagged: Iraq
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 12:05 P.M.
U.S. sending 560 more troops to Iraq as Mosul push intensifies
BAGHDAD (AP) – The United States will send 560 more troops to Iraq to transform a freshly retaken air base into a staging hub for the long-awaited battle to recapture …
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016, 9:02 P.M.
Iraq prime minister: Key base retaken from Islamic State
Iraqi forces recaptured a northern air base from the Islamic State group on Saturday, a victory hailed by the prime minister as a key step ahead of the long-awaited operation …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 1:49 P.M.
Letters: Blair made early Iraq invasion commitment to Bush
Letters published by the U.K.’s Iraq War Inquiry show that then-Prime Minister Tony Blair assured U.S. President George W. Bush of his support for regime change in Iraq eight months …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 5:42 A.M.
UK’s Iraq War report could make grim reading for Tony Blair
Thirteen years after British troops marched into Iraq and seven years after they left a country that’s still mired in violence, a mammoth official report is about to address the …
TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016, 10:19 A.M.
Iraq minister resigns as bombing death toll reaches 175
Iraq’s interior minister – the man largely responsible for security in Baghdad – submitted his resignation on Tuesday, two days after a massive bombing in the center of the capital …
UPDATED: MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016, 9:17 A.M.
Security ordered tightened as death toll in Baghdad hits 157
The death toll from the truck bombing at a bustling Baghdad commercial street rose to 157 on Monday, Iraqi authorities said, as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered new security measures …
SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016, 3:58 P.M.
Iraq’s deadliest attack in a year kills 115 in Baghdad
A devastating truck bombing on a bustling commercial street in downtown Baghdad killed 115 people early Sunday, brutally underscoring the Islamic State group’s ability to strike the capital despite a …
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016
James F. Burns: Happy Fourth from your flag
I survived mustard gas and ghastly death in European trenches in WW I and, 48 stars strong, was hoisted by six soldiers on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima in WW …
SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016
Iraqi forces reclaim main hospital in Fallujah
Iraqi forces gained control of the main hospital in Fallujah on Saturday and were clearing mines after driving the Islamic State group from most of the city, one of its …
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016, 12:36 P.M.
Iraq says most of Fallujah retaken from IS militants
Iraqi special forces swept into Fallujah on Friday, recapturing most of the city as the Islamic State group’s grip crumbled after weeks of fighting. Thousands of trapped residents took advantage …
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016, 5:12 P.M.
Iraq detains men fleeing IS-held Fallujah, raising tensions
At a checkpoint outside militant-held Fallujah, hundreds of civilians who fled the fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group huddled late at night in packed mini-buses on the …
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016, 8:59 P.M.
IS loses ground in Syria, Iraq, Libya
U.S.-backed fighters in Syria converged from three sides on an Islamic State stronghold near the Turkish border Thursday, while Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Fallujah, one of the last …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 6:46 P.M.
Iraqi troops in southern Fallujah for first time in two years
A column of black Humvees carrying Iraqi special forces rolled into southern Fallujah on Wednesday, the first time in more than two years that government troops have entered the western …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 4:56 P.M.
IS increasingly focused on international attacks, UN reports
The Islamic State group is entering a new phase with an increased emphasis on attacking international civilian targets, according to a United Nations report circulated Thursday.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016, 5:36 P.M.
Fallujah fight stalled by fierce fighting, civilian concerns
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq – The Iraqi military’s advance into Fallujah was stalled Wednesday by fierce resistance from Islamic State fighters and concerns over protecting tens of thousands of civilians still …
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016, 12:38 P.M.
Amid heavy clashes in Fallujah, Iraq, fears rise for civilians
As Iraqi forces pressed an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallujah, conditions are worsening for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city, and a leading …
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016
Norris Burkes: Remembering soldiers on ‘hero’s highway’
I thought about the hurt my family would feel if this were my death, and I asked myself what I would want said. From a tight throat, I finally choked …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016
Trudy Rubin: Iraqi’s novel challenges countrymen
What is so important about this book is its demand that Arabs look inward, seeking the social and political reasons for post-war failure in Iraq (and the failure of the …
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, 12:56 P.M.
Iraqi leader cites early success in push to retake Fallujah
Iraq’s prime minister hailed “big successes” Monday by government troops after launching an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants, but the operation promises to be one of the …
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, 6 A.M.
U.S. veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life
After three military combat tours in warn-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life, but there was one thing he couldn’t do: leave a comrade …
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016, 6:45 P.M.
Iraq starts operation to retake Islamic State-held city of Fallujah
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address on Sunday night.
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016, 9:43 A.M.
Iraq’s border with Jordan to open soon, after year of closure
Iraq’s border crossing with Jordan is expected to open in about two weeks, after an almost yearlong closure, allowing for a resumption of vital trade and a return of Iraqi …
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016, 10:24 A.M.
Iraqi protesters storm Baghdad’s Green Zone, shooting erupts
Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and gunshots into the air on Friday as hundreds of protesters stormed Baghdad’s heavily secured Green Zone, rushing toward the prime minister’s office and …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 5:40 P.M.
As Islamic State loses ground, fewer Americans trying to join, FBI says
The number of Americans trying to join Islamic State overseas has dropped substantially since last summer, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday, as the terrorist group has come under …
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016, 3:30 P.M.
Deployed Washington National Guard soldier dies in Iraq
A Washington National Guard soldier, who was a state trooper in his civilian life, has died in Iraq in a noncombat related incident, the Defense Department said Sunday.
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 8:23 A.M.
Navy SEAL killed in combat in Iraq, U.S. officials say
An American serviceman was killed in Iraq by fire from the Islamic State group during an attack on Iraqi Kurdish positions outside the IS-held city of Mosul on Tuesday morning.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 2:46 P.M.
Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament
Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that …
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 11:28 A.M.
Iraq residents in ISIS-held Fallujah suffer under siege
Abu Jassim can only afford to provide one meal a day for his seven-member family – usually a stew made of locally grown leafy green vegetables or rice with a …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 2:57 P.M.
Iraqi authorities shut down Al Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau
The Al Jazeera Media Network says Iraqi authorities have shut down their bureau in Baghdad and banned its journalists from reporting in the country.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 8:51 A.M.
Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains
Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Thursday to implore the country’s leaders to resolve a crippling political crisis that has hindered efforts to defeat the …