Stories tagged: Iraq
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Generals want talks with Russia about Iraq, Syria operations because of aerial collision fears
Senior U.S. military officials want to elevate talks with Russia about air operations over Iraq and Syria, an effort that is meant to protect pilots from collisions but complicated by …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Suicide bomber ID’d as ex-Guantanamo detainee
A British suicide bomber who blew himself up in Iraq was identified as a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, prompting questions about how his case was handled after lawmakers and the …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017
Trudy Rubin: Trump makes smart move at NSA
McMaster’s key qualities – strategic thinking, steadiness, a grasp of complexity and integrity – are critical for someone whose job is to create a coherent foreign policy process for this …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 6:03 p.m.
Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead
Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul’s international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may …
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 4:08 p.m.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled …
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 3:11 p.m.
U.S. advisers are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul
U.S. military advisers are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against the Islamic State, a sign of President Donald Trump’s willingness to grant more latitude to American …
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
Defense Secretary Mattis: U.S. will stay in Iraq a while
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Iran blames sandstorm on Iraq after protests over power cuts
Iranian authorities on Monday blamed neighboring Iraq for a sandstorm that knocked out power in an oil-rich southern province and sparked protests against local officials.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
Iraqi forces launch push to retake western Mosul from IS
Iraqi forces launched an operation Sunday to retake the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone after protests turn violent
Two rockets landed in Baghdad’s highly fortified Green Zone on Saturday night following clashes at anti-government protests that left five dead, according to Iraqi security and hospital officials.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
Iraqi officials: Suicide bombings in eastern Mosul kill 5
Two suicide bombings in the eastern half of the Iraqi city of Mosul, including one that hit a popular restaurant, killed at least five people on Friday and wounded over …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
U.K. shuts down contentious probe into Iraq War abuse claims
The British government announced Friday that it is shutting down a contentious seven-year-old inquiry into allegations of abuse by U.K. troops in Iraq. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said the Iraq …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months
The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he expects to retake Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria from the Islamic State group within the next six months and the …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
U.N. says 30,000 have returned to Iraq’s Mosul
The United Nations says some 30,000 people have returned to neighborhoods retaken from the Islamic State group in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since a major operation to drive …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017
Chaotic directive jeopardizes American values
We all want safety, but we don’t want to surrender the compassion that has shaped our nation’s character. It’s not too late to take a more thoughtful approach.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017
Help those who helped Americans
There may be no agreement on appropriate U.S. policy in the Middle East, but Republicans and Democrats were unified when they voted overwhelmingly a year ago (2014) to renew and …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Pentagon compiling a list of names to shield Iraqis from Trump’s travel ban
The Pentagon is compiling a list of Iraqi citizens who have worked with the U.S. military and recommending that they be exempt from President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on visitors …
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 11:35 p.m.
U.S. veterans say Trump order wrongly bars interpreters
Military veterans were dumbfounded and furious when it became clear over the weekend that President Donald Trump’s executive order barring the admission to the United States of people from seven …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 9:23 p.m.
Iraqi forces discover chemical warfare agent in Mosul
Iraqi forces discovered a mustard chemical warfare agent in eastern Mosul alongside a cache of Russian surface-to-surface missiles, an Iraqi officer said Saturday.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 2:22 p.m.
Eastern side of Mosul recaptured from Islamic State, Iraqi prime minister says
Iraqi forces have recaptured the entire eastern side of Mosul, the Iraqi prime minister said Tuesday, marking a midpoint in a grueling battle for the Islamic State-held city. The announcement …
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017
Amy Goodman: The long ordeal of Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning has now served seven years of her sentence, experiencing extraordinary hardship as a person seeking gender-reassignment treatment while imprisoned by the U.S. military.
Wed., Jan. 18, 2017
Trudy Rubin: Obama drew wrong lesson from Iraq
The way Obama chose to retrench convinced friends and adversaries that America was in retreat – and bad actors rushed to fill the vacuum. The results weren’t what Obama intended …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
After a slow and bloody fight against Islamic State, Iraqi forces pick up pace in Mosul
It was the dead of night when Iraqi commandos advanced into the neighborhood deep in eastern Mosul.
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 5:31 p.m.
Iraqi forces in IS battle raise flag over Mosul University
Iraqi special forces raised the Iraqi flag above buildings within the Mosul University complex Friday as they battled Islamic State militants for control of the city, according to senior Iraqi …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 7:24 a.m.
Iraqi forces from north, east converge in Mosul, officials say
Iraqi and coalition officials say forces advancing from the north and east have converged in Mosul, where they have been waging a three-month-old offensive against the Islamic State group.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
Top Iraqi commander: Mosul could be liberated in 3 months
A top Iraqi commander told the Associated Press that the operation to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group could be complete in three months or less.
Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting suspect ‘lost his mind’ after tour in Iraq, family says
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Suicide blast in Baghdad, attacks earlier in the day kill 27
Several attacks in and around Baghdad, including a suicide car bombing in a busy commercial area after nightfall on Thursday, killed at least 27 people in a particularly brutal day …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
U.S.-led coalition doubles number of advisers in Iraq to 450
The U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq has doubled the size of its adviser corps, reflecting the intensified effort to help Iraqi forces retake the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, a …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 7:36 a.m.
Police question Iraqi journalist freed by her abductors
Police on Wednesday questioned an Iraqi journalist who was abducted last week from her Baghdad home, after she was released by her captors the previous night.