Stories tagged: Iraq
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 5:34 P.M.
U.S. acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul
An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses say killed at least 100 people was in fact launched by the U.S. military, American officials …
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 8:53 A.M.
U.S. coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike
The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than 100 …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 8:24 P.M.
U.S. to allies: Do more to fight Islamic State
Declaring the Islamic State group’s destruction its top Middle East priority, the Trump administration on Wednesday urged coalition partners to contribute more to forces who are retaking Iraq’s second largest …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
Trudy Rubin: Iran deepens presence in Iraq
Even before the Islamic State is fully defeated, Shiite Iran is laying the groundwork to expand its deep penetration of Iraq.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 3:37 P.M.
The race to Raqqa could cost Trump Turkey
The United States and Turkey are on a collision course in Raqqa, as Turkish officials warn that Washington’s reliance on Kurdish forces to liberate the Islamic State’s de facto capital …
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 3:44 P.M.
Iraqi prime minister joins Trump for meeting focusing on IS
President Donald Trump on Monday held his first meeting with Iraq’s prime minister Monday as the American leader shapes his policy for defeating the Islamic State group.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 11:13 A.M.
Iraqi officials say Baghdad bombing kills at least 23
A suicide car bombing in Baghdad killed at least 23 people on Monday and wounded 45 others, according to Iraqi officials.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017
Debate to persist on eve of Iraq invasion
The questions that were unanswered before the president declared the window for diplomacy shut are unanswered still.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017, 8:19 A.M.
Trudy Rubin: Diplomacy can’t be waved off
In the words of the former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and Iraq Ryan Crocker: “You can get it quick or you can get it right.”
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017, 11:24 P.M.
Here’s how Trump’s new order on refugees and immigration differs from the first
President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday temporarily banning new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim countries. Here’s what you need to know.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017, 2:41 P.M.
Wave of Islamic State car bombs targets Iraqi troops in west Mosul
Iraqi troops encountered the heaviest clashes yet with Islamic State group fighters Sunday in western Mosul since the start of the new push more than two weeks ago, according to …
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 4:25 P.M.
Islamic State dumped bodies in sinkhole, but full scale of killings might not be known for years
The horror stories about the Islamic State’s mass killings at a cavernous hole in the desert near Mosul became legendary over the years.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 7:50 A.M.
Austrian court convicts 8 Iraqis of gang-raping German
An Austrian court found eight Iraqi nationals guilty on Thursday of gang-raping a German tourist on New Year’s Eve and sentenced them to prison terms of between nine and 13 …
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 7:47 A.M.
Iraqis flee western Mosul; UN warns of more displacement
Hundreds of Iraqi civilians continued to flee Mosul on foot Thursday as the Islamic State group launched fierce counterattacks on Iraqi positions along the city’s southwestern edge.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017, 2:55 P.M.
Revised Trump immigration order will not ban citizens from Iraq, sources say
President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration will not include a blanket ban on citizens from Iraq, among a host of other revisions meant to allay legal and diplomatic …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 8:59 P.M.
Officials: New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list
U.S. officials say President Donald Trump’s new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban.
MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 10:04 A.M.
Iraqi commander says troops push deeper into western Mosul
Iraqi forces reached one of Mosul’s five destroyed bridges on Monday as they pushed deeper into the western half of Iraq’s second largest city, driving Islamic State militants back with …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017, 9:36 P.M.
Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul
As Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul, the assault is bringing a surge of casualties – at least 30 Iraqi security forces and more than 200 civilians killed or …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 3:59 P.M.
Iraqi forces advance in Mosul, strike ISIS inside Syria
As Iraqi ground troops pushed into western Mosul on Friday, the country’s air force struck Islamic State group targets inside Syria for the first time in response to recent bombings …
THURSDAY, 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: THURSDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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: MONDAY, 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.
SATURDAY, 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: SATURDAY, 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: FRIDAY, 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 …