Stories tagged: Iraq
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
ISIS releases purported new audio message from top leader
The Islamic State group on Thursday released what it said was a new audio recording of its top leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he vows to continue fighting and …
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 9:08 a.m.
‘Mass hanging’ of 42 in Iraq draws ire of U.N. human rights office
The office of the U.N. human rights chief is decrying the “mass hanging” of 42 prisoners at an Iraqi prison.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 1:58 p.m.
Iraqi Kurds vote in favor of independence as crisis escalates
Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede from Iraq, with 92.7 percent approving a controversial referendum that was held Monday, according to an official tally released Wednesday.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote
Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to …
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 8:52 a.m.
Turkey warns Iraq Kurds it can ‘close valves’ on oil exports
Turkey can choose to “close the valves” on oil exports from Iraq’s Kurdish region through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned as Kurds voted in a …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:48 p.m.
Iraq’s Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fears
Iraqi Kurds cast ballots on Monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has …
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
Iran strikes IS bases on Syria-Iraq border with drones
Iran’s state TV is reporting that the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard has targeted bases belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria with drone strikes.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote
The Turkish parliament convened Saturday for an extraordinary session to renew a mandate to allow the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria, as officials continued to press Iraqi Kurdish …
Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Turkey says it won’t accept Kurdish independence
Turkey’s government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won’t refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday.
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 11:12 a.m.
Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Hawija from ISIS group
In a push at dawn, Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to retake the town of Hawija – one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq – from the …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
U.S. pressures Iraqi Kurds to abandon vote on independence
The United States ramped up pressure Wednesday on Iraq’s Kurds to abandon a planned referendum on independence, threatening to withdraw international support for negotiations with Baghdad if the vote isn’t …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 7:50 a.m.
Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence
Iraqi Kurds are set to vote next week on independence from Iraq in what many say is a popular expression of their desire for self-determination after suffering for a century …
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 3:17 p.m.
Iraq’s top court suspends Kurdish region’s independence vote
Iraq’s top court on Monday temporarily suspended the northern Kurdish region’s referendum on independence that’s due next week, a decision that put further pressure on the Iraqi Kurds to call …
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Iraq could use force if Kurdish referendum leads to violence
Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday.
Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Iraq dismisses Kirkuk governor amid dispute with Kurds
Iraq’s parliament on Thursday voted to dismiss the Kurdish governor of the ethnically mixed Kirkuk province, in a move that could escalate tensions ahead of a planned Kurdish referendum on …
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 7:29 a.m.
Netanyahu says Israel endorses independence for Kurds
Israel’s leader on Wednesday said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter.
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 11:16 a.m.
Iraqi Kurdish leader defends independence vote
The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute …
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 8:07 p.m.
Islamic State fighters may have escaped to Iraq, despite U.S. promises to stop them
An Islamic State convoy stranded in the Syrian desert for five days has split up and some fighters may have found their way into Iraq, despite the U.S. military’s determination …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 9:24 a.m.
Authorities: Assailants attack Iraqi power station, 7 dead
At least three attackers entered a power station in Samarra Saturday and blew themselves up, killing seven workers and wounding eight security forces, Iraqi authorities said.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
Iraqi leader declares Tal Afar ‘fully liberated’ from ISIS
Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group after a nearly two-week operation, the latest blow to the extremist group …
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Disputed Iraqi province to vote on Kurdish independence
Iraq’s ethnically-mixed Kirkuk province, long claimed by both the Arab-led central government and the autonomous Kurdish region, voted Tuesday to take part in a vote on Kurdish independence slated for …
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
Iraq says 90 percent of Tal Afar retaken from IS
Iraq’s military said Saturday it has driven Islamic State militants out of 90 percent of the northern town of Tal Afar and retaken the town center.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Iraqi military finds gravesites of ISIS victims
Iraqi military investigators said Friday they have discovered two mass graves near a former Islamic State group prison outside Mosul that contains the bodies of 500 IS victims.
Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 8:34 a.m.
Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are ‘on the run’
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he is confident that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off the Islamic State militants clinging to strongholds that are shrinking in size and …