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Iraqi officials say Baghdad wants to minimize reliance on US

The Iraqi government has told its military not to seek assistance from the U.S.-led coalition in operations against the Islamic State group, two senior Iraqi military officials said, amid a …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

U.S. general slips into Iraq for talks to salvage relations

The top U.S. commander for the Middle East slipped quietly into Iraq Tuesday, as the Trump administration works to salvage relations with Iraqi leaders and shut down the government’s push …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Iraqis rally against US troops, demanding they leave

Waving national flags and banners denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Iraqis marched peacefully through Baghdad on Friday to demand the ouster of U.S. troops from their …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Trump meets Iraqi counterpart, first since Soleimani strike

U.S. President Donald Trump hinted that sanctions on Iraq were still a possibility in a bilateral meeting with Iraq’s president Wednesday, the first since a U.S. drone strike on Iraqi …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

U.S. troops knew Iran strike was coming hours ahead

American troops were informed of an imminent attack hours before a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles struck a key Iraqi airbase hosting their forces, U.S. military officials said on Monday, …

Germany, NATO moving soldiers out of Iraq amid tensions

Germany moved 35 soldiers serving in Iraq to neighboring Jordan and Kuwait on Tuesday, while NATO said it was also shifting some of its troops out of the country amid …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Stampede kills 56 at funeral for Iranian general slain by US

A stampede broke out Tuesday at the funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were …

Esper says Iran may be planning more attacks on US interests

Iran or its proxy forces may be planning further strikes on American interests in the Middle East, and the U.S. is prepared to take preemptive military action if it gets …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Militiamen withdraw from U.S. Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

Iran-backed militiamen have withdrawn from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad after two days of clashes with American security forces

Trump deploys more troops to Mideast after U.S. embassy attack

Charging that Iran was “fully responsible” for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, President Donald Trump ordered about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East as about …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Militiamen breach U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; Trump blames Iran

Angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

U.S. sending more Marines to Baghdad embassy

The U.S. will send more troops to protect the embassy compound penetrated by militias and their supporters in Baghdad on Tuesday and does not plan an evacuation, the Pentagon and …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Baghdad mob kills teen gunman and strings up his corpse

Iraqi officials say an angry mob has killed a 16-year-old and strung up his corpse by his feet from a traffic pole

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Iraqi official says 15 protesters killed, 60 wounded in Baghdad

Iraqi officials say gunmen in cars opened fire in Baghdad’s Khilani Square, killing at least 15 people

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Iraqi officials: 8 protesters dead in day of violent clashes

Iraqi security and hospital officials say three people have died and 24 wounded in renewed clashes in central Baghdad between anti-government demonstrators and security forces, bringing the total death toll …

“Tuk Tuk” a newspaper for the Iraqi protest movement

Every other day, the editor, bespectacled and perpetually pecking at a laptop, sends a top secret 8-page document to an anonymous printing house near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, a central plaza …

Iraqi protesters block commercial ports, split capital

Anti-government protesters blocked access to a second major commercial port in southern Iraq on Tuesday, as bridge closures effectively split the capital in half, causing citizens to rely on boats …

Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Iraq’s most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Iraqi spiritual leader warns of ‘great risks’ from protests

Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric urged political leaders Friday to find a way out of the current cycle of anti-government protests and a subsequent security crackdown that has left more …

Iraqis defy crackdown to hold biggest protests yet

Tens of thousands of Iraqis massed in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted a month ago, defying security forces that have killed scores …

Iraqi police fire shots, tear gas at protesters; 23 killed

Iraqi police fired live shots into the air as well as rubber bullets and dozens of tear gas canisters Friday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters, sending young demonstrators running …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Iraqi police replacing army in volatile Baghdad neighborhood

Iraq’s prime minister on Monday ordered the police to replace the army in a heavily populated Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad where dozens of people were killed or wounded in weekend …

Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 10 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric warned both …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Protests escalate in Iraq: 9 dead, hundreds wounded

At least seven people were killed and dozens were wounded in clashes in Iraq on Wednesday as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas for the second day to …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

New explosion rocks arms depot north of Iraqi capital

Iraqi security officials say a large explosion has hit an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootings

A former Blackwater security contractor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq that left 14 people dead.

Rockets land in an Iraqi military post home to US personnel

The Iraqi military says three rockets have hit an installation north of Baghdad used by Iraqi troops and where American trainers are also present. There was no immediate word on …

Baghdad’s Green Zone reopens to the public after 16 years

Baghdad’s Green Zone area, the heavily fortified strip on the west bank of the Tigris River, reopened to the public Tuesday after 16 years – a move meant to portray …

UPDATED: Sun., May 19, 2019

Rocket fired in Iraqi capital, no casualties

A rocket crashed last night in the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions

The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign …