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Women of the Year: Gold Star mother turns son’s death into mission to help veterans

Theresa Hart’s grief still shuts her down some eight years since her son was killed in Iraq. Her outlet for all that pain is to make sure other veterans get …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

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, 5:04 p.m.

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.


Navy SEAL platoon kicked out of Iraq for drinking alcohol while deployed

The commander of a U.S. Special Operations task force in Iraq has sent home a platoon of Navy SEALs for drinking while deployed, U.S. defense officials said, the latest discipline …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in killing of captive in Iraq

Military jury hands Navy SEAL Gallagher huge victory, finds him not guilty of murdering wounded Islamic State fighter in Iraq.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

OPEC extends oil production cuts amid weaker demand outlook

OPEC on Monday decided to extend its deal to cut production for another nine months in an attempt to keep oil prices from sagging as the oil cartel faces a …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Prosecutor: Navy SEAL bragged he ‘got’ victim with knife

A seven-man jury was selected Tuesday to decide the fate of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq and other …


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 …


US imposes sanctions on Iraq-based affiliate of Iran’s Guard

The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an Iraq-based affiliate of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, one more in a series of steps intended to pressure Tehran following President Donald Trump’s …


Former Army staff sergeant to get Medal of Honor for Iraq valor

The White House says President Donald Trump will award the nation’s highest military honor to former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia for actions in Iraq.


Pope wants to visit Iraq in 2020, berates arms exporters

Pope Francis says he wants to visit Iraq next year, although a date for a trip hasn’t been announced.


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 …


Protesters in Iran, Iraq burn Israel, US flags on ‘Quds Day’

Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies …


Navy SEAL seeks to toss slaying case over withheld evidence

Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that includes withholding evidence …


California congressman says he’s taken photo with dead enemy

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California has acknowledged taking a photo with a dead combatant during his time as a Marine as he defended a Navy SEAL charged with multiple …


Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between its allies Iran, US

Iraq offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers …


Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could ‘burn’ Iraq

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

US Secretary of State Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq

BAGHDAD – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a lightning visit to Baghdad on Tuesday to show U.S. support for the Iraqi government as Washington steps up warnings to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 3:07 p.m.

Iraq planning $53B megaproject with ExxonMobil, PetroChina

Iraq is planning a $53 billion megaproject with global energy giants ExxonMobil and PetroChina to use seawater from the Persian Gulf to boost oil production, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced …


IS legacy of guilt weighs heavily on Iraqi widows, children

When Ahmed Khalil ran out of work as a van driver in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago, he signed up with the Islamic State group’s police force, …


U.S. to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a “foreign terrorist organization” – an unprecedented move that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in …


Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for ‘historic’ visit to offset U.S. sanctions

BAGHDAD – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad Monday on his first state visit to Iraq since his election six years ago, shoring up political and trade relations as …


More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited US military role

The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

Iraqi president hits back at Trump over U.S. Army presence

Iraq’s president hit back at Donald Trump Monday for saying U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran, saying the U.S. leader did not ask …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. troop withdrawal following surprise Trump visit

President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

Security forces deploy in Iraq’s Basra following violence

Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of Basra on Saturday, a day after protesters in the southern city stormed the Iranian consulate and torched government buildings in violence that …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iran consulate in southern city

Angry protesters stormed the Iranian consulate Friday in the southern city of Basra, setting a fire inside as part of ongoing demonstrations that have turned deadly in the past few …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Soldier from Spokane area killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

A solider from Spokane was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, the Pentagon announced.