• Associated Press May 20, 2018 12:26 pm

    Iraq's al-Sadr, Promising Reform, Is Constrained by Iran

    Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran’s favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, had defeated his establishment...

  • Associated Press May 14, 2018 11:00 pm

    Iraqi Shiite Cleric Gained Ground With Nationalist Voice

    In the years following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the young cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burst onto the scene as a renegade champion of poorer Shiites, leading militant fighters who carried out deadly attacks on American forces and were notorious for sectarian killings against Sunni Muslims. Now al-Sadr appears set to secure the most significant victory of his political...

  • Europe October 23, 2017 8:04 pm

    Long Day of Diplomacy: Tillerson Visits Afghanistan, Iraq

    Far from the Washington murmurs about his future, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson secretly traveled to two of America’s enduring war zones Monday, prodding leaders in Afghanistan and Iraq to reach out to longtime rivals. Tillerson flew on a C-17 military transport plane from Qatar into Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base, where he met President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan...

  • Attorney September 21, 2017 9:56 pm

    UN Votes to Help Iraq Collect Evidence Against Islamic State

    U.N. investigators will help Iraq collect evidence to build potential war crimes cases against Islamic State extremists, under a resolution the Security Council approved Thursday. Iraq, council members and some human rights advocates portrayed the measure as a key step toward bringing the Islamic State group to justice for atrocities. But some major rights groups say it’s one-sided and overlooks...

  • PRESIDENT September 16, 2017 9:08 pm

    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. If the Iraqi population is “threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily,” he said. Iraq’s Kurdish region plans to hold the referendum on support...

  • United States August 31, 2017 2:40 pm

    Iraqi PM 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 which ran nearly a third of the country three years ago. Iraqi troops “eliminated and smashed Daesh terrorists” in al-Ayadia district, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) northwest of Tal Afar,...

  • Iraq July 11, 2017 9:40 pm

    Clashes Shake West Mosul After Victory Over ISIS Declared

    Airstrikes, shelling and other heavy clashes shook a small sliver of western Mosul on Tuesday in renewed fighting, a day after the government declared victory over Islamic State militants in Iraq’s second-largest city. Amnesty International, meanwhile, proclaimed the battle for Mosul to be a “civilian catastrophe,” with more than 5,800 noncombatants killed in the western part of the city. The...

  • Associated Press July 11, 2017 7:08 am

    Iraqi Prime Minister Declares ‘Total Victory' Over Islamic State in Mosul

    Iraq on Monday declared “total victory” over the Islamic State group in Mosul, retaking full control of the country’s second-largest city three years after it was seized by extremists bent on building a global caliphate. “This great feast day crowned the victories of the fighters and the Iraqis for the past three years,” said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, flanked by...

  • Daniel Macht July 3, 2017 7:14 pm

    Women Suicide Bombers Strike Mosul

    With the fight for Mosul in its final stage Monday, Islamic State militants sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians, while Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition unleashed punishing airstrikes and artillery fire that set dozens of buildings ablaze. At least one Iraqi soldier was killed and five were wounded in the two separate suicide attacks, the military said....

  • Iraq July 3, 2017 5:38 am

    Civilians Flee as Strikes Pound Last of ISIS-Held Mosul

    As airstrikes pound the last pockets of territory held by ISIS in Mosul Sunday, hundreds of civilians are fleeing, many so badly injured they had to be carried over the mounds of rubble clogging the Old city’s narrow streets. The civilians — mostly women and children — are fleeing the city in waves of displacement as Iraqi forces push toward...

  • Iraq June 30, 2017 5:19 am

    Iraqi Leader Declares End to ISIS Caliphate, But Fight Goes On

    With anti-Islamic State group forces on the offensive in both the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa, Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared an end to the extremist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. But even as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the bold assertion, deadly fighting continued in Mosul — filling field hospitals and forcing hundreds to flee....

  • Europe March 23, 2017 12:00 am

    US Tells Allies to Do More Amid New Offensive Against ISIS

    With U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling to retake Mosul, officials from the 68-nation coalition fighting the ISIS are looking for ways to increase the pressure as planning intensifies on the next objective, dislodging the extremists from their self-declared capital in Syria. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were hosting Iraq’s prime minister and diplomats from the coalition...

  • actor March 10, 2017 4:38 am

    Amal Clooney: Don't Let ISIS Get Away With Genocide

    Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is urging Iraq and the world’s nations not to let the Islamic State extremist group “get away with genocide.” The wife of actor George Clooney, who represents victims of IS rapes and kidnappings, told a U.N. meeting Thursday that what’s “shocking” is not just the group’s brutality but the “passive” response by the world’s nations...

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