• Afghanistan July 3, 2019 3:51 pm

    3-D Printing Recreates Ancient Sculpture Destroyed by ISIS

    A figure of a roaring lion, about the size of a loaf of bread, is the latest step in the fight to preserve culture from conflict. The sculpture is a replica of a colossal 3,000-year-old statue from the Temple of Ishtar in Nimrud, in what’s now Iraq. The stone statue was one of many artifacts from the Mosul Museum destroyed...

  • Germany May 19, 2019 7:24 pm

    Rocket Attack Hits Baghdad's Green Zone

    A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone Sunday night, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said. The apparent attack, which Iraq’s state-run news agency said did not cause any casualties, came amid heightened tensions across the Persian Gulf, after the White House ordered warships and bombers to...

  • Associated Press May 13, 2019 5:27 pm

    Iraq Hunts Islamic State Remnants Spreading Fear in Former ‘Caliphate'

    It was a chilly January evening, and Khadija Abd and her family had just finished supper at their farm when the two men with guns burst into the room. One wore civilian clothes, the other an army uniform. They said they were from the Iraqi army’s 20th Division, which controls the northern Iraqi town of Badoush. In fact, they were...

  • Twitter April 29, 2019 1:30 pm

    ISIS Leader Appears to Emerge in New Video

    The leader of the Islamic State group is purportedly seen publicly for the first time in 5 years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm. The video released by Al-Furqan on Monday appears to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a bushy grey and red beard, wearing a black robe with a beige vest and seated on the...

  • Attorney January 5, 2019 1:51 pm

    SEAL Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges in Alleged Wrongful Death of ISIS Fighter

    A U.S. Navy SEAL facing court-martial in San Diego pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the alleged wrongful killing of an ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017.

  • Attorney January 8, 2019 10:17 am

    Decorated US Navy SEAL to Face Court-Martial for Charges, Including Premeditated Murder in Death of Young ISIS Fighter

    A decorated Navy SEAL will face Court-martial for charges, including premeditated murder in the death of a young ISIS fighter in Iraq, NBC 7 has confirmed.

  • head January 1, 2019 3:30 am

    Plunge in Oil Prices Threatens Iraq's Postwar Recovery

    The latest plunge in oil prices has dealt a heavy blow to Iraq’s stagnating economy, threatening the new government’s ability to rebuild after the war with the Islamic State group and provide basic services to areas roiled by recent protests. Brent crude oil, used to price international purchases, briefly rose above $85 a barrel in October but has since plummeted...

  • NBC July 20, 2018 7:08 am

    Afghan Taliban Claims Indirect Talks Are Underway With US

    U.S. officials are sitting down with former members of the Taliban as they try to wind down America’s longest war, three Taliban commanders tell NBC News. The sources said the talks took place in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. One negotiator said “never more than five” Americans attended a series of hotel suite meetings in Doha, Qatar. The...

  • Associated Press May 20, 2018 8:26 am

    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 7:00 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...

  • United States May 12, 2018 5:24 pm

    In First Iraq Elections Since ISIS Defeat, Record Low Turnout

    Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and presaging a long period of deal-making as politicians squabble over posts in a new government. There were no bombings at any polling stations —...

  • China February 5, 2018 10:02 am

    US Declares Victory Over ISIS, Starts Iraq Drawdown

    American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in Iraq. Dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, the contractors said. Two Iraqi...

  • ISIS December 9, 2017 1:30 pm

    Iraq Says Its War Against ISIS Has Ended

    After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced the victory in...

  • Iraq November 17, 2017 6:51 am

    Iraqi Forces Retake the Country's Last ISIS-Held Town

    Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraqi territory, the Defense Ministry’s spokesman said. At dawn, Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters pushed into the western neighborhoods of Rawah in...

  • Iraq October 22, 2017 1:00 pm

    US-Allied Force Takes Syria's Largest Oil Field From ISIS

    U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq. The...

  • spokesman October 17, 2017 9:11 am

    ISIS' One-Time Capital Is Liberated: Syrian Commander

    U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group’s sleeper cells. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press that there are no longer clashes in the city, which had...

  • North Korea September 28, 2017 6:34 pm

    ISIS Releases Purported Audio Message From Top Leader

    The leader of the Islamic State group urged followers to burn their enemies everywhere and target “media centers of the infidels,” according to an audio recording released Thursday that the extremists said was by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The reclusive leader of ISIS, who has only appeared in public once, also vowed to continue fighting and lavished praise on his jihadis...

  • United States August 31, 2017 10:40 am

    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,...

  • Facebook August 29, 2017 10:54 am

    Lebanon's Negotiated ISIS Evacuation Angers Many

    Buses carrying hundreds of Islamic State militants and their families arrived in eastern Syria on Tuesday following a negotiated evacuation from the Lebanon-Syria border, where the U.S.-backed Lebanese army deployed for the first time in years. The evacuation agreement, the first such publicized deal concluded with the extremist group, angered many Iraqis, who accused Syria and Hezbollah of dumping the...

  • The Associated Press August 25, 2017 11:51 pm

    Iraqi Military Finds Grave Sites of ISIS Victims

    Iraqi military investigators said Friday they have discovered two mass graves near a former Islamic State group prison outside Mosul that contain the bodies of 500 IS victims. The Media Cell Security Investigation team said in a statement that one grave near the Badoush Prison site contained the bodies of 470 prisoners killed by IS. It said a second grave...

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