Iraq

Iraqi PM orders easier access to Baghdad's Green Zone as protests surge

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BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone and main streets, in an apparent bid to improve daily life for ordinary Iraqis as fresh protests erupted across the country.

Two senior Iraqi commanders killed in Ramadi attack claimed by IS

BAGHDAD - Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed on Thursday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said.

World, 27 Aug 2015

Kurds take 10 villages from Islamic State in north Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq - Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes drove Islamic State militants out of 10 villages in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Wednesday in an offensive to secure their territory in the north, Kurdish military sources said.

World, 27 Aug 2015

Kurds take 10 villages from Islamic State in north Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq - Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes drove Islamic State militants out of 10 villages in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Wednesday in an offensive to secure their territory in the north, Kurdish military sources said.

World, 27 Aug 2015

Britain's Iraq inquiry tries to fend off criticism over delay

LONDON - The chairman of a British public inquiry into the Iraq War that has yet to publish any findings after six years has defended his work against criticism by relatives of dead soldiers angry over how long it is taking.

World, 26 Aug 2015

Kurds launch new assault on Islamic State in northern Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq - Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State insurgents in a cluster of villages in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk on Wednesday, bent on securing territory they have gained in the course of rolling back the jihadists since last summer.

World, 26 Aug 2015

Iraq's Abadi says Baiji battle 'crucial' to ousting Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the battle over the northern town of Baiji and its refinery - Iraq's largest - was critical to the fight against Islamic State.

World, 25 Aug 2015

Iraq's Sadr calls on followers to join Friday protests in Baghdad - spokesman

BAGHDAD - Iraq's powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose opinion holds sway over tens of thousands of supporters, called on his followers on Monday to join Friday protests in Baghdad, a move that could risk escalating tensions over government reforms.

World, 24 Aug 2015

Islamic State second-in-command killed in U.S. air strike - White House

EDGARTOWN, Mass./WASHINGTON - The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate across the Muslim world. | Video

World, 22 Aug 2015

Islamic State mortar fragments show traces of chemical arms - U.S. general

WASHINGTON - Fragments from mortars fired by Islamic State militants at Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq earlier this month tested positive in a U.S. military field analysis for sulphur mustard, a chemical weapons agent, a U.S. general said on Friday.

World, 22 Aug 2015