Eighteen killed in Islamic State attack north of Iraq's Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq Eighteen people, including two children, were killed on Saturday when militants shot at a checkpoint north of Tikrit and then set off two bombs at the entrance to the Iraqi city in attacks later claimed by Islamic State.

Iraq's Zebari accuses ex-PM Maliki of arranging dismissal as finance minister

ERBIL, Iraq Deposed Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Thursday accused former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of orchestrating his removal from office, publicly exposing rifts within an increasingly unstable government.

World, 23 Sep 2016

German major sees lengthy battle for Islamic State Iraq stronghold

ERBIL, Iraq Islamic State militants are expected to fight bitterly to hold onto their de-facto Iraqi capital, and the battle to retake Mosul will likely be a bloody one, a German major helping train local forces said on Thursday.

World, 23 Sep 2016

Iraqi army says it recaptured key town south of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the U.S.-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat on Thursday, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year. | Video

World, 23 Sep 2016

U.S. tests for mustard agent after rocket attack near Iraq base

WASHINGTON The U.S. military is testing to see if a chemical agent may have been used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Islamic State that came within hundreds of yards (meters) of U.S. forces but injured no one, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

World, 22 Sep 2016

Iraqi finance minister sacked, risking economic fallout

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament sacked Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Wednesday over corruption allegations, a move that risks further destabilising the major OPEC producer's fragile economy as it struggles with a massive budget deficit.

World, 21 Sep 2016

Iraqi forces close in on town south of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraq's military closed in on Wednesday on the centre of Shirqat, a northern town held by Islamic State seen as a stepping stone in the campaign to recapture the jihadists' stronghold of Mosul.

World, 21 Sep 2016

Iran parades new weapons at time of Gulf tension with US

BEIRUT Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by showing off its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf.

World, 21 Sep 2016

Iraqi forces launch operation to drive Islamic State from town south of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraqi forces launched an operation on Tuesday to retake the northern town of Shirqat from Islamic State, a stepping stone in their campaign to recapture the jihadists' stronghold of Mosul before the end of the year.

World, 20 Sep 2016

Obama hopes for progress on Mosul by year-end

NEW YORK U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration would ask Congress and other countries to "step up" aid for Iraq to help rebuild Mosul after an expected operation in the coming months to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city. | Video

World, 20 Sep 2016