Kurdish forces fire into Islamic State-controlled Mosul

ARBIL, Iraq - Kurdish forces have fired rockets into Mosul for the first time since Islamic State militants overran the northern Iraqi city last summer, Kurdish military sources said on Saturday.

Iraqi PM says West and Iran both helping against Islamic State

DAVOS - Iraq's prime minister said on Friday the West had increased support to his country to help it fight Islamic State, and Iran was also providing crucial backing.

World, 24 Jan 2015

Syrian air strike on rebel area kills more than 40 - monitor

BEIRUT - A Syrian air strike killed more than 40 people in a rebel-held area near Damascus on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and opposition activists said.

World, Syria, 23 Jan 2015

Kurds criticise exclusion from U.S.-led coalition meeting

BAGHDAD - The president of Iraqi Kurdistan complained on Friday about being excluded from a meeting in London this week of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, saying Kurdish fighters deserved more respect.

World, 23 Jan 2015

Coalition needs 2 years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, says UK

LONDON - The U.S.-led coalition could take up to two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, and Baghdad's own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain's foreign minister warned on Thursday.

World, Top News 22 Jan 2015

In Mosul, Islamic State turns captured city into fortress

BAGHDAD - In a government building in Mosul, a handful of Iraqi contractors gathered to compete for a tender last month.

World, 22 Jan 2015

Kurdish forces squeeze Islamic State supply line in northern Iraq

NEAR MOSUL DAM, Iraq - Kurdish forces in northern Iraq said on Wednesday they had cleared Islamic State insurgents from nearly 500 square kilometres of territory and broken a key IS supply line between the city of Mosul and strongholds to the west near Syria.

World, 22 Jan 2015

Delay to Britain's Iraq War inquiry report causes outcry

LONDON - A decision to delay a long-awaited official report into Britain's role in the Iraq War until after a general election in May drew accusations of a whitewash on Wednesday and demands for British voters to be given its findings.

World, 21 Jan 2015

UK's Iraq war inquiry report delay prompts "sexed down" fears

LONDON - New delays to a major report into Britain's role in the Iraq War sparked fears on Wednesday that the public would conclude an inquiry's long-awaited findings had been "sexed down" to prevent criticism of former high-profile figures.

World, 21 Jan 2015

Bodies of 26 civilians, Kurdish fighters found in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD - Search teams have discovered the bodies of 15 civilians and 11 Kurdish peshmerga fighters in two mass graves in Iraq, a local official said on Tuesday.

World, 21 Jan 2015