Iraqi PM meets Kurdistan region leader for first time since independence vote


BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met on Saturday with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani for the first time since conflict broke out over a Kurdish independence referendum, officials said.

Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home.

World, 20 Jan 2018

1.3 million children displaced by Iraq's war with Islamic State: UNICEF

GENEVA About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said on Friday.

World, 19 Jan 2018

U.S. government opposes delaying Iraqi elections: U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

BAGHDAD The United States supports holding Iraqi parliamentary elections on May 12 as planned by Iraq's government, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said on Thursday, criticizing calls to postpone the vote.

World, 18 Jan 2018

Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election, in alliance with Iran-backed group

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced he would stand for re-election on May 12 at the head of a cross-sectarian bloc, and received the support of a powerful Shi'ite group close to Iran.

World, 14 Jan 2018

Key U.S. senator says progress made on new war authorization

WASHINGTON The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Thursday that progress was being made on legislation to give Congress more control over the U.S. fight against militant groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

World, 11 Jan 2018

Germany expects return of over 100 children of Islamist fighters

BERLIN German security officials are preparing for the arrival of over 100 infants and children of people who left the country to fight for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, amid concerns about the radicalisation of minors.

World, Syria, 08 Jan 2018

Iraq returning displaced civilians from camps to unsafe areas

AMRIYAT AL-FALLUJA, Iraq Iraqi security forces are forcibly returning civilians from refugee camps to unsafe areas in the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, exposing them to death from booby-traps or acts of vigilantism, refugees and aid workers say. | Video

World, 08 Jan 2018

Insight: Iraq's Abadi in high-stakes plan to rein in Iranian-backed militias

BAGHDAD Under pressure from allies in the West, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is staking his career on reining in the Shi'ite militias that helped him defeat Islamic State.

World, 04 Jan 2018

Iran re-opens border crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan region

LONDON Iran re-opened two crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday that it had closed after a referendum in favour of independence for the semi-autonomous region, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

World, 02 Jan 2018