Latest Iraq News

Iraqi activist sentenced to 3 years in prison over a tweet

Dec. 07, 2022 08:30 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi activist was sentenced to three years in prison over alleged criticism of state-sanctioned militias, spurring criticism from human right monitors and local activists. Hayder al-Zaidi, 20, who was active in popular anti-government protests that began in...

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

Dec. 06, 2022 08:13 AM EST

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — On the outskirts of Yogyakarta is a small boarding school with a mission that seems out of place in Indonesia, a nation with more Muslim citizens than any other. Its students are transgender women. It is a rare oasis of LGBTQ acceptance across the...

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

Dec. 06, 2022 08:11 AM EST

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — On the outskirts of Yogyakarta, an Indonesian city that’s home to many universities, is a small boarding school with a mission that seems out of place in a nation with more Muslim citizens than any other. Its students are transgender women. It is a...

Joint patrols resume in north Syria amid tension with Turkey

Dec. 03, 2022 07:44 AM EST

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — U.S. troops Saturday resumed joint patrols with Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria days after they were stopped amid Turkish threats of a new ground incursion into the war-torn country. A patrol consisting of four American armored vehicles and one for the...

Influential Iraqi cleric launches anti-LGBTQ campaign

Dec. 02, 2022 13:40 PM EST

An influential Iraqi cleric who announced his withdrawal from politics four months ago has broken a period of relative silence to launch an anti-LGBTQ campaign. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr posted a statement on Twitter Wednesday calling for “believing men and women (to) unite all...

UN: Iraq Christians were victims of Islamic State war crimes

Dec. 01, 2022 23:43 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Evidence collected in Iraq strengthens preliminary findings that Islamic State extremists committed crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Christian community after it seized about a third of the country in 2014, a U.N. investigative team said in a report...

Syrian rebels did not know Iraqi militant killed was IS head

Dec. 01, 2022 13:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — When Syrian rebels attacked a hideout in mid-October in the southern Syrian village of Jassem, they had no idea that a militant commander who was killed in the operation was the leader of the Islamic State group. Syrian opposition activists and state media apparently...

Soldier dies nearly 20 years after being wounded in Iraq

Nov. 30, 2022 19:52 PM EST

ELWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A soldier who suffered catastrophic injuries while serving in Iraq nearly two decades ago has died and been laid to rest in northern Illinois with full military honors. Former U.S. Army Sgt. Joel Gomez, 42, of Wheaton died Nov. 22 after developing pneumonia and...

IS says leader Abu al-Hassan al-Qurayshi killed in battle

Nov. 30, 2022 16:01 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in battle recently, the group’s spokesman said in audio released Wednesday. He gave no further details. Al-Qurayshi is the second IS leader to be killed this year at a time when...

US-Iran match mirrored a regional rivalry for many Arab fans

Nov. 29, 2022 18:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. team’s victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region’s woes. Critics of Iran say it...