Latest Iraq News

AP Interview: Iraq oil minister says gas sector a priority

Jun. 11, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s oil sector is rebounding after a catastrophic year triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with key investment projects on the horizon, Iraq's oil minister said Friday. But he also warned that an enduring bureaucratic culture of fear threatens to stand in the way. ...

Missiles target U.S. troops, contractors in Iraqi army bases

Jun. 09, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Multiple rockets targeted two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S.-led coalition troops and foreign contractors Wednesday, Iraqi security officials and the military said. Three rockets hit Balad airbase, north of Baghdad, without causing any casualties or...

Iraqi militia commander, whose arrest stoked tensions, freed

Jun. 09, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi militia commander whose arrest last month sparked a standoff between the government and paramilitary groups was freed Wednesday after a judge ordered his release. The release of Qassim Mahmoud Musleh came as Iranian Gen. Esmail Ghaani, head of...

Lithuania says Belarus could be behind recent migrant influx

Jun. 07, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has detained nine Iraqi asylum-seekers who had entered the Baltic country from Belarus, officials said Monday, pointing a finger at Belarus for allegedly being involved in sending repeated groups of immigrants into Lithuania. “It is...

Iran cleric who founded Hezbollah, survived book bomb, dies

Jun. 07, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, a Shiite cleric who as Iran's ambassador to Syria helped found the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and lost his right hand to a book bombing reportedly carried out by Israel, died Monday of the coronavirus. He was 74. ...

Traumatized veterans heal through the power of nature

Jun. 05, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mario Kovach stood at a trailhead near Hawk Mountain the other day, with the Appalachian Trail stretching to Maine one way and Georgia the other and a perfect blue sky spilling sunshine over everything — a red car parked on the side of the road, a gaggle of genial...

Dutch woman, three children repatriated from Syria IS camp

Jun. 05, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — The Kurdish-led administration in Syria's northeast handed over on Saturday to the Netherlands a Dutch woman, her two young sons, and a Dutch girl, who lived in a camp for families of alleged Islamic State militants. A delegation from the...

3 killed when gas cylinder explodes at Baghdad restaurant

Jun. 03, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An explosion at a crowded restaurant in a northwestern Baghdad neighborhood killed three people and injured 16 Thursday evening, two Iraqi health officials said. A military statement said a gas cylinder exploded at the restaurant in the city's Kadhmiyah...

In Syria camp, forgotten children are molded by IS ideology

Jun. 03, 2021 02:16 AM EDT

AL-HOL, Syria (AP) — At the sprawling al-Hol camp in northeast Syria, children pass their days roaming the dirt roads, playing with mock swords and black banners in imitation of Islamic State group militants. Few can read or write. For some, the only education is from mothers giving them IS...

Iraq looks to new pier to boost oil product imports, exports

May. 28, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Iraq is building a new oil pier off its southern coast, financed by Japan, that's expected to boost exports and imports of crude-derived products and increase revenue, officials said this week. The construction within the port of Khor al-Zubair —...