Latest Iraq government News

The Latest: Iraq says foreign forces may not fight in Iraq

Jun. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says foreign troops and local militia operating inside his country are forbidden from confronting each other and must operate under the supervision and control of the Iraqi armed forces. Adel Abdul-Mahdi's order Tuesday appeared to make clear that Iraqi soil may not be...

Rockets land in an Iraqi military post home to US personnel

Jun. 17, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi military says three rockets have hit an installation north of Baghdad used by Iraqi troops and where American trainers are also present. There was no immediate word on casualties. The late Monday attack on camp Taji, about 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of Baghdad, is the second on...

Mortar attack on Iraqi base home to US troops; no casualties

Jun. 15, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants in Iraq fired three mortar shells early Saturday into an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties, the Iraqi military said. The military statement said the attack on Balad air base caused small fires in bushes on the base, which were...

The Latest: Japanese leader seeks to cool US-Iran tensions

Jun. 12, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 12:25 a.m. The leader of Japan is visiting Iran to warn that an "accidental conflict" could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Prime Minister...

Iraq, Lebanon to stay away from Mideast peace conference

Jun. 12, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi foreign ministry spokesman says his government will stay away from a Mideast peace conference expected to take place in late June in the tiny Gulf Arab state of Bahrain. The White House says it will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited peace plan at the conference, saying it...

New Zealand plans to withdraw all Iraq troops by next June

Jun. 10, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Monday that it will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June. New Zealand has a small contingent of 95 so-called noncombat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, where they are tasked with training Iraqi security...

Correction: Iraq-Germany story

Jun. 9, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a story June 8 about the German foreign minister's visit to Iraq, The Associated Press misidentified the spokesman for Iraq's Foreign Ministry. He is Ahmad Sahhaf, not Ahmed Mahjoub. A corrected version of the story is below: German FM in Iraq to address regional tensions German Foreign...

Baghdad's Green Zone reopens to the public after 16 years

Jun. 4, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's Green Zone area, the heavily fortified strip on the west bank of the Tigris River, reopened to the public Tuesday after 16 years — a move meant to portray increased confidence in the country's overall security situation after years of war. Maj. Gen. Jassim Yahya Abd Ali told...

Baghdad's Green Zone, a barometer of war and peace

May. 31, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the banks of the Tigris River was known as "Little America" following the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam...

The Latest: Iran's president says stay focused on Palestine

May. 31, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has sent a message to a summit of Muslim countries saying they need to remain focused on the Palestinian issue. In a letter published on the...