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Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation north of Baghdad

Jul. 20, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Islamic State group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas. This is the second phase of the operation dubbed...

Iraqi forces begin operation against IS along Syrian border

Jul. 7, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's security and paramilitary forces began Sunday a military operation along the border with Syria aimed at clearing the area of Islamic State group militants, the military said in a statement. Although Iraq declared victory against IS in July 2017, the extremists have turned into an...

Iraqi PM takes a gamble with move on Iran-backed militias

Jul. 4, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government's move this week to place Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces is a political gamble by a prime minister increasingly caught in the middle of a dangerous rivalry between Iran and the U.S, the two main power brokers in Iraq. Facing pressure from...

Jury sentences Navy SEAL for posing with Iraq war casualty

Jul. 3, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted over posing with the corpse was given a demotion by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes. Special Operations...

Iraq moves to limit influence of Iran-backed militias

Jul. 1, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government moved Monday night to control powerful Iran-backed militias in the country, placing them under the full command of the Iraqi armed forces. In a decree, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said offices of militias that continue to operate independently within or outside Iraqi...

Marine testifies Navy SEAL did not stab Iraq captive

Jun. 28, 2019 1:54 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who worked jointly in Iraq with a decorated Navy SEAL accused of murder testified Thursday that the platoon chief did not stab a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner as alleged by other platoon members. Marine Staff Sgt. Giorgio Kirylo said he watched as Special Operations Chief...

The Latest: Marine testifies SEAL did not stab Iraq captive

Jun. 27, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 3 p.m. A Marine who worked jointly in Iraq with a decorated Navy SEAL accused of murder testified that the SEAL did not stab a young Islamic State prisoner in his...

The Latest: Witness could face perjury in Navy SEAL trial

Jun. 26, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Officials have informed a Navy SEAL witness that he could face a perjury charge after he testified that he — and not Special Operations Chief...

Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq War veteran

Jun. 25, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday awarded the nation's highest military honor to an Iraq War veteran who took on an insurgent stronghold and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety during heavy fighting in Fallujah. The president presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff...

Iraqi special forces kill 14 IS militants in country's north

Jun. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces say they have conducted an operation near the northern city of Kirkuk in which they killed 14 members of the Islamic State group. A statement from Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces on Monday says that during the operation, Iraqi forces received support from warplanes of the...