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A man cools off from the summer heat under an open air shower in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child

Jul. 5, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the...

Kaywan Kawa holds Turkish shell fragments at the bedside of his injured son in the city of Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq. Iraq has set up border posts to prevent a Turkish military advance deeper into Iraqi territory this week as civilians suffer from over two weeks of airstrikes as Ankara continues to target Kurdish rebels in the country's north. (AP Photo/Adnan Ahmed)

Iraq sets up border posts to try to prevent Turkish advance

Jul. 3, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops were enforcing positions along the border with Turkey, officials said Friday, to prevent Turkish forces from advancing deeper into Iraqi territory after two weeks of airstrikes as Ankara continues to target Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Security officials said Ankara has...

Motorists pass by a Popular Mobilization poster in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, June 26, 2020. Iraqi security forces arrested over a dozen men suspected of a spate of rocket attacks against the U.S. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi forces arrest men suspected of attacks targeting US

Jun. 26, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces arrested over a dozen men suspected of a spate of rocket attacks against the U.S. presence in Iraq, the Iraqi military said Friday — the strongest action to date by the new government in Baghdad against perpetrators suspected of ties to Iran. The arrests marked...

In this Saturday, June 20, 2020 photo, workers set up a field hospital to treat patients with COVID-19 in Baghdad, Iraq. New field hospitals have been erected to treat virus patients as hospitals reach capacity, but health workers fear the worst is still to come. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Long-dreaded virus increase hits Iraq as new cases soar

Jun. 21, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In Baghdad’s vast exhibition grounds, masked workers lugged hospital beds into rows for makeshift coronavirus wards, as doctors and officials sounded the alarm Sunday over a surge in virus cases in the capital. The long-dreaded scenario is gripping the country amid a severe economic...

4 rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone in challenge to Iraqi PM

Jun. 18, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Four rockets exploded inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone near the American embassy, Iraq's military said Thursday, in the third such attack since the U.S. embarked on strategic talks with Iraq's new government. It wasn't immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, which caused...

In this photo provided by the Turkish Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Turkish troops in action against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Turkey says it has airlifted troops for a cross-border ground operation against Turkey's Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. The Defense Ministry in Ankara says the airborne offensive in Iraq’s border region of Haftanin was launched on Wednesday following intense artillery fire into the area. The ministry says commando forces are being supported by warplanes, attack helicopters, artillery and armed and unarmed drones. (Turkish Ministry of Defence via AP)

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish rebels in north Iraq

Jun. 17, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Wednesday it has airlifted troops into northern Iraq for a cross-border ground operation against Turkey's Kurdish rebels. The airborne-and-land offensive into the border region of Haftanin, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Turkey-Iraq border, was launched following...

Iraqi army says 2 rockets hit base near Baghdad, no losses

Jun. 13, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets hit an Iraqi base frequented by U.S. troops north of Baghdad late Saturday without causing any casualties, Iraq's military said, the third such attack this month and just days after Washington and Baghdad launched strategic talks. The Katyusha rockets struck Camp Taji and caused...

TAKES OUT REFERENCE TO DESIGNATE - Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kahdimi, center, visits the site of the Al–Nuri mosque, which was destroyed by Islamic State militants, during his visit to Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office, via AP)

PM vows IS will never again overrun Iraqi territory

Jun. 10, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group will never again overrun Iraqi territory, Iraq’s prime minister vowed Wednesday in an official visit to northern Iraq. The visit by Mustafa al-Kadhimi came amid a recent increase in militant attacks and the withdrawal of U.S.-led coalition forces in a...

U.S. military plane crashes into Iraqi base, no fatalities

Jun. 8, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. military plane crashed into an Iraqi military base north of the capital on Monday without causing fatalities, the U.S.-led coalition said. Separately, a rocket landed on the periphery of Baghdad airport, the Iraqi military said, without providing further details. There were no...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Mustafa al-Kahdimi, Iraqi Prime Minister-designate speaks to members of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi lawmakers have signed off on the rest of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government following weeks of horse-trading between political factions. A total of 247 lawmakers passed the seven ministerial posts on Saturday, June 6, 2020 that had remained vacant since al-Kadhimi was sworn in last month. (Iraqi Parliament Media Office, via AP, File)

Iraqi lawmakers vote in new premier's remaining ministers

Jun. 6, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers signed off on the rest of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's government Saturday, following weeks of horse-trading between political factions over individual ministers. A total of 247 lawmakers approved the seven ministry posts that had remained vacant since al-Kadhimi was...