Latest Iraqi armed forces News

IS gunmen mount deadly attacks in Syria, Iraq; dozens killed

Jan. 21, 2022 10:12 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group launched sophisticated attacks in Syria and Iraq, including an attempt to break into a prison where suspected extremists are being held by U.S.-backed fighters, officials said Friday. Dozens of detainees in Syria and 11 Iraqi troops were killed. ...

Iraqi officials: 4 rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad

Jan. 13, 2022 13:53 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least four rockets targeted the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Thursday, two Iraqi security officials said. The area is home to diplomatic missions and the seat of Iraq's government, Three of the missiles struck within the perimeter of...

Biden taps combat-hardened officer to lead Central Command

Jan. 06, 2022 19:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Army three-star general with extensive experience in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has been nominated to become the top U.S. commander for the Middle East. President Joe Biden has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Erik Kurilla to head U.S. Central Command and be...

Bases housing US troops in Iraq, Syria come under attack

Jan. 05, 2022 15:11 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops in Iraq's western Anbar province and the capital of Baghdad were hit by Katyusha rockets Wednesday while in Syria, eight rounds of indirect fire landed inside a base with members of the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi and U.S. militaries said....

US-led coalition: Attack with 2 armed drones foiled in Iraq

Jan. 04, 2022 04:53 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two explosives-laden drones targeting an Iraqi military base housing U.S. troops in western Anbar province were destroyed on Tuesday, a coalition official said. It was the second such attempted attack coinciding with the anniversary of the 2020 U.S. airstrike that...

Iraq military: 2 rockets strike inside Green Zone

Dec. 19, 2021 02:05 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets struck Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. embassy, causing property damage but no casualties, Iraq's military said early Sunday. One rocket was destroyed by the embassy's C-RAM defense system. Another fell near a national monument,...

A fragile partnership in Iraq tries to prevent IS revival

Dec. 17, 2021 01:08 AM EST

LHEIBAN, Iraq (AP) — As a backhoe dug up the ground to build trenches, Iraqi soldiers scanned the vast farming tracts for militants; not far away, their Kurdish counterparts did the same. The scene earlier this month in the small northern Iraqi farming village of Lheiban was a...

Sister cheers as Georgia soldier chosen for Medal of Honor

Dec. 12, 2021 15:22 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Kasinal Cashe White was at her brother's bedside when the Army infantryman died in 2005 from severe burns he suffered while rescuing fellow soldiers from the flaming wreckage of their vehicle in Iraq. Sixteen years later, her late sibling will soon be awarded...

Biden will award Medal of Honor to three US soldiers

Dec. 11, 2021 00:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will award the Medal of Honor next week to three U.S. soldiers who fought in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the White House said Friday. The soldiers are Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, an Army Ranger who died after stepping between...

The AP Interview: General says US troops to remain in Iraq

Dec. 10, 2021 02:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Thursday that the United States will keep the current 2,500 troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future, and he warned that he expects increasing attacks on U.S. and Iraqi personnel by Iranian-backed militias determined to get...