Latest Baghdad News

USC student helped Americans in Iraq. He might be sent back.

Sep. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zaid Alibadi risked his life to help the American troops serving in his native Iraq. The U.S. government recognized the danger he faced when it admitted his mother and brother to the country as refugees who faced reprisals because of Alibadi's association with the U.S. military. But...

Iraqi Shiite holy city mourns stampede deaths of 31 pilgrims

Sep. 11, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The governor of the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Karbala has declared three days of mourning for 31 pilgrims who died in a stampede a day earlier. At least 100 other people were injured in the stampede, which occurred on Tuesday as tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims marked Ashoura, one of the...

Officials: 31 Iraqi pilgrims die in stampede during holiday

Sep. 10, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A walkway collapsed and set off a stampede in the holy city of Karbala on Tuesday as thousands of Shiite Muslims marked one of the most solemn holy days of the year. At least 31 people were killed and about 100 were injured, officials said. It was the deadliest stampede in recent history...

US drops 40 tons of bombs on IS-'infested' island in Iraq

Sep. 10, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 36,000 kilograms (40 tons) of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River "infested" with members of the Islamic State group. The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of...

Iraqi official: 4 blasts hit Baghdad, 14 wounded

Sep. 7, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Iraqi security official says four bombs have exploded in the capital, Baghdad, wounding a total of 14 people. The official said the bombs targeted commercial districts in east, south, central and west Baghdad. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations....

Michigan funeral service held for deported Iraqi national

Sep. 6, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A private funeral service has been held in suburban Detroit for a 41-year-old Iraqi man who died in Baghdad after being deported from the U.S. for committing crimes. The Detroit News reports that Jimmy Aldaoud was buried Friday at the gravesite of his parents at Holy Sepulchre...

Sentences of 3 Blackwater guards reduced from 2007 massacre

Sep. 6, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday greatly reduced the sentences of three former Blackwater security contractors, in the latest development from a complex case dating back to the 2007 shootings of unarmed civilians in Baghdad. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Paul Slough to 15 years...

Iraq suspends US-funded TV station for 3 months over program

Sep. 2, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities on Monday suspended the license of a U.S.-funded TV station for three months after it aired a program on alleged corruption within Iraq's Sunni and Shiite religious establishments. The investigative report that aired on Saturday on Alhurra accused senior religious figures...

Body of deported Iraqi national returning to US for burial

Aug. 29, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The body of a 41-year-old Iraqi man who died in Baghdad after being deported from the U.S. for committing multiple crimes is being returned to the Detroit area for burial. Democratic U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, of Michigan, announced Thursday that Jimmy Aldaoud's body was in transit and was...

US contractor sentenced in Iraq shooting seeks new trial

Aug. 28, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former State Department contractor sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting deaths of unarmed Iraqi civilians is asking for a new trial because of what he says is newly discovered evidence. Lawyers for former Blackwater employee Nicholas Slatten said they received a...