Latest Iraq government News

AP Interview: Iraq oil minister says gas sector a priority

Jun. 11, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s oil sector is rebounding after a catastrophic year triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with key investment projects on the horizon, Iraq's oil minister said Friday. But he also warned that an enduring bureaucratic culture of fear threatens to stand in the way. ...

Missiles target U.S. troops, contractors in Iraqi army bases

Jun. 09, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Multiple rockets targeted two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S.-led coalition troops and foreign contractors Wednesday, Iraqi security officials and the military said. Three rockets hit Balad airbase, north of Baghdad, without causing any casualties or...

Iraqi militia commander, whose arrest stoked tensions, freed

Jun. 09, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi militia commander whose arrest last month sparked a standoff between the government and paramilitary groups was freed Wednesday after a judge ordered his release. The release of Qassim Mahmoud Musleh came as Iranian Gen. Esmail Ghaani, head of...

UN authorizes monitors for Iraq's elections in October

May. 27, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved an Iraqi request for a U.N. team to monitor parliamentary elections in October. A resolution adopted by the council authorized the U.N. political mission in Iraq and U.N. special...

Tensions rise in Baghdad after arrest of militia commander

May. 26, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tensions mounted in Iraq's capital on Wednesday after the arrest of a militia commander on terrorism charges, prompting a dangerous showdown by the detainee's paramilitary supporters and the Iraqi government. The confrontation began after Iraqi security...

Fort Stewart renames memorial garden in honor of Iraq hero

May. 23, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Commanders at a Georgia Army post have named one of its most hallowed gathering places for a soldier who died of severe burns in 2005 after pulling fellow troops from a burning vehicle. Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division held a dedication...

Return of Iraqis seen as easing threat from Syria camp

May. 22, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

SHADDADI, Syria (AP) — The Iraqi government is expected to bring home about 100 Iraqi families from a sprawling camp in Syria next week, a first-time move that U.S. officials see as a hopeful sign in a long-frustrated effort to repatriate thousands from a site known as a breeding ground for...

Iran protests Iraq over raid on diplomatic site

May. 10, 2021 05:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry said Monday it “strongly condemns” Iraq's raid on Tehran's consulate in Karbala over the killing of a prominent activist. Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh Monday told reporters that Iran late Sunday handed over a...

Drone attack on Iraqi base hosting US troops; no casualties

May. 08, 2021 03:52 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In mid-April, A drone strike early on Saturday targeted a military base in Iraq that hosts U.S. troops, causing only minor damage and no casualties, Iraq's military and the U.S.-led coalition said. The pore-dawn attack damaged a hangar, tweeted coalition...

Iraq pushes vaccine rollout amid widespread apathy, distrust

May. 05, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s vaccine roll-out had been faltering for weeks. Apathy, fear and rumors kept many from getting vaccinated despite a serious surge in coronavirus infections and calls by the government for people to register for shots. It took a populist Shiite...