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Iraq military: Rocket hit Baghdad Green Zone, minor damages

May. 19, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A rocket struck Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government, early on Tuesday morning, according to an Iraqi military statement, the first attack on the area since a new prime minister was sworn in earlier this month. The Katyusha rocket hit an empty house, causing...

Norway's top military official in Iraq says virus helps IS

May. 13, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Islamic State militants hide in sparsely populated farmlands in Iraq from where they stage attacks on Iraqi forces scrambling to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country, the head of the 70-man Norwegian contingent in this Mideast nation was quoted as saying Wednesday. ...

Iraqi military says 3 rockets strike near Baghdad airport

May. 6, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Three Katyusha rockets struck near the military sector of the Baghdad airport early on Wednesday but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said. The attack came hours ahead of an extraordinary parliament session that will vote on the proposed government of the latest prime...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, photo, U.S. Soldiers stand while bulldozers clear rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq. Six Army soldiers who were injured in a ballistic missile attack in Iraq in January have been awarded Purple Hearts, and 23 others have been approved for the award and will get them later this week, U.S. Central Command said Monday. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan, File)

US awards 29 Purple Hearts for brain injuries in Iran attack

May. 4, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six Army soldiers who were injured in a ballistic missile attack in Iraq in January have been awarded Purple Hearts, and 23 others have been approved for the award and will get them later this week, U.S. Central Command said Monday. Navy Capt. Bill Urban said the awards were approved by...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, security forces detonate an explosive device placed by the Islamic State militants during a search operation in Taramiyah, 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are stepping up attacks, taking advantage of governments preoccupied with the economic and health impact of the coronavirus. Security officials in Iraq say attacks are up fivefold over last year, as the group exploits security gaps linked to the virus lockdown and a U.S. troop drawdown in the country’s north. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

IS extremists step up as Iraq, Syria, grapple with virus

May. 3, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The man wearing an explosive vest emerged from a car and calmly marched toward the gates of the intelligence building in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk. When he ignored their shouts to halt, guards opened fire, and he blew himself up, wounding three security personnel in the first...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, American soldiers inspect the site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq. U.S. officials say new air defense systems are now protecting American and allied forces at military bases in Iraq where troops have been attacked by Iranian-backed insurgents in recent months. They say Patriot missile launchers and other short-range systems have been installed at al-Asad Air Base. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

US officials: Missile defense systems now operating in Iraq

Apr. 10, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New air defense systems are now protecting American and allied forces at military bases in Iraq where troops have been attacked by Iranian-backed insurgents in recent months, according to U.S. officials. Patriot missile launchers and two other short-range systems are now in place at...

Iraqi military: 3 rockets target US oil company in south

Apr. 6, 2020 5:50 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least three rockets hit near the site of an American oil field service company in southern Iraq early on Monday, Iraq's military said, the first such attack in recent months to target U.S. energy interests in Iraq. The rockets targeted the site of Halliburton in the Burjesia area in the...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump warns Iran against attacking US troops in Iraq

Apr. 1, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Tehran should expect a bold U.S. response if Iran or Iranian-backed groups attack American forces or assets in Iraq. U.S.-Iran tensions soared following the Jan. 3 Washington-directed strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani outside...

U.S. soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield, Iraqi Security Forces, in the south of Mosul, Iraq  early Friday, March 27, 2020. Iraq's military on Thursday said at least two rockets hit inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to the American Embassy, in the first attack following a brief lull in violence from earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month

Mar. 29, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew Sunday from a military base in the country's north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran. The K1 Air Base is the third site coalition forces have left this month, in line with U.S. plans to consolidate its troops in two...