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Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation north of Baghdad

Jul. 20, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Islamic State group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas. This is the second phase of the operation dubbed...

Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq

Jul. 19, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran. The statement said the drone...

PM of Iraq's Kurdish region meets top officials in Baghdad

Jul. 16, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The newly confirmed prime minister of Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region is meeting with top officials on his first visit to the Iraqi capital since he was named to the post last month. Masrour Barzani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and was later received by the Iraqi president...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

Jul. 7, 2019 3:57 AM EDT

Iran announced Sunday it will raise its enrichment of uranium, breaking another limit of its faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and further heightening tensions between Tehran and the U.S. Iran made the decision a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal. Iran has...

Iraq celebrates naming Babylon a UNESCO World Heritage site

Jul. 5, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Friday celebrated the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision to name the historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site in a vote held in Azerbaijan's capital, years after Baghdad began campaigning for the site to be added to the list. The city on the Euphrates River is about 85...

Attack on paramilitary force near Iraqi capital kills 5

Jul. 5, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hospital and police officials say gunmen have killed five and wounded 10, in an attack on paramilitary fighters near Iraq's capital, Baghdad. The officials say the attack occurred Friday north of the town of Fallujah that was liberated from the Islamic State group three years ago. The...

Report: Iraq gov't detains thousands in degrading conditions

Jul. 4, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leading international human rights organization criticized the Iraqi government Thursday for holding thousands of prisoners, including children, in degrading and "inhuman" conditions. Human Rights Watch cited extreme overcrowding in three pretrial detention facilities in northern Iraq's...

Iraq moves to limit influence of Iran-backed militias

Jul. 1, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government moved Monday night to control powerful Iran-backed militias in the country, placing them under the full command of the Iraqi armed forces. In a decree, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said offices of militias that continue to operate independently within or outside Iraqi...

Iraq says it deserves more global support in rebuilding

Jun. 29, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's sacrifices fighting the Islamic State group have earned the country greater support in its reconstruction efforts from the international community, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said Saturday. Abdul-Mahdi made his comments Saturday morning during a meeting with a visiting U.N....

Iran-backed militia says it participated in embassy protest

Jun. 29, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An official with an Iran-backed militia says members of his group comprised the majority of protesters outside the Bahrain embassy in the Iraqi capital that was attacked this week. But he says he doesn't know who stormed the mission. Jaafar al-Husseini, spokesman for the Kataeb Hezbollah,...