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Iraq takes security measures following mysterious blasts

Aug. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Thursday banned unauthorized flights and ordered all military camps and munitions warehouses to be moved outside Iraqi cities following a massive explosion at a munitions depot southwest of Baghdad that killed one civilian and wounded 13 earlier this week. The exact cause of Monday...

Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootings

Aug. 14, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Blackwater security contractor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq that left 14 people dead. Federal judge Royce Lamberth issued the sentence after a succession of friends and relatives requested leniency for...

Blast at Iraq weapons depot injures 13, cause unclear

Aug. 12, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's interior ministry says a large explosion at an ammunition depot southwest of the capital, Baghdad, has injured 13 people, most lightly. Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, a ministry spokesman, said it was not immediately clear what caused the blast at the al-Saqr military base. The explosion was...

Body of deported Iraqi national returning to Michigan

Aug. 9, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The body of a 41-year-old Iraqi-born man who died in Baghdad after being deported from the U.S. in June will be returned to Michigan for burial. Democratic U.S. Rep. Andy Levin of Michigan announced Friday that he and the family of Jimmy Al-Daoud had secured the return of his body. Levin...

Iraqi national dies 2 months after being deported from US

Aug. 8, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 41-year-old Iraqi-born man who had lived in the U.S. since he was an infant but was deported in June for committing multiple crimes died in Baghdad, American Civil Liberties Union officials said Thursday. Ann Mullen, a spokeswoman for the ACLU of Michigan, said relatives of Jimmy Al-Daoud...

Iraq hands over remains of Kuwaitis missing since 1991

Aug. 8, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SAFWAN, Iraq (AP) — Iraq on Thursday handed over to Kuwait the remains of 48 of its citizens who went missing after Saddam Hussein's invasion of the country 28 years ago and subsequent Gulf War. Kuwait says hundreds of people went missing during Iraq's seven-month occupation, and the issue has remained a...

5 years on, Yazidis still live with IS massacre, enslavement

Aug. 1, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Five years after their lives were torn apart by Islamic State militants, the Yazidis of Iraq are still unable to return home or locate hundreds of their women and children kidnapped and enslaved by the extremists. While the militants have since been defeated, Iraqi politicians continue to...

Iraq displays stolen artifacts recovered from UK, Sweden

Jul. 29, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials are displaying stolen artifacts from the country's rich cultural heritage that were recently recovered from Britain and Sweden. Many archaeological treasures from Iraq, home of the ancient "fertile crescent" considered the cradle of civilization, were looted during the chaos...

Iraqi forces clear farmland near Baghdad of IS militants

Jul. 23, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

TARMIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security forces were sweeping villages and farmland north of Baghdad on Tuesday as part of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Islamic State group from around the capital. A military helicopter soared overhead as troops searched for weapon caches and bombs in Tarmiyah...

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...