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Ambush north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers, wounds 5

Mar. 19, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security and hospital officials say three soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an ambush on an army patrol north of Baghdad. The officials say a group of militants opened fire on the patrol Tuesday in the town of Tarmiyah, a former insurgent stronghold about 50 kilometers (30...

Iran's Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

Mar. 11, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani's election in 2013, Iraq has relied on Iranian paramilitary support...

Across Baghdad, a moment of respite and guarded hope

Mar. 11, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's main commercial district has seen more bombings than its residents can count. Death visited almost daily during times of war — most horrifically, a 2015 suicide bombing that ripped through two shopping malls, killing over 300 people. But over the past year or so, the...

First time in Baghdad: Iran's president to visit Iraq

Mar. 10, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president is making his first official visit to Iraq this week as he faces mounting pressure from hard-liners at home in the wake of the Trump administration's unraveling of the nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani's trip — billed as "historic and noble" by his foreign minister...

Officials: Bomb in Iraq's Mosul kills 13-year-old girl

Mar. 8, 2019 1:55 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security and health officials say a car bomb outside a restaurant in Iraq's northern city of Mosul has killed two people, including a 13-year-old girl, and wounded 10 others. The officials say the blast went off on Muthanna street on the west side of the city. The officials spoke on...

Today in History

Mar. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, March 8, the 67th day of 2019. There are 298 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 8, 1702, England's Queen Anne acceded to the throne upon the death of King William III. On this date: In 1618, German astronomer Johannes Kepler devised his third law of...

Group: Iraq is torturing children to coerce confessions

Mar. 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. In a report, the New York-based group estimated that Iraqi and Kurdish...

Palestinian president slams US administration from Baghdad

Mar. 4, 2019 9:05 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Top Iraqi officials have expressed support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who blasted the Trump administration during a visit to Baghdad. On Monday, Abbas held talks with President Barham Saleh a day after he met with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Both leaders expressed the...

Palestinian leader in Iraq for talks with officials

Mar. 3, 2019 11:25 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Iraq for talks with officials in Baghdad on the latest developments in the region. Abbas, who arrived Sunday, is scheduled to meet with Iraqi leaders including Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and Iraqi President Barham Saleh during his one-day visit....

Bombs in Iraq's Mosul kill 1 person, injure 17

Feb. 28, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say two bombs have exploded in the city of Mosul, killing one person and wounding 17 others. The first explosion, a road side bomb, went off Thursday in an area southwest of Mosul near a vehicle belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces, a coalition of...