Latest Iraq News

US says it will comply with new Iraq directive on airspace

Aug. 16, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq says it will comply with new orders issued by the country's prime minister regarding unauthorized flights in Iraqi airspace. In a statement Friday, it says that as guests of the Iraqi government, the coalition complies with all...

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...

Iraq: Gulf Arab states can secure Persian Gulf waters alone

Aug. 12, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister says Iraq and Gulf Arab states don't need foreign powers to secure navigation in the Persian Gulf as that would only increase regional tensions. Mohammed al-Hakim tweeted Monday that regional states are capable of securing the strategic waterway themselves. Al-Hakim's...

US military says Marine from Colorado has died in Iraq

Aug. 11, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials have identified a Marine who died Saturday in Iraq as 35-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer of Mancos, Colorado. In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon says Koppenhafer died after being engaged by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations. In an...

US military says service member killed in Iraq

Aug. 10, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military says a U.S. service member has died during a combat mission with Iraqi security forces in Iraq's north. The statement by the U.S Central Command said the service member died Saturday in Iraq's northern Nineveh province. The service member was advising and accompanying the...

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...