Latest Iraq News

Mortar attack on Iraqi base home to US troops; no casualties

Jun. 15, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants in Iraq fired three mortar shells early Saturday into an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties, the Iraqi military said. The military statement said the attack on Balad air base caused small fires in bushes on the base, which were...

Iraq gets new extension for Iran energy sanctions waiver

Jun. 15, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two Iraqi officials say the United States has given Iraq a new 90-day extension for an Iran sanctions waiver allowing Baghdad to import electricity and natural gas from Tehran. An Iraqi official told The Associated Press on Saturday that Baghdad was informed about the waiver during a call...

Oil tanker attacks echo Persian Gulf's 1980s 'Tanker War'

Jun. 14, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz this week show how one of the world's crucial chokepoints for global energy supplies can be easily targeted, 30 years after the U.S. Navy and Iran were entangled in a similarly shadowy conflict called...

Legal fight tougher for congressman as wife pleads guilty

Jun. 13, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Indicted six-term GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter has held steadfast to his contention that a corruption case against him is the result of a political witch hunt. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

Jun. 13, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers around the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world...

Islamic State in Afghanistan aims to attack US, general says

Jun. 12, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a "very worrisome" threat to the United States, and U.S. counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, a senior American general said Wednesday. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said IS would be hard pressed,...

The Latest: Japanese leader seeks to cool US-Iran tensions

Jun. 12, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 12:25 a.m. The leader of Japan is visiting Iran to warn that an "accidental conflict" could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Prime Minister...

Iraq, Lebanon to stay away from Mideast peace conference

Jun. 12, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi foreign ministry spokesman says his government will stay away from a Mideast peace conference expected to take place in late June in the tiny Gulf Arab state of Bahrain. The White House says it will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited peace plan at the conference, saying it...

US imposes sanctions on Iraq-based affiliate of Iran's Guard

Jun. 12, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an Iraq-based affiliate of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, one more in a series of steps intended to pressure Tehran following President Donald Trump's decision last year to withdraw from the landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic...

2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg lays out foreign policy vision

Jun. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg laid out his foreign policy vision Tuesday, calling for an end to "endless war," rebuilding America's relationships with its allies and treating climate change as an "existential threat." The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana,...