Latest Iraq government News

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...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

Iraq begins exhuming mass grave in Sinjar region

Mar. 16, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government has started exhuming a mass grave left behind by the Islamic State group in the northwestern Sinjar region. The exhumation, which is being carried out with U.N. support, began Saturday in the village of Kocho. IS militants rampaged across Sinjar in 2014, killing Yazidi...

Trump to present Medal of Honor to late Army staff sergeant

Mar. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army staff sergeant killed in Iraq while trying to subdue a suicide bomber will receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for battlefield valor. President Donald Trump will present the medal to Travis Atkins's son, Trevor, and other family members at a White House...

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...

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...

Iraq says it can help return IS fighters to their countries

Feb. 27, 2019 5:43 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says his country could help repatriate captured Islamic State group fighters to their countries if asked. At his weekly presser late Tuesday, Adel Abdul-Mahdi says Iraq would put on trial foreign fighters who participated in terror attacks in Iraq. "It is one battle and...

Iraq to try IS detainees, including 13 French nationals

Feb. 25, 2019 11:09 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — All Islamic State group militants who committed crimes against Iraq will be put on trial, including 13 suspected French militants who have been transferred to Iraq from Syria, Iraq's president said Monday. Iraqi President Barham Saleh said during a two-day visit to France that the French...

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

Feb. 18, 2019 6:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. The question of such foreign fighters has been a conundrum...

In heart of Baghdad, IS war museum honors fallen militiamen

Feb. 14, 2019 1:35 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A few steps from Baghdad's cultural heart and its famous book market on al-Mutanabi Street lies the Iraqi capital's latest tourist attraction: a war museum glorifying the sacrifices of thousands of mainly Shiite militiamen who died fighting the Islamic State group. The museum is meant to...