Latest Iraq government News

Iraqi prime minister visits Basra, months after unrest

Jan. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, made his first visit to Basra on Sunday, promising better water and electricity services after riots swept through the impoverished city last summer. Demonstrators set fire to nearly every government building in the summer unrest and torched most...

France pledges 1B euros in aid to rebuild Iraq

Jan. 14, 2019 12:55 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — France is committing $1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to help Iraq rebuild after its war against the Islamic State group, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday. Le Drian was in Baghdad on a busy day that also saw Iraq's top officials receiving King Abdullah II of Jordan. The French...

Iraq says it supports Syria's return to Arab League

Jan. 13, 2019 11:55 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim says his country supports efforts to restore Syria's membership in the Arab League eight years after it was expelled from the regional body. Iraq is one of three countries in the Arab world that never cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad's...

US official says withdrawal from Syria has begun

Jan. 11, 2019 11:34 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, a U.S. defense official said Friday the process has begun with the removal of some military cargo. The official said the movement of equipment is part of what...

Iraq: Blast kills 2 in border city rehousing its displaced

Jan. 11, 2019 8:23 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Health Ministry says two people have been killed in an explosion in a city to which displaced families are being encouraged to return. The ministry said 25 others were wounded in the blast in Al-Qaim, Friday. It did not give further details. Al-Qaim, a city along the border with Syria...

Iraq to proceed with oil exploration with Iran

Jan. 10, 2019 11:35 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's oil minister says Iraq and Iran are jointly exploring two oil fields shared by the two countries, despite U.S. efforts to isolate Iran from global oil markets. Thamer Ghadhban says Iraq is honoring an existing exploration agreement with neighboring Iran. He received Iranian Oil...

Pompeo, in Iraq, seeks to reassure Kurds on Syria withdrawal

Jan. 9, 2019 2:52 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Wednesday to reassure U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria that they will be safe after American troops withdraw from the country. Amid confusion over plans to implement President Donald Trump's pullout order and threats from Turkey to attack the Kurds,...

Kurds' ambitions caught in power games

Jan. 9, 2019 5:49 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — They always anticipated U.S. support would run out, but President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to rapidly pull U.S. forces out of northeast Syria has nevertheless stunned the Kurds there, who for the past three years have been America's partner in fighting the Islamic State group. A...

Iraqi jets strike IS in Syria after Assad's authorization

Dec. 31, 2018 11:29 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi military says its fighter jets struck an Islamic State position inside Syria, a day after the Syrian government authorized its neighbor to target the militants at will. Iraq's Joint Operations Command says F-16s struck a two-story house Monday in Souseh, close to the border, that...

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

Dec. 27, 2018 11:55 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces. "Arrogant" and "a violation of national sovereignty" were but a...