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Portrait honors Maine soldier critically injured in Iraq

Sep. 20, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A portrait of a soldier who was critically injured in 2004 in Mosul, Iraq, is now hanging in his honor at Camp Chamberlain alongside nine other fallen Maine Army National Guard soldiers who've lost their lives since 9/11. The bombing left shrapnel in the arm, chest and brain of Staff...

Iraqi army: Rocket hits Baghdad's Green Zone; no casualties

Sep. 16, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Katyusha rocket landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Wednesday, the Iraqi military said, a day after a British Embassy convoy was targeted on a key highway in the city. There were no casualties and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack —...

This handout photo from the office of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani shows Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, center, meeting with U.N. envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, right, in Najaf, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. In a statement released by his office after meeting the U.N. envoy Al-Sistani threw his support behind the prime minister’s announcement to hold parliamentary elections ahead of schedule next year, a key demand of protesters. (Office of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, via AP)

Iraq's top Shiite cleric backs early parliamentary elections

Sep. 13, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Sunday threw his support behind the prime minister's announcement that parliamentary elections will be held ahead of schedule next year, saying the timing should not serve the interests of political groups. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s comments...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan

Sep. 9, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will pull thousands of troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by November, the top American commander for the Middle East said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to get America out of “endless wars." During a visit to Iraq,...

President Donald Trump waves as he leaves at West Palm Beach International Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump planning to withdraw more US troops from Iraq

Sep. 8, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will announce Wednesday that it is withdrawing additional troops from Iraq, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to disentangle the country from “endless wars.” A senior administration official discussed the draw-down...

Dutch government compensates victim of airstrike in Iraq

Sep. 8, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' defense minister announced Tuesday that the government is paying an undisclosed sum to an Iraqi man who lost four family members and his home in Mosul when they were hit by a Dutch airstrike in 2015 after the building was wrongly identified as an Islamic State...

Esper supports Medal of Honor for soldier's Iraq heroism

Aug. 28, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has endorsed awarding the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for valor in combat, to a soldier who sustained fatal burns while acting to save fellow soldiers in Iraq in 2005. Esper expressed his support in a letter to members of Congress who are...

President Donald Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

US plans further troop reductions in Iraq by November

Aug. 28, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to reduce its military force in Iraq from the current 5,200 to about 3,500 by November, U.S. officials said Friday. The cut would be in line with President Donald Trump's repeated call to bring troops home and his reelection campaign pledge to end what he calls...

President Donald Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump reaffirms plan to withdraw all US troops from Iraq

Aug. 20, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed his plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq as quickly as possible as he met with the prime minister of Iraq to discuss ways to rein in pro-Iran militias in the country and counter residual threats from Islamic State sleeper cells. ...

Mourners escort the flag-draped coffin of activist Reham Yacoub during her funeral procession in Basra, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Activist Reham Yacoub was gunned down in the southern Iraqi province of Basra on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen, a security official and human rights watcher said, marking the second such killing in the span of a week. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Rights groups sound alarm on jump in Iraqi activist killings

Aug. 20, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Human rights monitors sounded the alarm over a recent spike in assassinations targeting civil rights activists in Iraq's south on Thursday, ahead of a much anticipated meeting between the prime minister and the U.S. president as part of ongoing strategic talks. Iraqi Prime Minister...