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U.S. soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield, Iraqi Security Forces, in the south of Mosul, Iraq  early Friday, March 27, 2020. Iraq's military on Thursday said at least two rockets hit inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to the American Embassy, in the first attack following a brief lull in violence from earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month

Mar. 29, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew Sunday from a military base in the country's north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran. The K1 Air Base is the third site coalition forces have left this month, in line with U.S. plans to consolidate its troops in two...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, the U.S. Embassy is seen across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's military says two rockets hit Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of the government and home to the U.S. Embassy. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

As planned, US-led coalition pulling out of 2nd Iraqi base

Mar. 26, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition on Thursday started pulling out of a second base in Iraq, in line with a planned drawdown of troops, hours after two rockets hit inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. The attack in the Iraqi capital, the seat of government and home to the...

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation on a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 22, 2020. Iran's supreme leader Sunday refused U.S. assistance to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by America. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

Mar. 22, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming the virus could be man-made by America. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments come as Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions blocking the country...

In this Jan. 26, 2020, photo, Sgt. Micah Jurekovic waits for takeoff inside a C-130 Hercules transport plane, with dozens of other 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, to jump into Melgar, Colombia, alongside their South American counterparts during a training exercise. (AP photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

Paratrooper exercise is all about preparation - and the jump

Mar. 22, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

TOLEMAIDA AIR BASE, Colombia (AP) — Under a covered pavilion near a steaming runway at Colombia's Tolemaida Air Base, dozens of American paratroopers lie sweating on a concrete slab. Green and brown camouflage face paint drips from their brows. The soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division can’t move...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, an Iraqi soldier mans a machine gun onboard an army helicopter that is passing over the border town of al-Qaim during military operations of the Iraqi Army's Seventh Brigade, code named

US-led coalition troops pull out of base in western Iraq

Mar. 19, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Troops from the U.S.-led coalition pulled out from a base in western Iraq on Thursday as part of a planned drawdown, Iraqi and coalition officials said, while training activities by the coalition were suspended amid concerns about the coronavirus. Coalition forces withdrew from al-Qaim on...

FILE — In this Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, the head of Iran's counter-coronavirus task force, Iraj Harirchi, left, speaks at a press briefing with government spokesman Ali Rabiei, in Tehran, Iran. Appearing before the cameras, sweating profusely and coughing, Harirchi, the man leading Iran's response to the new coronavirus promised it was of no danger to his country. A day later, he himself would be in quarantine from the virus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

'Virus at Iran's gates': How Tehran failed to stop outbreak

Mar. 17, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Appearing before the cameras coughing and sweating profusely, the man leading Iran's response to the new coronavirus outbreak promised it was of no danger to his country. "Quarantines belong to the Stone Age," Iraj Harirchi insisted. A day later, he himself would be in...

Mourners and militia fighters carry the flag-draped coffins of two fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces who were killed during the US attack on against militants in Iraq, during their funeral procession at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, March 14, 2020. The U.S. launched airstrikes on Thursday in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for a rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing US troops

Mar. 14, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A barrage of rockets hit a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi security officials said, just days after a similar attack killed three servicemen, including two Americans. The U.S.-led coalition said at least 25 107mm rockets struck Camp Taji just...

This annotated image provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, shows aerial images of sites that were to be targeted in U.S. airstrikes in Iraq on Friday, March 13, 2020. U.S. officials said the airstrikes' intended targets were mainly weapons facilities belonging to Kataib Hezbollah, the militia group believed to be responsible for Wednesday's attack on Camp Taji base. (U.S. Department of Defense via AP)

US general: US strikes destroy weapons depots, more remain

Mar. 13, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. retaliatory airstrikes against militants in Iraq destroyed five weapons depots, but the top U.S commander for the Middle East acknowledged Friday that there are many similar sites that the U.S. has so far not hit because of potential civilian casualties and political...

Destroyed buildings are seen at an airport complex under construction in Karbala, Iraq, Friday, March 13, 2020. Iraq's military said five security force members and a civilian were killed early Friday in a barrage of U.S. airstrikes, which were launched hours after a rocket attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Iraq army says US strikes kill 5 security forces, 1 civilian

Mar. 13, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said five security force members and a civilian were killed early Friday in a barrage of U.S. airstrikes launched hours after a rocket attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base north of Baghdad. An Iran-backed Shiite militia group vowed to exact...

This photo released by the government-affiliated Media Security Cell on Thursday, March 12, 2020, shows a rocket-rigged truck launcher after a rocket attack on Camp Taji, a few miles north of Baghdad, in Rashidiya, Iraq. Iraq's military on Thursday said it opened an investigation into the rocket attack that hours earlier killed three servicemen, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces that has been used as a training base for a number of years. (Media Security Cell via AP)

Iraq will investigate attack on base that killed US troops

Mar. 12, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said Thursday it opened an investigation into a rocket attack that killed three service members, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces, igniting fears of an escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions after months of detente. At least 12 coalition personnel...