Democratic Rep Ilhan Omar calls President Trump’s pardons ‘disgraceful’

Middle East 12/27/20, 19:06

A controversial Democrat, who openly holds extremist political views, described a presidential act of compassion as an international embarrassment. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) criticized President Donald Trump for pardoning security guards who allegedly opened fire after an Iraqi convoy ambushed them at Nisour Square in Baghdad. Omar criticized Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, ...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

World 10/27/19, 07:09

ISIS erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a third of both Syria and Iraq, ...

Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face ‘end’

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 08:18

President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it would face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight and only 48 hours after he seemingly sought to soften his tone. Trump's tweet follows days of ...

Update: US military confirms rocket near embassy in Iraq

Asia & Pacific 05/19/19, 17:33

The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:30 a.m. The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and says there are no U.S. ...

Once again, Iraq caught up in escalating US-Iran tensions

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 15:04

When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not going to stand with us, stand aside. The message, relayed to The Associated Press by two Iraqi government officials, underscores ...

US Secretary of State Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq

Politics 05/07/19, 16:17

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an unannounced trip to Iraq as Washington warns Iran against any action against American interests in the Middle East. Pompeo was in Baghdad briefly Tuesday night before flying out. Pompeo says his visit was meant to show U.S. support for "a sovereign, independent" Iraq, ...

Iraq seeks to reclaim leadership role, status in Arab world

Asia & Pacific 04/15/19, 01:14

After decades of conflict, Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role and status in the Arab world with a centrist policy and a determination among the country's top leaders to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to ...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

World 03/23/19, 03:05

The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate."Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a third of both ...

Iraqi TV: Iran’s president arrives in Baghdad on 3-day visit

Asia & Pacific 03/11/19, 01:42

Iraqi television says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Iraq, making his first official visit to the neighboring nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Rouhani landed in Baghdad on Monday. He is scheduled to meet with ...

Across Baghdad, a moment of respite and guarded hope

Asia & Pacific 03/11/19, 01:04

Baghdad's main commercial district has seen more bombings than its residents can count. Death visited almost daily during times of war — most horrifically, a 2015 suicide bombing that ripped through two shopping malls, killing over 300 people.But over the past year or so, streets lined with food stalls are ...

First time in Baghdad: Iran’s president to visit Iraq

Asia & Pacific 03/10/19, 08:27

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 — is meant to solidify ...

In heart of Baghdad, IS war museum honors fallen militiamen

World 02/14/19, 01:34

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 honor the fallen but it ...

Slain Iraqi novelist criticized foreign meddling, militias

World 02/06/19, 02:39

Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub was a secular civil society activist who used his bike to get around Karbala's infamous traffic and road closures. He was also an outspoken critic of foreign interference in Iraq and political meddling by powerful Iran-backed militias.On Saturday, Mashzoub was gunned down in the Shiite holy ...

Iraq says goodbye to its beloved archaeologist al-Gailani

Asia & Pacific 01/21/19, 04:51

Iraq on Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.Al-Gailani, who died in Amman, Jordan, on Friday at the age of 80, was one of Iraq's first women to ...

Iraq says it supports Syria’s return to Arab League

World 01/13/19, 11:36

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 government after its crackdown ...

Police: Several killed in Baghdad women’s shelter fire

World 01/04/19, 11:10

A fire at a women's shelter in Baghdad killed several lodgers on Friday, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy.Baghdad Police Lt. Col. Mohammed Jihad, briefing reporters outside the shelter, called it a "group suicide" caused by women rioting in the shelter. He said several women were ...

Trump is third American president to visit Iraq

Politics 12/26/18, 14:43

President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday to meet U.S. troops. It's the sixth time that a U.S. president has visited Iraq. A look at previous presidential visits to Iraq: BUSH In November 2003, President George W. Bush became the first U.S. president to visit Iraq. He flew to ...

Ex-Blackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

U.S. 12/19/18, 19:15

A former Blackwater security contractor was convicted Wednesday, Dec. 19, of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq. Nicholas Slatten, 35, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder in Washington for his role in the shooting, which strained international relations and drew ...

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