- Officials: At least 21 dead in Baghdad car bomb Updated: Apr-30-16 4:27 am
BAGHDAD - A car-bombing Saturday in southeastern Baghdad killed at least 21 people wounded at least 42 others, according to police and hospital officials.
- At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer Updated: Apr-29-16 1:55 pm
VATICAN CITY - Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.
- Residents of Iraq's IS-held Fallujah suffer under siege Updated: Apr-29-16 3:55 am
BAGHDAD - Abu Jassim can only afford to provide one meal a day for his seven-member family - usually a stew made of locally grown leafy green vegetables or rice with a small portion of flat bread.
- Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains Updated: Apr-28-16 5:39 pm
BAGHDAD - Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.
- The Latest: Biden leaves Iraq, next stop Rome Updated: Apr-28-16 5:35 pm
BAGHDAD - The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Iraq (all times local):
- Iraqi authorities shut down Al Jazeera's Baghdad bureau Updated: Apr-28-16 1:19 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Al Jazeera Media Network says Iraqi authorities have shut down their bureau in Baghdad and banned its journalists from reporting in the country.
- Carter defends US strategy for defeating Islamic State group Updated: Apr-28-16 11:39 am
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter defended the U.S. strategy for defeating Islamic State militants, telling Congress on Thursday that U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria are making substantive gains toward retaking the extremist group's strongholds.
- Trump struggles to explain 'America first' foreign policy Updated: Apr-27-16 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his "America first" foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures.
- State will not pursue eviction of Iraqi refugees from motel Updated: Apr-27-16 6:58 am
SAUGUS, Massachusetts - State officials have abandoned plans to evict a family of nine Iraqi refugees now living in suburban Boston for allowing guests in their state-subsidized motel room.
- Turkish official: US deploying rocket launchers near Syria Updated: Apr-26-16 1:45 pm
ISTANBUL - The United States will deploy a rocket launcher system in southeastern Turkey across the border from Syria, officials said Tuesday.
- Iraqi parliament approves partial Cabinet reshuffle Updated: Apr-26-16 1:09 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament approved a partial Cabinet reshuffle proposed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday, bowing to mounting public pressure for reform, including mass protests led by an influential Shiite cleric.
- Swedish security police check info that media call a threat Updated: Apr-26-16 6:58 am
STOCKHOLM - Sweden's security service said Tuesday it is "working to assess information" after Swedish media reported that Iraqi authorities had told the agency about alleged Islamic State militants who were reportedly planning a terror attack in Stockholm.
- Obama boosts Islamic State fight, asks Europe to do the same Updated: Apr-25-16 7:06 pm
HANNOVER, Germany - Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.
- Armed Services chief lays out risky strategy for budget hike Updated: Apr-25-16 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Seeking to halt an erosion of the U.S. military's combat readiness, a senior House Republican unveiled legislation Monday that would boost the defense budget by billions of dollars to pay for additional ships, jet fighters, helicopters and more.
- The Latest: Obama meeting with European leaders Updated: Apr-25-16 8:51 am
HANNOVER, Germany - The Latest on President Barack Obama's visit to Germany (all times local):
- Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria Updated: Apr-24-16 7:11 pm
AERZEN, Germany - President Barack Obama will send an additional 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group, increasing to 300 the number of U.S. forces battling extremists in the war-torn country, administration officials confirmed Sunday.
- US acknowledges another 20 civilian deaths in Syria, Iraq Updated: Apr-22-16 1:20 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. airstrikes aimed at Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq killed 20 civilians between September and February, including eight in a single attack on a mortar position used by militants, the U.S. military said Friday.
- Head of the CIA arrives in Bosnia for anti-terrorism talks Updated: Apr-22-16 7:31 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Bosnia government officials said Friday that U.S. intelligence director John Brennan had arrived in Sarajevo on an unannounced visit to meet anti-terrorism officials.
- In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.
- The Latest: White House touts security agreements in Gulf Updated: Apr-21-16 10:57 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Latest on President Barack Obama's meeting with top officials from six Arab nations in Saudi Arabia. (all times local):
- French minister raises possibility IS can be eradicated Updated: Apr-21-16 3:46 am
PARIS - French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is voicing cautious optimism about the defeat of the Islamic State group, suggesting the possibility that it can be eradicated.
- Obama pushes Saudis, Gulf allies to step up Iraq aid Updated: Apr-20-16 3:31 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - With fresh friction wearing on an old alliance, President Barack Obama pressed Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf nations on Wednesday to step up efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and help rebuild war-torn Iraq.
- EXCHANGE: Sergeant kept cool amid 'a hot mess' Updated: Apr-20-16 6:40 am
RANTOUL, Illinois - Staff Sgt. Dann Hufford earned the Bronze Star facing down a truck full of explosives heading right at him.
- Sending more US troops to Iraq fits a 2-year pattern Updated: Apr-19-16 2:07 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's decision to send still more American troops to Iraq, and to put military advisers closer to the front lines against the Islamic State, fits a pattern of ever-deepening involvement in a country whose war Obama exited with supposed finality in December 2011.
- Iraqi police find 2 mass graves in Islamic State-free Ramadi Updated: Apr-19-16 1:57 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraqi officials say police have unearthed two mass graves in the western city of Ramadi, with bodies of about 40 people killed by Islamic State militants.