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Stories with place: Iraq
  • Marine general chosen Joint Chiefs chairman story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 8:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14, U.S. officials said Monday.

  • In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:13 am

    CAIRO - When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.

  • Iraqi city still a ghost town a month after defeat of IS 
    Updated: May-04-15 2:13 am

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces drove the Islamic State group out of Abu Mustafa's hometown of Tikrit over a month ago, but he has yet to return, fearing the Shiite militias that now patrol its bombed and battered streets.

  • Congressmen to reconsider separate funding for Iraq factions 
    Updated: May-03-15 3:52 pm

    BAGHDAD - Congress may reconsider a provision in an upcoming bill funding the training of the Iraqi army that would also send weapons directly to Arab Sunnis and Kurds, a congressman visiting Baghdad said Sunday.

  • IS group claims Iraq car bomb attack that killed 19 story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 12:53 pm

    BAGHDAD - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Sunday for a late-night car bomb attack in the heart of Baghdad that killed at least 19 people, saying it was targeting a Shiite militia.

  • Community rallies behind wounded Iraq War veteran 
    Updated: May-03-15 12:22 pm

    MITCHELL, South Dakota - The community of Mitchell is working to improve the home of a 28-year-old Iraq War veteran who may have to start using a wheelchair because of injuries he sustained during his service.

  • Canadian prime minister visits Iraq as bombings kill 30 story has photos
    Updated: May-02-15 3:32 pm

    BAGHDAD - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a surprise visit Saturday to Iraq, pledging to continue Canada's support for the battle against the Islamic State group as bombings across the country killed at least 30 people.

  • SC vet group takes name of 1st female pilot killed in Iraq 
    Updated: May-02-15 4:07 am

    GREENVILLE, South Carolina - A South Carolina veterans group is adopting the name of Capt. Kimberly Hampton, the first female pilot killed in combat in Iraq.

  • In Iraqi malls, Syrian women work jobs spurned by locals 
    Updated: May-02-15 3:00 am

    IRBIL, Iraq - Two years after fleeing from her home in Damascus, 22-year-old Rahaf Abdullah is working at a gleaming mall in Iraq's Kurdish region, selling sweets to local women who largely refuse to take such jobs.

  • House defense bill - at odds with Obama, Iraq, sage grouse 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 4:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - A nearly $612 billion defense policy bill headed to the House floor is at odds with the White House, a Shiite cleric in Iraq, anyone who wants to bar lethal aid to Ukrainian forces fighting Russian-backed rebels - and a bird known for its strutting.

  • Jordan's overland trade paralyzed by Iraq, Syria border woes story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 3:08 am

    JABER CROSSING, Jordan - Jordan's overland trade has largely been paralyzed by recent border attacks from insurgents in neighboring Syria and Iraq - a spillover of regional turmoil threatening a close Western ally that has thus far succeeded in fending off Islamic militants.

  • UK trial: US soldier describes chaos after Iraq explosion 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 12:20 pm

    LONDON - A U.S. soldier has testified at a British court about the carnage after an explosion caused by an improvised bomb in Iraq in 2007.

  • Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging Islamic State in Anbar story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 4:17 am

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces are on a westward push to retake Anbar, a sprawling Sunni-dominated desert province captured by the Islamic State group in their offensive last year. But as the battles for Tikrit and Ramadi have shown, it will be a hard slog for a much-diminished Iraqi army - especially given Baghdad's reticence to arm Sunni tribesmen and local fears of the Shiite militias backing government forces.

  • SW Pennsylvania road renamed for soldier killed in Iraq 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 9:22 am

    CONFLUENCE, Pennsylvania - A rural road has been renamed for a southwestern Pennsylvania soldier killed in Iraq 10 years ago.

  • Firebrand, survivor face off in UK's wildest election race 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 6:52 am

    BRADFORD, England - Naz Shah is running for Parliament, but she is hardly a typical British politician. She grew up in poverty in a Pakistani-immigrant family, fled a teenage forced marriage and campaigned to free her mother, imprisoned for murder after poisoning an abusive partner.

  • Family erects gold star family monument in honor of son 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 11:23 am

    HOLMDEL, New Jersey - They had just come home from shopping that Friday evening when they heard the bell ring.

  • Falling prices, rising threats cool interest in Kurdish oil 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 1:52 pm

    IRBIL, Iraq - The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But conspicuously absent were international oil giants like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and Chevron that only a year ago were eager to exploit the promising reserves of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

  • Holyoke man pleads not guilty in soldier's slaying 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:11 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - A Holyoke man charged with murder in the 2009 fatal shooting of an Iraq-bound Connecticut soldier and former high school football star has pleaded not guilty.

  • W.Va. war dead in Iraq, Afghanistan to be honored with trees 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 6:58 am

    FAIRMONT, West Virginia - A Fairmont farm will plant 38 trees Saturday representing the West Virginians who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders story has photos
    Updated: Apr-24-15 6:43 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD.

  • Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-15 6:22 pm

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

  • Iraqi tribesmen fight their own after breaking with IS group story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 6:10 am

    MAKHMOUR, Iraq - When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq last summer, the Sunni al-Lehib tribe welcomed them as revolutionaries fighting the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. But less than a year later, the tribe is bitterly split between those who joined the extremist group and those resisting its brutal rule.

  • Flee or return: Ramadi residents face a tough choice story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-15 4:08 pm

    ON THE BZEBIZ BRIDGE, Iraq - In the two weeks since militants from the Islamic State group overran central Ramadi, thousands of people have streamed out of the city, fleeing the brutal clashes between the extremists and Iraqi security forces.

  • Williston man who died while kayaking was decorated soldier 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 7:14 am

    WILLISTON, North Dakota - A Williston man who died while kayaking on Lake Sakakawea was a decorated soldier who served two tours in Iraq.

  • Overlooked female veterans highlighted by state legislation 
    Updated: Apr-18-15 5:10 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - A prospective new law could help Shannon Lyons, a 51-year-old veteran of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, find a job that pays enough to save for a house.