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Stories with place: Baghdad
  • US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops - including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons - in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

  • Shiite militias helping Iraq repel extremists' advance story has video
    Updated: May-19-15 11:43 am

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for Iranian-allied Shiite militiamen to help drive Islamic State extremists from Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's vast Sunni-dominated Anbar province.

  • Q&A: The IS group captures Iraq's Ramadi 
    Updated: May-18-15 2:25 pm

    Nearly a year after sweeping across northern and western Iraq, the Islamic State group this weekend seized Ramadi, capital of the western Anbar province, routing Iraqi forces despite heavy U.S.-led airstrikes.

  • Friend's close call in Iraq inspires man to become doctor 
    Updated: May-17-15 11:51 am

    OMAHA, Nebraska - Sgt. Marshall "Doc" Bahr of Omaha stood in the corner of the trauma room at a Baghdad combat hospital, feeling frustrated and useless.

  • Latest war adds new generation of mental trauma in Iraq story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 1:51 pm

    CHAMISHKO CAMP, Iraq - The group of women, members of Iraq's Yazidi religious minority, first did deep breathing as a relaxation technique. Then, as their children played in the center of the room, they talked about the traumas they had lived through when Islamic State extremists rampaged through their town.

  • Attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 19 Shiite pilgrims 
    Updated: May-12-15 4:38 pm

    BAGHDAD - Attacks on Shiite pilgrims commemorating the death of revered 8th century Shiite Imam Moussa al-Kazim killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 50 across the Iraqi capital, police officials said.

  • Kurdish leader reiterates his forces need for arms story has photos
    Updated: May-08-15 12:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - The leader of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq said Friday that he has not backtracked on his request for the U.S. to bypass Baghdad and directly supply weapons to his forces, but said he wouldn't interfere in a disagreement over the issue between Congress and the White House.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.