- Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS Updated: Jul-07-15 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.
- Iraqi fighter jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, 12 killed Updated: Jul-06-15 3:52 pm
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on a Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said.
- Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war Updated: Jul-03-15 3:22 am
BAGHDAD - In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country.
- Iraq: Attacks inside, around Baghdad kill at least 7 people Updated: Jun-29-15 8:26 am
BAGHDAD - Officials say attacks inside and around Baghdad have killed at least seven people.
- Plucked from war-torn Iraq, heavy metal band gets first EP Updated: Jun-24-15 9:10 am
NEW YORK - The name of the album is "Gilgamesh," the ancient Mesopotamian king with superhuman strength and courage who undertakes a perilous quest to discover the secret of eternal life.
- UN says more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by IS, fighting Updated: Jun-23-15 12:01 pm
BAGHDAD - The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, a grim milestone for the war-battered country.
- Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to Islamic State fight Updated: Jun-20-15 5:25 pm
HABANIYAH, Iraq - Parading across a desert base, hundreds of Sunni tribesmen who graduated a crash training course stood ready to take on the Islamic State group on behalf of a government that many believed left them to die at the hands of the extremists.
- Carter: Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits Updated: Jun-17-15 5:04 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration's strategy to address threats in the Mideast.
- Senate passes amendment to ban torture as US policy Updated: Jun-16-15 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban against torturing detainees and moved ahead on a more than $600 billion defense policy bill that is entangled in a broader fight in Congress about caps on Pentagon and non-military spending.
- Dempsey doubts need for deep US role in Iraq, urges patience Updated: Jun-15-15 3:17 am
LONDON - In the homestretch of a 41-year U.S. Army career shaped by war and the scars of war, Gen. Martin Dempsey sounds unconvinced that Iraq has found its path to lasting victory over the Islamic State group.
- Body of Saddam deputy Tariq Aziz buried in Jordan Updated: Jun-13-15 12:26 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - Tariq Aziz was laid to rest Saturday after a ceremony in his honor at a church in the Jordanian capital, Amman, eight days after the debonair Iraqi diplomat died in prison of a heart attack.
- Body of Tareq Aziz still at Baghdad airport Updated: Jun-12-15 7:59 am
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi official says the body of Tareq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's former top aide who died last week in prison, is still at Baghdad International Airport under heavy security and due to be flown to Amman.
- General: New US hub in Iraq could be model Updated: Jun-11-15 7:43 pm
NAPLES, Italy - The Pentagon's top general said Thursday the U.S. military's reach could extend even further into Iraq if the anti-Islamic State campaign gains momentum, and he held out the possibility of eventually recommending to President Barack Obama that U.S. troops take on the riskier role of calling in airstrikes.
- Iraq still in disarray 1 year after Islamic State took Mosul Updated: Jun-10-15 1:09 pm
BAGHDAD - The Islamic State group gave only three options for the soldiers and police officers guarding Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, when they neared it a year ago: Repent, run or die.