Iraq

Iraq may need three years to restructure and rebuild military: PM

Iraq may need three years to rebuild and restructure its military, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday, as the country battles Islamic State militants who pose the biggest threat to its security since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The ultra-hardline militant group seeking to redraw the map of the Middle East swept through the north last June ...

Iraq to Obama: US-led coalition not doing enough against ISIS

Iraq has told President Barack Obama’s envoy that the US-led coalition battling Islamic State needs to do more to help Iraq defeat the jihadists controlling large areas of the north and west of the country. Parliament speaker Selim al-Jabouri said he delivered the message in a closed meeting with retired US Marine General John Allen, who visited Baghdad this week ...

Iraq sleeper cells fight ISIS in Mosul

“Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to ISISpositions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told the Associated Press. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense committee, are the first high-level confirmation of the groups’ existence after weeks of rumors. Their work remains ...

Kurdish forces free oil workers in Kirkuk

Iraqi Kurdish forces Sunday found and freed workers who had gone missing a day earlier when ISISinsurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern city of Kirkuk, the provincial governor and a local councilman said. The development came as ISIS militants press ahead with their offensive in the Kirkuk area after suffering last week a setback in Syria, ...

Iraq PM orders end to years-old Baghdad curfew

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an end to a years-old nightly curfew in Baghdad in a bid to ease restrictions on daily life despite persistent violence, officials said Thursday. Lifting the curfew is a major change to a longstanding policy aimed at curbing violence in the capital by limiting movement at night, which has failed to stop the ...

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit

Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from ISIS, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants. But hours into the operation, a key test for the embattled Iraqi army, the military said it still hadn’t entered ...

Federal Cabinet plan to send 300 more Australian troops to Iraq as a joint training mission with N.Z.

Australia is poised to expand its military role in Iraq, with Federal Cabinet approving a plan to send another 300 soldiers to help train forces fighting Islamic State militants. Some 200 Australian special forces are already in Iraq helping train Iraqi government forces. Now Federal Cabinet has agreed to send up to 300 more troops as part of a joint ...

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