Iraq

Iraqi troops flee as key city of Ramadi falls to ISIS

ISIS fighters seized control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi Sunday, sending government forces racing out of the city in a major loss despite the support of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists. Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment purportedly speeding out of Ramadi, with some soldiers gripping onto their sides. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security forces not ...

The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish with international allies had “broken the spine” of ISIS

The leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Massud Barzani, said Monday his forces had “broken the spine” of ISIS with the help of international allies. “Thanks to the Kurds’ opposition and the help of their friends in the coalition, the spine of ISIS is broken,” Barzani said after talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest. Hungary recently joined ...

Iraqi army claims progress in Anbar, bombings hit Baghdad

Iraq’s army announced it was making progress in the battle against ISIS militants in Anbar province Sunday even as it struggled to retake territory lost over the weekend and a string of bombings rocked the capital. After driving militants out of Tikrit earlier this month, Iraqi forces have turned their attention to Anbar, large parts of which have been under ...

330 more Australian troops will begin heading to Iraq

About 330 more Australian troops will begin heading to the Middle East tomorrow as part of a boosted contingent in the fight against the Islamic State group. Federal Cabinet has signed off on the deployment, which was first flagged six weeks ago. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the troops will be embarking on a two-year mission, with most put to ...

Blackwater security guard was sentenced to life in prison for the massacre of Iraqi civilians in 2007

A former Blackwater security guard was sentenced to life in prison and three others got 30-year terms on Monday in the massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, closing a case that had outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-U.S. sentiment around the world. The Sept. 16 incident stood out for its brazenness and formed a ...

Iraqi Prime Minister: Baghdad would work with Kurds to liberate Nineveh

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Baghdad government would work with Kurdish authorities to liberate the northern province of Nineveh from Islamic State militants. During his first visit to the Kurdistan region since becoming Prime Minister last year, Abadi said Baghdad and Erbil faced a common enemy and would improve ties to help confront the threat. “Our visit to ...

ISIS continued to hold in Tikrit as Iraq pauses their offensive

Islamic State militants on Monday continued to hold parts of the city of Tikrit against a much larger pro-government force after two weeks of battle, as Iraqi officials said they were pausing their offensive to call for reinforcements and to preserve property and civilian lives. The slowing of the operation came amid reports that the tomb of Saddam Hussein in the nearby ...

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 ...