- Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS Updated: Feb-09-16 3:15 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces have regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition. The announcement, more than a month after Ramadi was first declared liberated in December, underscores the slow nature of Iraqi ground operations despite heavy backing from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
- US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure Updated: Feb-09-16 2:54 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraq's Mosul Dam has long been branded the world's most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers.
- Son of Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for aid to battle IS Updated: Feb-09-16 1:42 pm
SALAHUDDIN, Iraq - A senior Iraqi Kurdish leader on Tuesday called for international aid to help finance the war against the Islamic State group, saying it's a "miracle" that underpaid Kurdish forces are still on the front lines.
- Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly Updated: Feb-08-16 2:33 pm
TORONTO - Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that "the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."
- Iraq will send more troops to base outside Mosul Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm
IRBIL, Iraq - Iraq will send additional troops to a base outside the northern Islamic State-held city of Mosul.
- Spanish police arrest 7 on suspicion of jihadi links to IS Updated: Feb-07-16 11:06 am
MADRID - Spanish police arrested seven suspected members of a jihadi cell linked to the Islamic State group and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids Sunday in the eastern provinces of Valencia and Alicante, and in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta.
- AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders missteps Updated: Feb-05-16 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest Democratic debate found Hillary Clinton in a defensive crouch about her Wall Street ties and making iffy claims about that longtime relationship. Rival Bernie Sanders offered a fumbling account of a campaign ad that boasted of endorsements that were bogus.
- In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region Updated: Jan-29-16 5:40 am
BEIRUT - In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war.
- JBLM rocket battalion heading back to Iraq Updated: Jan-27-16 8:35 am
TACOMA, Washington - Joint Base Lewis-McChord is preparing to send one of its artillery units to Iraq and Kuwait to help fight the Islamic State group.
- Iraq's military is still struggling despite US training Updated: Jan-26-16 2:03 pm
BASMAYA, Iraq - Iraq's 72nd Brigade was slowly moving through a live-fire exercise recently under the watchful eyes of U.S., Spanish and British coalition trainers when things began to go wrong.
- Iraq says 40 bodies found in mass grave in Ramadi Updated: Jan-26-16 1:09 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces have found more than 40 bodies, including those of women and children, in a mass grave in the city of Ramadi west of Baghdad, which they recently retook from Islamic State militants, officials said.
- Czechs donate weapons, ammunition to Iraq, Jordan Updated: Jan-25-16 9:08 am
PRAGUE - The Czech prime minister says his government has approved a plan to donate further weapons and ammunition to Iraq and also ammunition to Jordan to help them fight Islamic State militants.
- Iraq seeks more coalition trainers for local police Updated: Jan-23-16 3:34 pm
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Senior U.S. defense and military officials say that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is asking the coalition for more police training, particularly for Sunnis who will have to secure Ramadi and other towns once Islamic State militants are ousted.
- Iraqi PM wants Turkey to pull out troops Updated: Jan-22-16 10:23 am
DAVOS, Switzerland - Iraq's prime minister appealed Friday to Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraqi territory and instead provide training and equipment to fight the Islamic State group, which he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted is losing ground.
- Cameron vows to end 'spurious' abuse cases against UK troops Updated: Jan-22-16 8:11 am
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron wants to make it harder for Iraqis to bring claims of abuse against British troops.
- Iraqi PM expresses doubts that 3 Americans were kidnapped Updated: Jan-22-16 8:05 am
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister has expressed doubts that the three Americans who went missing from a Baghdad neighborhood last week have been kidnapped. Haider al-Abadi says no demands have been made for the three and that they were most likely taken by "criminal gangs." Al-Abadi spoke on Friday from Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum.
- US, allies agree to intensify fight against Islamic State Updated: Jan-20-16 3:03 pm
PARIS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter won agreement Wednesday from defense ministers from France and five other nations to intensify the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
- Canada excluded from anti-Islamic State coalition meeting Updated: Jan-19-16 9:53 pm
TORONTO - Canada has been excluded from a meeting of defense ministers in Paris this week to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants. The apparent snub follows new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vow that he would remove the country's six fighter jets from the anti-IS coalition and at a time the U.S. is looking for its allies to step up their contributions.
- Obama touts Australia's contribution to Islamic State fight Updated: Jan-19-16 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday thanked Australia for its "steadfast" alliance and key contributions in the fight against Islamic State group, as he welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House for his first visit to Washington since taking office in September.
- The Latest: Massachusetts man freed from Iran returns home Updated: Jan-18-16 12:16 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The latest developments as Iran and world powers implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local).
- Iraq sends troops south to rein in crime, tribal disputes Updated: Jan-17-16 7:23 am
BASRA, Iraq - An Iraqi official says Baghdad has sent security reinforcements to the southern Basra province to rein in violent crime and tribal disputes that have surged in recent months as troops have been off battling the Islamic State group in the country's northwest.
- Militants' use of human shields in Ramadi slows progress Updated: Jan-15-16 2:48 pm
RAMADI, Iraq - Six times in the past harrowing month, Um Omar and her family got a knock on the door of whatever home they were occupying in the extremist-held city of Ramadi: It was an Islamic State militant, she said, ordering them to pick up and move with them as human shields because the Iraqi army was approaching.
- Kurdish officials say they're facing financial crisis Updated: Jan-14-16 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Iraqi Kurds, who field one of the most effective ground forces fighting Islamic State militants, are urgently asking the U.S. to help ease their budget crisis made worse by slumping oil prices and 1.8 million people who have fled fighting in Iraq and Syria.
- PM says Turkish artillery hit IS positions in Iraq, Syria Updated: Jan-14-16 4:50 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish tanks and artillery attacked the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed 10 tourists, Turkey's prime minister said Thursday - the country's first significant strike against the Islamic extremists in months.
- Senator says the US is losing the messaging campaign in Iraq Updated: Jan-14-16 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON - In Iraq, the United States is pounding the Islamic State with air strikes but losing the airwaves.