- Iraq says planned Baghdad wall not change demographics Updated: Feb-07-16 2:17 pm
BAGHDAD - A spokesman for Iraq's prime minister said Sunday that a security wall is being built around Baghdad but that it is "not politically motivated" or aimed at "achieving demographic change."
- 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.
- Iraqi Kurds protest against Turkey, 3 police wounded Updated: Feb-07-16 8:22 am
IRBIL, Iraq - Protests against Turkey in Iraq's northern Kurdish region have turned violent, with three police officers wounded.
- The Latest: Attackers torch refugee center in Prague Updated: Feb-06-16 3:17 pm
AMSTERDAM - The Latest on the flow of thousands of would-be refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):
- Pentagon releases photos of alleged detainee abuse Updated: Feb-05-16 9:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday released nearly 200 photographs of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006, involving 56 cases of alleged abuse by U.S. forces.
- 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.
- US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya Updated: Feb-04-16 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe - particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.
- Second teen charged in murder of Iraq veteran in Hoover Updated: Feb-04-16 2:59 pm
HOOVER, Alabama - A second person has been charged in the killing of an Iraq war veteran.
- Islamic State numbers go down in Iraq, Syria; up in Libya Updated: Feb-04-16 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON - New intelligence assessments show that the number of Islamic State fighters has dropped in Iraq and Syria but is rising in Libya, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday.
- Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles Updated: Feb-04-16 2:33 am
KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq - Perwin Shamsaddeen Ali, a Syrian refugee living in a tent camp in northern Iraq, has been reduced to cooking one meal a day for her family of four.
- American accused of running over Aruba female cab driver Updated: Feb-03-16 4:22 pm
ORANJESTAD, Aruba - An American real estate worker has been arrested on suspicion of beating, running over and threatening to rape a 70-year-old female taxi driver in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.
- Libya's political chaos slows response to Islamic State Updated: Feb-02-16 1:44 pm
ROME - The military strategy for eliminating the Islamic State in Libya appeared on hold Tuesday as nations fighting the extremist group said they could help the North African country re-establish security once its long-awaited new government is established.
- Iraq awards contract for repairing major dam Updated: Feb-02-16 1:17 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraq on Tuesday awarded an Italian company a contract to overhaul and maintain the Mosul dam in the country's north, days after a U.S. general warned of its possible collapse.
- Cheap oil buoys consumers, shakes up global governments Updated: Feb-02-16 12:02 pm
Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while.
- 4 ex-Blackwater contractors appeal convictions in shootings Updated: Feb-01-16 8:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Four former Blackwater security contractors found guilty in a deadly Baghdad shooting appealed their convictions on Monday, saying a key witness against them had changed his testimony after the trial and that prosecutors lacked jurisdiction to even bring the case.
- US official visits northern Syrian town of Kobani Updated: Feb-01-16 3:35 pm
BAGHDAD - President Barack Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said he visited northern Syria over the weekend to review the ongoing fight against the extremist group, marking the first visit by a senior administration official to Syria since the beginning of the U.S.-led campaign against IS in August 2014.
- 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.
- Homesick and fed up: Iraqi refugees in Germany head home Updated: Jan-28-16 8:13 am
BERLIN - It's a change of heart that Iraqi immigrant Sekvan Agho never saw coming.
- 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.
- Veteran, a triple amputee, sharing inspiring story in SC Updated: Jan-26-16 4:07 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - An Army veteran who lost three limbs during his tour of duty Iraq and now participates in everything from surfing to snowboarding is sharing his story with veterans in Charleston.
- EU police warn that more attacks by IS militants are likely Updated: Jan-25-16 2:01 pm
PARIS - Europe's top police agency issued a stark warning Monday: Islamic State extremists will keep attempting lethal attacks on soft targets in Europe as the militant group increasingly goes global.
- AP FACT CHECK: Gutted? Disaster? GOP hyperbole on military Updated: Jan-25-16 12:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio maintains that President Barack Obama is more interested in providing money to Planned Parenthood than for the nation's armed forces. The front-runner in the GOP race, Donald Trump, says the U.S. military is a "disaster." Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the Obama administration has "gutted" every weapons system in the U.S. military's inventory.
- 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.