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Stories with place: Iraq
  • Marine killed in helicopter accident was doing rope training story has photos
    Updated: Sep-04-15 7:19 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The U.S. Marine who died during a helicopter accident at Camp Lejeune was part of a Virginia-based anti-terror and security team training on how to use ropes to access difficult terrain, officials said Friday.

  • Iraq's top cleric demands real steps in fighting corruption 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 9:44 am

    BAGHDAD - Iraq's top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must start hunting the "big heads" as part of its anti-corruption drive, calling for "convincing and assuring steps" as proof of the government's seriousness in implementing its highly-touted reform plan.

  • Japan beats Cambodia 3-0 in World Cup qualifier story has photos
    Updated: Sep-03-15 5:29 pm

    SAITAMA, Japan - Japan eased past Cambodia 3-0 to secure its first win in World Cup qualifying while South Korea thrashed Laos 8-0 to stay undefeated on Thursday.

  • Turkey renews permit for military operations in Syria, Iraq 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 3:40 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's parliament has voted to renew by another year a mandate allowing the military to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq.

  • UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 10:47 pm

    AMMAN, Jordan - Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region.

  • Lawyer: Man who admitted to gun charges could be deported 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 7:07 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - The attorney for a native of Iraq living in Massachusetts who pleaded guilty to illegally selling guns expects his client to be deported following his prison sentence.

  • A look at what migrants are carrying with them to Europe 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 1:53 pm

    ROSZKE, Hungary - To survive days on end of walking and improvised camping in harsh weather, they must concentrate on essentials: pain medicine, foot powder and first aid, food and personal hygiene items. The savviest have smartphones with backup battery power and SIM cards that work in the countries they're passing through. Otherwise, they can end up walking in circles without satellite navigation, particularly at night, when many travel to avoid police.

  • New hospital in Jordan treats worst of Mideast's war-wounded story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:34 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - They are among the most tragically wounded from the Middle East's multiple wars. A 14-year-old Syrian girl whose lower legs were torn off by a shell. A 15-year-old Iraqi boy who was severely burned in a car bomb explosion.

  • UK Iraq war inquiry chair defends decision to move slowly 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 12:41 pm

    LONDON - The chair of Britain's inquiry into the Iraq war defended the time spent on the investigation Wednesday, arguing that while he understands the anguish of bereaved family members, being fair to decision makers was critical to the process.

  • In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:07 pm

    CAIRO - A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

  • UN rights arm denounces executions in Iraq's Kurdish region 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 2:01 pm

    GENEVA - U.N. rights officials are denouncing the execution of a man and his two wives in Iraq's Kurdish region over the kidnapping and murder of two girls, saying they fear the self-ruled region may slide back toward use of the death penalty.

  • Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, UN meeting told 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:28 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

  • Spirit Lake police chief steps down to take US embassy job 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 1:52 pm

    SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho - The police chief in Spirit Lake is stepping down after two years to accept a job as a bomb-sniffing dog handler at a U.S. embassy in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • Denmark briefly pulls back jets combatting IS 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 8:38 am

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Denmark's foreign minister says the Scandinavian nation is briefly pulling back its Kuwait-based fighter jets that are taking part in the international coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group to repair them and allow the staff to recover.

  • Iran says it shoots down drone near border with Iraq 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 7:58 am

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's official IRNA news agency says the military has shot down a reconnaissance drone in western Iran near the border with Iraq.

  • White House: No. 2 IS leader killed in US military airstrike 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 7:53 pm

    OAK BLUFFS, Massachusetts - The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday.

  • Australia considers US request to bomb IS targets in Syria 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 3:31 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia is considering a U.S. request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political disputes.

  • Bosnia trial begins for men accused of fighting with IS 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 9:52 am

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - A dozen Bosnian men have gone on trial on charges of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

  • Iraq's economy battered by Islamic State war, low oil prices 
    Updated: Aug-18-15 11:19 am

    BAGHDAD - In business since the 1960s, Karim al-Aboudi's family has seen Iraq's economy boom with oil wealth and bust through wars and the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, but today marks the worst downturn he's seen in decades.

  • Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 percent 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 7:52 pm

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Virginia - Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 percent over the next several years, using the Army and civilian contractors to put more of the unmanned aircraft in the air.

  • Iraq veteran plans Democratic congressional run 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 12:37 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iraq war veteran who lost a Democratic congressional bid last year says he will try again in a different district.

  • AP Interview: Jordan says Syria militants try to sneak in 
    Updated: Aug-16-15 1:58 pm

    ON THE SYRIA BORDER, Jordan - Militants have tried to sneak into Jordan from Syria by blending in with Syrian refugees, while smugglers have stepped up efforts to bring weapons and drugs into the kingdom, the commander of Jordan's Border Guard said in an interview Sunday.

  • Soldier's journey to heal spotlights 'soul wounds' of war 
    Updated: Aug-15-15 9:21 am

    SAN DIEGO - "It was just another day in Mosul," the soldier began, his voice shaking. Sgt. 1st Class Marshall Powell took a deep breath. He couldn't look at the other three servicemen in the group therapy session.

  • France to rally aid for religious minorities targeted by IS 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 11:04 am

    PARIS - France is hosting a conference next month to raise money and rally support for Mideast Christians and other minorities persecuted by the Islamic State group.

  • Leslie teen honors fallen Marine with 4-H donation 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 5:38 am

    MASON, Michigan - Steven Harkness put in a lot of work raising the pig he sold at the Ingham County Fair, but he didn't pocket the money.