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Stories with place: Iraq
  • US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:54 pm

    BEIRUT - Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.

  • Turkish bombing of Kurds carries risk of instability story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:26 pm

    ISTANBUL - Turkey's unexpected move to launch raids against Kurdish rebels at the same time it is cracking down on the Islamic State group risks ending a period of relative calm and stability for the country that has been a boon for the economy.

  • NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:47 pm

    BRUSSELS - For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.

  • Turkish troops target Kurdish fighters in northern Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:34 am

    BEIRUT - Turkish troops have shelled a Syrian village near the border, targeting Kurdish fighters who have been battling the Islamic State group with the aid of U.S.-led airstrikes, Syria's main Kurdish militia and an activist group said Monday.

  • Officials: Iraqi forces retake Anbar University near Ramadi 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 12:31 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces recaptured Anbar University from the Islamic State militant group Sunday after hours of fierce clashes, provincial officials said, as part of its push to reclaim territory across the embattled province.

  • Iran's top diplomat tours Arab states following nuclear deal 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 10:37 am

    KUWAIT CITY - Iran's top diplomat began a three-nation regional tour Sunday aimed at deepening ties with Arab neighbors following the conclusion of the Islamic Republic's historic nuclear deal with world powers.

  • Lieberman, in retirement, lobbies against Iran nuclear deal 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 10:37 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, who staked his Senate career on a tough U.S. response to terrorism following the 9/11 attacks, has emerged from retirement to again jump into the fray.

  • Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure attacks story has photos
    Updated: Jul-25-15 6:28 pm

    BAGHDAD - Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013.

  • Top Iraq Shiite cleric calls for protection of army families 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 7:55 am

    BAGHDAD - Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on the government in Baghdad to do more to protect the families of Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group, saying they are an "easy prey" for extremists bent on revenge attacks.

  • Defense Secretary Carter meeting with Kurds in Iraq 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 7:35 am

    IRBIL, Iraq - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter held talks Friday with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in their regional capital of Irbil, seeking insights to their military successes against the Islamic State.

  • Carter: US airstrike kills senior Al-Qaida commander 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 6:38 am

    IRBIL, Iraq - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that a U.S. airstrike recently killed a senior Al-Qaida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Ex-POW Lynch to appear at film screening in Buckeye 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 6:14 am

    BUCKEYE, Arizona - Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch will be in Arizona next month to screen her acting debut.

  • Turkey allows US to use key air base to strike Islamic State story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 12:04 am

    WASHINGTON - Turkey has agreed to let the U.S. military launch airstrikes against the Islamic State from a key air base near the Syrian border, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, giving a boost to the U.S.-led coalition while drawing Turkey deeper into the conflict.

  • Ala woman marks 10 years since husband's death in Iraq 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 2:11 pm

    OPELIKA, Alabama - On what would have been her husband's 32nd birthday, Janina Taylor turned off of U.S. 280 and wound down Lee Road 249. She turned left into the lot at St. Mark's Christian Episcopal Church in Motts and parked her silver minivan. Taylor's two oldest children, 13-year-old Xavie'r and 10-year-old Aaliyah, raced up the hill to a small cemetery, stopping when they spotted an etched football and a nod to the Green Bay Packers on one stone.

  • Armed citizens guard recruiters after Tennessee shootings story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-22-15 5:41 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

  • UN warns lack of aid may drive Iraqis to extremist group 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 5:11 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Wednesday that a lack of funds for desperately needed humanitarian aid has already cut food rations and may be forcing Iraqi communities and families to look to the Islamic State extremist group for life-saving assistance.

  • Worries grow about freelance Japanese journalist in Syria 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 2:07 am

    TOKYO - Worries are growing about the whereabouts of a freelance Japanese journalist, last heard from one month ago in war-torn Syria, where reporting assignments have become among the most precarious in the world.

  • Yazidis forced to flee Iraq want cemetery in Lincoln 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 6:19 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Members of a religious minority who say they were forced to flee their homes in Iraq by Islamic extremists want to establish a cemetery in Lincoln.

  • Invoking Iraq War, Obama brushes off Iran deal critics story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-21-15 1:49 pm

    PITTSBURGH - Brushing off his "chest-beating" critics, President Barack Obama accused opponents of the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday of being the same people who rushed the U.S. into an ill-fated war in Iraq. As he sought support for the deal from U.S. veterans, he said the deal's foes were merely popping off soundbites that accomplish nothing.

  • Stealthy jet ensures other war-fighting aircraft survive story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-21-15 3:10 am

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Virginia - Screaming through the air along southern Virginia's coast, the Air Force's F-22 Raptor routinely puts on a dazzling show of loops, dives and combat maneuvers designed to bedevil and defeat opponents before they ever know it's there.

  • In an IS training camp, children told: Behead the doll story has video
    Updated: Jul-19-15 9:31 pm

    SANLIURFA, Turkey - The children had all been shown videos of beheadings and told by their trainers with the Islamic State group that they would perform one someday. First, they had to practice technique. The more than 120 boys were each given a doll and a sword and told, cut off its head.

  • Chattanooga shattered: A single gunshot, silence, and terror 
    Updated: Jul-19-15 12:38 pm

    CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - A single "pop" cut through the quiet morning. Those who heard it had a moment to ponder the noise.

  • UK leader signals support for airstrikes on IS in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jul-19-15 10:40 am

    LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain needs to take a greater role in destroying the Islamic State group in Syria - his most direct signal to date that he will seek to expand his country's role in supporting the United States and its allies.

  • Israeli-Canadian woman fought IS to stop 'genocide' 
    Updated: Jul-16-15 1:24 pm

    JERUSALEM - A Canadian-born Israeli woman who joined a Kurdish militia to fight against the Islamic State group said that after a stint in prison, she felt compelled to do something positive with her life and battle against the "genocide" unfolding in Syria and Iraq.

  • Iraqis brave searing heat in finals days of Ramadan 
    Updated: Jul-16-15 12:56 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi policeman Ziad Radi is no stranger to hot weather, but his sun-blasted face is testament that even for seasoned Iraqis, the weather on Thursday was almost too hot to bear.