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Stories with place: Iraq
  • US worries about declining precision weapons stocks for wars 
    Updated: May-26-16 4:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - In the face of imminent military assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in the Middle East said Thursday he's concerned about running low on precision-guided weapons needed for the war against the Islamic State group in both countries.

  • Iraq honors policeman who stopped would-be suicide bomber 
    Updated: May-26-16 12:57 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iraq has honored a police officer who stopped a would-be suicide bomber at a checkpoint in a northern Baghdad neighborhood this week.

  • Iraqi PM asks protesters to stay home to aid Fallujah push 
    Updated: May-26-16 9:41 am

    BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister appealed on Thursday to Iraqis to postpone the weekly protests due the following day so that security forces can focus on a key military operation aimed at retaking the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group.

  • Documents show different medal count for 'American Sniper' 
    Updated: May-25-16 5:52 pm

    HOUSTON - Documents show the number of medals slain Navy Seal and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle received for his military service is different from what he indicated in his best-selling memoir about his four tours of duty in Iraq.

  • Another suit accuses VA physician assistant of sexual abuse 
    Updated: May-24-16 1:07 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas - A veteran who served in Iraq is the latest person to file a lawsuit accusing a former physician assistant at a Veteran's Administration hospital in Kansas of sexual abuse.

  • Tony Blair says defeating IS requires 'proper ground war' 
    Updated: May-24-16 9:02 am

    LONDON - The Islamic State group will be defeated only with a ground war involving Western troops, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday.

  • Hard-line cleric voted leader of Iran's Assembly of Experts 
    Updated: May-24-16 8:24 am

    TEHRAN, Iran - A hard-line Iranian cleric who has been in the country's power structure since its 1979 Islamic Revolution was chosen on Tuesday to lead the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that picks the country's next supreme leader.

  • The Latest: UN says 50,000 civilians in Fallujah at risk story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 3:03 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The Latest on a violent day in the Middle East, with deadly bombings in Syria and Yemen and the start of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • US veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life 
    Updated: May-23-16 1:17 am

    LOS ANGELES - After three military combat tours in warn-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life. But there was one thing he couldn't do: leave a comrade behind.

  • Iraq launches operation to retake IS-held city of Fallujah 
    Updated: May-22-16 8:04 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address on Sunday night.

  • Islamic State group leader urges attacks in Europe and US 
    Updated: May-22-16 9:32 am

    CAIRO - An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

  • Groups of asylum-seekers clash at German shelter, 5 injured 
    Updated: May-22-16 9:28 am

    BERLIN - Police say five people were severely injured in violent clashes between Iraqi-Yazidi and Chechen asylum-seekers in the central German city of Bielefeld.

  • Crowds mourn at funeral of 2 killed at Baghdad protest story has photos
    Updated: May-21-16 10:44 pm

    BAGHDAD - Hundreds of mourners gathered in Baghdad's Sadr City as families held funerals Saturday for two people killed in protests a day earlier. The coffins for the two men were hoisted above the crowds before being driven to the holy city of Najaf for burial.

  • Top US commander makes secret visit to Syria story has photos
    Updated: May-21-16 6:45 pm

    NORTHERN SYRIA - On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab and Kurd fighters for what has been a slow campaign to push the Islamic State out of Syria.

  • Iraq: Border with Jordan to open soon, after year of closure 
    Updated: May-21-16 9:25 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - Iraq's border crossing with Jordan is expected to open in about two weeks, after an almost year-long closure, allowing for a resumption of vital trade and a return of Iraqi refugees, an Iraqi diplomat said Saturday.

  • US says Iraqi forces have retaken western town of Rutba story has photos
    Updated: May-20-16 7:40 pm

    TAJI, Iraq - The top American general for the Middle East said Friday he is confident that Iraq is on course to defeating the Islamic State, but his words were spare and cautious, his tone notably muted.

  • Iraq vet who shot neighbors declared legally insane 
    Updated: May-20-16 6:33 pm

    LOS ANGELES - An Iraq War veteran who killed his 73-year-old Los Angeles neighbor and wounded the man's wife has been declared legally insane.

  • Refugees tell of being pushed back into Greece from Balkans story has photos
    Updated: May-20-16 6:59 am

    IDOMENI, Greece - Anwar Ismail Murad passed almost effortlessly along what has become known as the Balkan route, heading north from Greece to Macedonia, through Serbia, Croatia and on to Slovenia. He reached there on Feb. 14, when the border was still open, but that's where his dream abruptly died.

  • US widens sanctions on Islamic State, al-Qaida branches 
    Updated: May-19-16 1:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States expanded sanctions Thursday against affiliates of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group operating across the Middle East and North Africa, reflecting the spreading threat of extremism far beyond the groups' traditional strongholds in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

  • IMF announces $5.4B loan over 3 years to Iraq 
    Updated: May-19-16 10:22 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that it is lending $5.4 billion over three years to cash-strapped Iraq, which has been hit hard by a sharp drop in oil prices.

  • US commander: Islamic State trying to regain initiative 
    Updated: May-18-16 2:53 pm

    KUWAIT CITY - Deadly bombings in Baghdad may signal a shift in tactics by the Islamic State, determined to rebound from a series of battlefield losses and the group's hope that attacks in the capital will distract already divided Iraqi leaders, a top U.S. general said Wednesday.

  • Mourning in Sadr City, Baghdad's deadliest district story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-18-16 2:08 pm

    BAGHDAD - Among the dozens killed when a truck bomb struck a crowded market last week in Baghdad's Sadr City were two brothers, the only sons of Talib Jassum Issa, who got the news in a phone call just minutes after the attack.

  • Bracelet honoring fallen soldier returned to his mother 
    Updated: May-18-16 1:56 am

    KATY, Texas - A Texas woman hopes to find the original owner of a bracelet engraved with the name of her son, an Army veteran who was killed in Iraq, after it turned up hundreds of miles away in Minnesota.

  • The Latest: Officials say day's death toll in Baghdad now 69 
    Updated: May-17-16 9:18 am

    BAGHDAD - The latest on a wave of militants attacks in Iraq as government forces battle the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • Newsletters released from secretive National Security Agency story has photos
    Updated: May-17-16 3:17 am

    WASHINGTON - In-house newsletters from the clandestine National Security Agency have been released by an online news site - part of the mountain of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.