- The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria Updated: Feb-11-16 7:33 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Iraqi city of Ramadi, once home to 500,000, lies in ruins Updated: Jan-17-16 1:07 pm
RAMADI, Iraq - So complete was the destruction of Ramadi that a local reporter who had visited the city many times hardly recognized it.
- 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.
- After 25 years, Saudi Embassy officially reopens in Baghdad Updated: Jan-14-16 7:36 am
BAGHDAD - Saudi Arabia has reopened its embassy in Baghdad after a closure that lasted 25 years and the kingdom's ambassador submitted his credentials at the foreign ministry.