BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on a ferry that sank in northern Iraq near Mosul, killing dozens of people (all times local):
An Iraqi health official says the death toll from a...
Ambush north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers, wounds 5
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security and hospital officials say three soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an ambush on an army patrol north of Baghdad.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle...
Across Baghdad, a moment of respite and guarded hope
BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's main commercial district has seen more bombings than its residents can count. Death visited almost daily during times of war — most horrifically, a 2015 suicide bombing...
First time in Baghdad: Iran’s president to visit Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president is making his first official visit to Iraq this week as he faces mounting pressure from hard-liners at home in the wake of the Trump administration's...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security and health officials say a car bomb outside a restaurant in Iraq's northern city of Mosul has killed two people, including a 13-year-old girl, and wounded 10...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Top Iraqi officials have expressed support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who blasted the Trump administration during a visit to Baghdad.
Bombs in Iraq’s Mosul kill 1 person, injure 17
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say two bombs have exploded in the city of Mosul, killing one person and wounding 17 others.
The first explosion, a road side bomb, went off Thursday...
Roadside bomb kills 3 Iraqi workers in Fallujah
BAGHDAD (AP) — Police say three Iraqi workers have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the western city of Fallujah.
A local officer says the blast occurred Tuesday when a device...
Iraq: 5 fishermen killed in suspected IS attack
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi security official says five fishermen have been killed in an attack by Islamic State group militants on a camp site near the Therthar lake, 100 kilometers (60 miles)...
From Syria, IS slips into Iraq to fight another day
BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country's fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials...
Roadside bomb kills 9 militia fighters north of Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb north of Baghdad killed nine members of the Iraqi security forces on Thursday, including a counter-explosives official and a commander in a militia headed by populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, authorities said.
In heart of Baghdad, IS war museum honors fallen militiamen
BAGHDAD (AP) — A few steps from Baghdad's cultural heart and its famous book market on al-Mutanabi Street lies the Iraqi capital's latest tourist attraction: a war museum glorifying the sacrifices of thousands of mainly Shiite militiamen who died fighting the Islamic State group.
Russia repatriates 27 children of IS members from Iraq
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Emergencies Ministry says it has repatriated 27 children who are family members of the Islamic State Group jailed in Iraq.
The children, aged between 4 and 13, were flown to Moscow on Monday abroad the ministry's plane.
Russian children's rights ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova said about 50 Russian children who still remain in Baghdad's prison will be flown to Russia soon.
Iraqi Shiite militia detains commander who criticized Iran
BAGHDAD (AP) — An official with the Iraqi government-sanctioned umbrella of mainly Shiite paramilitary groups says a militia commander was arrested after he criticized Iran's influence in the country.
The official from the Popular Mobilization Forces said on Friday that Aws al-Khafaji, commander of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, was detained the previous night.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
Slain Iraqi novelist criticized foreign meddling, militias
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub was a secular civil society activist who used his bike to get around Karbala's infamous traffic and road closures. He was also an outspoken critic of foreign interference in Iraq and political meddling by powerful Iran-backed militias.
On Saturday, Mashzoub was gunned down in the Shiite holy city by unknown assailants who silenced him with 13 bullets as he rode his bicycle home for the last time.
Iraqi president hits back at Trump over US army presence
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president hit back at Donald Trump Monday for saying U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran, saying the U.S. leader did not ask for Iraq's permission to do so.
"We find these comments strange," said Barham Salih, speaking at a forum in Baghdad.
7 Iranian pilgrims wounded in shooting attack in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — Police and medical officials say seven Iranian Shiite pilgrims traveling in central Iraq were wounded when their bus came under attack by unidentified gunmen.
The officials said late Sunday that the bus carrying 10 pilgrims was north of the capital of Baghdad when gunmen opened fire.
They say the wounded passengers were taken to a hospital, including a woman who was in serious condition. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with briefing regulations.
Iraqi parliament approves budget of $112 billion for 2019
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament on Thursday approved a vastly expanded state budget for 2019, after weeks of wrangling over how to apportion revenue among the country's regions damaged by the war against the Islamic State group.
The new budget, at 133 trillion Iraqi dinars ($112 billion), represents a 27 percent increase in spending over the previous year, to be paid in part by higher projected oil prices and a slight bump in oil exports.
Iraq says goodbye to its beloved archaeologist al-Gailani
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.
Al-Gailani, who died in Amman, Jordan, on Friday at the age of 80, was one of Iraq's first women to excavate the country's archaeological heritage.
Iraqi archaeologist, museums champion dies at 80
BAGHDAD (AP) — Lamia al-Gailani, an Iraqi archaeologist who lent her expertise to rebuilding the National Museum's collection after it was looted in 2003, has died at age 80.
Her daughter, Noorah al-Gailani, said Sunday that her mother died Friday in Amman, Jordan. She didn't give a cause of death.
Iraqi prime minister visits Basra, months after unrest
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, made his first visit to Basra on Sunday, promising better water and electricity services after riots swept through the impoverished city last summer.
Demonstrators set fire to nearly every government building in the summer unrest and torched most political party offices and the Iranian consulate as well. At least a dozen protesters were killed in the security response.
France pledges 1B euros in aid to rebuild Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France is committing 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to help Iraq rebuild after its war against the Islamic State group.
Le Drian, meeting with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad on Monday, said the aid would go to rebuilding Iraq's most devastated areas.
Iraq's Planning Ministry has estimated the cost of reconstruction at $88 billion. Iraq was able to raise $30 billion at a donor conference in Kuwait last year.
Iraq says it supports Syria’s return to Arab League
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim says his country supports efforts to restore Syria's membership in the Arab League eight years after it was expelled from the regional body.
Iraq is one of three countries in the Arab world that never cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government after its crackdown against anti-government demonstrations in 2011 led to civil war. Syria was cast out of the Arab League the same year.
US official says withdrawal from Syria has begun
BAGHDAD (AP) — After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, a U.S. defense official said Friday the process has begun with the removal of some military cargo.
Iraq to proceed with oil exploration with Iran
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's oil minister says Iraq and Iran are jointly exploring two oil fields shared by the two countries, despite U.S. efforts to isolate Iran from global oil markets.
Thamer Ghadhban says Iraq is honoring an existing exploration agreement with neighboring Iran. He received Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh in Baghdad on Thursday.
Iraq closes camps for displaced, pushes families into peril
BZEIBIZ, Iraq (AP) — It was a cold and gusty day in December when the army came to the Bzeibiz camp and told families displaced by the war against the Islamic State group that it was time to go home.
The fighting was over, they said, and the camp west of Baghdad was going to be closed.
Some of the families protested that they had no homes to return to. The army said they would be sent to Amariyat al-Fallujah, a remote camp ringed by chain-link fences and barbed wire.
Pompeo, in Iraq, seeks to reassure Kurds on Syria withdrawal
BAGHDAD (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Wednesday to reassure U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria that they will be safe after American troops withdraw from the country.
Police: Several killed in Baghdad women’s shelter fire
BAGHDAD (AP) — A fire at a women's shelter in Baghdad killed several lodgers on Friday, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy.
Baghdad Police Lt. Col. Mohammed Jihad, briefing reporters outside the shelter, called it a "group suicide" caused by women rioting in the shelter. He said several women were suffering from a "deteriorating mental state" and rioted, resulting in the fire that killed six women.
Plunge in oil prices threatens Iraq’s postwar recovery
BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest plunge in oil prices has dealt a heavy blow to Iraq's stagnating economy, threatening the new government's ability to rebuild after the war with the Islamic State group and provide basic services to areas roiled by recent protests.
Brent crude oil, used to price international purchases, briefly rose above $85 a barrel in October but has since plummeted to less than $55 — a nightmare for a country like Iraq that derives 95 percent of its revenue from oil exports.
Russia resettles 30 Russian children from war on IS in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — Russia resettled 30 children of jailed and deceased Islamic State members from Iraq, on Sunday, in a minor breakthrough to the deadlock over what to do with the foreign families to IS militants.
Maksim Maksimov, the Russian ambassador to Iraq, said the children were Russian. Their mothers are incarcerated at a Baghdad prison, according to the office of Russia's ombudsman for children's rights, Anna Kuznetsova.
Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal
BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
"Arrogant" and "a violation of national sovereignty" were but a few examples of the disapproval emanating from Baghdad following Trump's meeting Wednesday with U.S. servicemen and women at the al-Asad Airbase.
Trump is third American president to visit Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday to meet U.S. troops. It's the sixth time that a U.S. president has visited Iraq.
A look at previous presidential visits to Iraq:
In November 2003, President George W. Bush became the first U.S. president to visit Iraq. He flew to Baghdad under extraordinary secrecy and security to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops and thank them for "defending the American people from danger."
Trump makes first visit to US troops in harm’s way
AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from neighboring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don't think the job fighting Islamic State militants there is over.
Australian leader Scott Morrison visits troops in Iraq
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a pre-Christmas visit to hundreds of troops in Iraq, telling them he wanted to say thank you from "one Australian to another."
But Morrison canceled a planned visit to Afghanistan on the advice of the defense force chief due to operational security reasons.
Morrison traveled to Iraq on Wednesday to meet special forces soldiers and other Australian military personnel who are training the Iraqi Army to combat the Islamic State group.
Ex-Blackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Blackwater security contractor was convicted Wednesday of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.
Nicholas Slatten, 35, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder in Washington for his role in the shooting, which strained international relations and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.
Iraqi parliament confirms 3 new ministers, 5 seats unfilled
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament confirmed three ministers to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's government Tuesday but left other key posts, including ministers of Defense and Interior, vacant as an impasse over the appointments threatened to stretch into its third month.
President approves renaming post office after soldier
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law renaming a post office in a small Rhode Island community after a local native who died in Iraq.
The Providence Journal reports U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday the post office in Saunderstown will be renamed after Army Capt. Matthew August.
Turkey vows to keep striking PKK targets in Iraq
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey says it will continue to defend itself against terrorists after its strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq sparked criticism from Baghdad.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saturday that Turkey expected neighboring Iraq to fulfill its responsibilities in combatting the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. He says Turkey will invoke its "legitimate right to self-defense" if Iraq "does not do what's necessary."
Nobel laureate returns to Iraq, pledges to work for peace
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi activist Nadia Murad met her country's president in Baghdad on Wednesday after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence.
Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in 2014. She became an activist on behalf of women and girls after escaping and finding refuge in Germany.
Iraq celebrates victory over IS while grappling with legacy
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq began removing cement walls from areas surrounding the capital's most fortified enclave Monday, opening parts of the so-called Green Zone to traffic in a symbolic move coinciding with nationwide celebrations marking the anniversary of the country's costly victory over the Islamic State group.
Rare photo of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric
BAGHDAD (AP) — The official website of Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric has published a rare photo of the aging leader, the first in several years.
AP PHOTOS: Iraqis seek tattoos to cover scars of war
BAGHDAD (AP) — The tattoos across Saad Khudeir's body conceal the Iraqi soldier's scars and reveal his unseen wounds.
The face of his fiancee, who was killed in a car bomb near his Baghdad home in 2008, looks up from his right arm. Four years later, a suicide bomber rammed his army convoy in Fallujah, leaving burns across 70 percent of his body.
He survived both bombings, but was left with gruesome scars.
Official: Car bomb in Iraq’s Tikrit kills 5
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials said five people were killed in a car bomb blast in the city of Tikrit on Sunday, the latest security breach to rattle the country in recent weeks.
Sixteen others were wounded in the blast that set fires on both sides of a commercial street in the heart of the city, according to an Iraqi army officer, who requested anonymity in line with military regulations. Tikrit's main hospital said it had received several patients wounded in the attack.
Iraqi war victims turn to social media to find medical help
BAGHDAD (AP) — It was spring 2007 in northern Iraq when 6-year-old Saja Saleem raced home from school with the good news about her excellent grades, hoping to receive the gift her father had promised her.
"All of a sudden, I found myself spinning into the air with fire trailing from my school uniform after a loud boom," Saleem, now 17, recounted to The Associated Press.
Iraq resumes Kirkuk oil exports after yearlong pause
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq began piping oil from its fields around the disputed city of Kirkuk on Friday, more than a year after exports were halted over troubles with the autonomous Kurdish administration north of the country.
The region will export between 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day through a pipeline to Turkey, said Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad after a deal was reached to break the deadlock between Iraq's capital Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government based in Irbil.
Trump seeks confirmation of new US ambassador to Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Senate to approve a new ambassador to Iraq as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on neighboring Iran and as some Republicans in Congress call for a stronger response to Tehran's influence in Baghdad.
Trump on Thursday officially asked the Senate to confirm Matthew Tueller, who has been U.S. ambassador to Yemen since 2014. If confirmed, he would succeed Douglas Silliman, who has held the job since July 2016.
Iran, feeling sanctions bite, looks for outlet in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — At this year's Baghdad International Fair, Iranian businessmen displayed thick, colorful Persian rugs to impressed onlookers while others showcased the latest in Iranian manufacturing in power generators and industrial tools.
For Iranian companies, the annual Baghdad International Fair is a major event, as exporters in carpets, foodstuffs and heavy equipment look to score sales in Iraq's import-dependent economy.
Rebel minister who fled Yemen hit by shoe at news conference
CAIRO (AP) — A minister who served in Yemen's rebel government before defecting to Saudi Arabia was struck by a shoe hurled by a Yemeni journalist at a news conference in Riyadh.
Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber, who served as information minister, is the most senior member of the Houthi administration to defect since civil war broke out in 2014. He made his first public appearance during Sunday's news conference.