Apr 7, 2015

Iraqi leader says 'only' 152 homes, shops burned in Tikrit offensive

Iraq’s prime minister said Monday that “only” 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city. Haider al-Abadi did not specify who burned the structures or when the fires took place, ...

Apr 6, 2015

A nuclear deal, and much more

If the nuclear deal with Tehran succeeds, it will remove a source of great instability in the Middle East and could facilitate Iran's building of a new relationship with the rest of the world.

Apr 4, 2015

Iraqi prime minister orders arrest of gangs looting in Tikrit

by Baghdad

Sunni politicians said looting raged out of control in Tikrit on Friday, hours after Iraq’s prime minister called on security forces to arrest anyone breaking the law after the city had been wrested back from Islamic State militants. The rampage of theft and burning ...

Tikrit victory boosts Iraq fight to defeat Islamic State

Apr 2, 2015

Tikrit victory boosts Iraq fight to defeat Islamic State

Iraq vowed Wednesday to reclaim the entire country from jihadis after retaking the city of Tikrit in its biggest success yet in the fight against the Islamic State group. Speaking from a newly recaptured area of central Tikrit after a month-long operation, Prime Minister ...

Iraqi forces reach key city's center in battle against militants

Apr 1, 2015

Iraqi forces reach key city's center in battle against militants

Iraqi forces on Wednesday picked through the rubble-strewn streets of Tikrit after storming to the city center, searching for die-hard jihadi fighters and avoiding the booby traps left behind. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed the city was liberated but the U.S.-led coalition that has ...