Baghdad car bombings claim at least 20 civilians

Apr 28, 2015

Baghdad car bombings claim at least 20 civilians

A series of car bombings targeting busy commercial areas in Iraq’s capital killed at least 20 civilians Monday, officials said. The deadliest attack took place Monday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad’s western district of Mansour, killing 10 ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ex-SDF member tried to enter area controlled by Islamic State group

A former Self-Defense Forces member detained in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous region last February told police he was attempting to enter an area controlled by the Islamic State militant group, investigative sources said Friday. The man in his 20s from Osaka Prefecture was detained ...

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Apr 24, 2015

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. The sentencing came two months after ...

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

U.S. forces have no reason to think Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike against an Iraqi target last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. British daily The Guardian had earlier reported that the militant, who styles himself caliph of the ...

22 coalition airstrikes target Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Apr 22, 2015

22 coalition airstrikes target Islamic State fighters in Iraq

The U.S.-led coalition said Tuesday its warplanes carried out 22 strikes in Iraq over 24 hours targeting the Islamic State jihadi group north and west of Baghdad. This was the second 24-hour period in a row of a larger-than-usual number of coalition strikes against ...

UN: 90,000 people have fled IS advance in Iraq's Anbar province

Apr 20, 2015

UN: 90,000 people have fled IS advance in Iraq's Anbar province

More than 90,000 people have fled the Islamic State group’s advance in Iraq’s western Anbar province, which has set off fierce fighting in and around the provincial capital Ramadi, a United Nations humanitarian agency said Sunday. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ...

Apr 18, 2015

Australia arrests teens over planned ANZAC Day attack

Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans’ Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an attack at the ANZAC ...

Top Saddam deputy reportedly killed after years on the run

Apr 18, 2015

Top Saddam deputy reportedly killed after years on the run

He was the last member of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red mustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they ...

Apr 17, 2015

Iran general's Iraq battlefield clout unsettling: Abadi

Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq’s battlefields. Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of ...