Feb 9, 2016

Iraqi woman charged with role in U.S. female hostage's death

The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s death, the Justice Department said Monday. Nisreen Assad ...

Iraq massing forces to retake Islamic State-held Mosul hub

Feb 9, 2016

Iraq massing forces to retake Islamic State-held Mosul hub

The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State group’s hub of Mosul, officials said on Monday. Islamic State seized Mosul in June 2014 and except for airstrikes has held Iraq’s second ...

Feb 6, 2016

Australian state premier offers 267 asylum seekers refuge

The premier of an Australian state offered on Saturday to look after a group of asylum seekers facing repatriation to a camp on a remote Pacific island, adding to opposition to the federal government’s policy of offshore detention. Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria state, ...

Feb 4, 2016

Pentagon admits hundreds more boots on ground in Iraq than reported

Hundreds more American troops are serving in Iraq than the Pentagon has previously stated, an official said Wednesday in an acknowledgment underscoring the sensitivity of U.S. deployments to the war-torn nation. Officially, the Pentagon has long said about 3,500 American troops are stationed in ...

Iraqi military still struggling despite U.S. training

Feb 2, 2016

Iraqi military still struggling despite U.S. training

Iraq’s 72nd Brigade was slowly moving through a live-fire exercise recently under the watchful eyes of U.S., Spanish and British coalition trainers when things began to go wrong. One part of the unit moved forward too quickly across the open field of the military ...