World 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 Iran's ...

IS victims' mass graves being exhumed in Iraq

World Apr 7, 2015

IS victims' mass graves being exhumed in Iraq

Iraqi forensic teams began on Monday excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq. The mass killings last June of Shiite soldiers from ...

U.S.-led coalition said planning to carry out Tikrit airstrikes

World Mar 26, 2015

U.S.-led coalition said planning to carry out Tikrit airstrikes

The U.S.-led coalition is planning to carry out airstrikes in support of Iraqi operations against Islamic State in the city of Tikrit, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, confirming comments by Iraq's president in an interview with Reuters. The U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on ...

Kurds report more chlorine attacks; Iraq pauses Tikrit offensive

World Mar 17, 2015

Kurds report more chlorine attacks; Iraq pauses Tikrit offensive

Iraq paused its Tikrit offensive on Monday and officials called for more airstrikes against Islamic State militants, while an officer said Kurdish forces sustained two more chlorine gas attacks by insurgents. Gen. Aziz Waisi told journalists the insurgents used chlorine twice during a January offensive ...

Kurdish forces attack Islamic State west of Kirkuk

World Mar 10, 2015

Kurdish forces attack Islamic State west of Kirkuk

Kurdish forces drove Islamic State militants back from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Monday, in an advance backed by heavy airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition. Speaking to a local television channel near the frontline, Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim, who was wearing ...

Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance

World Mar 6, 2015

Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance

Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shiite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said. The witness and a military ...

World Sep 7, 2014

U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Haditha Dam

U.S. warplanes on Sunday carried out four strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement. Obama has branded Islamic State an acute threat to ...