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Iraqi Forces Secure Largest Oil Refinery After ISIS Attack

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 04.18.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the country's biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State ...

ISIS Claims Car Bombing Outside U.S. Consulate In North Iraq

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

ERBIL, April 17 (Reuters) - A car bomb killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region that ...

Officials: Former Saddam Deputy Allied To ISIS Reportedly Killed In Iraq

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 04.18.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials said they believe that government forces on Friday killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who ...

ISIS Launches New Offensive In Iraq's Anbar

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group launched an offensive Wednesday in Iraq's western Anbar province, capturing three villages near the...

ISIS Releases Video Of Militants Smashing Artifacts Iraq's Hatra

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State extremists at Iraq's ancient city of Hatra destroyed the archaeological site by smashing sledgehammers into its walls a...

Iraqi Officials: Shiite Militias Pulled Out Of Tikrit After Looting

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, April 4 (Reuters) - Almost all Shi'ite paramilitaries had left Tikrit on Saturday after locals complained that some fighters had spent severa...

A Wave Of Looting And Lynching Follows Iraqi Forces Recapture Of Tikrit

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 3 (Reuters) - On April 1, the city of Tikrit was liberated from the extremist group Islamic State. The Shi'ite-led central governm...

Iraq PM: Troops Advance Into Center Of ISIS-Held Tikrit

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 03.31.2015 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and ...

ISIS Traps Iraqis Inside Mosul

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 03.13.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Freedom from the Islamic State group comes at a steep price, as one newly wedded couple recently discovered. Eager to live a normal l...

Global Outcry After ISIS Reportedly Destroys Famed Ancient Site In Iraq

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and CARA ANNA | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State extremists trucked away statues as they damaged the irreplaceable remains of an ancient Assyrian capital, a local resid...

Fierce Clashes As Iraq Tries To Oust ISIS Fighters From Tikrit

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.03.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops and Shiite militias battled the Islamic State group on Tuesday on the outskirts of militant-held Tikrit, unable to advan...

Mother Describes Losing Her Daughters During ISIS Captivity In Angelina Jolie's New Film

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.23.2015 | World

The Islamic State militant group has taken more from Naseema, a 45-year-old Yazidi woman, than most people could bear: two daughters, three sons and h...

Iraqi Shiite Militias In Uneasy Alliance With Kurds Against ISIS

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and BRAM JANSSEN | Posted 04.19.2015 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Shiite militiamen shuttle back and forth to the nearby front lines from a sprawling military base near the northern oil-rich cit...

Dozens Killed In Bombings Across Baghdad

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's decade-old nightly curfew ended after midnight Sunday, hours after bombs exploded in and around the Iraqi capital, killing ...

UN: ISIS Reportedly Crucified, Buried Children Alive In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as se...

Kurds Recapture Oil Facility In Northern Iraq From ISIS

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2015 | World

By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Ir...

U.S. Says ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert Killed By Airstrike In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq,...

UN: 2014 Was The Deadliest Year For Civilians In Iraq Since 2007

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq in 2014 killed at least 12,282 civilians, making it the deadliest year since the sectarian bloodshed of ...

Kurds Battle To Recapture Iraq's Sinjar From ISIS

AP | DALTON BENNETT | Posted 02.20.2015 | World

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Su...

Officials: ISIS Shoots Down Iraqi Helicopter

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 02.12.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, officials said Saturday, killing the two pilots onboard and rai...

Iraq Official: Arrested Woman Not ISIS Leader's Wife

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official denied Wednesday that a woman detained in Lebanon is a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic Stat...

Iraq Reaches Major Oil Deal With Kurds

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 02.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government on Tuesday reached a deal with the Kurdish local authorities in the country's north to exchange oil from the aut...

A Guru's Journey To Iraq In Solidarity With Persecuted Yazidis

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

What can meditation do to help a war-torn nation heal? This is a question spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been asking for decades and on...

Suicide Bomber Kills 5 In Iraqi Kurdish Capital

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives blew himself up in the capital ...

Iraqi Forces Recapture Strategic Oil Refinery From ISIS

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 01.14.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of the strategic oil refinery town of Beiji on Friday, handing a major defeat to the ex...