Iraq

  • Iraq Jan 16

    US Military Resumes Counter-Islamic State Operations in Iraq

    The U.S. military is resuming operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and is working to soon restart training Iraqi forces, U.S. officials said Wednesday, despite deep divisions over the American drone strike that killed an senior Iranian commander in Baghdad and the resulting missile attacks by Iran on Iraqi bases.

  • Iraq Jan 13

    Trump Authorized Soleimani’s Killing 7 Months Ago, With Conditions: Sources

    President Donald Trump authorized the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani seven months ago if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials.

  • Iraq Jan 10

    US Dismisses Iraq Request to Work on a Troop Withdrawal Plan

    Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq.

  • Syria Jan 10

    Air Strikes Kill Iran-Backed Iraqi Militiamen in Syria

    Unidentified planes struck targets in Syria near the border with Iraq on Friday, killing eight Iran-backed Iraqi militiamen, Syrian activists and two Iraqi officials said, an attack that comes amid soaring tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

  • Sacramento Jan 8

    Military Contractor Slain in Iraq Buried in California

    A U.S. military contractor who was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq last month — an attack that ignited a series of reprisals between the U.S. and Iran that have inflamed tensions in the region — has been buried in Northern California, it was reported Tuesday. Nawres Waleed Hamid died on Dec. 27 at a military base near Iraq’s…

  • Iran Jan 8

    Iran Attacks Iraq Bases With US Troops

    The Pentagon confirms Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are based. The attack was launched the day of the funeral of Iran’s top military commander who was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Alice Barr reports from Washington, D.C.

  • Iran Jan 8

    Iran Fires Missiles at U.S. Forces in Iraq

    Two U.S. military bases in Iraq were hit by missiles early Wednesday in an attack Iran said was retaliation for the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani.

  • Iran Jan 7

    Dozens Killed in Stampede at Funeral for Iranian General

    A stampede during a funeral procession for Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qasem Soleimani killed dozens of people and injured hundreds more. The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of the general killed in a U.S. airstrike last week.

  • Iran Jan 8

    Iran Strikes Back at US With Missile Attack at Bases in Iraq

    A stampede at a funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike has killed 56 people and injured 213 others. Iranian state TV gave the updated death toll in the stampede in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession got underway. There was no information as to what had set off the...

  • Iran Jan 7

    Death of Iran General Spurs Anxiety Over Fate of US Hostages

    The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran. Just a month ago the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope. The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing home hostages held abroad. But the prospect of a speedy resolution for the handful of captives in...

  • Iran Jan 7

    US Prepares for Possible Iranian Reprisal After Drone Strike

    United States officials are braced for Iran to respond to the killing of its most powerful general. They’ve warned ships across Mideast waterways crucial to global energy supplies about the “possibility of Iranian action” against them. They’re noting heightened levels of military readiness in the country and are preparing for a possible attempt on the life of an American military...

  • Iraq Jan 6

    US Coalition Forces to Move Some Troops Out of Baghdad

    The commanding general of U.S. and allied troops in Iraq sent a letter to Iraq’s Ministry of Defense on Monday stating that the task force will be “repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.” The letter comes a day after the Iraqi parliament voted to ask its government to end the U.S....

  • Iran Jan 6

    ’Soleimani Had It Coming’: Israel Cautiously Welcomes US Strike on Iran General

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is none too popular in secular and liberal Tel Aviv, but few here find fault in his embrace of President Donald Trump and the U.S. decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq last week, NBC News reports.

  • Philippines Jan 6

    Asian Countries Brace to Evacuate Workers in Iraq, Iran

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran, reflecting Asia’s growing fears for its citizens amid a potential outbreak of violence in the Middle East.

  • Iran Jan 7

    Throngs Mourn, Iranian Leader Weeps for General Slain by US

    An Iranian general who replaced the leader killed by a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad vowed Sunday to take revenge as Tehran abandoned the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to the slaying.

  • Iraq Jan 5

    Iraq Vote, Hezbollah Threat Leveled at US Troops in Mideast

    The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq’s parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from their country while the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said the U.S. military across the region “will pay the price” for killing a top Iranian general. Hassan Nasrallah said that U.S. bases, warships and soldiers in the...

  • Iran Jan 5

    Protests Across US Condemn Action in Iran and Iraq

    Demonstrators in dozens of cities around the U.S. gathered Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s killing of an Iranian general and decision to send thousands of additional soldiers to the Middle East. More than 70 planned protests were organized by CODEPINK and Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, a U.S.-based anti-war coalition, along with other groups. From...

  • Donald Trump Jan 4

    Rockets Fired After Day of Mourning for Slain Iranian Leader

    Thousands of mourners chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran’s top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a U.S. airstrike. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital’s...

  • Donald Trump Jan 3

    Wag the Dog? Twitter Resurrects Trump’s Tweets Predicting Obama Would Attack Iran to Win Re-Election

    Wag the Dog conspiracies erupted on social media after the United States killed Iran’s top military commander and years-old posts from Donald Trump surfaced accusing then President Barack Obama of preparing to go to war with Iraq to win re-election.

  • Iran Jan 3

    House Says Drone Strike Against Iran Done Without Congress

    A U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport late Thursday killed one of Iran’s top military leader, Major-General Qasem Soleimani. It’s a significant escalation of tensions between Washington and the rogue nation just one day after an Iranian-backed militia ended its siege of an U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

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