U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias That Rocketed American Troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria against buildings belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militias responsible for recent attacks against American and allied personnel in Iraq. President Biden authorized the strikes in response to the rocketing in Iraq and to continuing threats to American and coalition […]

Biden, Iraqi PM discuss recent rocket attacks in phone call

The Iraqi PM and the US president say those responsible for recent rocket attacks should be ‘held fully to account’. US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi have discussed recent rocket attacks on US-led coalition forces in the country, the White House has said, with both leaders saying those responsible should be […]

Rockets hit Iraq military airbase hosting US contractors

One person wounded as several rockets strike Iraq’s Balad airbase where a US defence company has its headquarters. At least four rockets struck an Iraqi airbase on Saturday night, the Iraqi military said in a statement, while other officials said one person was wounded at the base where a United States defence company services combat […]

Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

After a rocket attack that killed an American contractor in December 2019, the United States blamed Kataib Hezbollah, and bombed five of its bases. That led to a siege at the U.S. Embassy, where protesters trapped diplomats inside the sprawling compound for two days and, in turn, prompted Mr. Trump to order a military strike […]

For Lebanese and Iraqis, small victories in a long struggle

Economic distress, rampant corruption, a self-serving ruling elite, and the ever-looming fear of armed militias – not much is going their way but protesters in both Iraq and Lebanon have found a reason to smile. In campus elections in Lebanon, they turned into candidates and gave a drubbing to opposing student groups backed by traditional […]

Condemnation after Iraqi-Kurd journalists given 6 years in jail

Baghdad, Iraq – Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari were sentenced to six years in jail in a move that has been labelled “unfair and disproportionate” by press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The men were arrested in the Kurdish region of Iraq in October last year following their coverage […]

‘Wake up call’: Deadly Iraq rocket attack puts pressure on US

Sulaimaniyah, Iraq – It was the most serious attack on the US-led coalition since the Biden administration took power with questions swirling about who was responsible for the rare rocket barrage on Erbil city. A volley of projectiles targeted the main military base inside Erbil’s airport, which hosts foreign troops deployed as part of the […]

UN condemns ‘reckless’ Iraq rocket attack as US weighs response

The United Nations has warned tensions in Iraq could escalate after a rocket attack killed a foreign contractor for the US military and wounded at least 14 others in Erbil.The raid  was condemned by the United States and its European allies. The attack in the Kurdish regional capital of northern Iraq late on Monday was […]

Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

By Sangar Khaleel and Jane Arraf ERBIL, Iraq — A rocket attack on the airport in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil on Monday killed a civilian contractor with the American-led military coalition and wounded six others, including a U.S. service member, according to a coalition spokesman. Several other rockets landed in residential areas of […]

Iraq: Rockets land near Erbil airport, US military base

No immediate claim of responsibility for attack that caused injuries and prompted airport closure, reports say. Multiple rockets have struck outside the international airport in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, according to security sources. It was not immediately clear if a military base housing United States troops near the airport was the […]

US seeks to defuse diplomatic spat with Turkey

Turkey had earlier summoned US ambassador to Ankara, infuriated by conditionality of initial US statement. The United States has attempted to de-escalate a diplomatic dispute with NATO ally Turkey, which had earlier summoned the US ambassador about a statement on the killing of 13 kidnapped Turks in Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had lashed […]

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses US of backing ‘terrorists’ in Iraq

Turkish President says the US statement condemning the killings if PKK’s responsibility is confirmed, shows Washington supports the Kurdish armed group. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of supporting Kurdish armed groups that Ankara says executed 13 kidnapped Turks in northern Iraq, adding a US statement of condemnation was “a farce”. “The statement […]

Thirteen Turkish civilians killed as anti-PKK operation ends

Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq killed 13 Turkish civilians as military operations against the group began last week, Turkey’s military chief has said. Turkish forces completed a military operation in the area with 48 Kurdish fighters and three Turkish soldiers killed during three days of clashes, according to Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar. In […]

Amiriyah bombing 30 years on: ‘No one remembers’ the victims

Baghdad, Iraq – Thirty years have passed since Walid William Esho had to identify the charred remains of his mother in the back of a pick-up truck. The image is still seared in his mind. On February 12, 1991, Esho – then 18 years old – drove his 45-year-old mother, Shonee Shamoan Eshaq, to public […]

‘Men hold all the power’: Domestic violence spikes in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq – Dhoha Sabah had been married for eighteen years when her husband first laid a hand on her. Crowded into a modest, single-room home in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighbourhood, the couple had always struggled to put food on the table for their four children. But then the coronavirus pandemic struck, sending Iraq’s oil-dependent […]

Three Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

The Turkish defence ministry said the soldiers were killed during a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq. At least three Turkish soldiers have been killed during a new offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, according to the Turkish defence ministry. Turkey on Wednesday launched an operation, dubbed “Claw-Eagle 2”, against Kurdistan Workers’ […]

Iraq’s Shia al-Sadr backs early vote ‘supervised’ by the UN

Muqtada al-Sadr said he backed early elections overseen by the UN, warning that further delays would be a ‘disaster’ for Iraq. Iraqi Shia Muslim leader Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday called for early elections overseen by the UN, in a rare news conference outside his home in the southern city of Najaf. Iraq is expected to […]

Remains of 104 Yazidis killed by ISIL laid to rest in Iraq

Bodies of the victims were exhumed from mass graves last year and all were identified before the burial on Saturday. More than 100 members of the Yazidi minority massacred by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group six years ago were laid to rest at a mass funeral in a northern Iraqi village. Soldiers could be seen […]

High-level Iraqi delegation in Iran to talk trade, Soleimani

US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was a major talking point during discussions on Wednesday. Tehran, Iran – Iraq’s foreign minister, Fuad Hussein, has held high-level talks with Iranian officials with justice for the American assassination of Iran’s top general a major point of discussion. Iran requested the international police organisation to arrest former […]

‘Leave now’: IDPs say they are threatened to leave Iraqi camp

Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq are worried they will be forced to leave their camp in the northern Nineveh province, which hosts nearly 2,400 families, rights groups and refugees have told Al Jazeera. Tens of thousands of Iraqis took shelter in refugee camps in Nineveh province, forced from their homes by the […]

Iraqi anger grows after election postponement

Sulaimaniyah City, Iraq – Iraq’s leaders pushed to postpone parliamentary elections fearing public discontent would lead to their removal from power, a senior government adviser says. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, President Barham Salih, and Speaker of the Parliament Mohammad al-Halbusi wanted a later vote over concerns about their prospects for re-election and sought to buy […]

Pope to meet top Shia leader Sistani on Iraq visit: Cardinal

Pope Francis is set to be in Iraq from March 5-8, with visits planned to Baghdad, the northern city of Mosul, and Ur. Pope Francis will meet top Shia religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in March, a senior Catholic cleric told the AFP news agency on Thursday. […]

Iraq: Anbar’s post-ISIL reconstruction spawns autonomy debate

Ramadi, Iraq – It is one of Iraq’s smallest provincial capitals, but Ramadi could soon boast the largest shopping mall in the country. The development, which will span 125,000 square metres (1.4 million square feet) once complete, is one of dozens of investment projects that have transformed this part of Anbar province since the ISIL […]