Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but violence against security forces and Shi’ite Muslim civilians is still frequent. Large blasts sometimes set off reprisal attacks against the minority Sunni community. The fight against Islamic State, which seized about a third of Iraq’s territory in 2014, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict.
While fighting to keep Islamic State out of the country, the Iraqi government seeks to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, its quality of life, and relieve its $25 billion fiscal deficit.
The U.S. has started to implement the Obama administration’s strategy for battling IS militants, with some progress being made.
Baghdad (AFP) — The United States has bombed militants near Baghdad in support of Iraqi forces, striking close to the capital for the first time in its expanded campaign against Islamic State jihadists. But in a sign of their growing strength, a monitoring group said the jihadists had managed to bring down a Syrian warplane […]
Baghdad (AFP) — Iraq’s parliament was to meet Monday under pressure to approve an inclusive government to win broad support against jihadists, as President Barack Obama prepares to unveil a strategy to defeat them. The outgoing government has faced criticism that by alienating the Sunni Arab minority, it helped create conditions that revitalized Sunni militants […]
By James Rosen and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Ninety U.S. military advisers arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to begin assessing Iraqi security forces’ ability to regain control of the embattled country, with the Pentagon acknowledging for the first time that the Iraqi capital could fall to Islamist militants. The new arrivals joined […]
Washington (AFP) – About 275 U.S. military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad, President Barack Obama said Monday in a letter to Congressional leaders. The force, which began deploying on Sunday, has been sent “for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, […]
Baghdad (AFP) – Militants pushed a week-long offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq to within 37 miles of Baghdad Tuesday, as the UN warned the country’s very existence was under threat. Washington meanwhile deployed 275 military personnel to protect its embassy in Baghdad, the first time it has sent troops to Iraq since it […]
Washington (AFP) – The U.S. embassy in Baghdad is evacuating personnel and increasing military security after militants captured vast swathes of territory and advanced toward the capital, officials said Sunday. It was unclear how many staff members would be evacuated from the mission. Located within the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses much of the […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — The United States announced Sunday that it was removing an undisclosed number of workers from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in a tacit acknowledgment that the situation in the Iraqi capital had become unpredictable and that violence seemed likely. The announcement came as the Islamic State of […]
By Pol O Gradaigh and Kadhem Al-Attabi BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have closed the notorious Abu Ghraib prison near the capital Baghdad for security reasons and evacuated all its prisoners, the Justice Ministry announced Tuesday. The complex’s 2,400 inmates had been moved to other prisons in northern and central Iraq, the announcement said, without specifying […]
The grim realities of the Iraq war, from its multi-trillion-dollar expense to its awful cost in American and Iraqi lives, were supposed to be mitigated by progress toward democracy in the Mideast – or so the neoconservative politicians and pundits who promoted the invasion have long told us. Now the credibility of that argument, which […]