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People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

Islamic State Bombs Kill 80 In Deadliest Baghdad Attacks This Year

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.

May 11, 2016

Cartoon: Something There Is That Doesn’t Love A Wall

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know : What I was walling in or walling out, and to whom I was like to give offence.”

May 2, 2016
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Defeating Islamic State Leaves Big Bill Iraq’s Struggling To Pay

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.

May 12, 2015

Jury Convicts Blackwater Guards In Iraq Killing, But Appeals Expected

After almost 30 days of deliberation, a jury finds four American Blackwater guards guilty in Iraq killings.

October 22, 2014

Baghdad Steps Up Propaganda Fightback With Jihadist TV Satire

In Baghdad, actors and artists are battling back against IS with a comedy TV show.

September 29, 2014

Jihadists Face Growing Pressure As U.S. Mulls Strategy

The U.S. has started to implement the Obama administration’s strategy for battling IS militants, with some progress being made.

September 17, 2014

U.S. Strikes Islamic State Jihadists Near Baghdad For First Time

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 […]

September 16, 2014

Iraq MPs Poised For Key Govt Vote As Obama Vows Strategy

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 […]

September 8, 2014

Baghdad A ‘Legitimate Threat’ To Fall, Pentagon Says

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 […]

June 25, 2014

About 275 U.S. Military Personnel To Iraq, Says Obama

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, […]

June 17, 2014

Fighting Nears Baghdad As UN Warns Crisis ‘Life-Threatening’

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 […]

June 17, 2014

U.S. To Evacuate Baghdad Embassy Staff

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 […]

June 16, 2014

U.S. Cuts Embassy Staff In Baghdad As Insurgents Approach Iraqi Capital

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 […]

June 16, 2014

Iraq Empties Abu Ghraib Prison As Jihadists, Troops Clash

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 […]

April 15, 2014

Iraq War Fallout: U.S. ‘Ally’ Backs Syrian Dictator

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 […]

August 15, 2011