Tag Archives: Baghdad

UN warns Iraq to form a new government

UN warns Iraq of ‘chaos’ if no political progress The U.N. urged Iraq’s leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning … read more

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the … read more

Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies,blindfolded and with their hands bound

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against … read more

Iraq analyzing tape purported to show top militant

Iraqi officials are working to determine the authenticity of a video that purportedly shows the leader of the Islamic extremist group that has seized large swaths of the country delivering a sermon this week in the nation’s second-largest city, authorities … read more

Iraq PM says hopes for deal on new government

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government, a day after the new parliament’s first session ended without agreement on top government posts. “A state of … read more

Iraqi forces clash with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit on Sunday as part of a government offensive to retake the predominantly Sunni hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic … read more

Iraq helicopter crashes in airborne commando assault on Tikrit

(Reuters)   Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents who have seized northern cities. Witnesses said battles were … read more

Syria and Iran Step Up Involvement in Iraq Conflict

Sam Frizell @Sam_Frizell The conflagration in Iraq appeared to be expanding beyond its borders Tuesday, as Syrian warplanes bombed Iraq and reportedly sent in drones   The sectarian conflict in Iraq threatened to intensify beyond its borders Tuesday, as Syrian … read more

U.S. forces flow into Baghdad to assess Iraq troops

The Pentagon says nearly half of the roughly 300 advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad, and have begun to assess the Iraqi forces and the fight against Sunni militants. Another four teams … read more