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A bomb exploded near a group of Turkmen celebrating the annual Nevruz spring festival on Friday in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, according to a local police source. ... While no group has claimed responsibility for Friday's bombing, Iraqi officials typically blame the Daesh terrorist group for such attacks. police
Airspace to northern Iraq's Erbil reopened. Features. Archive. Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. By Muhammed Boztepe. ANKARA. Turkey is lifting its nearly six-month ban on flights to the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, the Turkish prime minister announced on Friday. "We had closed down our ...
Turkey's prime minister said Friday his country was partially reopening its airspace to flights to Iraq's Kurdish region, after the central government restored authority at airports in the area. Binali Yildirim said the airspace would be open to commercial and civilian flights to and from the city of Irbil but flights ... Iraqi Kurd
A Kurdish rebel group says it is withdrawing from the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, a move that follows threats of attack from Turkey. ... Friday, March 23, 2018 the "Iraqi government's position and the fact that the Kurdish community had managed to organize itself" have removed security fears in the area.
Archaeologists digging in southern Iraq have uncovered the remains of a large harbor built more than 4,000 years ago by the Sumerians. ... Abu Tbeirah, archaeologists believe, was a "satellite" town of Ur - the ancient Sumerian capital and traditional birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham - which ...

The attack on the city - which had become a Kurdish centre of resistance to the government in Baghdad - was ordered by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid (later known as "Chemical Ali") during the final stages of the Iran-Iraq war. The delivery of chemicals was ...
For years Harjit Masih has been talking about what happened outside of the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Associated Press reported. ... told parliament that DNA analysis of remains found in a mass grave near the village of Badush prove that the men who were abducted in 2014 were killed, The Guardian said. Kidnapped Workers
The bodies were found near Badush, a village about six miles from the construction site where the men were snatched. Isis has been accused of killing at least 500 inmates from a prison in the same area in June 2014. One of the workers, Harjit Masih, managed to escape the massacre, returning to India ... Iraq
Iraqi forces yesterday launched a large military operation against Daesh in the province of Kirkuk, a security source said. ... Police and the Popular Mobilization Forces have launched a military operation to secure villages in the Riyadh district of Hawija district, 55 kilometres southwest of the city of Kirkuk.”. Iraq
Anbar ( Two soldiers were wounded in a blast caused by a bomb that was placed by Islamic State, near Fallujah dam, south of the city, ... of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in February, according to the monthly report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Iraq
Across northern Iraq, in places like the Nineveh Plain and Sinjar, members of the country's ancient minorities are filtering back to towns and villages ... And Iraqi minorities have their own history of suppressing dissidents and rivals, which weakens their moral claims of oppression and makes it hard to build a ... Iraq
Mohamed Khalaf, a captain in the army's Basra Joint Operations Command, said street cleaners from Basra's Zubair district had converged on the city's municipality building to demand their overdue pay. “Some demonstrators dumped garbage outside the building; others threw stones,” Khalaf said. Iraq
Islamic State, which had seized control of much of northern Iraq in 2014, lost Shirqat to U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces supported by Sunni tribal ... In the town of Nijana, south of the oil city of Kirkuk, five members of one family were killed by militants who set up a fake security checkpoint on a main road. Iraq
A Catholic church destroyed by Islamic State militants in Karamdes, Iraq, is examined by a priest following the 2016 liberation of the predominantly Christian town. St. John the Baptist Parish Knights of Columbus Council 10305 in Fort Calhoun, Neb., is supporting an effort to help Christians in Syria and Iraq ... Iraq
Turkish warplanes hit PKK targets in northern Iraq over the weekend as its forces in Syria neared the city of Afrin, a key objective its campaign to oust ... "Turkish forces [and allied rebels] are on the edges of Afrin, less than two kilometres from the town's northeast," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the ... Iraq
The most dangerous job for Iraqi soldiers in Mosul is now identifying and disarming unexploded munitions buried in the rubble of the devastated city. ... Eight months after US-backed forces drove ISIL from Iraq's second-largest city Mosul, unexploded bombs, mortars and other explosives still litter the streets ... Iraq

In January the Iraqi government said it would investigate the violence in Tuz Khurmatu, but it's unclear what, if anything, will come of that. Iraq's conventional army is overstretched and, according to Mardini of the Atlantic Council, there is little hope that Baghdad can "demonstrate enough control over armed ... Iraq
A day after a United States military helicopter crashed during a troop transport mission in western Iraq, the grim news traveled nearly 6,000 miles west, back to New York: Two city firefighters were among the service members killed. Fire officials spent the day working to gather details of the deaths -- the ... New York City
Iraq hopes to convince Fifa to lift long-standing ban on hosting competitive internationals A picture taken on February 8, 2018 shows a general view of the Najaf International Stadium in the central shrine city. Iraq hopes that hosting Gulf football teams, renovating its crumbling stadiums and banning ... New York City
2,700 years ago, someone carved a message to the ancient king Esarhaddon in a tunnel under a tomb. The message remained sealed away, unseen and undocumented by archaeologists, until the '80s and '90s. In present-day Mosul, Iraq, archaeologists have been exploring and documenting tombs from ... New York City
In July last year, so-called Islamic State's militants were forced out of the Iraqi city of Mosul after a nine-month battle which left at least 10,000 people dead. Now, ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy, News Editor Lutfi Abu Aun and Cameraman Dave Harman have travelled to the city and other parts of ... New York City
Christina Marie Schoenecker, an Army Reserve soldier from Arlington, Kan., died Monday in Baghdad, Iraq, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. She was 26. Schoenecker was the ... Arlington is a town of about 450 people in Reno County, northwest of Wichita. Schoenecker enlisted in the ... New York City
Lambrecht, left, and Egal, back, second from the left, worked with burn patients at the Smith Gate burn clinic, a shipping container stationed outside the Scania military base in Iraq. The clinic treated Iraqi residents and received funding and supplies from all over the world, including MediHoney, pictured ... New York City
Diyala ( – A leading Islamic State (IS) fighter and one of his aides were killed in an airstrike on terrorist hotbeds in northeastern Diyala, a military commander was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Speaking to Alghad Press news website, Commander of Diyala Operations Mazhar al-Azzawi ... New York City
A special ceremony recognising the achievements of Fairfield's Iraqi women will be held as part of the International Women's Day Festival held at the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery on Sunday, March 4. As part of this year's free community event, Fairfield Council is working with the Iraqi Australian ... New York City
12th, 2018, the Iraqi ministry of defense released a video depicting its Chinese-made CH-4B armed unmanned aerial vehicles. The brief report underscores. ... success in Iraqi service. The video claims that the CH-4B drones have executed most of their attack and reconnaissance missions in northwest Iraq. New York City
The Iraqi ambassador to Moscow Haydar Hadi has described the presence of Turkish forces on Iraqi soil as an “invasion”, the Russian new site Sputnik ... coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), the extremist jihadist organisation that declared itself a caliphate in 2014 after seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul. New York City
... group in Iraq stands as one of the crowning foreign policy achievements of President Trump's first year in office. True to his word, President Trump intensified U.S. counterterrorism operations upon taking office, galvanizing a global coalition to destroy ISIS across Iraq, including in the northern city of Mosul. New York City
Mourners carry the flag-draped coffin of Ismail Mahmoud, 24, a fighter of the Popular Mobilization Forces, who was killed Sunday in an attack southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, during his funeral in Najaf, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Officials said Monday that Islamic State militants ambushed the group of Iraq's ... New York City
Deep inside looters' tunnels dug beneath the Tomb of Jonah in the ancient Iraq city of Nineveh, archaeologists have uncovered 2,700-year-old inscriptions that describe the rule of an Assyrian king named Esarhaddon. The seven inscriptions were discovered in four tunnels beneath the biblical prophet's ... New York City
Kurdish forces, initially-backed by Canada and other western nations, played a key role in routing ISIS from northern Iraq. Today, however, more than three months after announcing a temporary suspension of Canadian military aid to Kurdish troops and the Iraqi military, Canada still has no specific plans to ... New York City
Rebuilding isn't the only game in town seeking open pockets though. The UN's soon-to-be-released Humanitarian Response Plan is expected to ask for $569 million to provide aid in 2018, and its newly launched Iraq Recovery and Resilience Programme – focusing on reconciliation and supporting ... New York City
Before ISIL took control of Mosul in 2014, the Iraqi city was famed for its cultural heritage - its poets, musicians and artists. Now, despite the destruction, they have begun to return. A cafe in the city has become a centre for cultural life since ISIL's defeat late last year. Artists feel the reconstruction of the city ... New York City
The men aged from 25 to 45 signed up on Facebook for the course run by the Ulema Forum of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city which was left shattered by the months-long battle to expel IS. The classes are being conducted by five teachers who are experts in Islamic jurisprudence from Mosul and Tikrit, ... New York City
Between 400,000 and 500,000 protesters gathered to oppose the invasion of Iraq in New York City on Feb. 15, 2003. ... 15, 2003, somewhere between 6 million to 11 million people turned out in at least 650 cities around the world to protest the United States' push to invade Iraq. It was the largest anti-war ... New York City
Seven governorates across Iraq -- including Ninawa, which encompasses the county's second-largest city of Mosul -- suffered about $46 billion in total damages. In addition, Iraq's security sector sustained $14 billion in total damages, while Iraqi banks lost $10 billion in cash assets, according to the minister. New York City
Coinciding with Tillerson's visit, Kuwait also launched Monday the three-day Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq, during which Iraqi officials revealed an estimated $88 billion price tag to rebuild the country after its cities suffered an onslaught from both ISIS and the forces that defeated ... New York City
Some analysts noted that most if not all of the Iraqi cities ravaged during the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, are in predominantly Sunni areas. Those were the places where a Sunni insurgency took root after the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and later gave rise to ... New York City
08 February 2018, Baghdad/Rome : Vulnerable families in areas recently retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will soon have the means to produce fresh and nutritious vegetables thanks to generous support from the Government of Japan. Japan's support of $1.5 million will benefit 3 ... New York City
A picture shows the Bai Hassan oil field, west of the multi-ethnic northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. (AHMAD ... BAGHDAD: Iraq has asked British energy giant BP to draft a study on boosting production in all the oilfields of northern Kirkuk province, Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi said on Sunday (Feb 11). Luaybi told ... New York City
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has decreased the KRG's share of the Iraqi budget for 2018 even further from the all-time low since ... Masoud Haider, a Gorran MP, told Rudaw Sunday that PM Abadi has sent a revised budget bill to the Iraqi parliament that would decrease the KRG's ... New York City
Iraqis stand in front of the destroyed Al-Hadba minaret at the Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul's Old City, on Feb. 10, 2018, during a gathering to call on international organizations to proceed with the reconstruction of the city. Iraqi forces seized the country's second city from Daesh group jihadists seven months ago. New York City
Children pose for a photo at a classroom in the battered city of Mosul in northern Iraq, December 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP). "Children are Iraq's future," said Geert Cappelaere, the UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. Daesh launched its campaign of terror and bloodshed against ... New York City
Baghdad – With Iraq's cities now liberated from ISIS, returning to some semblance of normalcy is now the country's most urgent task. Iraqi civilians need to believe that their situation in the future will be better than the difficult times under ISIS. Visiting Iraq last week, we heard story after story about the ... New York City
WASHINGTON, United States – The US President Donald Trump has reportedly called an Iraqi delegation visiting him in the Oval Office last year ... the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria since 2014 that helped the country to regain the territories lost to the extremist group such as Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. New York City
Instead, he'll press companies and banks to boost activities in Iraq to spur long-term development. Some 2,300 representatives from the private sector, including from more than 100 American companies, are slated to attend. In Kuwait City, Tillerson will meet Kuwaiti officials who are attempting to mediate a ... New York City
TIKRIT, Iraq, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A total of seven people were killed on Saturday and six others injured in two violent incidents in Iraq's central ... were killed and six others injured when a roadside bomb detonated outside a funeral tent in the town of Dujail, some 60 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, ... New York City
WATERTOWN — The commander of Fort Drum said Iraq's military victories against ISIS will have to be built upon with political and economic action to ensure ... Iraqi forces in the last two years have pushed out ISIS from most of the areas it controlled throughout the country, pushing forward despite intense ... New York City
In April 2016, over 1,350 displaced families in the city of Basra, southern Iraq have been recipients of food aid distributed by Kuwait in its ongoing ... at the one-day event led by US Secretary of State John Kerry, which aimed to raise more than USD two billion in new money for Iraqi cities liberated from IS. New York City


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