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Iraq's top two parliament groups demand PM Abadi resign

Sep 09, 2018 - 12:03 AM

This deals a severe blow to Abadi's hopes of holding onto his post through a parliamentary bloc unveiled just days earlier with cleric Moqtada Sadr

IRAQ PM. In this file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq parliament holds emergency talks as Basra burns

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

'We're thirsty, we're hungry, we are sick and abandoned,' says a protester after another night of violence

UNREST. Iraqi protesters wave a national flag while demonstrating outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra on September 7, 2018 during demonstrations over poor public services. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Iraq executes 12 death row jihadists in response to killings

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:43 PM

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi does not specify how they were executed, but death sentences in terrorism-related cases are usually carried out by hanging

ORDER. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. File photo by Haidar HAMDANI/AFP

Iraq PM warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'They wanted to be stronger than the state in order to blackmail civilians,' says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. 'This we will not allow.'

IRAQ PM. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi delivering a televised speech in Baghdad on December 9, 2017, announcing the end of a war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State group out of the country. Handout by Iraqiya TV/AFP

Cleric Sadr wins Iraq poll but forming government far off

May 19, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Moqtada Sadr faces a deeply fragmented political landscape and opposition from key player Iran

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Mosul celebrates first post-ISIS Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Muslims, as well as local and military officials, stood with Christian worshippers amid the candles and Christmas trees

CELEBRATION. Iraqi federal police members flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul. AFP file photo

Iraq holds military parade to celebrate victory over ISIS

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Iraqis sing patriotic songs and wave the national flag as they march in the streets

Iraqis wave their national flag in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on December 10, 2017, during a gathering celebrating the end of the three-year war against the Islamic State (IS) group. Baghdad declared victory in its war to expel the jihadists, three years after the group proclaimed a cross-border "caliphate" stretching into Syria, endangering Iraq's very existence. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraqi PM declares end of war against ISIS in Iraq

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:55 PM

'Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (ISIS),' Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells a conference in Baghdad

END TO THE WAR. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi delivering a televised speech in Baghdad on December 9, 2017, announcing the end of a war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State group out of the country. Handout by IRAQIYA TV/AFP

Iraq PM challenges Tillerson on Iran remarks

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Tillerson and Abadi, in Baghdad, also discussed 'government measures taken to restore the authority of the federal government in Kirkuk'

Iraqi forces poised for victory over ISIS in Tal Afar

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Iraqi forces are holding all 29 districts of the city and are pursuing final mopping up operations says the Joint Operations Command

Fighters of Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) flash the victory gesture as they advance through a street in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after the Iraqi government announced the launch of the operation to retake it from Islamic State (IS) group control, on August 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Mattis in Baghdad as Iraq presses assault on ISIS bastion

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis shows US support for Iraqi forces as they pressed an assault on Tal Afar the Islamic State ISIS group s last major bastion in the country s north

TO THE MIDEAST. US Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks to reporters on board a flight to Jordan for the start of a regional tour on August 20, 2017. Paul Handley/AFP

Iraq launches battle for Tal Afar, ISIS bastion near Mosul

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:50 AM

Tal Afar is the last major population center in northern Iraq under the control of the Islamic State

Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries advance towards the city of Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Islamic State group, after the government announced the beginning of an operation to retake it from the jihadists, on August 20, 2017. Iraqi forces pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar in a new assault just weeks after ousting IS from second city Mosul. Once a key IS supply hub between Mosul -- around 70 kilometres (45 miles) further east -- and the Syrian border, Tal Afar is the last major population centre in northern Iraq under jihadist control.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraqi PM hails victory over 'brutality and terrorism' in Mosul

Jul 10, 2017 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Haider al Abadi hails the retaking of Mosul – where ISIS dealt Iraqi troops a devastating defeat three years ago – as a key moment in the war against the jihadists

SHATTERED CITY. A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows a general view of the destruction in Mosul's Old City. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq declares victory in 'liberated' Mosul

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:56 PM

UPDATED But huge challenges lie ahead not just in rebuilding Mosul but also in tackling ISIS presence elsewhere

Iraqi federal police members flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said he was in "liberated" Mosul to congratulate "the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory". / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

U.S.-backed forces cut off last ISIS escape route from Raqa

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:36 PM

But ISIS fighters hit back with a counterattack that included several suicide bombings against the Syrian Democratic Forces an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters trying to seize control of the city

RAQA. A fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Saudi FM in first visit to Iraq since 2003

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:44 PM

This visit is to reestablish relations in a more stable way says a senior government official

SAUDI FM IN IRAQ. A handout picture released by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry's press office on February 25, 2017 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in the capital Baghdad. Stringer/Iraqi Foreign Ministry/AFP

Iraq launches assault on ISIS-held west Mosul

Feb 19, 2017 - 12:56 PM

UPDATED Iraqi military forces approach Mosul airport marking a new phase in their largest operation in years

An Iraqi flag flutters above an armored vehicle as troops, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance near the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offensive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters commenced on February 19, 2017. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Remove Iraq from travel ban list, PM tells Trump

Feb 10, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Iraq is one of 7 Muslim majority countries whose citizens are barred from entering the United States for 90 days under an executive order the newly sworn in US president signed on January 27

HAIDER AL-ABADI. A handout picture released by the Iraq Prime Minister's Press Office on January 31, 2017, shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (C) speaking during an official meeting in the capital Baghdad. Photo by AFP/ IRAQI PRIME MINISTER'S PRESS OFFICE

Wave of strikes as ISIS puts up tough defense of Mosul

Oct 25, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters gained ground in several areas but the jihadists were hitting back with shelling sniper fire suicide car bombs and booby traps

A member of the Iraqi force keeps watch in the al-Shura area, south of Mosul, on October 24, 2016, during an operation to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers

Oct 23, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Thousands of civilians are fleeing the fighting and escaping to camps south of Mosul

Displaced Iraqi families arrive near a checkpoint east of Mosul as they flea areas of unrest, on October 22, 2016, during an operation by the Iraqi army to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Mosul is the most populous city in the "caliphate" Baghdadi declared in June 2014, and the operation to recapture it is Iraq's largest in years. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Battle for Mosul sparks fears of humanitarian crisis

Oct 17, 2016 - 11:19 AM

UPDATED Those who flee Mosul will likely be able to bring little or nothing with them meaning basic necessities such as food water shelter and clothing will have to be provided

A pro-government forces military vehicle bearing the Iraqi flag is seen in Iraq's eastern Salaheddin province, south of Hawijah, on October 10, 2016. Mahmoud al-Samarrai/AFP

Iraq forces launch operations to liberate Mosul from ISIS

Oct 17, 2016 - 7:39 AM

UPDATED Haider al Abadi: Today I declare the start of these victorious operations to free you from the violence and terrorism of Daesh ISIS

READY FOR BATTLE. Iraqi forces gather at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 16, 2016, as they prepare for an offensive to retake Mosul. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq hangs 36 over 2014 massacre of recruits

Aug 21, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The 36 men had been found guilty of involvement in the Speicher massacre which is considered one of ISIS worst crimes

Pentagon chief in Baghdad for talks on ISIS fight

Jul 11, 2016 - 3:35 PM

Ashton Carter s unannounced visit – his fourth to Iraq since beginning his job in February 2015 – comes two days after Iraqi forces capture an airbase to the south of Mosul

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks at a news conference marking the end of a NATO Defense Ministers Council meeting at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 15, 2016. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA HOSLET

More than 200 dead in ISIS-claimed Baghdad blast – officials

Jul 04, 2016 - 4:11 PM

The suicide car bombing which ripped through a crowded shopping area and sparked infernos in nearby buildings also wounded more than 200 people security and medical officials say

AFTERMATH. Iraqis inspect the damage at the site of a suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group on July 3, 2016 in Baghdad's central Karrada district. Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq mourns 119 killed in Baghdad car bombing

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:55 AM

Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announces 3 days of national mourning for the victims and his office says he had vowed to punish the perpetrators

LOSS. Iraqi men mourn over a body after they lost five members of their family in a suicide bombing that ripped through Baghdad's busy shopping district of Karrada, during their funeral in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf on July 3, 2016. Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq forces hunt ISIS in Fallujah and eye Mosul

Jun 19, 2016 - 8:28 AM

Fallujah is the latest in a string of battlefield losses for ISIS which has seen its two year old caliphate shrink significantly in recent months

Iraqi government forces patrol the center of the city of Fallujah on June 18, 2016 as they hunt down holdout jihadists after retaking the Islamic State (ISIS) group's last remaining major hub in Iraq. Stringer/AFP

Iraq PM sacks commander after Green Zone breach – statement

May 05, 2016 - 6:54 AM

The removal of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed Ridha may indicate that security forces will take a harder line against demonstrators who are expected to protest later this week

TAKEOVER. Iraqi protesters wave national flags as they gather inside the parliament after breaking into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" on April 30, 2016. Photo by Haiar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Protesters quit Baghdad's Green Zone after unprecedented breach

May 01, 2016 - 8:40 AM

UPDATED The breach gives Iraqis access to places they are rarely allowed to enter

TAKEOVER. Iraqi protesters wave national flags as they gather inside the parliament after breaking into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" on April 30, 2016. Haiar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Bombing against pilgrims kills 23 in Iraq as hundreds protest

Apr 30, 2016 - 7:06 PM

The Islamic State group claims the attack and says it was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated a vehicle laden with three tons of explosives

US defense chief in Iraq to discuss fight against ISIS

Apr 18, 2016 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Ashton Carter will meet officials including Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al Obeidi to discuss increasing American military assistance to Iraq ahead of the key battle for second city Mosul

In this file photo, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivers his speech during the closing ceremony of the US-Philippines annual joint military exercise at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Philippines, April 15, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Iraq MPs quit session aimed at replacing speaker

Apr 16, 2016 - 7:40 PM

We are against dividing the parliament and we want to maintain the democratic political process in Iraq says a minister after a group announced they were not joining the session

Iraqi lawmakers pose for a picture in front of the press on April 14, 2016, following a session at the parliament in Baghdad. Iraqi lawmakers voted to remove the parliament speaker and his deputies from office, increasing political turmoil as the country battles jihadists and struggles with a financial crisis. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iraq cleric calls for Baghdad protest camp

Mar 12, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Moqtada Sadr says the sit in would begin next Friday March 18 to demand the reshuffle of a cabinet perceived as corrupt and ineffective

PROTESTS. Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wave Iraqi national flags and chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the entrance for the green zone, central Baghdad, Iraq, March 4, 2016. File photo by Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraq PM vows to defeat ISIS by end of 2016

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:48 AM

Abadi intends for 2016 to be the final year for the existence of Daesh in Iraq using the arabic acronym for ISIS

VICTORY IN 2016. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview in Berlin, Germany, 11 February 2016. Photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA

Ramadi liberation 'most important victory yet' against ISIS – French president

Dec 29, 2015 - 12:42 AM

French President Francois Hollande congratulates Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi after the Iraqi army liberates Ramadi town from the terrorist group

VICTORY. A member of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service flashes the 'V' for victory sign on December 28, 2015 after Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraq PM scraps 11 cabinet posts in reforms drive

Aug 17, 2015 - 9:57 AM

Haider al Abadi scraps 3 deputy premier positions and 4 ministries and merges 4 more ministries with others reducing the size of the cabinet by a third

EMPTY CHAIRS. A file picture dated September 8, 2014 of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (L) waiting for the members of his new cabinet to arrive during a parliament session in Baghdad, Iraq. Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraq parliament approves PM's anti-corruption plan

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Abadi s reform program and an additional list of measures also approved by parliament only outline steps to be taken – actual implementation will be a difficult process

Iraqis watch at a cafe in the capital Baghdad on August 11, 2015, as Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi delivers a televised statement after parliament unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform program aimed at curbing corruption. Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq PM calls for sweeping reforms in response to protests

Aug 09, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The proposed reforms at least some of which require the approval of the cabinet and parliament follow a call for tough measures by Iraq s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani

SWEEPING CHANGES. In this file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, gestures during a press conference  in Baghdad, Iraq, December 18, 2014. Hadi Mizban/Pool/EPA

G7 warns Russia of more sanctions, pledges climate action

Jun 08, 2015 - 9:45 PM

UPDATED At a luxury retreat nestled in the picture perfect Bavarian Alps the leaders of the most powerful countries also tackled threats to global security posed by Islamist extremism and risks to the world economy from Greece

ROUNDTABLE. (R-L, clockwise), US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council President Donald Tusk, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, sitting together at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, June 8, 2015, at the third session of their G7 meeting. Michael Kappeler/Pool/EPA

United against 'Russian aggression', G7 to focus on jihadists

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:34 AM

The leaders are set to present a united front against global security threats ranging from jihadist insurgencies to Russian aggression in Ukraine

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION. (Clockwise front L-R) EU Council President Donald Tusk, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Francois Hollande, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker attend a working dinner in Elmau, Germany, June 7, 2015. Michael Kappeler/EPA

Iraqi PM to outline plan for retaking Ramadi – US official

Jun 02, 2015 - 8:54 AM

Iraq s plan to recapture the western city of Ramadi from Islamic State ISIS jihadists will dominate a meeting in Paris of foreign ministers from the international coalition fighting the group a senior US official says

DEFENSE. An Iraqi soldier holds a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) during a military operation at a military barracks near Ramadi city, western Iraq, June 1, 2015. Alaa al-Shemaree/EPA

Iraq Shiite militias head for Ramadi after ISIS takeover

May 19, 2015 - 9:12 AM

Washington which had made Iraq s Anbar province – of which Ramadi is the capital – a cornerstone of its assistance to Baghdad against ISIS admitted to a setback

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on May 18, 2015 by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State (ISIS) group's control, allegedly shows an ISIS fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province, a day after the city was captured by ISIS. Aamaq News Agency/Handout/AFP

ISIS jihadists take Ramadi but pinned back in Palmyra

May 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The effective loss of the capital of Iraq s largest province of Anbar marks one of Baghdad s worst setbacks since it began a nationwide offensive last year

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes on May 16, 2015 as Islamic State (ISIS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, a day after they seized the city's government headquarters, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad with Anbar province, after IS group jihadists took control of all the other routes connecting the province with the Iraqi capital. Sabah Arar/AFP

ISIS battle to dominate US-Iraq White House talks

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:01 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi arrives in the United States with swathes of his country – including the second city Mosul – still under occupation by militants bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during a bilateral meeting during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 24 September 2014. Allan Tannenbaum/Pool/EPA

Iraq PM says will ask US for more arms, strikes

Apr 13, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al abaci is also expected to request that Iraq be allowed to defer payment for arms purchases given the country s major shortage of funds due to a decline in oil prices

NEXT STOP: ANBAR. A handout picture released by the Iraqi Prime Minister's office shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) delivering a spech to Iraqi soldiers and Sunni volunteers at Habbaniyah base in eastern Ramadi city, west of Iraq, 08 April 2015. Iraqi Prime Minister's Office/Handout/EPA

Iraq PM says 'next battle' is retaking Anbar

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Iraqi forces have battled ISIS for months but made little progress in the massive province where the government only controls pockets scattered across territory broadly under ISIS control

NEXT STOP: ANBAR. A handout picture released by the Iraqi Prime Minister's office shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) delivering a spech to Iraqi soldiers and Sunni volunteers at Habbaniyah base in eastern Ramadi city, west of Iraq, 08 April 2015. Iraqi Prime Minister's Office/Handout/EPA

Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from ISIS

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:59 PM

It is the most significant advance in Tikrit since a pro government operation to retake the city on March 2

TIKRIT. Iraqi forces take up position near Tikrit, northern Iraq, 26 March 2015. Baraa Kanaan/EPA

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Mar 05, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Concern mount over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces are trying to trap Islamic State ISIS group jihadists

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance

Mar 04, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Outnumbered and outgunned the jihadists who have held Tikrit since June 2014 have been resorting to guerrilla tactics to disrupt the government s advance

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA