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Young Iraqis use innovation to make a living

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM

While their parents generally went straight into public sector jobs after graduation, the job market for Iraqi youths has become starkly different in the post-Saddam Hussein era

ENTREPRENEUR. Iraqi Karrar Alaa (left), aged 26, sells coffee by his travelling cafe vehicle in a street in Basra. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/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

Iraq security forces vote in first poll since IS war

May 10, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Iraqis are hoping that the vote can lock in a fragile peace, 15 blood-soaked years after the US-led ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein

VOTING. A member of the Iraqi security forces shows his ink-stained index finger after voting at a polling station in the holy city of Karbala ahead of parliamentary elections, on May 10, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Sawaf/AFP

Baghdad's infrastructure in ruins 15 years after Saddam fell

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Even Fardous Square, where a giant effigy of dictator Saddam Hussein was symbolically pulled down with the help of US Marines, remains to be revamped

A picture taken on April 5, 2018, Baghdad's Fardoos Square where the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein formerly stood.  After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there were hopes its millennium-old capital Baghdad could rise again from the ashes, but construction sites have remained idle as if time stood still. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Quake leaves trail of death and destruction in Iraq

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The 7.3-magnitude quake which hit the Iraq-Iran border area on Sunday night, kills hundreds of people and injures thousands of others

DESTRUCTION. People gather around a levelled building in the mountainous town of Darbandikhan in Iraqi Kurdistan on November 13, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude quake that hit the Iraq-Iran border area. Photo by Shwan Mohammed/AFP

Stay vigilant, DFA tells Filipinos in Iraq amid new attacks

Sep 16, 2017 - 7:57 PM

'The Philippines condemns the latest attacks in Iraq and all other attacks against civilians by extremist elements in other parts of the world,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

SUICIDE ATTACK. A general view show burnt out vehicles after gunmen and suicide car bombers killed dozens of people in two assaults claimed by ISIS near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on September 14, 2017. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

U.S. urges Iraqi Kurdistan to call off independence vote

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The White House says holding the referendum in disputed areas is 'particularly provocative and destabilizing'

OPPOSITION. The United States is opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan's plans to hold an independence referendum later this month. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Baghdad blasts kill 27 as Iraq forces battle ISIS in Mosul

May 30, 2017 - 5:11 PM

UPDATED A suicide bomber blows up a vehicle near an ice cream shop and a car bomb explodes near one of Baghdad s main bridges

Baghdad car bomb blast kills at least 45 – officials

Feb 16, 2017 - 11:18 PM

UPDATED The Amaq propaganda agency linked to the Islamic State group ISIS reports the blast and describes it as targeting a gathering of Shiites

Central Baghdad market blasts kill dozens

Dec 31, 2016 - 4:57 PM

3rd UPDATE The bombers attack the Al Sinek area killing at least 27 people and wounding 53

Suicide bombings kill 18 in cities north of Baghdad

Nov 06, 2016 - 6:32 PM

There is still no immediate claim of responsibility of the attacks which killed at least 18 and wounded more than 30

Pentagon chief in Iraq to discuss Mosul offensive

Oct 22, 2016 - 6:08 PM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to discuss the post ISIS future of Mosul Iraq s second city and the place where jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in June 2014

RETAKING MOSUL. Iraqi forces drive their vehicle near the village of Tall al-Tibah, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul, during an operation to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State group jihadists on October 21, 2016. The operation is Iraq's biggest in years and aims to wrest back Mosul, the country's second city and the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

ISIS bombings near Baghdad mall kill at least 13 people

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:51 PM

The bombings are the latest in a series of deadly attacks at Baghdad shopping centers this year that have been claimed by ISIS

Jon Tuck faces Mehdi Baghdad at UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Sep 01, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Guamanian MMA fighter John Tuck will fight France s Mehdi Baghdad at the UFC s second Manila event

Jon Tuck (R) defeated Korean Tae Hyun Bang by first round rear naked choke. Photo by Josh Albelda

ISIS suicide bomber kills 4 at Iraq checkpoint

Jul 13, 2016 - 5:10 PM

UPDATED ISIS issues a statement saying an Iraqi carried out a suicide bombing targeting a checkpoint but gives the location of the attack as Shaab an area adjoining Husseiniyah

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

Death toll from Baghdad blast rises to 292 – minister

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:13 PM

In a statement Health Minister Adila Hamoud says the identities of 177 people killed in the bombing are still undetermined while 115 bodies have been handed over to families

BLAST. Iraqis visit the site of a suicide truck bomb attack in Karada district in central Baghdad, Iraq, July 6, 2016. Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA

At least 250 killed in Baghdad blast – officials

Jul 06, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Health Minister Adila Hamoud says the bombing killed 250 people and wounded 200

PRAYER VIGIL. Iraqis take part in a prayer vigil at the site of a suicide truck bomb attack in Karada in central Baghdad, Iraq, 06 July 2016. Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraqi minister tenders resignation after deadly blast

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:38 AM

As Iraqi politicians maneuvered to contain the fallout from the bombing family and friends were still waiting to learn the fate of the missing

MEMORIALS. Relatives of victims gather on July 5, 2016, at the site of a suicide-bombing attack which took place two days earlier in the Karrada neighborhood of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Sabah Arar/AFP

LINI MASA: Serangan teror di seluruh dunia dalam sepekan terakhir

Jul 05, 2016 - 4:35 PM

Dalam tujuh hari setidaknya tujuh kota diguncang serangan teror Mulai dari Selangor hingga Madinah

TEROR BOM. Sebuah foto yang menunjukkan asap hitam menyembul ke udara usai terjadi ledakan bom bunuh diri di halaman parkir dekat Masjid Nabawi, Madinah, Arab Saudi pada Senin, 4 Juli. Foto oleh EPA/SPA

Philippines hits 'cowardly' Baghdad bombing

Jul 04, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Ramadan is an occasion for reflection to do more good not otherwise the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says

BAGHDAD BOMBING. Iraqis gather at the site of suicide car bomb attack in the Karada district of central Baghdad, Iraq, on July 3, 2016. Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA

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Jul 04, 2016 - 12:12 PM

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119 orang tewas, termasuk anak-anak dalam ledakan bom ISIS di Irak

Jul 04, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Ledakan terjadi satu pekan setelah Pemerintah Irak berhasil mengambil alih kota Fallujah dari ISIS

BOM ISIS. Warga Irak berkumpul di sebuah gedung di Distrik Karada pasca ledakan bom yang diklaiam dilakukan ISIS pada Minggu, 3 Juli. Foto oleh Ali Abbas/EPA

Baghdad attacks kill at least 48 people

May 17, 2016 - 9:47 PM

UPDATED It is the second time in a week that the Iraqi capital has been rocked by deadly blasts

Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a suicide bombing in the Shaab area in northern Baghdad on May 17, 2016. Interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said the attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber, while a police colonel said a roadside bombing was followed by the suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Suicide raid on Iraq gas plant kills 7 – officials

May 15, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Interior ministry spokesperson Saad Maan says 8 suicide bombers broke into the gas plan in Taji

94 dead in triple Baghdad car bombings claimed by ISIS

May 11, 2016 - 8:05 PM

3rd UPDATE The attacks come as the Iraqi government is locked in a political crisis

Iraqis look at the damage following a car bomb attack in Sadr City, a Shiite area north of the capital Baghdad, on May 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

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

Suicide bombings, mortar fire kill 17 in Iraq

Apr 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

At least 64 others are wounded in the terror attacks

A general view taken on April 4, 2016 shows the site of a suicide attack targeting a joint police and army checkpoint, near Muthana Brdige in northern Baghdad.  Four suicide bombings targeting Iraqi security forces and civilians and mortar fire that struck houses near Baghdad killed at least 17 people, security and medical officials said.   / AFP / SABAH ARAR

UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Baghdad for talks

Mar 26, 2016 - 6:44 PM

The UN chief arrives in Iraq for discussions on assisting the country whose economy is straining under the weight of the drop in oil prices and the cost of the fight against jihadists

Death toll in Iraq football pitch carnage at 32

Mar 26, 2016 - 4:44 PM

Authorities say 32 are dead while another 84 are wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up after a football tournament

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

Bodies of Filipinos killed in Iraq fire identified

Feb 08, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Now for the hard part: Conveying the sad news to loved ones says Philippine embassy official Elmer Cato

Filipino victims in Iraq hotel fire being identified

Feb 07, 2016 - 5:35 PM

In an update the Philippine embassy also says there are 13 not 14 confirmed Filipino fatalities

3 Americans abducted from Baghdad apartment

Jan 18, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Qataris and Turks were recently seized but it has been years since Americans were abducted in Iraq

2014 file photo by Rick Findler/AFP

Over 30 dead in multiple jihadist attacks in Iraq

Jan 12, 2016 - 2:42 PM

The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attacks saying it was targeting Shiites

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Dec 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Iraq welcomes Turkish withdrawal announcement

Dec 20, 2015 - 10:08 PM

Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari however says that they will keep up efforts at the United Nations until full withdrawal

Gunmen kidnap 26 from Qatari hunting group in Iraq: officials

Dec 16, 2015 - 9:30 PM

A local council member from the province confirmed the number of people kidnapped but did not specify their nationality

File photo by Rick Findler/AFP

ISIS claims deadly Iraq mosque attack

Nov 21, 2015 - 6:19 PM

ISIS frequently carries out attacks against civilians from Iraq s Shiite Muslim majority whom it considers to be heretics

Iraqis claim IS chief Baghdadi's convoy hit in air raid

Oct 11, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The Iraqi air force carried out a heroic operation targeting the convoy of the criminal terrorist Abu Bakr al Baghdadi reads a joint statement by Iraq s security forces

LEADER. An undated file image of a frame from video released by the Islamic State (IS) purportedly shows the caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, giving a speech in an unknown location. Photo from EPA/Islamic State Video

Iraq warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 8

Jul 06, 2015 - 6:06 PM

UPDATED A bomb that fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane in eastern Baghdad because of a technical problem kills at least 8 people and wounds 17

‘TECHNICAL FAILURE.’ An Iraqi stands in front of a house destroyed by an Iraqi air force bombing in the Nairiyah district, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, 6 July 2015. Photo by Ali Abbas / EPA

IS claims Baghdad bombing that killed 15

May 03, 2015 - 9:19 PM

One of the deadliest in the Iraqi capital in 2015 the attack took place in Karrada a district packed with shops and restaurants

For Iraqi Christian family, a grim Christmas far from home

Dec 25, 2014 - 6:09 PM

ISIS has no compunction about killing both Sunni and Shiite Muslims but it has specifically targeted members of minorities in areas it controls in some cases giving Christians the choice of converting paying a tax fleeing or death

Iraqi Christians arrive to attend a Christmas mass at a Chaldean Catholic church in the mainly Shiite neighbourhood of al-Mashtal, east of the capital Baghdad on December 25, 2014. In Baghdad, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said about 150,000 Christians had been displaced by an offensive spearheaded by the Islamic State group, which has targeted Christians and other minorities, with dozens leaving Iraq each day. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI

After tough year, Iraqis flock to Baghdad market for holiday cheer

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:34 PM

In the narrow market Iraqis peruse Christmas and New Year s decorations ranging from wreaths and ornaments to red and white Santa Claus outfits and figurines

Iraqis shop for Christmas and New Year decorations and gifts at central Baghdad's Shorja market on December 20, 2014 in the lead up to the Christian religious festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR

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Nov 28, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists – officers

Nov 24, 2014 - 12:55 AM

The operation launched early Sunday northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province is the latest in a series of drives that have seen some territory lost to a sweeping IS led June offensive being regained

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Kerry vows global coalition will defeat jihadists

Sep 10, 2014 - 11:12 PM

The top US diplomat says the Iraqi army would be rebuilt as part of the long awaited strategy against the Islamic State