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Iran's regional proxies ensure it will never fight alone

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in ...

Iraqi official: Suicide bomber attacks Baghdad marketplace

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi security official says a suicide bomber has attacked a marketplace in Baghdad's Sadr City suburb, killing seven people and wounding 16. The official, speaking...

US Secretary of State Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a lightning visit to Baghdad on Tuesday to show U.S. support for the Iraqi government as Washington steps up warnings to Iran against any action...

In time for Ramadan, Iraqi TV drama returns after 7 years

BAGHDAD (AP) — The arts are coming to life again in Baghdad, bringing with it a touch of hope and comfort as the country works to rebuild after 16 years of war. And after two decades...

Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

YOUSSIFIYAH, Iraq (AP) — After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq's famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a count...

Thousands of Iraqi families bear the burden of IS legacy

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of families in the Iraqi city of Mosul and elsewhere across the country face crushing discrimination because their male relatives were seen as affiliated with or supportin...

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

AL-HOL, Syria (AP) — They came from around the world, four women drawn to the Islamic State group's "caliphate." They said it was out of misguided religious faith or naivety or youthful rebellion, but...

In camp of diehard IS supporters, some women express regrets

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (AP) — The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world t...

Iraqi war games: Army trains in desert, defeats 'militants'

TAJI BASE, Iraq (AP) — The "militants" were holding on stubbornly to their position in the scabrous desert outside Baghdad, blocking the Iraqi troops' advance when an infantry unit sprung out of the r...

Bad weather gives IS militants in Syria a second wind

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces say Islamic State militants have taken advantage of dusty and windy conditions to wage multiple counterattacks from their last speck of land in eastern ...

US-backed Syrian forces push on as IS militants fight back

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces say Islamic State militants are putting up a desperate fight against their advances and have staged a counterattack from the tiny speck of land the extr...

Hopes for missing Yazidis dim as Islamic State defeat looms

DAHUK, Iraq (AP) — Baseh Hammo was 38 when she was enslaved by militants of the Islamic State group. Raped and abused, she was sold 17 times among members of the so-called "caliphate," and moved from ...

Former Yazidi captives of IS reunite with families in Iraq

GERSHIN, Iraq (AP) — A group of Yazidi women and children reunited with their families in Iraq Saturday after five years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group, hugging and kissing relat...

From Syria, IS slips into Iraq to fight another day

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country's fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. ...

Iraq closes camps for displaced, pushes families into peril

BZEIBIZ, Iraq (AP) — It was a cold and gusty day in December when the army came to the Bzeibiz camp and told families displaced by the war against the Islamic State group that it was time to go home. ...