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Plunge in oil prices threatens Iraq's postwar recovery

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest plunge in oil prices has dealt a heavy blow to Iraq's stagnating economy, threatening the new government's ability to rebuild after the war with the Islamic State group and p...

Amnesty says Islamic State group decimated rural Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Amnesty International says the Islamic State group's deliberate destruction of agriculture in northern Iraq has hindered the return of hundreds of thousands of residents. ...

IS fights to hang on a year after defeat in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in easter...

AP PHOTOS: Iraqis seek tattoos to cover scars of war

BAGHDAD (AP) — The tattoos across Saad Khudeir's body conceal the Iraqi soldier's scars and reveal his unseen wounds. The face of his fiancee, who was killed in a car bomb near his B...

Iraqi war victims turn to social media to find medical help

BAGHDAD (AP) — It was spring 2007 in northern Iraq when 6-year-old Saja Saleem raced home from school with the good news about her excellent grades, hoping to receive the gift her father had promised ...

AP Photos: Sanctuary or soft target? Protecting worshippers

From the Vatican's St. Peter's Square to the Great Synagogue of Sydney, armed guards provide earthly protection for worshippers as they seek out the divine. And still an unexpected noise can send a sp...

IS reverting to insurgency tactics after losing caliphate

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly defeated on the battlefields of its would-be caliphate, analysts say the Islamic State group has reverted to what it was before its spectacular conquests in 2014 — a shadowy insur...

Deaths of Instagram model, other women shock Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — She was a 22-year-old former beauty queen, fashion model and social media star, whose daring outfits revealed tattoos on her arms and shoulder. Tara Fares won fame and...

Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Hajar Youssif was on her daily commute to work, staring at her phone and flicking through her Instagram account when she looked up to find herself in an unusual location. The taxi d...

Water crisis salts the earth in Iraq's long-neglected south

BAGHDAD (AP) — Qassim Sabaan Ali has spent the past 15 years tending to orchards in southern Iraq, only to see them wither or die as saltwater has seeped into the once-lush soil. The...

Soaring unemployment fuels protests in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail. He once w...

Southern Iraq's woes to continue, renewed protests possible

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government may have muddled its way through violent street protests in the country's oil-rich south with promises of jobs and better services, but the root causes of this month's...

Activists: Iraqi police arresting protesters in the south

BAGHDAD (AP) — Activists say Iraqi security forces in the southern oil-rich province of Basra have started arresting protesters who have taken part in the week-long demonstrations there demanding jobs...

For a Yazidi woman abducted by IS, a tearful homecoming

BAGHDAD (AP) — Farida Khalaf somehow kept her composure as she returned to her devastated home village in northern Iraq for the first time in four years — until she entered the schoolhouse. ...

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace i...