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. ...

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 ...

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...

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...

Tough road for Iraq's female candidates in May 12 elections

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi women running for parliament this month are undaunted, despite many challenges they face ahead of the May 12 elections — including unprecedented smear campaigns complete with sex ...

Iraq's move to rush oil bidding could deter some firms

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is opening more of its untapped oil and gas resources to foreign developers, hoping to boost revenues after its costly war with the Islamic State group, but analysts say the rushed...

Iraqi politicians start election campaigns in earnest

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the aftermath of a destructive three-year war to defeat the Islamic State group, Iraqi politicians are promising citizens a better future, employing social media, online videos and t...

Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections near

BAGHDAD (AP) — Long beset by toxic divisions, Iraq seems to be growing even more fragmented ahead of national elections scheduled for May, with Iranian influence set to grow and the minority Sunnis se...

Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in vintage cars

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had su...