| Feb 7, 2014
| 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON Despite the Iraqi government's promises to reform the country's justice system, Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
Many women are abused, raped and tortured in the country's...
| Jan 17, 2014
Gains by Al Qaeda-allied groups in Iraq — including in Fallouja, the site of a bloody U.S. offensive in 2004 — understandably anger Americans who lost loved ones in a "war of choice" that was supposed to secure democracy in that country. But...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 10:10 AM
WASHINGTON -- The State Department condemned twin Christmas Day attacks on Christians in Iraq that killed at least 37 people.
One car bomb, which killed at least 26 people, went off near a church in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad during Christmas...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 4:57 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has begun sending Hellfire missiles and surveillance drone aircraft to Iraq to help the government battle an expanding threat from local Al Qaeda-affiliated militants, U.S. officials said, the first such...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:46 PM
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry pledged Sunday to "do everything that is possible" to help Iraqi government forces in an escalating battle against Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the western province of Anbar, but he said the Obama...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:54 PM
WASHINGTON — With insurgents linked to Al Qaeda battling for control of two major Iraqi cities, long-standing suspicion between the Obama administration and the government in Baghdad is hindering joint efforts against a common foe.
| Jan 6, 2014
| 1:19 PM
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki urged the residents of Fallouja to expel Al Qaeda-aligned militants who seized the city last week or deal with an imminent attack by government forces to regain the Sunni Muslim stronghold, news agencies in Baghdad...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-financed and trained Iraqi army of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has had to scramble to regain control over of the once-liberated Anbar province against the latest incarnation of the al-Qaida terrorist menace. Not surprisingly, the...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:58 PM
WASHINGTON — Zach Iscol was a Marine captain in 2004 when his platoon — a combined unit of 30 Iraqis and 20 Americans — seized the railroad station on the first night of the bloody battle of Fallouja.
They spent a week kicking in doors...
| Nov 10, 2013
On a recent visit to Moab, Utah, I saw a T-shirt with a picture of a Jeep stuck in a gap between two rock formations and a caption: "Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."
If you still brim with self-assurance...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 8:30 PM
BEIRUT — The interim accord hammered out between Iran and global powers focuses narrowly on Tehran's nuclear ambitions but the reaction across the Middle East points to a broader significance: the prospect of a geopolitical shift with...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 6:13 PM
A massacre this month at an Iranian exile camp in Iraq that killed 52 people under international protection was an act of premeditated slaughter and should be thoroughly investigated by the United Nations, two former foreign ministers told the world...