US and Iraq

U.S. combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end

U.S. combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end

U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, an announcement that reflects the reality on the ground more than a major shift in U.S. policy. Speaking to reporters during an …

Rockets hit Iraq base housing U.S. forces

Rockets hit Iraq base housing U.S. forces

The U.S. military said Wednesday that two people sustained minor injuries after at least 14 rockets pummeled an Iraqi base that houses U.S. troops and other international forces. “At approx. 12:30 PM local time, Ain Al-Assad Air …

U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq

U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq

The United States has started withdrawal of its troops from Iraq, Al Arabiya TV reported citing Iraqi parliament member Ali al-Ghanimi. He said that U.S. troops are beginning to leave 15 military bases in Iraq. In …

U.S. embassy in Iraq hit by rocket attack

U.S. embassy in Iraq hit by rocket attack

At least three people have been injured in a missile attack on the U.S. embassy located in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on January 26, Iraq’s Alsumaria TV reported citing sources in Iraqi security services.  It is not yet …

U.S. increases security around White House

U.S. increases security around White House

Security has been increased around the grounds of the White House tonight in light of the current tensions with Iran, a U.S. law enforcement official said. A U.S. Secret Service official declined to comment, passing along a statement …

Had U.S. forces warning before Iranian missile strikes?

Had U.S. forces warning before Iranian missile strikes?

U.S. forces at Iraqi bases most likely had some warning before missiles launched by Iran struck this morning, thanks to a facility devoted to detecting and providing alerts about launches anywhere in the world, according to public documents and a …

Iran says 80 American soldiers killed in missile strikes

Iran says 80 American soldiers killed in missile strikes

Iranian state television said that at least 80 American soldiers were killed in attacks involving 15 missiles Tehran launched on U.S. targets in Iraq, adding that none of the missiles were intercepted. State TV, citing a senior …

Iran attacks U.S. military facilities in Iraq

Iran attacks U.S. military facilities in Iraq

Iran has delivered missile strikes against at least two military facilities in western Iraq, where U.S. troops are deployed, a statement from Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman …

NATO to hold urgent meeting over Iraq-Iran crisis today

NATO to hold urgent meeting over Iraq-Iran crisis today

NATO ambassadors will gather on Monday in Brussels for an urgent meeting convened by the head of the military alliance to discuss the situation in the Middle East after a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general, a NATO official …

Assad condoles with Iran on Soleimani death

Assad condoles with Iran on Soleimani death

In his message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Syrian president Bashar Assad expressed confidence that such a crime will reinforce Resistance Axis’ determination to stand against US destructive policies in the region as …

Protesters outside U.S. Baghdad embassy denounce air strikes

Protesters outside U.S. Baghdad embassy denounce air strikes

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and other staff were evacuated from their embassy in Baghdad for their safety, Iraqi officials said, as thousands of protesters and militia fighters outside the gate denounced U.S. air strikes in Iraq. On …

U.S. explains attacks on Iranian-militias in Iraq

U.S. explains attacks on Iranian-militias in Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the recent attacks by the U.S. on Iranian-backed militias in Iraq with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday night. "I made …

U.S. orders part of government employees to leave Iraq

U.S. orders part of government employees to leave Iraq

The U.S. State Department ordered the departure of government employees from Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement. The department ordered "nonemergency U.S. government employees," at both the embassy in …

U.S. grants Iraq 90-day waiver to buy Iranian energy again?

U.S. grants Iraq 90-day waiver to buy Iranian energy again?

The United States granted Iraq a 90-day waiver from sanctions to buy energy from Iran, a State Department official said on condition of anonymity.  "Iraq was granted a 90-day waiver to purchase energy imports from Iran," …