Iraq claims victory over Islamic State in Tikrit


TIKRIT, Iraq - The Iraqi government claimed victory over Islamic State insurgents in Tikrit on Wednesday after a month-long battle for the city supported by Shi'ite militiamen and U.S.-led air strikes, saying that only small pockets of resistance remained. | Video


Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit - PM 01 Apr 2015

TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's hometown continued.

Syria, Iraq a 'finishing school' for foreign fighters: U.N. report 31 Mar 2015

UNITED NATIONS - More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a "veritable international finishing school for extremists," United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council.


More Iran oil post-sanctions, aimed at Asia, may hurt Iraq 31 Mar 2015

DUBAI/NEW DELHI/HONG KONG - A possible surge in Iranian oil exports from an end to sanctions will reboot a struggle between top Middle East producers for Asian buyers, with Iraq looking the most vulnerable.


U.N. Secretary General troubled by Iraq abuse claims, refugees 30 Mar 2015

BAGHDAD - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was concerned about alleged abuses by Iraqi pro-government forces in their war against Islamic State and called for investigations into any wrongdoing. | Video


Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air strikes 30 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.


Enemy fire, booby-traps delay Iraqi forces' advance in Tikrit 29 Mar 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces battled Islamic State militants in central Tikrit on Sunday as the United States and its allies provided aerial support and local officials warned that the battle to retake the Sunni Muslim city would not be quick. | Video

Four Iraqi soldiers killed fighting with Islamic State in Tikrit 28 Mar 2015

BAGHDAD - Four Iraqi soldiers were killed in street fighting with Islamic State militants in Tikrit overnight as they advanced slowly into the city, a Sunni jihadist bastion, in the wake of coalition air strikes, a security official said.

'Unholy alliance' of Islamists threatens Sweden - spy chief 27 Mar 2015

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.


Iraq special forces advance in Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight 27 Mar 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday as U.S.-led coalition planes joined the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city. | Video