Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State east of Ramadi


BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces regained ground from Islamic State militants in western Iraq on Sunday, advancing towards the city of Ramadi one week after it fell to the insurgents.


Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi 23 May 2015

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, a militia spokesman said, aiming to reverse potentially devastating gains by the jihadi militants. | Video


Insight - Islamic State expands its 'state' 22 May 2015

BEIRUT - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government.


Islamic State fighters press advance east of Iraqi town 22 May 2015

BAGHDAD - Islamic state fighters pressed an advance east of Ramadi on Friday after breaching Iraqi defences outside the city the insurgents overran last weekend in a major defeat for the Baghdad government.

British bomber jailed for life for murder of U.S. sergeant in Iraq 22 May 2015

LONDON - A London taxi driver, convicted of making bombs which were used against U.S. forces in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. sergeant, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars.


Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra 22 May 2015

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier. | Video


Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier 21 May 2015

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide.

U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says 21 May 2015

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State.

Briton guilty of making bomb that killed U.S. sergeant in Iraq 21 May 2015

LONDON - A London taxi driver was found guilty of murder on Thursday for his role in making bombs used against U.S. forces in Iraq in 2007, including one that killed an American sergeant, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.


Russia offers military aid to Iraq during PM visit 21 May 2015

MOSCOW - Russia offered visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi military and other aid on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have made further sweeping gains in both Iraq and Syria this week.