Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege


SINJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq - Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters.

Three top Islamic State leaders killed in air strikes - U.S. officials 18 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq have killed three of the militant group's top leaders but not senior commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, U.S. officials said on Thursday. | Video


Iraqi Kurds liberate besieged Sinjar mountain, freeing hundreds 18 Dec 2014

ZUMAR, Iraq - Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader said on Thursday.


Iraq wins one-year reprieve on Gulf War reparations due to crisis 18 Dec 2014

GENEVA - A United Nations body agreed on Thursday to let Iraq postpone its final payment of reparations to Kuwait for the 1990-91 Gulf War, in an effort to help ease Baghdad's cash-strapped budget.

U.N. defers Iraq's $4.6 billion Gulf War reparations to Kuwait 18 Dec 2014

GENEVA - The United Nations Gulf War compensation fund agreed on Thursday to defer Iraq's requirement to deposit five percent of its oil revenues for a year due to its budgetary difficulties, a senior U.N. official said.


Iraq Kurds launch Sinjar offensive after coalition air strikes 17 Dec 2014

ARBIL, Iraq - Kurdish forces launched an operation to retake the town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq on Wednesday after coalition planes pounded Islamic State positions overnight, Kurdish officials said.

Iraq seeks one-year deferral on Gulf War reparations 17 Dec 2014

GENEVA - Iraq has requested a one-year deferral of a $4.6 billion (2.42 billion pounds) reparations payment for destroying Kuwait's oil facilities during its 1990-91 occupation, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.


Islamic State recapture parts of northern refinery city Baiji 17 Dec 2014

BAGHDAD - Islamic State insurgents forced Iraqi forces to retreat on Wednesday after fierce fighting in the city of Baiji, close to the country's biggest oil refinery, a local official and tribal leader said.


Inquiry clears British soldiers of murder and torture of Iraqis 17 Dec 2014

LONDON - Allegations that British troops executed captured Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a battle in 2004 were based on lies, a long-running inquiry concluded on Wednesday, exonerating the armed forces.

Kurdistan says nearing economic self-sufficiency on oil boom 17 Dec 2014

LONDON - Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan will see a steady rise in oil exports in the coming months, moving it closer to economic self-sufficiency, while it is still hoping to clinch a final deal with Baghdad on oil exports and revenue sharing.