BAGHDAD The hallways of the Rusafa Central Criminal Court in Baghdad teemed with anxious toddlers on the days their mothers were on trial. Then they vanished again, into the women's prison, where they have lived for the past year and a half. They sleep on thin mattresses in crowded cells, bored, hungry and often sick. They are the foreign children of Islamic State.
BAGHDAD/CAIRO The U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington's Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that the Kurds would still be protected. | Video
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Dec 21 The United States has
reached an agreement in principle with Iraq to extend for 90
days an exemption to sanctions against Iran, allowing Baghdad to
keep importing Iranian gas that is critical for Iraqi power
MOSUL, Iraq The first thing musician Fadhel al-Badri did when Mosul was liberated from Islamic State last year was breathe a sigh of relief. | Video
* Qaeda suppressed arts in Mosul even before Islamic State
SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Iraq's parliament on Tuesday elected as president Kurdish politician Barham Salih, who immediately named Shi'ite Adel Abdul Mahdi prime minister-designate, ending months of deadlock after an inconclusive national election in May.
* Opposition weak, low turnout expected
(Adds fraud allegations)
(This Sept. 26 story was corrected to change number of registered voters in paragraph 16 to 3.085 million from 3.85 million)
ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Iraq's parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker on Saturday, marking an important step towards establishing a new government four months after an inconclusive national election.
SULAIMANIYA/ERBIL, Iraq Violent protests in the Iraqi city of Basra have all but ended U.S.-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's chances of winning a second term and shattered Washington's hopes of shaping the next government.