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US: Missiles Are Moving Into Iraq, and They're Not Iraqi

The culprit is apparently Iran

(Newser) - Ballistic missiles are appearing in Iraq, US officials say—only they're not Iraqi. Details are scant, but Iran has apparently taken advantage of Iraqi unrest by sneaking short-range missiles into the country, the New York Times reports. Seems Iran is using Shiite militias under its control to move and... More »

Iraqi PM's Big Announcement After Deadly Protest Day

Day after dozens killed in clashes with security forces, Adel Abdul Mahdi says he'll resign

(Newser) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said Friday he'll submit his resignation to parliament, a day after more than 40 people were killed by security forces and following calls by Iraq's top Shiite cleric for lawmakers to withdraw their support of the country's leadership. In a statement,... More »

Security Forces Kill 40 Protesters in 24 Hours

The death toll rises in Iraq

(Newser) - Security forces shot dead 40 anti-government protesters in over 24 hours amid spiraling violence in the capital and Iraq’s south, security and medical officials said, one day after an Iranian consulate was torched, per the AP . Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in the holy city of Najaf... More »

Protesters Torch Iran Consulate

Death toll in Iraq protests hits 350

(Newser) - Anti-government protesters burned down an Iranian consulate building in southern Iraq on Wednesday, while six protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds amid ongoing violence in the country, Iraqi officials say. Protesters torched the consulate in the holy city of Najaf in the evening, the AP reports.... More »

'Deeply Troubled' Defense Secretary Fires Navy Chief

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has been told to resign

(Newser) - Well, that settles it: Navy Secretary Richard Spencer just got fired. Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanded his resignation Sunday amid turmoil over a pending military review of a tarnished Navy SEAL, Fox News reports. Esper sought Spencer's resignation "after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack... More »

Pence Goes on a Surprise Trip Abroad

The VP lands in Iraq to discuss the Islamic State

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday in the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces in Syria two months ago, the AP reports. Flying in a C-17 military cargo jet to preserve the secrecy of the visit, Pence... More »

Iraqi Protesters Attack Iran Consulate, Take Down Flag

Crackdown has killed more than 250

(Newser) - Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Sunday, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag, and replacing it with the Iraqi flag, eyewitnesses said. Security forces fired in the air to disperse the protesters who threw... More »

Why Millions Are Protesting Worldwide

From Chile to Iraq to Hong Kong, people are upset

(Newser) - In Hong Kong, it was a complicated extradition dispute involving a murder suspect. In Beirut, it was a proposed tax on the popular WhatsApp messenger service. In Chile, it was a 4-cent hike in subway fares. Recent weeks have seen mass protests and clashes erupt in far-flung places triggered by... More »

US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq

In Kabul, Defense Secretary Mark Esper says troops will not be coming home

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that all US troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State to prevent its resurgence. Esper, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday, did not rule out the idea that US forces would conduct counterterrorism... More »

US Carpet-Bombs 'ISIS-Infested' Island

40 tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq island

(Newser) - The US-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 40 tons of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River "infested" with ISIS members. The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine, north of Baghdad, the AP... More »

In 'Rare Move,' 3 Elite Navy SEALs Are Fired

'Due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures'

(Newser) - In July, a Navy SEAL team was sent home early from Iraq amid allegations of sexual assault and unauthorized drinking. Shortly after that, Rear Adm. Collin Green warned , "We have a problem" in regard to the culture underlying not only SEAL Team 7, but throughout the entire special-operations force.... More »

Ex-Blackwater Contractor Gets Life for 2007 Massacre

Nicholas Slatten sentenced

(Newser) - A former Blackwater security contractor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq that left 14 people dead, the AP reports. Federal judge Royce Lamberth issued the sentence after a succession of friends and relatives requested leniency for Nicholas... More »

'Jimmy Was Found Dead Today in Iraq'

Attorney says Jimmy Aldaoud, deported in June, was a diabetic with mental health issues

(Newser) - "Jimmy was found dead today in Iraq." That was the Facebook announcement Wednesday from immigration attorney Edward Bajoka, who revealed the fate of friend Jimmy Aldaoud, a Detroit man deported in June amid the Trump administration's immigration roundups. Aldaoud—who Bajoka says was a diabetic suffering from... More »

Navy SEALs Yanked From Iraq Over July 4 Allegations

Command describes 'perceived deterioration of good order and discipline'

(Newser) - The only group of Navy SEALs in Iraq is being sent home early following reports of a rape and unauthorized drinking. US Special Operations Command said Wednesday that the move followed "a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team"—Foxtrot Platoon of SEAL Team 7,... More »

Trial Witness: Navy SEAL Chief Didn't Kill Captive—I Did

Prosecutors don't buy argument from medic

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL medic said at a court martial Thursday that it was he who killed a captured ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017—not Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who is accused of the murder . After Gallagher stabbed the teen, causing what Special Operator First Class Corey Scott testified... More »

US Tells Non-Essential Embassy Staff to Leave Iraq

Iranian leader issues veiled threat

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran. The security alert , published on the embassy's website on Wednesday, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent... More »

Trump Pardons Rogue Soldier Who Killed Rumored Terrorist

Sarah Sanders says Michael Behenna is 'entirely deserving'

(Newser) - President Trump has granted a full pardon to a former US soldier convicted of killing a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist in Iraq. Press secretary Sarah Sanders described former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna as "entirely deserving" of the executive grant of clemency in a Monday statement, noting he was a... More »

At Least 83 Dead in Ferry Disaster

Ferry overloaded with people celebrating sinks in Iraq

(Newser) - A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year and Mother's Day capsized in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, killing at least 83 people, including families, officials said. Many of the dead were women and children who could be seen struggling to... More »

ISIS Caliphate Is Down to Its 'Last Breath'

US-backed forces corner ISIS in the shadow of a small hill

(Newser) - From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries' shared border, the AP reports. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding... More »

Iraq to Trump: Leave Us Out of 'Your Own Issues'

Barham Salih says president didn't ask permission to 'watch Iran' from his country

(Newser) - Iraq's president on Monday criticized President Trump for saying he wants to keep US troops in Iraq "to watch Iran," saying the US leader didn't ask Iraq's permission to do so. "We find these comments strange," said Barham Salih, speaking at a forum... More »

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