- Iraqi Sunni tribe wages costly battle against IS group
DULUIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River.
- US sees opportunity in Iran's pullback in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States persuaded Iraq to sideline Iranian-backed Shiite militias as a condition to American airstrikes in the strategic city of Tikrit, a senior U.S. general said Thursday. The move limits Iran's influence, at least temporarily, and could re-invigorate a ground offensive that U.S. officials said had become stalled under Iranian leadership.
- US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit
WASHINGTON (AP) — At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.
- Iraq's February oil exports below planned level for IS fight
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's oil exports for last month were below planned levels, the country's Oil Ministry said Wednesday, depriving the nation of badly needed funds for its battle against the Islamic state group.
- Sectarian tensions simmer in Iraq shrine city targeted by IS
SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) — The al-Askari shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra is surrounded by thousands of Shiite militiamen in mismatched uniforms, many of them awaiting transport to the nearby front lines of the war against the Islamic State group.
- Iraq's top diplomat meets with Syria's Assad in Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister has held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad that focused on threats facing both countries, including the Islamic State group.
- Iraq officials: Baghdad bombings kill 19; wound 36
BAGHDAD (AP) — Multiple bombings in the Iraqi capital killed at least 19 people and wounded 36, as Iraqi forces continued preparing for a large-scale operation to recapture the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State group.