- US bars Kurdish oil from entering Texas port
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive.
- In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision
BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.
- Iraq police find 17 bodies, some bound, in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police found 17 bullet-riddled bodies in different areas of Baghdad, officials said Monday, raising fears of more sectarian bloodletting at a time of soaring tensions as other attacks around the capital killed 10 people.
- Islamic militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city's most revered holy places destroyed.
- Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen
BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker.
- House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect.
- Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to "cling" to their posts at the expense of political stability as lawmakers struggle to form a new government that can tackle rising violence in the country.
- Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption
BAGHDAD (AP) — Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
- Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation.
- Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info
WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.
- Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating the country's political crisis.
- Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities.
- US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even Democrats questioning the Obama administration's commitment to holding the fractured country together.