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# baghdad - Friday 3 January, 2020

Explainer: Why Qasem Soleimani's death is a turning point between the US and Iran

The killing of Iran’s top general could draw forceful Iranian retaliation against American interests in the Middle East.

Iran warns of 'severe revenge' after top general killed in US airstrike

The Pentagon described the operation as a “decisive defensive action”.

# baghdad - Tuesday 31 December, 2019

Protesters storm US embassy in Baghdad chanting 'Death to America'

US security forces inside the compound fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

# baghdad - Saturday 26 October, 2019

Dozens of people killed during anti-government protests in Iraq

Nearly 200 people have died and thousands have been wounded since the rallies first began earlier this mont.

# baghdad - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Week of protests in Iraq leave 30 people dead

Protesters have been angered by corruption and unemployment.

# baghdad - Monday 15 January, 2018

At least 26 killed in Baghdad twin suicide blast

This has been the second attack on the capital in three days.

# baghdad - Monday 16 October, 2017

Iraqi forces seize ground from Kurds amid soaring tensions between two US allies

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State has urged the two sides to focus on fighting the extremists.

# baghdad - Thursday 16 February, 2017

IS claims responsibility as two separate bombings kill at least 122 in Pakistan and Iraq

A Pakistani shrine was targeted, and a car bomb exploded in Baghdad today.

# baghdad - Monday 2 January, 2017

Suicide car bomb kills at least 32 in busy Baghdad neighbourhood

Many of the victims were labourers waiting for work.

# baghdad - Wednesday 10 August, 2016

At least 12 newborn babies killed in fire at maternity hospital in Iraq

Electrical fires are common in the Iraqi capital and elsewhere across the country because of shoddy maintenance and poor wiring.

# baghdad - Wednesday 6 July, 2016

Baghdad death toll now at 250, making it the worst bombing since the invasion

An Isis suicide bomber detonated a lorry packed with explosives in the predominantly-Shia Karrada district of the Iraqi capital during preparations for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr

# baghdad - Sunday 3 July, 2016

At least 119 people killed as bomb attacks rock Baghdad

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement posted online.

# baghdad - Sunday 1 May, 2016

Chaos reigns in Iraq as rioters break into Baghdad's Green Zone Fortress This post contains videos

Chaos reigns in Iraq as rioters break into Baghdad's Green Zone

More than 55 people have also died in a number of bomb blasts.

# baghdad - Friday 25 March, 2016

At least 30 dead after suicide bomber hits football match

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

# baghdad - Monday 18 January, 2016

Group of American civilians kidnapped in Iraq

The individuals were taken from an interpreter’s home in Baghdad.

# baghdad - Saturday 26 September, 2015

40 years of tragedy: The hajj has been plagued by disaster

Over 3,980 people have died in tragedies in the hajj since 1975.

# baghdad - Sunday 19 July, 2015

Isis has perfected the suicide and car bombs so they're now 'works of art'

A policeman said they were “so sophisticated that they destroyed everything”.

# baghdad - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

US bombs Islamic State near Baghdad for first time

Last week Obama ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State.

# baghdad - Monday 15 September, 2014

Countries to support Iraq by "any means necessary" against Islamic State

30 diplomats met today in Paris on the issue.

# baghdad - Monday 11 August, 2014

US considers rescue mission for trapped Yazidi refugees in Iraq

It comes as the country’s prime minister said he would sue the president in a desperate bid to cling to his job.

# baghdad - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

23 people have been killed by a Baghdad suicide car bomb

At least five of the those killed were policemen, as were eight of those wounded.

# baghdad - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Mass grave of 53 men, tied up and executed, found in Iraq

Separately today, the Iraqi prime minister has accused the Kurdish government of protecting militants.

# baghdad - Saturday 28 June, 2014

The US has begun flying armed drones over Iraq

The US says that drones are purely to protect their military advisers.

# baghdad - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

John Kerry makes unannounced trip to Iraq's Kurdish region as country teeters on the brink

There is an increasingly urgent diplomatic push to stop Iraq from tearing apart.

# baghdad - Monday 23 June, 2014

US support for Iraq will be "intense, sustained"... but only if leaders work towards lasting peace

The US Secretary of State John Kerry made the remarks today during a visit Baghdad’s Green Zone.

# baghdad - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Iraqi troops show strength, but ISIS captures key crossing

The seizure of Al-Qaim leaves just one of three official border crossings with Syria in the hands of the central government.

# baghdad - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Obama ready to send 300 military advisers to Iraq

He said that the US would be prepared to take targeted and precise military action.

US may send 100 special forces to Baghdad: official

President Obama has vowed not to approve “boots on the ground” in Iraq — three years after a large American force withdrew.

# baghdad - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

GOAL sends emergency team to Iraq as crisis worsens, ISIS close in on Baghdad

The agency warns that with the ongoing civil war in Syria, aid workers will be stretched.

# baghdad - Saturday 14 June, 2014

Iran offers help against militants in Iraq... but only if the US makes the first move

The offer came as Iraqi commanders said the army had recaptured two towns north of Baghdad as they prepared a fightback.

# baghdad - Friday 13 June, 2014

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US considering "all the options" as militants move towards Baghdad

President Barack Obama’s comments come after the cities of Mosul and Tikrit fell to insurgents during lightning advances.

# baghdad - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Militants seize Iraq's second largest city, as troops throw away uniforms and abandon posts

The militant groups have launched a series of major operations in Iraq in recent days, killing scores of people and highlighting the weakness of the country’s security forces.

# baghdad - Sunday 8 June, 2014

Security forces face "huge challenge" as attacks showcase strength of Iraqi militants

The country is experiencing its worst violence in years.

# baghdad - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# baghdad - Monday 10 February, 2014

Militants killed after accidental explosion during bomb-making lesson

Seven car bombs as well as several explosive belts were found the area.

# baghdad - Sunday 5 January, 2014

US pledges help to Iraqi forces in Al-Qaeda battle but insists "it is their fight"

Iraq lost control of Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, a city where US forces repeatedly battled insurgents.

# baghdad - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008

Iraq Body Count, an NGO, said that around two-thirds of deaths occurred in the second half of 2013.

# baghdad - Friday 27 December, 2013

'I didn't see any signs of fear,'- The man who oversaw Saddam's execution speaks

In an exclusive interview with AFP, Mowaffak al-Rubaie talks about the process of putting the Iraqi dictator to death.

# baghdad - Wednesday 25 December, 2013

Car bomb targeting Christmas mass in Baghdad leaves 17 dead

A further 34 were injured in the attack, which happened in the Dura area of the Iraqi capital.

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