Iraq's water minister judges only tiny danger of Mosul dam collapse


BAGHDAD Iraq's minister of water resources on Saturday played down warnings that Mosul dam will collapse, estimating only a "one in a thousand" chance of failure and saying the solution was to build a new dam or install a deep concrete support wall.

Pentagon releases photos tied to Afghan, Iraq detainee abuse

WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Friday released 198 photographs linked to allegations of abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them showing close-ups of cuts and bruises to arms and legs of prisoners held in U.S. facilities.

World, Afghanistan, 05 Feb 2016

Canada to boost troops in anti-ISIS mission, keep some planes: source

OTTAWA Canada, under pressure to stay involved in the U.S-led mission against Islamic State, will boost the number of troops on training duty in Iraq while keeping reconnaissance and refueling planes in the region, a defense source said on Friday.

World, 05 Feb 2016

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric suspends weekly political sermons

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric said on Friday he would no longer deliver regular weekly sermons about political affairs, which for years have been a source of guidance for Iraqi politicians and his millions of followers.

World, 05 Feb 2016

New U.S. intelligence report says Islamic State weaker

Islamic State has as many as 25,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq, down from a previous estimate of up to 31,000, according to a U.S. intelligence report revealed by the White House on Thursday.

World, Syria, 04 Feb 2016

Italy to send 130 military personnel to Iraq to recover wounded

ROME Italy will send a team specialized in treating war wounded to Iraq as it prepares to send troops to guard Mosul dam maintenance workers, Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said on Thursday.

World, Italy, 04 Feb 2016

To silence propaganda, Iraq seeks to take Islamic State offline

DUBAI Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State's rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group's potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad.

Iraq building security wall around Baghdad: military commander

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces have begun building a concrete wall surrounding the capital Baghdad in a bid to prevent attacks by Islamic State militants, a military statement said on Wednesday.

World, 03 Feb 2016

Iraqis running out of food and medicine in besieged Falluja

BAGHDAD Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians are running out of food and medicine in the western city of Falluja, an Islamic State stronghold under siege by security forces, according to local officials and residents.

World, United Nations, 02 Feb 2016

Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for non-binding independence referendum

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region should hold a non-binding referendum on independence, its president said on Tuesday, despite the numerous crises it is facing.

World, 02 Feb 2016