Iraq's Barzani condemns Turkish bombing he says killed civilians

BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL - The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region on Saturday condemned Turkey's bombardment of a village there which he said had killed civilians, and called for a return to the peace process.

Iraq's Kurdistan laments caught in middle of Turkey-PKK fight

WASHINGTON - Iraq's Kurdistan region is suffering the fallout as Turkey launches strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq, the region's top diplomat said on Friday, calling for both sides to return to a ceasefire.

World, Turkey, 31 Jul 2015

How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year. | Video

U.S., Politics 31 Jul 2015

Early poll prospects grow as Turkish air strikes muddy coalition talks

ANKARA - Turkey looks increasingly likely to face an early election as its air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Islamic State in Syria stir nationalist sentiment and coalition talks make little apparent progress.

World, Turkey, Syria, 31 Jul 2015

NATO agrees plan to strengthen Iraq's army

BRUSSELS - NATO will help Iraq reform and strengthen its security forces which are reeling from a near collapse a year ago in the face of an offensive by Islamic State fighters, NATO said on Friday.

World, 31 Jul 2015

Erdogan taking Turkey to war to avenge Kurdish gains: opposition

ANKARA - The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition accused President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of launching air strikes in Syria and Iraq to prevent Kurdish territorial and political gains, and of using the war against Islamic State as a cover.

World, Turkey, Syria, 30 Jul 2015

Kuwait says uncovers Islamic State network

KUWAIT - Kuwait has uncovered a network of Islamic State militants who fought in Iraq and Syria and detained some of its members, the interior ministry said on Thursday, a month after the group carried out the Gulf state's deadliest militant attack.

World, Syria, 30 Jul 2015

Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on Kurdish group

ISTANBUL - Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. | Video

World, 29 Jul 2015

U.N. panel questions Iraq over use of torture

GENEVA - Iraqi officials were challenged on Wednesday to name a single person the country had jailed for torture by a U.N. committee investigating suspected human rights abuses in a justice system that had "gone astray".

World, 29 Jul 2015

Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State

NAJAF, Iraq - The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

World, 28 Jul 2015