Saif Hameed

Iraqi policeman killed in clashes with pro-Sadr protesters

Feb 11 2017

BAGHDAD An Iraqi policeman was killed and seven others wounded in clashes with protesters loyal to prominent Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who had gathered in Baghdad on Saturday to demand political reforms, the interior ministry said. | Video

Iraq says will stay clear of U.S.-Iran tensions

Feb 11 2017

BAGHDAD Iraq won't take part in any regional or international conflicts, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told state TV on Saturday.

Japan approves $100 million loan for Iraq

Feb 07 2017

BAGHDAD Japan has approved a loan of about $100 million to support humanitarian, counter-terrorism and infrastructure projects in Iraq, a Japanese embassy statement said on Tuesday.

Iraqi forces claim recapture of eastern Mosul after 100 days of fighting

Jan 23 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi officials said on Monday government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of their U.S.-backed campaign to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city.

In renewed push, Iraqi forces enter Mosul from north for first time

Jan 06 2017

NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD Iraqi troops entered Mosul from the north for the first time on Friday, part of a new phase in the battle for the city that also saw elite forces bridge a river under cover of darkness in an unprecedented night raid.

Iraqi PM says three months needed to rout Islamic State

Dec 27 2016

BAGHDAD Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday it would take three months to remove Islamic State from Iraq, as U.S.-backed forces battle to dislodge the militants from Mosul, their last major stronghold in the country. | Video

Iraqi Shi'ite forces aim to clear border strip with Syria

Dec 13 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi Shi'ite forces fighting Islamic State west of Mosul aim to clear a large strip of land on the border with Syria to prevent the militants melting into the remote desert region and using it as a base for counter attacks, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Iraqi troops pull out from Mosul hospital after fierce battle

Dec 08 2016

BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi troops who briefly seized a Mosul hospital believed to be used as an Islamic State base were forced to withdraw from the site, but managed to establish a base for army tanks nearby after days of fierce back-and-forth fighting, residents said.

Iraq's parliament speaker demands inquiry into deadly Qaim air strikes

Dec 08 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament speaker called on Thursday for a government inquiry into air strikes on an Islamic State-held western border town which local politicians said had killed around 60 people, mostly civilians.

Iraqi banks rely on government support to recover from Islamic State devastation

Dec 05 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's private banks are pinning hope on the oil-rich government to bring back into the black their balance sheets severely affected by Islamic State's take over of parts of the country.

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