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Tuesday, March 09, 2021



After whirlwind historic visit, Pope leaving Iraq for Rome

March 08, 2021 1:26 pm

Public health experts had expressed concerns ahead of the trip that large gatherings could serve as super spreader events for the coronavirus in a country suffering from a worsening outbreak where few have been vaccinated.

Ali al-Sistani: Spiritual leader and stabilizing factor

March 06, 2021 4:33 pm

The Grand Ayatollah is not only the spiritual leader of Iraqi Shiites, but also an important political figure. Here is a portrait of the man who will receive a visit from Pope Francis in the Iraqi city of Najaf.

Pope Francis holds historic meeting with Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric

March 06, 2021 1:32 pm

Francis’s meeting in the holy southern city of Najaf, during a whirlwind and risky tour of Iraq, marked the first time a pope has met with such a senior Shi’ite cleric. Children lined a street and waved Iraqi and Vatican flags at the leader of the world's Catholics.

Pope Francis arrives in first visit to Iraq

March 05, 2021 7:09 pm

The pontiff's landmark visit has been months in the making and is the first papal visit to Iraq, one that eluded his predecessors.

Amid pandemic, pope goes to Iraq to rally fading Christians

March 05, 2021 1:31 pm

Pope Francis is breaking his year-long COVID-19 lockdown to refocus the world's attention on a largely neglected people whose northern Christian communities were largely emptied during the violent Islamic State reign from 2014-2017.

New attack on Iraqi air base fits profile of Iran-backed militia, say US officials

March 04, 2021 9:46 am

The United States is assessing the impact of the attack and whoever was responsible, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said."If we assess that further response is warranted, we will take action again in a manner and time of our choosing," she told a news briefing.

Iraqi officials: Rockets strike north air base, one injured

February 21, 2021 10:07 am

Four security officials said that the individual wounded at Balad airbase in Salahaddin province worked for the company, and one of them said his nationality was South African.

Rockets strike near US base in Iraq, killing 1, wounding 8

February 16, 2021 8:31 am

One civilian contractor with the coalition was killed and five others wounded, coalition spokesman US Army Col. Wayne Marotto said. One US service member was wounded, he said.

In beleaguered Babylon, doing battle against time, water and modern civilization

February 07, 2021 9:51 am

The 4,000-year-old city, mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, became the capitol of the ancient Babylonian empire and was considered the largest city in the world. Now, Babylon, like many of Iraq’s archaeological sites, has fallen into disrepair.

US airstrike kills top Islamic State leader in Iraq

January 30, 2021 12:04 pm

Iraqi officials said that the attack on an underground hideout avenged the deaths of the 32 Iraqis killed in the Islamic State attack on a Baghdad market last week. More than 100 others were wounded in the attack, the deadliest in Baghdad in four years.


On his maiden visit to Iraq, Pope Francis advocates for peaceful coexistence

March 06, 2021 8:57 pm

Al-Sistani, 90, is one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam and his rare but powerful political interventions have helped shape present-day Iraq. He is a deeply revered figure in Shiite-majority Iraq.

Mosul - Before and after Islamic State onslaught

September 19, 2014 4:03 pm

A trove of photographs now housed at the Library of Congress, taken in the autumn of 1932, offer a glimpse of Mosul before wars, insurgency, sectarian strife _and now Islamic State militants_ravaged the city. The scenes were captured by staff from the American Colony Photo Department during a visit to Iraq at the end of the British mandate.

Militants shock the world as they seize Iraq's Mosul

June 18, 2014 9:35 am

Al-Qaida-inspired militants seized Iraq’s second city of Mosul, the surrounding Nineveh province and parts of Kirkuk on Tuesday (June 10).


Beginning of the Gulf War: How Bush senior and Saddam Hussein's Iraq locked horns

June 22, 2020 6:19 pm

On this day, US President Bush senior ordered US troops to defend Saudi against a potential Iraqi invasion by Saddam Hussein.

Iraq: first casualty for US forces in ground combat with ISIL

October 23, 2015 11:04 am

One member of a US special operations force has died following an overnight mission (October 21-22) to rescue hostages near Hawija, in northern Iraq.