Samya Kullab, The Associated Press

  • U.S. soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield, Iraqi Security Forces, in the south of Mosul, Iraq early Friday, March 27, 2020. Iraq's military on Thursday said at least two rockets hit inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to the American Embassy, in the first attack following a brief lull in violence from earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)
    U.S. pulls out of a third base in Iraq

    The K1 Air Base is the third site coalition forces have left this month, in line with U.S. plans to consolidate its troops in two locations in Iraq.

  • Anti-government protesters gather while security forces close a bridge leading to the Green Zone government areas, during an ongoing protest in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Hadi Mizban/AP)
    Iraqi officials say rockets strike Baghdad’s Green Zone

    At least three rockets struck Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone near the American Embassy late Tuesday, a day after an attack on a training base south of Baghdad where U.S.-led coalition troops and NATO trainers were present, Iraqi security officials said. It was the fourth such attack in the span of a week.

  • Fighters from the Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades militia, inspect the destruction at their headquarters in the aftermath of a U.S. airstrike in Qaim, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo)
    Iraq army says US strikes kill 5 security forces, 1 civilian

    An Iran-backed Shiite militia group vowed to exact revenge for the U.S. strikes, potentially signalling another cycle of tit-for-tat violence between Washington and Tehran that could play out inside Iraq.

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    Iraq will investigate attack on base that killed US troops

    Iraq’s military said Thursday it opened an investigation into a rocket attack that killed three service members, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces, igniting fears of an escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions after months of detente.

  • Iraqi Federal Police attached to the 1st Battalion conduct a class on squad tactics at the Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq, Feb., 8, 2018. (Spc. Antonio Lewis/Army)
    Iraq considers deepening military ties with Russia

    Iraq and Russia discussed prospects for deepening military coordination, Iraq’s Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid a strain in Baghdad-Washington relations after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general inside Iraq.

  • In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, a U.S. Air Force plane, background, lands at Ain al-Asad airbase, in Anbar, Iraq. (Qassim Abdul-Zahra/AP)
    Iraqi officials say Baghdad wants to minimize reliance on US military in fight against Islamic State

    The Iraqi government has told its military not to seek assistance from the U.S.-led coalition in operations against the Islamic State group, two senior Iraqi military officials said, amid a crisis of mistrust between Washington and Baghdad after an American strike killed a top Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander.

  • Protesters set fire to close a street during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters near Baghdad's Khilani square, Iraq, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)
    Nighttime mortar attack on US Embassy in Baghdad injured 1

    A top U.S. commander said on Monday mortars were used in an attack on the American embassy in Baghdad that injured one person and caused some material damage the previous night, not katyusha rockets as was initially reported by staffers and a statement from the military.