Sinan Salaheddin, The Associated Press

  • Iraqi security forces parade on motorcycles with national flags marking the year anniversary of the defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq in Tahrir Square, in central Baghdad, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Iraq celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks. (Ali Abdul Hassan/AP)
    Iraq celebrates victory over ISIS while grappling with legacy

    Iraq began removing cement walls from areas surrounding the capital’s most fortified enclave Monday, opening parts of the so-called Green Zone to traffic in a symbolic move coinciding with nationwide celebrations marking the anniversary of the country’s costly victory over the Islamic State group.

  • Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, directly beneath flag, and others raise the national flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group, in Qaim, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Osama Sami/AP)
    Iraqi PM raises flag at border crossing taken from ISIS

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised on Sunday the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group, state TV announced.

  • Lebanese national flags are set on the top of cannons inside a base during a media trip organized by the Lebanese army, on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, northeast Lebanon, Aug. 28, 2017. (Hassan Ammar/AP)
    Lebanon's negotiated ISIS evacuation angers many

    Buses carrying hundreds of Islamic State militants and their families arrived in eastern Syria on Tuesday following a negotiated evacuation from the Lebanon-Syria border, where the U.S.-backed Lebanese army deployed for the first time in years.

  • Iraqi PM: Rights violations in Mosul were 'individual acts'

    Iraqi forces committed human rights violations during the battle to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, the country's prime minister acknowledged, but insisted that these were "individual acts" for which the perpetrators would be punished.

  • Iraqi leader celebrates in Mosul; pockets of fighting against ISIS go on

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi celebrated with Iraqi troops Sunday in Mosul after they drove Islamic State militants from some of their last strongholds in a nearly nine-month campaign, although heavy fighting by holdouts continued in parts of the Old City neighborhood.

  • (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on June 22, 2017 shows (L) a picture taken on June 20, 2017, of Mosul's leaning Al-Hadba minaret and (R) a picture taken on June 22, 2017 of Mosul's skyline missing it's trademark minaret the day after it was blown up by Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Explosions on June 21 evening levelled both the Nuri mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group and its ancient leaning minaret, known as the
    Iraqis: ISIS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

    With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret

  • Iraqi troops launch battle for last ISIS stronghold in Mosul

    U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul on Sunday, launching a major battle for the Old City where some 150,000 civilians are believed to be trapped and risk being used as human shields by the extremists.

  • Smoke billows from behind the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul's Old City on April 17, 2017, during an offensive by Iraqi security forces to recapture the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
    Iraqi troops move into Mosul's Old City, last ISIS stronghold

    U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul on Sunday, an Iraqi commander said, formally launching the final major battle of an eight-month campaign to drive the militants from Iraq's second largest city.