On Sunday, the Transportation Ministry announced that Baghdad and Riyadh had signed an agreement to begin reciprocal flights between the two capitals following a 27-year hiatus (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 13:16 GMT
A Saudi passenger plane touched down at Baghdad’s international airport on Wednesday for the first time in more than a quarter-century, according to Iraq’s Transportation Ministry.
A boy sits on top of a destroyed tank in Syria, AFP/File
October 18, 2017 - 14:54 GMT
The Atlantic recently published an article claiming the war against ISIS brought the Middle East together. Al Bawaba debunks the article's claims, and reveals a disturbing lack of imagination in the all-too common thinking that the Middle East needs war to get peace.
The moves come amid steadily mounting tension between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG following last month’s referendum on regional independence (AFP/File)
October 18, 2017 - 13:45 GMT
Iraqi government forces on Wednesday assumed control of a strategic border crossing with Syria, according to an Iraqi military source.
The Iraqi army has turned its attention to driving back the Kurdish military forces after the Kurdistan region voted overwhelmingly on Sept. 25 in a referendum for independence (AFP/File)
October 17, 2017 - 13:46 GMT
The Kurdish town of Sinjar was given up by Peshmerga forces to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad's army said Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, Iraqi forces reportedly assumed control over central Kirkuk's main government headquarters, according to a local police source (Youtube/AA)
October 17, 2017 - 08:26 GMT
Iraqi government forces have assumed "full control" over Kirkuk's city center, according to a statement issued late Monday by the army's Joint Operations Command.
Earlier Monday, the Iraqi army launched an operation to capture military bases and oil fields in Kirkuk (AFP/File)
October 16, 2017 - 12:15 GMT
In a statement, the ministry said the elite anti-terrorism forces have completed their redeployment in the K-1 base.
October 15, 2017 - 14:01 GMT
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Sunday.
Iran has three main crossings with the Kurdish region; Haji Omaran (in Erbil Province), Parwezkhan, and Bashmaq (AFP/File)
October 15, 2017 - 12:09 GMT
Iran on Sunday shut a main border crossing with northern Iraq’s Kurdish region amid tension over last month’s independence referendum.
The central government on Friday began to deploy forces in the vicinity of Taza and Bashir villages, some 10 kilometers south of Kirkuk city after the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces in the night (AFP/File)
October 15, 2017 - 09:01 GMT
Peshmerga forces will not withdraw from Iraq’s oil-rich city, Kirkuk’s ex-governor Najmiddin Karim said on Sunday.
The bomber opened fire on Sunni tribesmen manning a checkpoint in al-Kasara (AFP/File Photo)
October 10, 2017 - 10:56 GMT
The bomber opened fire on Sunni tribesmen manning a checkpoint in al-Kasara, west of Anbar province, Col. Walid al-Dulaimi said.
Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani (AFP/FIle Photo)
October 08, 2017 - 08:10 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani met with Iraqi Vice Presidents Ayad Allawi and Osama al-Nujaifi in Sulaimaniyah on Saturday.
Hawija was one of two territories held by ISIS in Iraq (AFP/File Photo)
October 05, 2017 - 10:23 GMT
The country's army and its allied Hashd al-Shaabi militia began advancing on the town on Wednesday, just days after capturing the Rashad airbase which had been used by ISIS militants as a training camp.
Baghdad's latest action is likely to squeeze foreign workers in Kurdistan, whose pay and remittances are usually given in dollars (Shutterstock/File Photo)
October 04, 2017 - 08:19 GMT
This latest action follows Baghdad's banning of international flights to Kurdistan's airports on Friday.
An SDF fighter looks out from a ruined building in Raqqa, AFP
October 04, 2017 - 08:11 GMT
As Iraqi and Syrian Kurds continue to make gains toward independence, their complicated relationship is more clear than ever.
October 02, 2017 - 11:50 GMT
Foreigners will be allowed to fly out of Baghdad even without federal visas, the interior minister said, despite previous restrictions on them entering Iraqi government-controlled areas.
Along with Kirkuk’s Hawija district, ISIS' rapidly diminishing presence in the country is now largely confined to the towns of Rawa and Al-Qaim in Iraq’s western Anbar province near the Syrian border (AFP/File Photo)
October 02, 2017 - 07:46 GMT
On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of the second phase of ongoing operations aimed at recapturing Hawija.