Timeline of Iraq (D) 2016 to Present

Iraq A thru 1999
Iraq B 2000-2005
Iraq C 2006-2007
Iraq D 2006-2015
Return to home

2016        Jan 1, In Iraq Islamic State militants launched suicide attacks in the western city of Ramadi days after troops drove them out of the city center.
    (AP, 1/2/16)

2016        Jan 2, The United States and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/3/16)

2016        Jan 3, In Iraq suicide attackers from the Islamic State group killed at least 12 Iraqi forces in a brazen attack on police training at Speicher base, near Tikrit. Police managed to kill 7 attackers but 3 were able to detonate their suicide vests.
    (AFP, 1/3/16)

2016        Jan 4, Islamic State militants attacked Iraqi troops and allied tribal fighters outside the western town of Haditha, killing at least 11 and wounding dozens. In central Iraq overnight blasts rocked two Sunni mosques, amid fears of renewed sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
    (AP, 1/4/16)(AFP, 1/4/16)

2016        Jan 6, Iraqi officials said the Islamic State group has stepped up attacks on the western town of Haditha, where at least 45 Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribal fighters have been killed in clashes over the past three days and another 30 wounded.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
2016        Jan 6, The United States and its allies staged 36 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)

2016        Jan 7, In Iraq clashes between a joint Turkish-Iraqi force and Islamic State militants near the Bashiqa camp training camp outside the city of Mosul reportedly left at least 18 IS fighters dead. The commander of the training camp, Maj Gen. Mohammed Yahya, said there were no such clashes.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
2016        Jan 7, The US-led coalition launched 23 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and three in Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)

2016        Jan 9, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi pledged to stamp out corruption this year amid criticism from the nation's highest Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, that his government has done little to combat graft.
    (Reuters, 1/9/16)
2016        Jan 9, In northern Iraq 9 fighters from a Shi'ite Muslim militia battling Islamic State were killed when an Iraqi army aviation drone opened fire on mistaken coordinates.
    (Reuters, 1/10/16)
2016        Jan 9, The US-led coalition conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Syria and 15 in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 1/10/16)

2016        Jan 11, In Iraq 5 people were killed and 12 others wounded when a car bomb claimed by Islamic State went off in a crowded Baghdad market area. 4-7 gunmen charged into the Jawhara shopping mall in eastern Baghdad after a car bomb exploded outside. 18 people were killed in the mall attack. The two blasts were claimed by the Islamic State. A double-suicide bombing in Muqdadiyah killed 24 people.
    (Reuters, 1/11/16)(Reuters, 1/12/16)(SFC, 1/13/16, p.A2)
2016        Jan 11, The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/12/16)

2016        Jan 12, In Iraq a suicide bomber attacked a police convoy near Baquba, critically wounding a senior police officer and killing 3 other members of the security forces. 2 Iraqi journalists were killed outside Baquba. At least seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops were firebombed in the east.
    (Reuters, 1/12/16)

2016        Jan 13, Iraq sent an armored army division and a police strike force into the southern oil city of Basra to disarm residents amid intensified feuding among rival Shi'ite Muslim tribes.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)
2016        Jan 13, The US-led coalition conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)

2016        Jan 14, In northern Iraq early-morning attacks by the Islamic State on Tal Kusaiba village killed the police station chief and his guard along with nine fighters from a powerful Shi'ite militia and Sunni tribal force. The Iraqi army retook Tal Kusaiba hours later in a counter- attack.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)
2016        Jan 14, In northern Iraq French warplanes bombed overnight an Islamic State communications hub near Mosul.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)

2016        Jan 15, In Iraq unknown gunmen seized three American citizens from a private apartment in the southeastern Dora district of Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)

2016        Jan 18, The United States and its allies staged two dozen strikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 1/19/16)

2016        Jan 19, The UN said the number of civilians killed in violence in Iraq over the past two years is "staggering", with at least 18,802 people killed and another 36,245 injured. The figures count only documented casualties from January 1, 2014, through October 31, 2015, and the actual numbers were likely far higher.
    (AFP, 1/19/16)
2016        Jan 19, The UN said an estimated 3,500 people, mainly women and children, are being held as slaves in Iraq by Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 1/19/16)
2016        Jan 19, The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, focused in Ramadi where a half dozen strikes hit multiple targets.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)

2016        Jan 20, Amnesty International released a report saying Iraqi Kurdish forces are deliberately destroying Arab villages under their control. The group also found that Arab civilians were barred from returning to their villages by Kurdish forces.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
2016        Jan 20, The US-led coalition staged 16 strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting the against Islamic State militant group.
    (Reuters, 1/21/16)

2016        Jan 24, The United States and its allies staged 19 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the coalition's latest round of daily attacks on the militant group.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)

2016        Jan 25, The Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka said his government has approved a plan to donate further weapons and ammunition to Iraq and also ammunition to Jordan to help them fight Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 1/25/16)
2016        Jan 25, The coalition of the United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)

2016        Jan 26, Iraqi security forces found a mass grave in Ramadi containing the remains of at least 18 people killed by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)

2016        Jan 27, In western Iraq a series of suicide attacks killed at least 4 security forces and wounded ten others in al-Baghdadi, in Anbar province.
    (AP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan 29, In Iraq a pipeline for gas used to generate around half the electricity for the northern Kurdistan region was blown up, knocking out power. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.
    (Reuters, 1/29/16)

2016        Jan 30, The Islamic State group released a video purporting to show a French-speaking jihadist threatening attacks against the West and executing so-called apostates and spies in Iraq. At the end of the almost eight-minute video, the speaker and other IS fighters shoot dead five kneeling men in orange jumpsuits.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)

2016        Jan 31, The UN launched an appeal for $861 million in international humanitarian assistance to help millions of people in Iraq who are suffering from war and displacement.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)

2016        Feb 3, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani declared that the "time has come" for the country's Kurds to hold a referendum on statehood, a move likely to raise tensions with Baghdad.
    (AFP, 2/3/16)

2016        Feb 4, In Iraq a string of roadside bombs and a shooting left 9 people dead and 33 wounded across Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/4/16)

2016        Feb 7, The United States and its allies conducted ten strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)

2016        Feb 9, Iraqi forces recaptured territory from Islamic State militants which links the recently recaptured city of Ramadi to a major army base in western Iraq.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)
2016        Feb 9, Protests intensified in Iraq's Kurdistan region after the government unveiled new austerity measures to avert an economic collapse that officials warn could undermine the war effort against Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)

2016        Feb 13, Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the country needed a technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if PM Haider al-Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms.
    (Reuters, 2/13/16)

2016        Feb 16, An Iraqi army helicopter crashed due to a technical malfunction during a routine flight, killing all 9 crew members.
    (Reuters, 2/16/16)

2016        Feb 17, In Turkey a car laden with explosives detonated next to military buses as they waited at traffic lights near the armed forces' headquarters, parliament and government buildings in the administrative heart of Ankara. 28 people were killed. Within hours, Turkish warplanes bombed bases in northern Iraq of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which PM Davutoglu accused of collaborating in the car bombing.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 17, The United States and its allies conducted 19 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)

2016        Feb 18, An Iraqi court sentenced 40 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by Sunni jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits in Tikrit.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 18, An Iraqi militia group said the government has decided to cut the number of state-financed paramilitary forces due to a shortage of funds as the international oil price declines.
    (AP, 2/18/16)   

2016        Feb 19, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 16 strikes and nine in Syria.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)

2016        Feb 20, Iraqi tribesmen battled Islamic State group militants inside their Fallujah stronghold for a second day, a significant challenge to longstanding jihadist control that may be undermined by a lack of supplies.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)

2016        Feb 24, The United States and its allies said they have conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)

2016        Feb 28, In Iraq a double bombing in Baghdad claimed by the IS group killed 73 people in the Shiite district of Sadr City. Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi warned residents along the Tigris river of a possible collapse of the Mosul Dam and asked residents along the Tigris river to move at least six kilometers (3.7 miles) away from its banks.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
2016        Feb 28, The United States and its allies conducted 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)

2016        Feb 29, In Iraq a suicide bomber struck a funeral, killing at least 38 people, including a local Shiite militia leader, in Muqdadiyah. Late in the day four Islamic State group suicide bombers infiltrated an army headquarters in Haditha, killing Staff Brigadier General Ali Aboud, Lieutenant Colonel Farhan Ibrahim and four others.
    (AP, 2/29/16)    (AFP, 3/1/16)(SFC, 3/1/16, p.A2)
2016        Feb 29, The US-led coalition conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in its latest round of daily attacks.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)

2016        Feb, In northern Iraq US special forces captured the head of the Islamic State group's unit trying to develop chemical weapons in a raid last month. Sleiman Daoud al-Afari had worked for Saddam Hussein's now-dissolved Military Industrialization Authority where he specialized in chemical and biological weapons.
    (AP, 3/9/16)

2016        Mar 1, In Iraq separate attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 13 people and wounded 31 others.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, The United States and its allies staged 21 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)

2016        Mar 2, Iraq signed a deal with an Italian company to repair and maintain its largest dam, near the northern, Islamic State-held city of Mosul.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
2016        Mar 2, The US and its allies in Iraq and Syria staged 29 strikes against Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)

2016        Mar 3, The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)

2016        Mar 4, Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reiterated calls for government reform as thousands rallied across the country in his support.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
2016        Mar 4, It was reported that a two-day UN assessment this week in Iraq found that nearly every building in Ramadi had been damaged or destroyed in frontline areas. In other districts, one in three or four buildings were damaged. Islamic State fighters still held pockets in the northern and eastern outskirts.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
2016        Mar 4, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 12 strikes and two in Syria. Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen and described by the Pentagon as the group's "minister of war", was targeted near the town of al-Shadadi in Syria. Al-Shishani was critically wounded and reportedly died on March 14.
    (Reuters, 3/5/16)(AFP, 3/13/16)(SFC, 3/16/16, p.A2)

2016        Mar 5, The United States and its allies conducted 19 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)

2016        Mar 6, In Iraq Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden fuel tanker on a police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing 61people and wounding more than 70.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)(AFP, 3/7/16)

2016        Mar 6, The United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/7/16)

2016        Mar 9, In Iraq a large number of rockets were fired on Taza from the nearby village of Bashir, which is held by the jihadists. The suspected mustard gas attack on Taza left Fatima Samir (3) dead.
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
2016        Mar 9, The Turkish military carried out air strikes against Kurdish rebel targets across the border in northern Iraq, killing at least 67 militants.
    (AP, 3/12/16)

2016        Mar 10, Iraqi forces retook a town from the Islamic State jihadist group in Anbar province and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)

2016        Mar 12, Iraq's powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a sit-at the gates of Baghdad's heavily fortified government district, stepping up pressure on PM Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised anti-corruption reforms.
    (Reuters, 3/12/16)
2016        Mar 12, The United States and its allies carried out more than a dozen air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/13/16)

2016        Mar 13, Iraq said the Islamic State group said it has pulled its fighters out of Rutba, a desert town in the western province of Anbar.
    (AP, 3/13/16)

2016        Mar 14, In northern Iraq Muhammad Jamal Amin (27) of Virginia, a fighter for the Islamic State  surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga forces near Sinjar.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)(SFC, 3/15/16, p.A2)
2016        Mar 14, In western Iraq the Islamic State group returned to the desert town of Rutba, less than a day after vacating it.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)
2016        Mar 14, Turkey detained four suspects over the previous day’s suicide car bombing in Ankara, as warplanes pounded Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq over the attack. At least 45 Kurdish rebels were killed in the air strikes. Turkey declared a round-the-clock curfew in the southeastern town of Sirnak in order to carry out operations against Kurdish militants in the area.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)(Reuters, 3/14/16)(AP, 3/15/16)

2016        Mar 15, In Iraq terrified residents fled the town of Hit as security forces closed in and jihadist fighters hunkered down to defend one of their main bastions in Anbar province.
    (AFP, 3/15/16)
2016        Mar 15, The United States and its allies carried out 11 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)

2016        Mar 16, An Iraqi army plane crashed during a reconnaissance flight near the city of Kirkuk and its three crew went missing.
    (AFP, 3/16/16)

2016        Mar 17, The United States and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 18, In Iraq thousands of followers of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took to the streets in Baghdad, pushing through security lines to cross a bridge on the Tigris River to begin setting up tents in anticipation of a prolonged sit-in close to the Green Zone, where the government is headquartered.
    (AP, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 19, Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun said Iraqi forces have launched a broad offensive to retake the city of Hit from the Islamic State group in the western province of Anbar.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)
2016        Mar 19, In northern Iraq US service member Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin died from wounds from rocket fire at Fire Base Bell outside Mosul. Eight Marines were injured in the Islamic State attack. 
    (SSFC, 3/20/16, p.A6)(AP, 3/22/16)   

2016        Mar 20, The United States and its allies carried out 11 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)

2016        Mar 21, The United States and its allies conducted 15 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)

2016        Mar 24, Iraqi authorities decided to shut down the Al-Jazeera channel's Baghdad office, accusing Qatar's state-funded TV network of inciting violence and sectarianism.
    (AFP, 4/28/16)
2016        Mar 24, The Iraqi army said its troops and allied militia have launched what is expected to be a long and difficult offensive to retake the second city of Mosul, the Islamic State group's main hub in Iraq. The IS fighting strength in Mosul was estimated at around 10,000 fighters.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.37)

2016        Mar 25, In Iraq thousands rallied in Baghdad in support of firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sadr's associate, Sheik Asad al-Nasiri, delivered a message from the cleric giving PM Haider al-Abadi 24 hours to implement wide-ranging reforms.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
2016        Mar 25, In Iraq a suicide attack ripped through a trophy ceremony after a football tournament and killed 41 people in the Babil province village of Al-Asriya. Mayor Ahmed Shaker was among the dead, as was one of his bodyguards and at least 5 members of the security forces.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)(AP, 3/26/16)
2016        Mar 25, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 22 strikes and four in Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/26/16)

2016        Mar 26, In Iraq a group of suicide bombers from the Islamic State group killed three Iraqi soldiers in an attack on the Al-Asad air base military base hosting hundreds of coalition advisers in Anbar province.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)
2016        Mar 26, Turkish Air Force jets joined coalition forces in attacking Islamic State targets in northern Iraq, hours after a Turkish soldier was killed at a military base in the region from rockets fired by the extremist militants.
    (AP, 3/26/16)

2016        Mar 27, Iraqi security forces stepped aside to allow influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to start his sit-in in Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone after weeks of protests in the capital. Sadr met with PM Haider al-Abadi as he began the sit-in.
    (AP, 3/27/16)(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)

2016        Mar 28, Iraq's parliament gave embattled PM Haider al-Abadi until March 31 to present a cabinet of technocrats as Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr expanded his protest movement for reform. Sadr himself spent the night camping in the Green Zone.
    (AFP, 3/28/16)

2016        Mar 29, In Iraq a suicide bombing in Tayaran Square in central Baghdad killed at least 7 people and wounded 23. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 3/29/16)

2016        Mar 30, The Czech government approved a Defense Ministry plan to send up to 35 instructors to Iraq to train pilots for Czech-made planes. The deployment still needed approval by Parliament.
    (AP, 3/30/16)

2016        Mar 31, Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to end a two-week sit-in at entrances to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone aimed at pressuring the government to carry out reforms. The announcement came after PM Haider al-Abadi presented a proposed lineup for new cabinet ministers to parliament -- a measure which Sadr had demanded.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
2016        Mar 31, The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in their latest round of daily attacks in Iraq and Syria against the militant group.
    (Reuters, 4/1/16)

2016        Apr 1, Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes in northern Iraq, destroying ammunition depots and shelters in an areas where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has camps.
    (Reuters, 4/1/16)

2016        Apr 2, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against senior oil officials following an expose into bribe-taking published in international media outlets.
    (AP, 4/2/16)

2016        Apr 3, In northern Iraq militant Jasim Khadijah, a former Iraqi officer not considered a high-value target, was reported killed by a drone strike overnight. He was believed responsible for an attack on US troops in northern Iraq last month that left a Marine dead.
    (Reuters, 4/3/16)(Reuters, 4/4/16)
2016        Apr 3, The United States and its allies conducted two dozen strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/4/16)

2016        Apr 4, In Iraq about 25 people were killed on across the country, most of them in suicide attacks targeting members of Shi'ite militias and military forces. Iraqi troops entered Hit under cover of heavy air strikes a week after launching an operation to retake the town.
    (Reuters, 4/4/16)(SFC, 4/6/16, p.A4)
2016        Apr 4, The Turkish military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq against targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
    (Reuters, 4/5/16)
2016        Apr 4, The United States and its allies conducted 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, focusing on rebel forces near towns that guard the approach to the key Iraqi city of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 4/5/16)

2016        Apr 5, The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/6/16)

2016        Apr 6, The United States and its allies conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/7/16)

2016        Apr 7, The United States and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/8/16)

2016        Apr 9, The US Air Force deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar to join the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.
    (Reuters, 4/9/16)

2016        Apr 11, The United States and its allies stages 13 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/12/16)

2016        Apr 13, The U.S.-led coalition staged 21 strikes against the Islamic State militant group, according to the coalition leading the operations in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/14/16)

2016        Apr 16, Iraqi lawmakers postponed a vote to oust speaker Selim al-Jabouri after failing to reach a quorum in their second failed attempt this week, part of a stalled effort to remove top officials who the parliamentarians accuse of failing to combat corruption and mismanagement.
    (AP, 4/16/16)

2016        Apr 17, The United States and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/17/16)

2016        Apr 18, The US said it will deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in US forces in nearly a year.
    (AP, 4/18/16)

2016        Apr 19, In Iraq arrested Islamic State militants led authorities to two mass graves inside the soccer stadium in Ramadi containing up to 40 bodies.
    (SFC, 4/22/16, p.A2)

2016        Apr 20, Turkish warplanes struck militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/20/16)

2016        Apr 22, In Iraq a suicide bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed at least 9 people following Friday prayers at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in southwestern Baghdad. A second suicide attacker at the mosque in al-Radwaniya district was shot and killed by security forces before he could set off his explosives. A separate bomb went off in the district of Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, killing 2 and wounding nine.
    (Reuters, 4/22/16)
2016        Apr 22, It was reported that explosives planted by Islamic State have killed dozens of Iraqi civilians who returned to Ramadi despite warnings that much of the western city remains unsafe nearly four months after its recapture from the militants.
    (Reuters, 4/22/16)
2016        Apr 22, The US military acknowledged that its air strikes killed 20 civilians in Iraq and Syria between Sep 10, 2015, and Feb 2, 2016. Six of the strikes were in Iraq and three were in Syria.
    (SFC, 4/23/16, p.A2)

2016        Apr 23, The United States and its allies conducted 28 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/24/16)

2016        Apr 24, In Iraq heavy clashes erupted between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Shiite paramilitary troops inside Tuz Khormato, a contested town north of Baghdad. A peshmerga brigadier general and another fighter and two members of Turkmen forces were among the nine people killed.
    (AFP, 4/24/16)
2016        Apr 24, The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/25/16)

2016        Apr 25, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State with 25 strikes in their latest assault against the militant group in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/26/16)

2016        Apr 26, Iraqi lawmakers threw water bottles towards Iraq's premier and chanted against the parliament speaker, impeding a planned vote on a new cabinet lineup as thousands demonstrated for reforms nearby.
    (AFP, 4/26/16)
2016        Apr 26, The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/27/16)

2016        Apr 27, The US-led military coalition targeted Islamic State in Iraq and Syria with 22 strikes.
    (Reuters, 4/28/16)

2016        Apr 30, In Iraq hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad's Green Zone and entered the parliament building after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government.
    (Reuters, 4/30/16)
016        Apr 30, In Iraq an Islamic State attack targeted Shiite civilians shopping in an open-air market killing at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others in Nahrawan.
    (AP, 4/30/16)

2016        May 1, In Iraq two suicide car bombs claimed by Islamic State killed at least 32 people and wounded 75 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa.
    (Reuters, 5/1/16)
2016        May 1, The United States and its allies conducted 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/2/16)

2016        May 2, In Iraq an explosives-laden car detonated in Baghdad, killing at least 18 Shiite pilgrims. Tens of thousands of Shiite faithful have been making their way this week to the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kadhimiyah, where the 8th century Imam Moussa al-Kadhim is buried.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Turkish warplanes pounded Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, killing 18 militants.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 2, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State on Monday with 29 strikes against the militants in Syrian and Iraq, including the northern city of Mosul under militant control.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)

2016        May 3, In northern Iraq Islamic State militants killed a US Navy SEAL after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, In Iraq tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a revered imam as authorities tightened security measures in the capital amid concerns of more attacks by Sunni extremists.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Amnesty International said Iraq is holding more than 1,000 detainees, some as young as 15, without charge in "inhumane and degrading conditions" at makeshift holding centers in western Anbar province.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, The United States and its coalition partners launched 22 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, including 10 near the key city of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/4/16)

2016        May 4, The United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/5/16)

2016        May 5, The United States and its allies conducted 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/6/16)

2016        May 6, Iraqi security forces ramped up their presence across Baghdad, blocking most major roads and bridges to keep followers of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr from reaching the government district they stormed a week earlier.
    (Reuters, 5/6/16)
2016        May 6, In Iraq Australia-born terrorist and former rapper Neil Prakash (24) was killed in an American air strike in Mosul.
    (SSFC, 5/8/16, p.A4)

2016        May 7, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State in Iraq with 17 air strikes, and hit the militant group with eight air strikes in Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/8/16)

2016        May 8, In Iraq separate attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 5/8/16)

2016        May 9, In Iraq an evening suicide bombing in a commercial Shiite neighborhood of Baqouba killed at least 13 people.
    (AP, 5/10/16)

2016        May 11, In Iraq three car bombs in Baghdad, including a huge blast at a market in a Shiite area, killed at least 93 people. IS issued an online statement claiming responsibility for the attack in Sadr City and saying a suicide bomber it identified as "Abu Sulaiman al-Ansari" detonated the explosives-rigged vehicle killing at least 64.
    (AFP, 5/11/16)(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016        May 11, In Iraq the Islamic State group of Nineveh province released a video showing five alleged "spies" being shot dead in Iraq by young men from a crowd assembled for the execution.
    (AFP, 5/12/16)

2016        May 12, Islamic State insurgents killed at least 17 Iraqi soldiers with suicide truck bombs in a major attack on government forces in Jarayshi, 10 km (6 miles) north of Ramadi. They also surrounded an army regiment, seized a bridge and cut a key supply route linking Ramadi to the Thirthar district further north. The jihadist group also killed two policemen and wounded eight others in two suicide bombings in Abu Ghraib outside Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 5/12/16)

2016        May 13, In northern Iraq shooting and bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 16 people in Balad.
    (Reuters, 5/13/16)
2016        May 13, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 17 strikes and five in Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/14/16)

2016        May 14, In Iraq more 14 suicide bombers attacked a residential and government complex at Amiriyat Fallujah, killing at least 6 people. Five of the attackers blew up themselves while clashing with security forces, while others holed up inside the buildings, and were later killed.
    (AP, 5/14/16)

2016        May 15, In Iraq Jihadist suicide attackers broke into a gas plant north of Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and setting fire to gas tanks. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Taji plant. A string of attacks in or close to Baghdad killed 15 others.
    (Reuters, 5/15/16)(SFC, 5/16/16, p.A4)
2016        May 15, Turkish and US-led coalition forces struck Islamic State targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing 27 fighters. The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/16/16)

2016        May 16, Iraqi security forces and allied fighters launched an operation to retake the town of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group.
    (AFP, 5/16/16)
2016        May 16, The United States and its allies conducted 12 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/17/16)

2016        May 17, In Iraq four bombings killed at least 69 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 5/17/16)(SFC, 5/17/16, p.A2)

2016        May 18, The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/19/16)

2016        May 19, Iraq announced that its forces have recaptured the western town of Rutba, which had been held by the Islamic State jihadist group since 2014.
    (AFP, 5/19/16)
2016        May 19, The United States and its allies conducted 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/20/16)

2016        May 20, Iraqi forces killed at least two protesters while defending Baghdad's Green Zone. The two supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr were the first casualties of the months-old protest movement started by the young cleric to push for political change.
    (AFP, 5/21/16)

2016        May 23, Iraqi government forces fought Islamic State militants near Falluja and bombarded central districts at the outset of an offensive to retake the longtime jihadist stronghold on the western approaches to the capital Baghdad. It was estimated that there are currently between 500 and 700 IS militants in Falluja.
    (Reuters, 5/23/16)

2016        May 24, The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/25/16)

2016        May 25, Iraqi troops concentrated artillery fire on Falluja's northern and northeastern neighborhoods. A Falluja hospital source said that six civilians were killed and 11 wounded on Wednesday morning, raising the overall death toll since the May 23 launch of the government offensive to 35 - 21 civilians and 14 militants.
    (AP, 5/25/16)

2016        May 26, US-backed Syrian fighters (SDF) and Iraqi forces pursued twin assaults against the Islamic State group, but experts warned the battles will be drawn out.
    (AFP, 5/26/16)

2016        May 27, A US military spokesman said coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants including the group's commander in the city. He said the coalition had carried out 20 strikes in support of the campaign over the past four days.
    (Reuters, 5/27/16)

2016        May 29, Iraq's special forces completed a troop buildup around Fallujah ahead of an operation to retake the Islamic State-held city west of Baghdad, as the militants attacked Hit, a newly-liberated town to the west. Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces launched an offensive to retake areas east of Mosul, the main IS hub in the country.
    (AP, 5/29/16)(AFP, 5/29/16)

2016        May 30, Iraqi forces started pushing into the city of Fallujah as a wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in Baghdad and nearby killed at least 24 people.
    (AP, 5/30/16)

2016        May 31, Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour counterattack by the Islamic State group, a day after entering the southern part of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. An estimated 50,000 people remain trapped in the city.
    (AP, 5/31/16)

2016        Jun 1, PM Haider al-Abadi said Iraq delayed its assault on the city of Falluja because of fears for the safety of civilians, as his forces halted at the city's edge in the face of ferocious resistance from Islamic State fighters.
    (Reuters, 6/1/16)

2016        Jun 4, In Iraq bombings targeting a police checkpoint, a restaurant and two markets killed 15 people and wounded more than 40 in and around Baghdad. Iraqi forces gained new ground from the Islamic State group in a key area west of the jihadist bastion of Fallujah.
    (AP, 6/4/16)(AFP, 6/4/16)
2016        Jun 4, Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey and the army killed 27 fighters near its borders with Iraq and Iran.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 4, The United States and its allies conducted a total of 23 military strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)

2016        Jun 5, In Iraq Islamic State militants reportedly shot and killed 7 civilians and 7 IS defectors inside Fallujah as they attempted to flee the city.
    (AP, 6/6/16)

2016        Jun 7, In Iraq a car bombing in Karbala killed 7 civilians and wound almost two dozen.
    (SFC, 6/8/16, p.A2)

2016        Jun 8, Iraqi forces said they had begun to make progress against Islamic State inside a built-up district of Falluja, the militants' stronghold to the west of Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 6/8/16)
2016        Jun 8, Islamic State insurgents have posted a video showing a 3,000-year-old temple being blown up at the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, in their latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural treasures. The UN confirmed in a statement that satellite imagery showed "extensive damage to the main entrance" of the temple of Nabu, the Babylonian god of wisdom.
    (Reuters, 6/9/16)

2016        Jun 9, In Iraq two suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed 31 people with 78 wounded.
    (AP, 6/9/16)
2016        Jun 9, In northern Iraq Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other Islamic State leaders were reportedly wounded in a coalition air strike on one of the group's command headquarters close to the Syrian border according to a local source in Nineveh province.
    (Reuters, 6/10/16)

2016        Jun 11, Iraqi forces in Fallujah secured a new exit route, known as al-Salam (Peace) Junction. Over four thousand people used it to flee in the first day it was open.
    (Reuters, 6/12/16)

2016        Jun 12, Iraqi forces advanced towards Qayyarah, which lies south of the Islamic State group's main hub of Mosul, reviving a weeks-old operation that has made slow progress so far.
    (AFP, 6/12/16)

2016        Jun 13, Iraq said it had launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as an aid group said more than 4,000 more people had left the city over the weekend.
    (AP, 6/13/16)
2016        Jun 13, In Iraq a suicide attack carried out by Islamic State group fighters killed at least 5 members of the Iraqi security forces in the city of Ramadi.
    (AFP, 6/13/16)

2016        Jun 14, In Iraq Brig. Ahmed Badr al-Luhaibi, the commander of Brigade 71st of Division 15, was reported killed by a sniper during an operation to retake a village south of Mosul.
    (AP, 6/15/16)

2016        Jun 16, Kurdish official Masrour Barzan said that once the Islamic State is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi'ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds.
    (Reuters, 6/16/16)
2016        Jun 16, United Nations investigators said the Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the religious community of 400,000 people through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes.
    (Reuters, 6/16/16)

2016        Jun 17, Iraqi special forces entered the center of Fallujah city early today, taking over a government complex and a neighborhood that served as a base for the Islamic State group militants after intense fighting.
    (AP, 6/17/16)

2016        Jun 18, Iraqi forces hunted down holdout jihadists in Fallujah after retaking the city center and trained their sights on Mosul, the Islamic State's last remaining major hub in the country. Iraqi authorities arrested Iran-backed Shiite militia fighters accused of executing 49 Sunni men fleeing Fallujah.
    (AFP, 6/18/16)(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A4)

2016        Jun 20, An Iraqi military commander said his forces are battling Islamic State militants in the northern neighborhoods of Fallujah days after most of the city was declared liberated.
    (AP, 6/20/16)

2016        Jun 22, Iraqi forces hunted jihadist fighters in their last Fallujah redoubts as tens of thousands of displaced civilians massed in overcrowded camps around the city.
    (AFP, 6/22/16)

2016        Jun 23, Iraqi forces focused on removing roadside bombs and booby traps after having retaken more than 80 percent of Fallujah from the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 6/23/16)

2016        Jun 25, In Iraq a US airstrike in Mosul killed the Islamic State's deputy war minister, Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, and a military commander named Hatim Talib al-Hamduni.
    (AP, 7/2/16)

2016        Jun 26, A senior Iraqi commander said the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State militants, after a more than monthlong military operation.
    (AP, 6/26/16)

2016        Jun 27, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Sunni mosque in Abu Ghraib, killing at least 9 people and wounding at least 28.
    (AFP, 6/28/16)

2016        Jun 28, In Syria the US-led coalition carried out eight air strikes near Albu Kamal and five near Al-Qaim, on the Iraqi side. The New Syrian Army (NSA) advanced overnight on IS territory near the Albu Kamal border crossing and adjacent town, but IS recaptured it by the following afternoon.
    (AFP, 6/29/16)

2016        Jun 29, In Iraq more than 20 helicopters took part in a mission that destroyed more than 138 vehicles described as a convoy of Islamic State fighters fleeing the western city of Fallujah. The US-led coalition also conducted airstrikes on two large concentrations of Daesh vehicles and fighters.
    (AP, 6/30/16)
2016        Jun 29, The US said it has extended a $2.7-billion credit facility to Iraq for the purchase of military equipment amid the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 6/29/16)

2016        Jul 3, In Iraq at least 115 people were killed in a suicide blast in the Karada district of Baghdad. Another 5 people were killed in a Shiite neighborhood east of Baghdad. The death toll from the truck bombing in the Karada district continued to rise to at least 186 as more human remains were recovered. The Health Ministry put the toll at 292.
    (AP, 7/4/16)(AP, 7/4/16)(AP, 7/7/16)(Reuters, 7/7/16)

2016        Jul 4, Iraq executed 5 convicted terrorists in Baghdad. A string of bombings in Baghdad killed 16 people.
    (SFC, 7/5/16, p.A3)

2016        Jul 5, Iraq said government forces have now seized all villages in the Haj Ali area and reached the eastern bank of the Tigris, around 60 km (40 miles) south of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 7/5/16)

2016        Jul 6, Former British PM Tony Blair voiced "sorrow, regret and apology" after Sir John Chilcot’s 2.6m-word damning report on the Iraq war, but said he did not mislead parliament and did not regret toppling Saddam Hussein.
    (AFP, 7/6/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.14)

2016        Jul 7, In Iraq a triple suicide attack late today near a Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad killed 37 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 7/8/16)

2016        Jul 8, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi fired Baghdad's security chief following a recent series of attacks.
    (AP, 7/8/16)
2016        Jul 8, Turkish fighter jets struck Kurdish militant targets in southeastern Hakkari province and northern Iraq, killing 12 militants.
    (Reuters, 7/8/16)

2016        Jul 9, Iraqi government forces recaptured an air base in Qayara from the Islamic State group, a victory hailed by the prime minister as a key step ahead of the long-awaited operation to push the militants from the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 7/9/16)

2016        Jul 11, US Defense Secretary Ash Carte announced that The United States is stepping up its military campaign against Islamic State (IS) by sending hundreds more troops to assist Iraqi forces in an expected push on Mosul, the militants' largest stronghold, later this year.
    (Reuters, 7/11/16)

2016        Jul 12, In Iraq a suicide car bomb ripped through an outdoor vegetable and fruit market in al-Rashidiya, a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people.
    (AP, 7/12/16)

2016        Jul 13, In Iraq three bombings in Baghdad killed at least 12 people, including a suicide bombing in a mainly Shiite neighborhood that had been attacked the day before.
    (AP, 7/13/16)

2016        Jul 15, Thousands of Iraqis defied warnings from authorities and rallied in the heart of Baghdad, renewing pressure on the government to carry out reforms targeting corruption and sectarianism.
    (AFP, 7/15/16)

2016        Jul 19, The Iraqi Cabinet announced a two-day mandatory official holiday for all government workers as temperatures soared above 123 degrees Fahrenheit.
    (SFC, 7/20/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 20, Iraqis endured the hottest day so far this year, with temperatures soaring up to 51 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) in Baghdad and as much as 53 degrees Celsius (127 Fahrenheit) in the southern part of the country.
    (AP, 7/20/16)

2016        Jul 22, President Francois Hollande said France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.
    (AFP, 7/22/16)

2016     Jul 24, In Iraq a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad. The bombing struck near a checkpoint in the Kadhimiyah area, home to a major Shiite shrine, also wounded at least 29 people.
    (AFP, 7/24/16)

2016        Jul 25, In Iraq a suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad. In Baghdad, separate bomb explosions rocked three commercial areas, killing 9 people and wounding 26.
    (AFP, 7/25/16)(AP, 7/25/16)

2016        Jul 26, In Iraq the Babil Provincial Council approved a decision allowing authorities to demolish homes of convicted militants and banish their families from the province.
    (AP, 7/27/16)

2016        Jul 27, In Iraq militants unleashed a series of attacks in and around Baghdad, killing at least 18 people.
    (AP, 7/27/16)(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 31, Iraq's Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said that Islamic State group leaders and their families have sold their belongings and fled Mosul as Iraqi forces close in on the northern city.
    (AFP, 7/31/16)
2016        Jul 31, In northern Iraq militants attacked a gas facility and oil field in Dibbis killing 5 people. 3 attackers were killed but firefighters were still trying to extinguish a fire.
    (AP, 7/31/16)(AFP, 7/31/16)

2016        Aug 2, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi imposed a travel ban on several parliamentary officials accused of corruption, but parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi rejected the order saying this could only be ordered by the judiciary and calling for everyone to respect both it and the constitution.
    (AFP, 8/2/16)

2016        Aug 3, A UN commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria said the Islamic State group is still committing genocide and other crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq.
    (AP, 8/3/16)

2016        Aug 4, The UN refugee agency said it has received reports that the Islamic State group may have captured up to 3,000 Iraqis who were fleeing violence and that 12 of them may have been killed.
    (AP, 8/5/16)

2016        Aug 5, In Iraq officers and local officials said the Islamic State group has killed several residents attempting to flee Hawijah, as Iraqi forces prepared for an operation against the jihadist-held area.
    (AFP, 8/5/16)

2016        Aug 10, In Iraq a fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies. The deadly blaze was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring.
    (AP, 8/10/16)
2016        Aug 10, Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the top US commander for the fight against the Islamic State, said military campaigns in Iraq and Syria have taken 45,000 enemy combatants off the battlefield and reduced the total number of IS fighters to as few as 15,000.
    (AP, 8/11/16)

2016        Aug 11, Turkish jets raided suspected Kurdish rebel targets across the border in northern Iraq, following a wave of attacks that killed at least 12 people.
    (AP, 8/11/16)

2016        Aug 14, Iraqi Kurdish forces retook five villages east of Islamic State-held Mosul in an operation launched early today.
    (AP, 8/14/16)

2016        Aug 21, Iraq hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 "Speicher" massacre by Sunni jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits.
    (AFP, 8/21/16)

2016        Aug 23, Iraqi special forces led an operation aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul. Islamic State militants abandoned Qayyarah after setting fire to many of the region's oil wells.
    (AFP, 8/23/16)(Reuters, 8/30/16)

2016        Aug 28, In Iraq five attackers and a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people and injured 16 at a wedding party in the oasis town of Ain al-Tamer 50 km from Karbala late today. The IS claimed responsiility. All the attackers were killed by security forces.
    (Reuters, 8/29/16)

2016        Sep 2, In Iraq a blast caused by a fire at a weapons storage depot in eastern Baghdad set off rockets that hit neighboring districts, killing at least 4 residents and injuring 14 others.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)

2016        Sep 6, In Iraq an overnight car bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, struck a bustling commercial area of central Baghdad, killing at least 12 civilians.
    (AP, 9/6/16)

2016        Sep 9, In Iraq a camp housing members of an Iranian opposition group was officially closed after the last 280 residents were flown to Albania. The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq had been based in Iraq since the 1980s, when they received arms and support from Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war.
    (AP, 9/10/16)
2016        Sep 9, In Iraq two bomb blasts, claimed by the Islamic State group, hit just before midnight outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad killing at least 13 people.
    (AFP, 9/10/16)
2016        Sep 9, The Dutch government says it is extending its involvement in a military training mission in Iraq until the end of 2017.
    (AP, 9/9/16)

2016        Sep 20, Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake the northern town of Shirqat from Islamic State, a stepping stone in their campaign to recapture the jihadists' stronghold of Mosul before the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 9/20/16)

2016        Sep 21, Iraq's parliament sacked Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari over corruption allegations, a move that risks further destabilizing the major OPEC producer's fragile economy as it struggles with a massive budget deficit.
    (Reuters, 9/21/16)

2016        Sep 22, Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.
    (Reuters, 9/22/16)

2016        Sep 23, A senior Royal Air Force officer said British Tornado and Typhoon aircraft stationed at a U.K. air base in Cyprus are pounding Islamic State targets ahead of a major offensive by Iraqi security forces next month to recapture the key northern city of Mosul from IS militants.
    (AP, 9/24/16)
2016        Sep 23, Iraq and the UN signed an agreement aimed at helping the Baghdad government tackle sexual violence in conflict, an issue that made headlines following the capture and rape of Yazidi women by Islamic State extremists in 2014.
    (AP, 9/23/16)

2016        Sep 24, In Iraq 12 people were killed when militants attacked a police checkpoint north of Tikrit and then detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the city. One militant was killed at the checkpoint after shooting dead four police officers in the attack.
    (Reuters, 9/24/16)

2016        Sep 25, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad, killing 7 and wounding 28.
    (Reuters, 9/25/16)

2016        Sep 27, In Iraq two suicide bombings in Baghdad killed at least 17 civilians. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 9/28/16, p.A2)

2016        Sep 29, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi asked Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani not to exploit the war on Islamic State to expand the Kurds' territory.
    (Reuters, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, Norway's Rafto Prize for human rights was awarded to Yanar Mohammed of Iraq for her efforts to help minorities and women subjected to sexual abuse in the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 9/29/16)

2016        Oct 2, In Iraq a booby-trapped drone launched by Islamic State militants killed two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and wounded two French soldiers north of the IS-controlled city of Mosul. French soldiers had been training Kurdish fighters near the site of the drone crash near the town of Dohuk.
    (Reuters, 10/12/16)

2016        Oct 3, In Iraq suicide bombers attacked two Shi'ite Muslim processions in Baghdad, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 40. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts.
    (Reuters, 10/3/16)(AP, 10/3/16)

2016        Oct 5, In Iraq around 19 pro-government Sunni tribal fighters south of Mosul were killed in an air strike east of the town of Qayyarah most likely conducted by the US-led coalition in a case of mistaken identity.
    (AFP, 10/5/16)(SFC, 10/6/16, p.A2)
2016        Oct 5, The Czech government said it has approved a plan to send medical personnel and additional military instructors to Iraq. The deployment still requires parliamentary approval.
    (AP, 10/5/16)

2016        Oct 7, It was reported that President Barack Obama has issued waivers that continue millions of dollars in US military assistance for troubled South Sudan and six other nations where child soldiers have been used, disappointing advocates who say his administration hasn't made curbing the use of children in combat a higher priority. Waivers also have been granted to Somalia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Iraq and Myanmar.
    (AP, 10/7/16)

2016        Oct 9, In Iraq three bomb attacks killed 10 people and wounded at least 37 across Baghdad.
    (AP, 10/9/16)

2016        Oct 10, Iraq's federal court ruled that PM Haider al-Abadi's move to abolish the largely ceremonial posts of the country's vice president and deputy prime minister is unconstitutional.
    (AP, 10/10/16)

2016        Oct 14, The US-led coalition said it is increasing airstrikes in and around the militant-held city of Mosul as Iraqi ground forces build up ahead of a planned operation to retake the city.
    (AP, 10/14/16)

2016        Oct 16, The Iraqi army dropped tens of thousands of leaflets over Mosul before dawn, warning residents an offensive to recapture the city from Islamic State was in its final stages of preparation. A suicide bomber struck a gathering of Shiite mourners in Baghdad, killing at least 4 people and wounding another 12.
    (Reuters, 10/16/16)(AP, 10/16/16)

2016        Oct 17, Iraqi government forces launched a US-backed offensive to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul. the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said up to 100,000 Iraqis may flee to Syria and Turkey to escape the assault.
    (Reuters, 10/17/16)

2016        Oct 18, In Iraq residents of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages in their advance on the jihadists' stronghold.
    (Reuters, 10/18/16)
2016        Oct 18, Turkey’s PM Binali Yildirim said Turkish air force jets will join in the air operation backing Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga to retake Iraq's second city of Mosul from jihadists.
    (AFP, 10/18/16)

2016        Oct 19, A senior Iraqi general called on Iraqis fighting for the Islamic State group in Mosul to surrender as a wide-scale operation to retake the militant-held city entered its third day. Residents began returning to the village of Sheikh Amir on the road to Mosul, recaptured overnight by advancing Kurdish fighters.
    (AP, 10/19/16)(Reuters, 10/19/16)

2016        Oct 20, Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.
    (AP, 10/20/16)
2016        Oct 20, In Iraq Islamic State set a sulfur plant ablaze during fighting around al-Mishraq, south of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 10/22/16)

2016        Oct 21, About 100 Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul. At least 13 workers, including four Iranians, were killed. IS militants stormed a power plant north of Kirkuk and then blew themselves up. A local TV reporter was killed by a sniper while covering the clashes.
    (AP, 10/21/16)(Econ, 10/29/16, p.41)
2016        Oct 21, The UN said Islamic State militants have taken 550 families from villages around Mosul and are holding them close to Islamic State locations in the city, probably as human shields.
    (Reuters, 10/21/16)

2016        Oct 22, Iraqi forces advanced to 5 km (3 miles) from Mosul in an offensive against Islamic State's last major Iraq stronghold. Iraqi cameraman Ali Raysan was killed covering the military offensive. Iraqi security forces battled for a second day with Islamic State group gunmen who infiltrated Kirkuk. The Kirkuk police chief said 48 jihadist attackers had been killed so far and several others wounded.
    (Reuters, 10/22/16)(AFP, 10/22/16)
2016        Oct 22, Iraq's parliament passed a law late today forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages in a surprise move that angered many in the country's Christian community who rely on the business. Some lawmakers planned to submit an appeal at the High Federal Court.
    (AP, 10/23/16)

2016        Oct 23, Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 10/23/16)

2016        Oct 25, Iraqi forces backed by US-led coalition airstrikes battled Islamic State militants for a third day in Ruba, Anbar province, hundreds of km to the south of the operation to retake the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 10/25/16)

2016        Oct 26, Iraq's army said it had regained full control of the western town of Rutba, three days after Islamic State attacked it.
    (Reuters, 10/26/16)

2016        Oct 27, The United States said up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians.
    (AFP, 10/27/16)
2016        Oct 27, Two Yazidi women who survived a nightmare ordeal of kidnapping, rape and slavery at the hands of Islamic State jihadists won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. Yazidis are followers of an ancient religion with more than half a million believers concentrated in northern Iraq.
    (AFP, 10/27/16)

2016        Oct 28, The UN human rights office said Islamic State forces in Iraq have abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and are using them as "human shields" in strategic sites in the city as Iraqi troops advance.
    (Reuters, 10/28/16)

2016        Oct 29, In Iraq Islamic State militants killed 40 former members of the Iraqi Security Forces near Mosul and threw their bodies in the Tigris river.
    (Reuters, 11/1/16)
2016        Oct 29, In Iraq a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group targeted Shiite Muslims in Baghdad, killing at least four people.
    (AFP, 10/29/16)
2016        Oct 29, Iraqi Shi'ite militias said they had launched an offensive towards the west of Mosul, an operation that could inflame sectarian tension in the mainly Sunni region.
    (Reuters, 10/29/16)

2016        Oct 30, In Iraq a parked car bomb exploded in Baghdad's northwestern neighborhood of Hurriyah, killing at least 10 and wounding 34. It was the fifth such explosion in the capital today. The day's casualty toll from the attacks in Baghdad stood at 17 dead and over 60 wounded.
    (AP, 10/30/16)
2016        Oct 30, Iraqi troops and security forces edged closer to Mosul on two southern fronts but a leader of the Shi'ite militias newly participating in the offensive warned that the battle for Islamic State's Iraq stronghold would be long and grueling.
    (Reuters, 10/30/16)

2016        Oct 31, Iraqi troops entered the Karama district of the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, their first advance into the city itself after two weeks of fighting in the surrounding area to dislodge the militants. The Islamic State executed 50 people for desertion at the Ghazlani military base in Mosul.
    (Reuters, 10/31/16)(Reuters, 11/4/16)

2016        Nov 1, Elite Iraqi forces recaptured Gogjali village and a television station on the edge of Mosul. Iraqi army forces managed to push into the Judaidat Al-Mufti area of Mosul. Some 4,000 to 7,000 jihadists were believed to be in and around Mosul. Islamic State militants transported 1,600 abducted civilians from the town of Hammam al-Alil to Tal Afar, possibly for use as human shields against air strikes.
    (AFP, 11/1/16)(Reuters, 11/4/16)

2016        Nov 2, In Iraq a spokesman for a leading Shiite militia said its fighters have gained control of a highway linking the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul to the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the militants' self-proclaimed caliphate. An Iraqi officer said troops have killed eight Islamic State group militants while carrying out house-to-house clearances in the newly-recaptured Mosul neighborhood of Gogjali. 180 former Iraqi government employees died as Islamic State retreated from Kokjali town.
    (AP, 11/2/16)(Reuters, 11/4/16)

2016        Nov 3, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his followers there could be no retreat in a "total war" against the forces arrayed against them, as advancing soldiers battled the militants inside their northern Iraqi stronghold.
    (Reuters, 11/3/16)

2016        Nov 4, In Iraq bulldozers and tanks backed by air strikes pushed into the streets of Mosul from the east for the first time since Iraqi forces launched a broad offensive to retake the city on October 17. Jihadist fighters unleashed a deluge of bombs and gunfire on forces punching into the streets of Mosul, forcing some units into a partial pullback. At least seven suicide attackers in explosives-laden vehicles attacked troops, five of whom were killed before nearing their targets.
    (AFP, 11/4/16)(AP, 11/5/16)
2016        Nov 4, In northern Iraq two roadside bombs struck a convoy carrying families fleeing the Islamic State-controlled town of  Hawija late today, killing 18 people.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)

2016        Nov 5, In Iraq four separate bombings hit neighborhoods across Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 37. Iraqi special forces cleared buildings in neighborhoods they entered in eastern Mosul a day earlier, after pushing out Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the city. Some 1 million civilians remained in the city.
    (AP, 11/5/16)

2016        Nov 6, In Iraq Islamic State fighters targeted troops with car bombs and ambushes in Mosul, stalling an army advance, but faced attack on a new front as US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces launched a campaign for the Syrian city of Raqqa.
    (Reuters, 11/6/16)(AFP, 11/6/16)
2016        Nov 6, In Iraq ten Iranian pilgrims were killed in a suicide attack in Samarra.
    (Reuters, 11/6/16)

2016        Nov 7, Iraqi forces retook the key town of Hamam al-Alil, from the Islamic State group, a crucial objective on the southern front of the offensive to wrest back Mosul. Iraqi security forces announced the discovery of a mass grave in the Hamam al-Alil area. The first officials at the site said the grave likely holds about 100 bodies, many of them decapitated.
    (AFP, 11/7/16)(AP, 11/8/16)

2016        Nov 8, Iraqi Kurdish forces seized the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from the Islamic State group. About five percent of the town remained under jihadist control. US-backed militia forces advanced on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold Raqa.
    (AFP, 11/8/16)

2016        Nov 9, In Iraq residents of Mosul said Islamic State militants fighting to hold on to the city have displayed the crucified bodies of five people they said gave information to "the enemy", and were back on the city streets policing the length of men's beards. Islamic State militants posted a video showing four children, who appeared to be 10-14 years old, shooting four civilians accused of disloyalty in Mosul near the Tigris River.
    (Reuters, 11/9/16)(SFC, 11/12/16, p.A2)
2016        Nov 9, In Iraq and Syria US-backed forces pressed offensives on the Islamic State group's strongholds. An air strike by the American-led coalition reportedly killed 20 civilians in the village of Heisha near the Syrian city of Raqa (Raqqa).
    (AFP, 11/9/16)(AP, 11/9/16)

2016        Nov 14, In Iraq suicide bombers targeted Fallujah and Karbala killing at least 6 people in each city.
    (SFC, 11/15/16, p.A3)

2016        Nov 15, Canada’s Chief of Defense Gen. Jonathan Vance said Canadian troops are allowed to fire first in Iraq.
    (http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/liberals-canadians-shoot-first-raq/)

2016        Nov 16, In Iraq heavy fighting broke out in Mosul's eastern Tahrir neighborhood, where a suicide car bomber from the Islamic State group disabled an Abrams tank belonging to the Iraqi army. Special forces now controlled 70 percent of the Tahrir district, where most residents were sheltering indoors.
    (AP, 11/16/16)

2016        Nov 18, Iraqi troops advanced cautiously into eastern districts of Mosul as air strikes, automatic fire and artillery were heard from dawn. One soldier was reported killed in the clashes.
    (SFC, 11/19/16, p.A4)

2016        Nov 19, Iraqi troops faced stiff resistance from Islamic State militants as they pushed deeper into eastern Mosul, backed by aerial support from the US-led international coalition. Three members of the Iraqi security forces were killed when an Islamic State group truck bomb they were trying to defuse exploded west of Baghdad. Islamic State killed seven Sunni tribal fighters who support the Iraqi government and five policemen on in a town south of Mosul.
    (AP, 11/19/16)(AFP, 11/19/16)(Reuters, 11/19/16)

2016        Nov 20, Iraqi troops fortified their positions in Mosul neighborhoods retaken from the Islamic State group as their advance toward the city center was slowed by sniper fire and suicide bombings, as well as concern over the safety of civilians.
    (AP, 11/20/16)
2016        Nov 20, In Iraq millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims beating their chests in mourning thronged Karbala under the protection of thousands of members of the security forces. The commemoration of Imam Hussein's death in 680 AD culminates on Nov 21.
    (AFP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 22, In Iraq US forces said they have carried out an air strike on a bridge spanning the Tigris river, restricting militant movements between western and eastern parts of Mosul. The air strike hit the number four bridge in the past 48 hours. A month ago a US air strike destroyed the No. 2 bridge and two weeks later another strike took out the No. 5 bridge. The strike leaves Mosul's oldest British-built bridge as the only one still standing out of five in the center of the city.
    (Reuters, 11/22/16)(AFP, 11/22/16)

2016        Nov 23, A Baghdad court issued arrest warrants for two correspondents with a Saudi newspaper over a false news report accusing Iranian pilgrims of sexually harassing Iraqi women. The Nov 20 article quoted a purported World Health Organization spokesman as saying that after last year's pilgrimage more than 169 Iraqi women became pregnant out of wedlock.
    (AFP, 11/23/16)

2016        Nov 23, In Iraq Iranian-backed Shi'ite paramilitaries said they had linked up with Kurdish peshmerga forces west of Mosul, a move they said completed the encircling of the Islamic State-held city and nearby town of Tal Afar.
    (Reuters, 11/23/16)

2016        Nov 24, In Iraq a car bomb attack at a gas station near the city of Hilla killed at least 73 people including about 40 Iranians returning from Karbala. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. The death toll was later raised to 92.
    (AP, 11/25/16)(AP, 12/3/16)

2016        Nov 25, In Iraq IS militants reportedly shot to death 27 civilians in Muhandiseen Park in northern Mosul.
    (AP, 11/29/16)

2016        Nov 26, Iraq's parliament voted to accord full legal status to 110,000 government-sanctioned Shiite popular mobilization forces (PMF) as a "back-up and reserve" force for the military and police and empower them to "deter" security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group. The legislation, supported by 208 of the chamber's 327 members, was promptly rejected by Sunni Arab politicians and lawmakers who said it was evidence of what they called the "dictatorship" of the country's Shiite majority.
    (AP, 11/26/16)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.39)

2016        Nov 28, Iraqi residents in Mosul said the Islamic State has arrested dozens of shop owners accused of raising food prices in the nearly besieged city, to tamp down discontent as a US-backed offensive closes in on the group's stronghold.
    (Reuters, 11/28/16)

2016        Nov 29, An Iraqi official said water supplies to about 650,000 residents of Mosul have been cut off after a pipeline was hit during fighting between the army and Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 11/29/16)
2016        Nov 29, The Hashed al-Jabour militia, made up of Sunni tribal fighters backed by the government, killed four men it had captured in a village north of Mosul. Witnesses said the men were shot in the presence of Iraqi security forces without any judicial proceedings.
    (AP, 12/18/16)

2016        Nov 30, The UN warned that op to 500,000 civilians in Mosul are facing a "catastrophic" drinking water shortage, as Iraqi forces advanced against the Islamic State group in the city.
    (AFP, 11/30/16)

2016        Nov, Almost 2,000 Iraqi troops were killed this month across the country.
    (Econ, 2/25/17, p.41)

2016        Dec 1, The UN mission in Iraq said 1,959 Iraqi forces were killed last month and at least 450 others wounded. The UN statement also said at least 926 civilians were killed, bringing to 2,885 the number of Iraqis killed in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict last month.
    (AFP, 12/1/16)

2016        Dec 2, Iraqi special forces fighting in Mosul seized a new neighborhood and took full control of the densely-populated Zohour neighborhood, where troops happened upon a residential complex for IS fighters.
    (AP, 12/2/16)

2016        Dec 3, In Iraq Islamic State militants staged attacks over the last 24 hours on positions of state-sanctioned militias west and south of Mosul, apparently taking advantage of bad weather conditions that normally disrupt air support. Forces from the Iraqi army retook four villages from the Islamic State group northeast of Mosul.
    (AP, 12/3/16)(AFP, 12/3/16)

2016        Dec 4, In Iraq two militants tried to attack army barracks in Anbar province. Police and army sources said the attackers were killed before they reached the base. Iraqi commanders say they have killed at least 1,000 Islamic State fighters. A government adviser estimated the jihadist group now had about 4,000 fighters in Mosul.
    (Reuters, 12/4/16)
2016        Dec 4, Human Rights Watch said Kurdish restrictions on the movement of goods are harming the recovery of Iraq's Yazidi minority, which was targeted for genocide by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 12/4/16)

2016        Dec 5, Western-backed Iraqi forces have begun shelling parts of west Mosul, in preparation for a new front against Islamic State seven weeks into a difficult campaign to drive the militants from the city.
    (Reuters, 12/5/16)

2016        Dec 6, Iraqi army units surged towards the center of Mosul in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold.
    (Reuters, 12/6/16)

2016        Dec 7, Iraqi army troops entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the southeastern part of Mosul. Soldiers from the 9th Division took over the hospital building in the al-Salam neighborhood.
    (AP, 12/7/16)
2016        Dec 7, Iraq's parliament speaker said an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible.
    (AP, 12/8/16)

2016        Dec 9, In Iraq separate bombings in Baghdad killed 10 people and wounded another 22.
    (AP, 12/9/16)
2016        Dec 9, Turkish jets carried out air strikes against Kurdish militants in the Gara region of northern Iraq and killed 19 militants.
    (Reuters, 12/9/16)

2016        Dec 10, The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul, pushing back Islamic State militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food.
    (Reuters, 12/10/16)

2016        Dec 12, Turkey detained over 200 people including dozens of officials from pro-Kurdish parties and struck Kurdish militants in Iraq in response to this weekend's twin bombings claimed by a radical Kurd separatist group.
    (AFP, 12/12/16)

2016        Dec 14, The UN said that Islamic State extremists have destroyed the ancient site of Nimrud in Iraq almost beyond recognition.
    (SFC, 12/15/16, p.A2)

2016        Dec 20, In northern Iraq a bombing killed five Iranian Kurdish fighters and an Iraqi Kurdish policeman in Koy Sanjaq, east of Erbil. An Iranian Kurdish armed opposition group the next day accused Iran of the bombing.
    (AP, 12/21/16)

2016        Dec 22, In Iraq three suicide car bombs killed at least 15 civilians and eight Iraqi policemen in Kokjali (Gogjali), an eastern suburb of Mosul. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Mortar fire also killed 11 people including four aid workers as civilians gathered to receive assistance in Mosul city.
    (Reuters, 12/22/16)(AFP, 12/22/16)

2016        Dec 25, In Iraq separate bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 11 civilians and wounded 34 others.
    (AP, 12/25/16)

2016        Dec 27, Iraqi journalist Afrah Sawqi al-Qaisi was kidnapped after gunmen broke into her Baghdad home. The veteran journalist and employee of the Iraqi Culture Ministry is a leading critic of the country's endemic corruption. Al-Qaisi was released on Jan 3.
    (AP, 12/27/16)(AP, 1/4/17)
2016        Dec 27, In Iraq an air strike disabled the last bridge linking eastern and western Mosul, a city Iraqi forces are fighting to retake from jihadists.
    (AFP, 12/28/16)

2016        Dec 29, Iraqi security forces began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month.
    (Reuters, 12/29/16)

2016        Dec 30, Iraqi forces faced car bombs and fierce resistance from Islamic State militants in southern Mosul, the second day of a renewed push to take back the city after fighting stalled for several weeks.
    (Reuters, 12/30/16)

2016        Dec 31, In Iraq three bombs killed 29 people in Baghdad as fighting intensified in the northern city of Mosul, where Iraqi government forces are trying to rout Islamic State militants from their last major stronghold in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/31/16)

2016        Iraq’s oil production reached record lows this year. The IMF extended a $5.3 billion loan.
    (Econ, 1/7/17, p.40)
2016        Transparency International listed Iraq as the 8th most corrupt government in the world.
    (Econ, 4/16/16, p.38)
2016        Violence in Iraq claimed the lives of at least 6,878 civilian this year.
    (AP, 1/3/17)

2017        Jan 1, A top commander said Iraqi forces have retaken more than 60 percent of eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group since the battle for the city began in mid-October.
    (AFP, 1/1/17)

2017        Jan 2, In Iraq a suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Three smaller bombings elsewhere in the city killed another seven civilians and wounded at least 30.
    (AP, 1/2/17)

2017        Jan 4, The UN said more than 2,000 Iraqis a day are fleeing Mosul, several hundred more each day than before U.S.-led coalition forces began a new phase of their battle to retake the city from Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 1/4/17)

2017        Jan 5, Iraqi forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the Syrian border, piling further pressure on the jihadists' crumbling "caliphate".
    (AFP, 1/5/17)
2017        Jan 5, In Iraq several attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 27 people including a suicide car bombing in a commercial area in central Baghdad that killed at least 11 civilians.
    (AP, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A3)

2017        Jan 7, Iraqi government troops made fresh progress in their push against IS inside the northern city of Mosul, dislodging militants from new areas and for the first time reaching the nearest point to Tigris river that divides the city since the operation began in mid-October.
    (AP, 1/7/17)
2017        Jan 7, Turkish PM Binali Yildirim commenced a two-day visit to Iraq, the first since the two governments quarreled over the presence of unauthorized Turkish troops in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 1/7/17)

2017        Jan 8, Iraqi special forces battling Islamic State reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul for the first time in a three-month, US-backed offensive to capture the city from the militants. In Baghdad, a suicide attacker killed 13 people when he drove an explosives-rigged car into vegetable market in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim eastern Jamila district. A few hours later, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up at a market in another mostly Shi'ite district, Baladiyat, killing seven.   
    (Reuters, 1/8/17)

2017        Jan 9, Iraqi special forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul, pushing militants from another eastern district and edging closer to army units nearby.
    (Reuters, 1/9/17)

2017        Jan 10, Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State fighters back further in Mosul in a renewed effort to seize the northern city and deal a decisive blow to the militant group, though progress was slow in some districts.
    (Reuters, 1/10/17)

2017        Jan 12, Iraqi forces joined flanks in northern Mosul and drove back Islamic State militants in the southeast in a renewed push that has brought them closer to controlling the eastern half of the city.
    (Reuters, 1/12/17)

2017        Jan 14, Iraqi government troops retook the eastern edge of a third bridge in Mosul and a cluster of buildings inside Mosul university.
    (AP, 1/14/17)

2017        Jan 15, Iraqi special forces swept through the campus of Mosul University to clear it of any remaining Islamic State militants after taking full control of the area.
    (Reuters, 1/15/17)

2017        Jan 16, Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul retook the Nabi Yunus area where the jihadists levelled one of the city's most well-known shrines in 2014. Two other neighborhoods in eastern Mosul were also retaken from the IS.
    (AFP, 1/16/17)

2017        Jan 17, In Iraq a car bomb blast in southern Baghdad killed at least seven people and wounded 20.
    (Reuters, 1/17/17)

2017        Jan 18, Iraqi commanders said their forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the Islamic State group, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.
    (AFP, 1/18/17)

2017        Jan 20, In Iraq the Islamic State blew up a landmark hotel in western Mosul in an apparent attempt to prevent advancing Iraqi forces from using it as a base in their offensive to capture the city.
    (Reuters, 1/22/17)

2017        Jan 22, Iraqi forces retook two areas from the Islamic State group in Mosul, sealing their control of the east bank three months into an offensive to reclaim the city. Army Col. Sabhan Hasan al-Jubouri died in fighting on the eastern bank.
    (AFP, 1/22/17)(Reuters, 1/22/17)

2017        Jan 23, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi ordered an investigation into violations of human rights and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and paramilitary forces battling the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul.
    (AP, 1/23/17)

2017        Jan 25, In Iraq local residents said Islamic State fighters have taken up sniper positions in buildings on the west bank of the Tigris river ahead of an expected government offensive into that side the city. Iraqi forces estimated the number of militants inside Mosul at 5,000-6,000 at the start of the battle, and have said 3,300 have been killed in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 1/25/17)

2017        Jan 26, Germany's Parliament extended the country's training mission in northern Iraq for another year.
    (AP, 1/26/17)

2017        Jan 28, Iraqi special forces Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil said French officials tested a chemical from Mosul this week and confirmed it was a mustard agent. It was found alongside a cache of Russian surface-to-surface missiles.
    (AP, 1/28/17)

2017        Jan 29, Iraqi parliamentarians said they will lobby against new travel limits to the United States by Iraqis, arguing both countries need to uphold their fight against Islamic State (IS).
    (Reuters, 1/29/17)

2017        Jan 30, Iraq's lawmakers backed a non-binding "reciprocity measure" that would bar Americans from entering Iraq in retaliation for Pres. Donald Trump's banning of Iraqis and citizens of six other majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the US.
    (AP, 1/30/17)

2017        Feb 2, The US military said 11 civilians were killed in four separate air strikes by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria between Oct. 25 and Dec. 9.
    (Reuters, 2/2/17)

2017        Feb 8, In Iraq hundreds of supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad to demand electoral reform ahead of a planned provincial vote in September.
    (AFP, 2/8/17)

2017        Feb 10, In Iraq at least five people were killed and 19 wounded in two suicide bombings that hit an army position and a restaurant in eastern Mosul.
    (Reuters, 2/10/17)

2017        Feb 11, In Iraq six demonstrators and one policeman were killed in clashes between security forces and protesters loyal to prominent Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who had gathered in Baghdad to demand political reforms.
    (AFP, 2/11/17)(AP, 2/12/17)
2017        Feb 11, The Iraqi air force carried out a strike on a house where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be meeting other commanders. It published the names of 13 Islamic State commanders it said had been killed in the air strike, but the list did not include Baghdadi. Three other Islamic State positions in western Iraq were targeted in the same wave of air strikes, killing 64 fighters.
    (Reuters, 2/13/17)

2017        Feb 12, Iraqi forces thwarted an attempt by around 200 jihadist fighters to flee their bastion of Tal Afar towards Syria, west of the city of Mosul.
    (AFP, 2/13/17)

2017        Feb 15, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in a Shiite majority neighborhood of Baghdad, killing at least 15 people.
    (Reuters, 2/15/17)

2017        Feb 16, In Iraq a car packed with explosives blew up in southern Baghdad, killing at least 55 people and wounding more than 60, in the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.
    (Reuters, 2/16/17)(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A2)

2017        Feb 17, In Iraq the Islamic State group attacked a battalion of state-sponsored militia southeast of Tikrit, killing at least eight militia members.
    (AP, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 17, In Iraq US-led military coalition forces destroyed a building in the main medical complex of western Mosul that was suspected of housing an Islamic State command center. The IS soon disputed the assertion, saying in an online statement that the strike killed 18 people, mostly women and children, and wounded 47 others.
    (Reuters, 2/18/17)

2017        Feb 19, In Iraq US-backed Iraqi forces launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in western Mosul. Save the Children warned that around 350,000 children are trapped in western Mosul.
    (Reuters, 2/19/17)(AFP, 2/19/17)

2017        Feb 20, Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern Mosul and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank.
    (AFP, 2/20/17)
2017        Feb 20, Jamal al-Harith (50), a former Guantanamo Bay detainee released in 2004, died in a suicide bomb attack on Iraqi-led coalition forces near Mosul. He was a Muslim convert from Manchester, England, born as Ronald Fiddler.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zjw8622)(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A3)

2017        Feb 22, Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 2/22/17)

2017        Feb 23, Iraqi forces thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014.
    (AFP, 2/23/17)

2017        Feb 24, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abbadi said he had ordered the Iraqi air force to strike Islamic State positions inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 2/24/17)
2017        Feb 24, Iraqi forces entered west Mosul neighborhoods, a key stronghold in the shrinking "caliphate" of the Islamic State group, which replied with deadly suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria.
    (AFP, 2/24/17)

2017        Feb 25, Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled jihadists inside west Mosul. Shifa Gardi, a female reporter working for Iraqi Kurdish channel Rudaw, was killed by the explosion of a roadside bomb during the fighting in Mosul. Four bombs went off near a minor pipeline from an oilfield close to the northern city of Kirkuk. One member of the Kurdish security forces was killed.
    (AFP, 2/25/17)(Reuters, 2/25/17)

2017        Feb 26, Iraqi forces battled jihadists in west Mosul, aiming to build a floating bridge across the Tigris to establish an important supply route linked to the recaptured east bank.
    (AFP, 2/26/17)

2017        Feb 27, Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul, gaining control of a neighborhood along the Tigris River and the foot of one of the city's five bridges amid intense clashes with Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 2/27/17)

2017        Feb 28, In Iraq hundreds of civilians fled through the desert to escape fighting and privation in Mosul, joining thousands of others who left their homes amid dire conditions in the city's west.
    (AFP, 2/28/17)
2017        Feb 28, The Italian foreign ministry said in a statement that an inspection had found "irregularities" in granting visas at its consulate in the Iraqi city of Irbil and that the head of the visa section has been replaced. Visa-seekers, including Syrians, Arab and Kurdish Iraqis, had allegedly paid as much as 10,000 euros ($10,600) for visas instead of the actual 90-euro ($96) fee.
    (AP, 2/28/17)

2017        Mar 2, Kurdish forces seized an oil facility in Kirkuk to send a message to the Iraqi government to build a refinery.
    (Reuters, 3/2/17)

2017        Mar 3, In Iraq thousands of civilians fled Mosul overnight as government forces advanced north of a sprawling military base near the city's airport. Seven people, among them five children, were reported hospitalized over the past two days near Mosul with injuries from chemical weapons.
    (AP, 3/3/17)(AFP, 3/3/17)
2017        Mar 3, In Iraq rival Kurdish groups clashed in the northwestern Sinjar region. The YBS, a local affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), said the fighting began when the Peshmerga Rojava tried to seize its positions in Khanasor. The YBS accused Turkey of instigating the violence.
    (Reuters, 3/3/17)

2017        Mar 5, Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group in hours of heavy clashes in west Mosul. The number of people who fled fighting in the area topped 45,000. At least six suicide car bombs dispatched by militants were destroyed before reaching troops.
    (AFP, 3/5/17)(SFC, 3/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Mar 5, Britain agreed to arrange 10 billion pounds ($12.3 billion) in loans to finance infrastructure projects in Iraq over a 10 year period, in a program that would only benefit British companies.
    (Reuters, 3/5/17)
2017        Mar 5, The UN said tens of thousands of civilians have fled offensives against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to keep what remains of their territory.
    (AFP, 3/5/17)

2017        Mar 7, Iraqi government forces fighting to drive Islamic State from western Mosul recaptured the main government building, the central bank branch and the museum where three years ago the militants had smashed statues and artifacts.
    (Reuters, 3/7/17)

2017        Mar 8, Iraqi forces saw off an overnight Islamic State counter-attack near Mosul's main government buildings and took full control of the last major road leading west to the militant-held town of Tal Afar.
    (Reuters, 3/8/17)

2017        Mar 10, Iraqi special forces battling the Islamic State group pushed deeper into west Mosul, where a commander said jihadist resistance is showing signs of weakening under repeated assaults. The Islamic State released dozens of prisoners held in jails in the districts of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that remained under its control.
    (AFP, 3/10/17)(Reuters, 3/11/17)

2017        Mar 11, Iraqi paramilitary forces announced that they had discovered a mass grave at Badush prison near Mosul containing the remains of hundreds of people executed by the Islamic State group in 2014.
    (AP, 3/11/17)

2017        Mar 12, An Iraqi commander of the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said government forces have retaken around 30 percent of west Mosul from Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 3/12/17)
2017        Mar 12, In Iraq two investigators for Sallyport Global were fired abruptly and flown out of Iraq. They had been looking into timesheet fraud allegations and were set to interview company managers, whom they considered suspects. The company was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets, but turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking and terminated the investigators who uncovered the wrongdoing.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

2017        Mar 13, Iraqi forces said that they have taken more territory from jihadists and were searching for militants and bombs on the edge of the Old City as they press an offensive in west Mosul. An airstrike hit a residential area in Mosul. Scores of residents were later reported killed.
    (AFP, 3/13/17)(AP, 3/24/17)

2017        Mar 14, Iraqi forces said they have recaptured Mosul train station, once one of the country's main rail hubs and the latest in a series of key sites retaken from jihadists.
    (AFP, 3/14/17)

2017        Mar 16, Iraqi government forces besieged Islamic State militants around Mosul's Old City, edging closer to the historic mosque from where the group's leader declared a caliphate nearly three years ago.
    (Reuters, 3/16/17)

2017        Mar 17, In Iraq an airstrike hit the residential area in Mosul for the 2nd time in four days. Many residents were later reported killed. US officials acknowledged the airstrike on March 25 that witnesses said killed at least 100 people. On May 25 the US military acknowledged the bombing saying it set off explosive materials that militants had planted inside causing the structure to collapse.
    (AP, 3/24/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A6)(SFC, 5/26/17, p.A2)

2017        Mar 18, Elite Iraqi forces said they were battling house by house in the Old City of Mosul, inching towards the mosque where the Islamic State group proclaimed its "caliphate" in 2014.
    (AFP, 3/18/17)

2017        Mar 19, Iraqi forces backed by helicopter strikes engaged in heavy fighting with jihadists on the outskirts of the Old City as they pressed an offensive to recapture west Mosul.
    (AFP, 3/19/17)

2017        Mar 20, Iraqi forces battled Islamic State group fighters to push into Mosul's Old City where thousands of civilians remained trapped under jihadist rule. A car bombing in Baghdad killed 27 people.
    (AFP, 3/20/17)(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A2)

2017        Mar 22, In Iraq Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by government forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting. Heavy mortar fire killed at least five civilians and wounded more than 20 in Mosul Jadida and Rifak districts.
    (Reuters, 3/22/17)

2017        Mar 26, Iraq's military said that 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that Islamic State had booby-trapped in west Mosul, but there was no sign the building had been hit by a coalition air strike. Witnesses and local officials that said as many as 200 bodies were pulled from the building after a March 17 coalition strike targeted IS militants and equipment in the Jadida district.
    (Reuters, 3/26/17)

2017        Mar, In Iraq American officers estimated that as few as 500 Islamic State fighters remained in Mosul.
    (Econ, 3/11/17, p.45)

2017        Apr 1, Iraqi state TV said Ayad al-Jumaili, the man believed to be the deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in an air strike. A government statement said Iraqi fighter jets have carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets outside Mosul, killing more than 100 militants in Baaj.
    (Reuters, 4/1/17)(AP, 4/1/17)

2017        Apr 3, President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner visited Iraq with the top US military officer to meet Iraqi leaders and review the fight against the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 4/3/17)

2017        Apr 4, Iraqi air strikes resumed on Islamic State positions Mosul. The United Nations said it was expanding camps for people fleeing the city.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, In northern Iraq at least 31 people were killed late today, including 14 police officers, and more than 40 wounded in attacks overnight by Islamic State militants in Tikrit. Five suicide bombers were among the dead.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)(SFC, 4/6/17, p.A4)

2017        Apr 6, The Islamic State group shot down an Iraqi helicopter operating over Mosul. Two pilots were killed. Security forces announced they recaptured another neighborhood in their nearly six-month-old offensive against the jihadist stronghold.
    (AP, 4/6/17)(Reuters, 4/6/17)

2017        Apr 14, In Iraq Islamic State militants reportedly launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul. Seven soldiers suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field clinic.
    (AP, 4/15/17)

2017        Apr 16, Iraqi forces launched a new attack on Islamic State in Mosul's Old City, trying to break the stalemate in attempts to seize the militants' last stronghold. Some 400,000 people were trapped in the Old City.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)

2017        Apr 17, The UN said the six-month-old operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group has forced around half a million people to flee their homes.
    (AFP, 4/17/17)

2017        Apr 18, Iraqi's army opened a new pontoon bridge over the Tigris river south of Mosul, after flooding had blocked all crossing points, opening an escape route for families fleeing fighting between government forces and Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 4/18/17)

2017        Apr 20, Iraqi forces retook two more neighborhoods in west Mosul, tightening the noose around jihadists holed up in the Old City.
    (AFP, 4/20/17)

2017        Apr 21, Iraq released 26 hostages, including members of Qatar's ruling family. The group was kidnapped December 16, 2015, from a desert camp for falcon hunters in southern Iraq. They apparently had permits to hunt in that area inside Muthanna province. Qatar reportedly paid a billion dollars to Iran and to the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee and Ahrar al-Sham, which are involved in the evacuation and transfer of detainees.
    (AP, 4/21/17)(Econ 6/10/17, p.14)

2017        Apr 22, In Iraq hundreds of people fled Mosul after government forces retook two more districts in the west of the city from Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 4/22/17)

2017        Apr 23, In Iraq three policemen were killed in a suicide attack south of Mosul. Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic State. Militants ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near the town of Rutba in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)(AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 23, In Iraq hundreds of thousands of Shiite faithful thronged the mausoleum of Imam Kadhim in Baghdad for the climax of a week-long pilgrimage that saw millions converge on the capital. Kadhim, the seventh of 12 revered imams in Shiite Islam, died in 799 AD.
    (AP, 4/23/17)

2017        Apr 25, Iraqi forces launched a fresh push southwest of Mosul to retake the Hatra area, which includes a UN-listed World Heritage site. Iraqi forces retook full control of the Tenek neighborhood of west Mosul from the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Turkish warplanes killed at least 28 Kurdish fighters in strikes in Syria and Iraq, where the Kurds are key players in the battle against the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)(AFP, 4/26/17)

2017        Apr 26, Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and killed six militants, in a second day of cross-border raids.
    (Reuters, 4/26/17)

2017        Apr 27, Iraqi forces retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city.
    (AP, 4/27/17)

2017        Apr 29, In Iraq a US service member was killed by an explosive device outside Mosul.
    (SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A3)
2017        Apr 29, Turkey's military reportedly killed 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)

2017        May 2, In Syria a jihadist assault led by suicide bombers killed dozens at a camp for the displaced near the border with Iraq. The violence left at least 38 people dead and came as another surprise IS attack killed 10 soldiers in Iraq.
    (AFP, 5/2/17)

2017        May 4, Iraqi forces rescued 1,000 families as they pushed into Mosul from the north.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)

2017        May 5, Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul from the north on the second day of a new push to speed up the nearly seven-month attempt to dislodge Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)

2017        May 7, In northern Iraq at least two people were killed and six injured when multiple Islamic State suicide bombers attacked a base in the Kirkuk area where US military advisers are stationed. Two of the militants died when they detonated their vests at the entrance to the K1 base overnight, and three more were killed by Kurdish peshmerga forces.   
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)

2017        May 8, In Iraq armed men kidnapped seven young anti-corruption activists in central Baghdad.
    (AFP, 5/9/17)

2017        May 9, In Iraq corpses of Islamic State militants (IS) littered the streets of a district in Mosul as US-backed Iraqi forces chipped away at the last remaining handful of districts under the jihadists' control. A spokesman for the Emergency Response Division said 250 Islamic State members had been killed in Harmat district over the past 5 days.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)

2017        May 12, Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries launched an offensive to drive Islamic State from a desert region near the border with Syria as security forces fought the militants in the city of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)

2017        May 14, US-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by Islamic State militants as the battle for the city approached an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)

2017        May 15, Unidentified fighter jets struck a mosque and surrounding houses in Boukamal (Albu Kamal) on the Syria-Iraq border. The airstrikes destroyed 15 homes and killed 62 people, including 42 civilians who had fled from other areas in Iraq and Syria. On May 16 the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said it did not conduct strikes in the eastern Syrian town of Albu Kamal.
    (AP, 5/15/17)(AFP, 5/17/17)

2017        May 18, In central Syria the Islamic State group attacked several government-held villages, capturing at least one of them in violence that left 52 people dead including more than two dozen women and children, some of whom were beheaded, as well as Syrian troops in Hama province. Pres. Assad met with Iraq's national security adviser Faleh al-Fayad to discuss steps to improve coordination between their countries' militaries in the anti-terrorism campaign along their shared border.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, In Iraq Abu Khattab al-Rawi, an Islamic State military leader, was killed in a US coalition air strike in al Qaim.
    (AP, 5/26/17)

2017        May 19, In Iraq Islamic State group suicide bombings at checkpoints in Baghdad and Basra killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more.
    (AFP, 5/20/17)

2017        May 23, Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State.
    (AP, 5/23/17)

2017        May 24, Iraq's interior minister ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)

2017        May 25, Four Turkish soldiers and a village guard were killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey. Three PKK militants, believed to be preparing for an attack, were killed in air strikes targeting the Metina region of northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)

2017        May 26, Iranian Shaaban Nassiri, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed fighting Islamic State near Baaj, west of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)(SSFC, 5/28/17, p.A7)

2017        May 27, Iraqi armed forces launched an operation to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul. The United Nations expressed "deep concern" for the hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped behind Islamic State lines.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)

2017        May 28, In Iraq the advance of government troops slowed in the last push to drive Islamic State group militants from remaining pockets of Mosul as IS militants deployed snipers, suicide car bombers and suicide attackers on foot.
    (AP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, Turkey's military killed 13 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 5/28/17)

2017        May 29, Iraqi forces pressed forward with an offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the UN warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle.
    (AFP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, The Popular Mobilization force, an Iraqi Shi'ite group backed by Iran, said it pushed Islamic State out of several villages on the border with Syria, potentially reopening a supply route to send Iranian weapons to President Bashar al-Assad.
    (AP, 5/29/17)

2017        May 30, In Iraq two car bombs killed at least 31 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others early today, one targeting the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan who shop and eat ahead of the next day's fast. Later in the day, bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed seven more people.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)(AP, 5/30/17)

2017        Jun 1, In Iraq at least seven civilians were killed and 23 wounded by Islamic State mortar shells as they tried to flee Mosul's militant-controlled Zanjili district. A resident said IS militants have blocked the area around the highly symbolic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City where the group's leader made his first and only public appearance in 2014. It was later reported that at least 163 people were shot and killed by the Islamic State group to prevent them from fleeing Mosul.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)(AP, 6/1/17)(AFP, 6/6/17)

2017        Jun 4, In Iraq Shi'ite paramilitaries captured the town of Baaj from Islamic State, further shrinking the northern region under jihadist control.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)

2017        Jun 8, The UN rights office said it has credible reports that the Islamic State group has killed more than 230 civilians trying to flee western Mosul since May 26.
    (AFP, 6/8/17)

2017        Jun 9, In Iraq a suicide attacker blew himself up in a market south of Baghdad, killing at least 21 people, while another bomb in a nearby city wounded five others.
    (AP, 6/9/17)

2017        Jun 10, Iraq's paramilitary Hashed al-Shaabi forces said that they had retaken all areas west of Mosul from the Islamic State group except the town of Tal Afar.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)

2017        Jun 12, Iraqi forces backed by the US pushed toward a medical complex in western Mosul, trying to dislodge Islamic State militants from two neighborhoods they still partly hold outside the Old City.
    (AP, 6/12/17)

2017        Jun 13, Iraqi and UN officials said a mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced civilians outside Mosul has left at least two dead and hundreds requiring urgent treatment.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)

2017        Jun 14, In Iraq more than 100 Islamic State militants launched a counterattack in Mosul, killing 11 Federal Police and four civilians in clashes that were still underway.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, Fighters from Iraq's Yazidi community, brutally targeted by the Islamic State group, detained and executed 52 civilians in apparent revenge killings after capturing territory from the jihadists. A later report said the Ezidkhan Brigades were responsible for the abduction and killing.
    (AFP, 12/27/17)

2017        Jun 17, Iraqi forces captured the al-Waleed border crossing point to Syria from the Islamic State group, increasing pressure on the extremists and getting closer to meeting up with Syrian troops and their allies who reached the border earlier this month for the first time in years.
    (AP, 6/17/17)

2017        Jun 18, Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake Mosul's Old City, the last district still held by the Islamic State group. Around 100,000 people remained trapped in Mosul's Old City.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)

2017        Jun 19, The European Union discouraged Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region from holding an independence referendum in September.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Iraq French video journalist Stephan Villeneuve (48) and Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad (41) were killed in a mine blast while covering the operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul. Swiss journalist Veronique Robert (54) was severely wounded and died later this week after being flown back to France for treatment.
    (AP, 6/20/17)(AFP, 6/24/17)

2017        Jun 21, In Iraq the leaning al-Habda minaret, which has towered over Mosul for 850 years, was demolished by retreating Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 21, Iran began exporting gas to neighboring Iraq through a pipeline straight to Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/22/17)

2017        Jun 23, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up among civilians fleeing the Old City of Mosul, killing at least 12 people. Around 100,000 people are believed to remain trapped in Mosul by the jihadists.
    (AFP, 6/23/17)

2017        Jun 24, Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate.
    (AP, 6/24/17)

2017        Jun 27, Iraqi forces pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital. PM Haider al-Abadi predicted victory very soon.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, The United States asserted that Myanmar is no longer one of the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, while removing both Myanmar and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers.
    (AP, 6/27/17)

2017        Jun 28, Iraq's military pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City, taking two more districts from Islamic State and bringing it closer to total control of the city.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)

2017        Jun 29, Iraqi forces said they had retaken control of the iconic mosque in Mosul where IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance.
    (AFP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Canada said it is extending its military mission against the Islamic State group in Iraq for another two years.
    (AP, 6/29/17)

2017        Jun 30, In Iraq US-backed Iraqi forces attacked Islamic State's remaining redoubt in Mosul's Old City, a day after hailing the end of the insurgents' self-declared caliphate with the capture of an historic mosque that symbolized their power.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)

2017        Jul 1, Iraqi Interior ministry forces in Mosul recaptured the Ibn Sina Teaching Hospital along with other medical facilities including a blood bank and a clinic.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 2, Iraqi forces said hundreds of civilians were fleeing Mosul as airstrikes pound the last pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group. In Anbar province a suicide bomber dressed in a woman's all-covering robe killed 14 people this evening.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(AP, 7/3/17)

2017        Jul 3, In Iraq Islamic State fighters battled to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul, making a doomed last stand in their former Iraqi stronghold. Seven female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Mosul. At least one Iraqi soldier was killed in two separate suicide attacks.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)(AP, 7/3/17)(SFC, 7/4/17, p.A3)

2017        Jul 5, A senior Iraqi commander said some 300 Islamic State fighters remained in a small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul’s Old City.
    (SFC, 7/6/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 6, Iraqi commanders said female Islamic State militants are firing on their forces and using children as human shields as the extremist group defends its last sliver of Mosul's Old City.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, Iraq's Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)

2017        Jul 7, In Iraq Islamic State militants attacked the village of Imam Gharbi south of Mosul, killing several people including two journalists. A major Islamic State group counterattack along the northern edge of Mosul's Old City neighborhood pushed Iraqi Army forces back some 75 meters (82 yards) and threatened recent gains in other Old City fronts.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)(AP, 7/7/17)

2017        Jul 8, Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment. Islamic State militants vowed to “fight to the death”.
    (AP, 7/8/17)

2017        Jul 9, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi celebrated with troops after they drove Islamic State militants from some of their last strongholds in Mosul, even as heavy fighting continued in a small portion of the Old City neighborhood.   
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Iraq’s oil minister said drilling has started at the first well in the Huwaiza oil field near the Iranian border, which may contain one billion barrels in reserves.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)

2017        Jul 10, Iraqi forces still battled Islamic State militants in a small area of Mosul, a day after the prime minister visited to congratulate the troops on retaking nearly all of Iraq's second largest city. PM Haider al-Abadi came to Mosul for the second day in a row to declare "total victory".
    (AP, 7/10/17)    (AP, 7/11/17)

2017        Jul 11, In Iraq sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul, a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Amnesty Int’l. released a report accusing the US-led coalition in Iraq of violating int’l. law during the fight against the Islamic State in Mosul. It said some 5,805 civilians may have been killed by coalition attacks in the fight for western Mosul.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 12, Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State militants holding out in Mosul's Old City, more than 36 hours after Baghdad declared victory over the jihadists in what they had declared the de facto Iraqi capital of their "caliphate".
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)

2017        Jul 13, In Iraq the US-led coalition backing the Iraqi military campaign conducted two air strikes in the Mosul area, destroying 22 fighting positions and a tunnel.
    (Reuters, 7/14/17)

2017        Jul 14, Iraqi forces hit further pockets of resistance from Islamic State militants in Mosul's Old City, four days after the prime minister declared victory. The group still controlled areas south and west of Mosul inhabited by tens of thousands of people.
    (Reuters, 7/14/17)

2017        Jul 27, Human Rights Watch said an Iraqi army division trained by American forces summarily executed prisoners in west Mosul.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)

2017        Jul 28, High-ranking Iraqi security officials said up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul. They also said there are up to another 7,000 IS militants and 5,000 supporters in Syria.
    (AP, 7/28/17)

2017        Aug 4, Iraqi officials said troops have found a mass grave in the western city of Ramadi containing the bodies of 40 men believed to have been executed by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 8/4/17)

2017        Aug 12, In Iraq an Islamic State suicide car bomb late today on Iraqi troops outside Karbala left one person dead.
    (AP, 8/13/17)

2017        Aug 13, In northern Iraq two American soldiers were killed during combat operations, but their deaths were not caused by enemy contact.
    (SFC, 8/14/17, p.A2)

2017        Aug 14, Iraq's Integrity Commission issued a statement asking the foreign ministry in Baghdad to ask Iran to repatriate Majid al-Nasrawi, the governor of the oil city of Basra. He has stepped down and gone to Iran after Iraq's anti-corruption body began investigating graft allegations against him.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 14, The Saudi cabinet decided to establish a joint trade commission with Iraq.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 15, In Iraq a spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council said Samir Kubba, the director general of Iraqi Airways, has been arrested and referred to trial on graft charges.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Iraq's air force commander said Iraqi and coalition planes have stepped up airstrikes on Islamic State targets in the town of Tal Afar ahead of a planned offensive there.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Saudi media said Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 16, In Iraq Islamic State group suicide bombers killed seven members of the security forces in an attack on police and army base in Baiji.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)

2017        Aug 18, The Iraqi military said its forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the US-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)

2017        Aug 19, The Al-Misbar, a diving support ship owned by Iraq's ports authority, sank after a collision with another vessel. Eleven sailors were rescued and the bodies of 20 sailors were recovered over the next few days.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)

2017        Aug 20, Iraqi forces pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar, one of its last bastions in the country.
    (AFP, 8/20/17)

2017        Aug 21, The Iraqi military said its forces have made significant progress as they closed in on the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.
    (AP, 8/21/17)

2017        Aug 22, Iraqi forces breached the city limits of Tal Afar, an Islamic State stronghold west of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)

2017        Aug 23, Iraqi forces recaptured several districts and advanced towards the center of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country.
    (AFP, 8/23/17)

2017        Aug 25, Iraqi government forces broke through Islamic State's lines inside Tal Afar, and reached the old city center and the neighborhood around the Ottoman-era citadel.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)

2017        Aug 26, Iraqi forces announced the ouster of Islamic State group jihadists from central Tal Afar and its historic citadel, leaving them poised to fully recapture one of the last IS urban strongholds in the country.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is to grant a 430-million euro loan to Iraq and will help reconstruction and reconciliation efforts as it emerges from the war against Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 8/26/17)(AFP, 8/26/17)

2017        Aug 27, The Iraqi military says it has "fully liberated" Tal Afar's town center from the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, In Iraq a car bomb killed at least 12 people in a crowded vegetable market in a Shi'ite Muslim district of Baghdad, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)(AFP, 8/28/17)(AP, 8/28/17)

2017        Aug 29, Iraq's ethnically-mixed Kirkuk province, long claimed by both the Arab-led central government and the autonomous Kurdish region, voted to take part in a vote on Kurdish independence slated for next month.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, The US Treasury Department named Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur, a finance official for the Islamic militant group, as a "specially designated global terrorist" and said the US and Iraq have banished him from their financial systems. As of early this year, Mansur had moved to Turkey but was still serving as an Islamic State finance official for Mosul.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)

2017        Aug 30, In Iraq more than 1,300 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga after government forces expelled the jihadist group from Tal Afar, one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Aug 30, Iraq and Jordan reopened their only border crossing after a two-year closure, taking a step toward stabilizing an area devastated by Islamic State extremists and allowing for a resumption of vital trade.
    (AP, 8/30/17)

2017        Aug 31, Iraq declared that its forces had retaken the northern city of Tal Afar and the surrounding region in another major victory over Islamic State group jihadists.
    (AFP, 8/31/17)

2017        Sep 1, The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants said it had confirmed another 61 likely civilian deaths caused by its strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising to 685 the number of civilians it has acknowledged killing since the conflict began.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)

2017        Sep 2, In Iraq at least three suicide bombers, disguised as workers, struck a state-run power station north of Baghdad early today, killing seven people and forcing the facility to shut down in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A4)

2017        Sep 5, The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria swore in a new commanding general, with the fight against the jihadists now in its fourth year. Lieutenant General Paul Funk assumed command of the Operation Inherent Resolve joint task force at a ceremony on a military base in the region.
    (AFP, 9/5/17)

2017        Sep 9, The Iraqi air force and the US-led coalition stepped up a campaign of airstrikes on the Islamic State group-held town of Hawija ahead of a planned ground assault there.
    (AP, 9/9/17)

2017        Sep 12, Iraq's parliament voted to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence planned for Sept. 25, authorizing the prime minister to "take all measures" to preserve Iraq's unity.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Iraq sentenced a Russian Islamic State fighter to death by hanging, a rare conviction of a foreign militant on terrorism charges. The Russian was a member of Daesh operating in Mosul since 2015.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)

2017        Sep 14, Iraq's parliament voted to remove the governor of Kirkuk, a staunch supporter of Kurdish independence, following a request from PM Haider al-Abadi just days before a referendum on whether to split from Baghdad. Governor Najmaddin Kareem said he was not going anywhere and Kurdish leaders vowed to carry on with the vote planned for Sept. 25.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Iraq suicide attacks near the southern city of Nassiriya left more than 80 people killed, with wounded dozens more. The area targeted is used by Shiite pilgrims and visitors from neighboring Iran headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)(AFP, 9/14/17)(AP, 9/17/17)

2017        Sep 16, Iraqi forces captured Akashat, a desert outpost of the Islamic State group near the Syrian border, in preparation for a drive up the Euphrates Valley towards the frontier. Iraqi commanders estimated IS still has more than 1,500 fighters in its Al-Qaim enclave.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)

2017        Sep 17, Iraq moved 509 wives of Islamic State group jihadists to a detention center in preparation to deport them after they were captured along with 813 children. Around 300 of the women were Turkish.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 17, In Iraq eight members of a paramilitary unit died in a booby-trap explosion in a school near the city of Mosul that was retaken from jihadists. 13 others were wounded in the blast at the school that was being used as a training center. Suicide bombers attacked a US-coalition base in northern Iraq, without causing any Iraqi or foreign casualties. All the attackers were killed.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)(AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services for the first time since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)

2017        Sep 18, Iraq's supreme court ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure mounted on the Kurds to call off the vote. Clashes erupted in Kirkuk between Kurds and Turkmen amid preparations for the referendum.
    (AFP, 9/18/17)(SFC, 9/20/17 p.A3)

2017        Sep 19, In northern Iraq two suicide bombers killed at least three people and wounded 34 in a restaurant frequented by militiamen battling the Islamic State group in Hajaj, Salaheddin province.
    (AP, 9/19/17)

2017        Sep 21, The foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Iraq voiced concerns that a Kurdish referendum on independence would endanger gains Iraq has made against Islamic state, and reiterated worries of potential new conflicts in the region and agreed to consider counter-measures against the planned independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, The UN Security Council unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.
    (AFP, 9/21/17)

2017        Sep 24, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard launched a military exercise in its northwestern Kurdish region one day ahead of Iraqi Kurds voting in an independence referendum, in a sign of Tehran's concerns over the vote. Iran also closed its airspace to flights taking off from Iraq's Kurdish region following an Iraqi request.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Iraq executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)

2017        Sep 25, Iraqi Kurds cast ballots in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability. A 73% turnout approved the referendum by 93%.
    (AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A3)
2017        Sep 25, Iraq’s parliament demanded that troops be sent to disputed areas in the north controlled by the Kurds since 2003 as the autonomous Kurdish area staged a referendum on independence.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, The governorate of Kirkuk declared an overnight curfew in the Iraqi oil city as tension simmered following a referendum on independence organized by the local Kurdish authorities but rejected by the central government in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Iraq 42 people belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda were put to death for terrorism offences in Nasiriyah prison.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)

2017        Sep 26, The Arab League called on Iraqis to renounce their differences and open comprehensive dialogue to avoid clashes following a controversial independence referendum held by the country's Kurds.
    (AP, 9/26/17)

2017        Sep 27, Baghdad piled pressure on Iraq's Kurds, demanding they cancel their vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. Final results released today showed nearly 93 percent in favor of independence, and 7.3 percent against.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Turkey said it will suspend flights to the northern Iraqi cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniya starting on 1500 GMT on Sep 29, in response to a Kurdish independence referendum held earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)

2017        Sep 28, Iraqi officials said all foreign flights to and from the Kurdish capital Arbil will be suspended from Sep 29, as Baghdad increases pressure on the Kurds over this week's independence referendum.
    (AFP, 9/28/17)

2017        Sep 29, Iraqi forces launched an assault on the northern town of Hawija, one of the last bastions in the country still held by the Islamic State group, which is also under attack in neighboring Syria.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, In Iraq the last international flight left Erbil airport as the Baghdad government imposed an air ban in retaliation for an independence vote by Iraqi Kurds that has drawn widespread opposition from foreign powers.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq refused to relinquish control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)

2017        Sep 30, Iran's state television reported that Iranian and Iraqi central government forces are to hold joint military exercises near their borders, as part of Tehran's effort to support Baghdad after the Kurdish independence referendum. Media reported that Iran has embargoed exports and imports of fuel products to and from Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the region's controversial independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)(AFP, 9/30/17)

2017        Oct 1, In Iraq hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered in Karbala for ceremonies marking the year 680 killing of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In Iraq a US service member from the coalition fighting Islamic State was killed and another injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck their vehicle.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)

2017        Oct 2, Iraqi forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries captured the Rashad air base from Islamic State, gaining a strategic foothold in the north of the country as they push toward the town of Hawija.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, A Kurdish official said Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises near the border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)

2017        Oct 3, Iraq's parliament voted on "a formula to halt financial transactions" with the Kurdistan region, in retaliation for last week's independence referendum, without specifying if the vote was binding on the government. Kurdish lawmakers did not show up for the session.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)(AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Iraqi security forces pushed to recapture Hawija. The UN said up to 78,000 people could be trapped in the northern Islamic State-held city.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region said it is calling presidential and parliamentary elections for Nov. 1, as the Kurdish leadership cements its case for independence. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would impose further sanctions on northern Iraq over the vote.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Iraqi Kurdish leader and ex-Iraqi president Jalal Talabani (b.1933) died in Germany, a week after Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region held a referendum on independence.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)

2017        Oct 4, Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija and seized some territory, stepping up their assault against one of the jihadists' last enclaves in the country.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, The presidents of Iran and Turkey vowed during talks in Tehran to work closely together to prevent the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and to oppose the Iraqi Kurds' drive for independence.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)

2017        Oct 5, Iraqi forces announced they had captured Hawija and the surrounding areas, the Islamic State's last stronghold in northern Iraq, leaving the militant group holed up near the Syrian border as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" shrinks further. Hundreds of suspected Islamic State militants surrendered to Kurdish authorities after the jihadist group was driven out of Hawija.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)(Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 5, France offered to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq's government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until Islamic State was defeated.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)

2017        Oct 9, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi warned there could be a "civil war" over the Kurdish-administered city of Kirkuk if talks over Kurdish independence are left unresolved. Iraq's central government ordered the Kurdish-based cellular network operators to relocate their headquarters Baghdad.
    (AP, 10/9/17)(AP, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 10, Iraq's Oil Ministry ordered the restoration of an oil pipeline from the city of Kirkuk to Turkey that would bypass the country's northern Kurdish region in the wake of the area's pro-independence referendum.
    (AP, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 11, An Iraqi court ordered the arrest of senior Kurdish officials responsible for organizing an independence referendum. A court in east Baghdad issued warrants against the chairman of the vote's organizing commission Hendren Saleh and two other members.
    (AP, 10/11/17)

2017        Oct 13, The Iraqi army launched an operation to retake Kurdish-held positions around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a vote for independence last month. Kurdish forces overnight moved back their defensive line around the oil region of Kirkuk by 2 km (1.2 miles) to reduce the possibility of friction with nearby Iraqi forces.
    (AFP, 10/13/17)(Reuters, 10/13/17)

2017        Oct 15, In Iraq nearly 700,000 people from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas were still displaced despite the city's recapture in July.
    (AFP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rejected a warning from an Iraqi paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction south of Kirkuk, which controls the access to some of the region's main oilfields. Kurdish media said the three official border crossings between Iraq's Kurdish region and Iran have been closed. One semi-official crossing remained open. Iran denied the reports.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)(AP, 10/15/17)

2017        Oct 16, Iraqi government forces captured the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk, responding to a Kurdish vote on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. Several Peshmerga and members of the Iraqi forces were reported killed in an overnight clash south of Kirkuk. At least 25 Kurdish fighters were killed in the clashes. Kirkuk is of the most ethnically and religiously diverse cities in Iraq and located just outside the autonomous Kurdish zone.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, Iraqi forces pillaged and torched Kurdish districts in the multi-ethnic town of Tuz Khurmatu following clashes with Kurdish fighters. Locals later said at least 11 civilians were killed in "indiscriminate attacks" as heavy weaponry was used in densely-populated areas of the city.
    (AFP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 16, Trading sources said Iraq's Kurdistan has shut down some 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production from major fields Bai Hassan and Avana due to security concerns after a flare-up in tensions with the central government. Iraq said it was considering using security forces to prevent Kurdistan from shutting down output from the oil area of Kirkuk.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Turkey announced that it is closing its airspace to flights to and from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region and have Baghdad take control of the Iraqi side of its main border crossing.
    (AP, 10/16/17)(Reuters, 10/16/17)

2017        Oct 18, A senior Iraqi commander said Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 10/18/17)

2017        Oct 19, A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul, the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan, on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces. The UN expressed concern at reports of forced displacement of civilians, mainly Kurds, and the looting and destruction of their houses and businesses in northern Iraq.
    (AFP, 10/19/17)(Reuters, 10/19/17)

2017        Oct 20, Iraqi forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of Altun Cupric, a town of about 9,000 people just outside the country's autonomous Kurdish region. Organized Kurdish forces responded with rocket fire. Iraqi forces took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle.
    (AP, 10/20/17)(Reuters, 10/20/17)

2017        Oct 22, A new joint body between Iraq and Saudi Arabia convened an inaugural meeting to coordinate their fight against IS and on rebuilding Iraqi territory wrested from the group.
    (AP, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 24, Parliament in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region decided to hold legislative elections in eight months after they were delayed amid tensions with the central government in Baghdad over disputed territories.
    (AFP, 10/24/17)

2017        Oct 25, Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)

2017        Oct 26, Iraqi forces launched an attack to drive Islamic State from the last territory it holds in Iraq. Approximately 1,500 Islamic State fighters were estimated to be still in the immediate vicinity of al-Qaim. The Syrian army and its allies said they planned to march on Albu Kamal, the jihadist's last Syrian stronghold.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 27, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension of military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reached an agreement to stop fighting in northern Iraq, although the status of any ceasefire remained unclear.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)(Reuters, 10/29/17)

2017        Oct 29, Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters started a second round of talks to resolve a conflict over control of the Kurdistan region's border crossings.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani confirmed his intention to step down on Nov. 1 and asked parliament to take measures to fill the presidential power vacuum.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)

2017        Nov 1, Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani departed office, leaving his nephew to reconcile with the central government in Baghdad, with regional neighbors and with rival Kurdish parties after a failed referendum on independence.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)

2017        Nov 2, Iraqi forces captured the Akkas gas field from Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Iraq's Kurdish region said it has offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic crossing into Turkey with the participation of US-led international forces as part of a compromise with Baghdad. This came hours after Iraqi armed forces threatened to resume military operations against the Kurds, accusing them of delaying the handover of control of borders and taking advantage of negotiations to bolster their defenses.
    (AP, 11/2/17)

2017        Nov 3, Iraqi forces entered Al-Qaim, quickly taking several districts, and also recaptured an important border crossing nearby the Syrian border.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 4, Islamic State militants inside Syria repelled an attack by Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, the paramilitary group of mostly Shiite fighters within the Iraqi security forces. The attack over the last 24 hours took place near the border town of Boukamal but that the PMF fighters crossed back into Iraq.
    (AP, 11/4/17)

2017        Nov 5, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi raised the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group. Al-Abadi visited the newly-liberated town of Qaim and the nearby Husaybah border crossing in western Iraq. A twin suicide attack killed at least six people in the center of Iraq's disputed Kirkuk city.
    (AP, 11/5/17)(AFP, 11/5/17)

2017        Nov 8, Iranian state television reported that more than two million Iranian pilgrims have crossed the border into Iraq for the annual Arbaeen Shiite pilgrimage to be celebrated on Nov. 9.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Syria's army and its allies began an assault on the largest remaining stronghold of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, signaling the imminent fall of the militant group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)

2017        Nov 10, In Iraq hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims from around the world gathered in the city of Kerbala for one of the most sacred rituals in their religious calendar.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 11, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi said Iraqi forces are launching an operation to push Islamic State group fighters out of a patch of territory on the western edge of the country near the border with Syria.
    (AP, 11/11/17)

2017        Nov 12, A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake late today near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor. At least 530 people were killed in Iran and seven in northern Iraq. the number of dead later rose to 483 with eight people killed in Iraq.
    (AP, 11/13/17)(Reuters, 11/14/17)(AFP, 11/26/17)

2017        Nov 16, In northern Iraq two Turkish soldiers were killed and one was wounded in northern Iraq's Avasin Basyan region by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Iraq a KDP lawmaker said Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad in hopes that their presence in Baghdad will bring the prime minister to the negotiating table.
    (AP, 11/16/17)

2017        Nov 17, Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)

2017        Nov 20, Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled that the Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void. Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government called on the international community to intervene and help lift sanctions imposed by the central government in Baghdad in retaliation for a September referendum on Kurdish independence.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)

2017        Nov 21, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said the Islamic State had been defeated from a military perspective but he would only declare final victory after IS militants were routed in the desert. A suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosive killing 32 people at a marketplace in Tuz Khormato, a contested town claimed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)(AP, 11/21/17)(SFC, 11/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 21, Iraqi authorities said they have moved hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants from a northern detention center to Baghdad, citing security concerns and the difficulties of keeping them in a remote location. Around 700 more were still being held at the facility in the northern town of Tal Keif.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)

2017        Nov 23, Iraqi forces launched a sweep through the western desert to flush out remaining Islamic State group fighters.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)

2017        Nov 24, Iraqi forces said that Islamic State group fighters are withdrawing deep into the desert to escape an offensive aimed at a final defeat of the jihadists.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)

2017        Nov 25, Iraqi forces thrust north from the Euphrates Valley into the desert, opening up a new front in the drive to flush out fugitive Islamic State group fighters.
    (AFP, 11/25/17)

2017        Nov 26, Iraq’s oil ministry said Iraq is to build a new pipeline to allow oil exports to resume from the northern province of Kirkuk to neighboring Turkey.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)

2017        Nov 27, In northern Iraq more than 80 militants were killed in an air strike, where Turkish jets have frequently targeted PKK fighters.
    (AP, 11/29/17)

2017        Nov 29, British PM Theresa May paid a surprise visit to Baghdad where she met her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi and praised the country's efforts to battle the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 11/29/17)

2017        Nov 30, A US coalition report said at least 800 civilians have been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State since the campaign began in 2014.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)

2017        Dec 2, French President Emmanuel Macron with Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdish region. Macron says France will "do everything" to help preserve Iraq's unity and the recognition of the rights of Iraq's Kurds through new negotiations.
    (AP, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 3, Iraqi Kurdish officials said around half of the Yazidis kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago are still missing. Some 6,417 Yazidis were abducted by the jihadists from August 3, 2014.
    (AFP, 12/3/17)

2017        Dec 5, US Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State, estimated that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional judiciaries are violating the rights of Islamic State suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions and broad prosecutions.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)

2017        Dec 7, It was reported that Iraqi historian, scholar and blogger Omar Mohammed (31) has unveiled himself as Mosul Eye. Since 2014 Mosul Eye told the world what was happening in occupied Mosul. If caught, he too would be killed.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 9, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)

2017        Dec 11, Turkey's armed forces said its warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and killed 17 of the group's militants.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)

2017        Dec 14, Iraq hanged 38 Sunni jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences in Nasiriyah prison.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)

2017        Dec 18, Protesters in Iraqi Kurdistan torched offices of the main political parties and security services as anger at the authorities boiled over in the wake of a failed independence push. Several thousand people across the region took to the streets to air their ire.
    (AFP, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 19, In Iraq three people were killed and more than 80 wounded as Kurdish protesters, angered by years of austerity and unpaid public sector salaries, took to the streets in a second day of violent unrest amid tensions with Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 12/19/17)

2017        Dec 20, It was reported that Iraqi or coalition forces are responsible for at least 3,200 civilian deaths from airstrikes, artillery fire or mortar rounds between October 2016 and the fall of the Islamic State group in July 2017. AP also obtained a list of 9,606 names of people killed during the operation from Mosul's morgue. Hundreds of dead civilians are believed to still be buried in the rubble.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Protests raged for a third day in Iraqi Kurdistan despite a clampdown by security forces after five people were killed as ire exploded at the calamitous fallout from an independence vote. Leading Kurdish opposition movement Gorran withdrew its ministers from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its member Yousif Mohamed resigned as parliament speaker. The Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal), another opposition party with a smaller presence in parliament, also withdrew from the government.
    (AFP, 12/20/17)(Reuters, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 24, Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni said he would propose to parliament transferring some of the country's 1,400 troops stationed in Iraq to Niger to fight people smuggling and terrorism.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)

2017        Dec 25, In Turkey two soldiers were killed and another was wounded in an attack by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the southeastern province of Hakkari. Separately, one soldier was killed and two others were wounded in northern Iraq when a grenade detonated by accident.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)

2017        Dec 27, The United States-led international coalition fighting ISIS, the hardline Sunni militant group, said fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)

2018        Jan 1, It was reported that in Iraq some 133 mass graves, left behind by defeated extremists, contained an estimated 11,000 to 13,000 graves.
    (SFC, 1/1/18, p.A3)

2018        Jan 2, Iran re-opened two crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan region that it had closed after a referendum in favor of independence in the Kurdish area.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)

Go to Iraq 2016
Go to http://www.timelinesdb.com
Subject = Iraq
Return to home