2016 Jan 2, The United States
and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
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.
2016 Jan 6, The United States
and its allies staged 36 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
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.
2016 Jan 7, The US-led
coalition launched 23 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
three in Syria.
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.
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
2016 Jan 9, The US-led
coalition conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic State forces in
Syria and 15 in Iraq.
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,
2016 Jan 11, The United States
and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
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.
2016 Jan 13, The US-led
coalition conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
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.
2016 Jan 14, In northern Iraq
French warplanes bombed overnight an Islamic State communications
hub near Mosul.
2016 Jan 15, In Iraq unknown
gunmen seized three American citizens from a private apartment in
the southeastern Dora district of Baghdad.
2016 Jan 18, The United States
and its allies staged two dozen strikes against the Islamic State
militant group in Syria and Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Jan 20, The US-led
coalition staged 16 strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting the against
Islamic State militant group.
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
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.
2016 Jan 25, The coalition of
the United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2016 Feb 4, In Iraq a string of
roadside bombs and a shooting left 9 people dead and 33 wounded
2016 Feb 7, The United States
and its allies conducted ten strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
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
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.
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.
2016 Feb 16, An Iraqi army
helicopter crashed due to a technical malfunction during a routine
flight, killing all 9 crew members.
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.
2016 Feb 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 19 air strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
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
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.
2016 Feb 19, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 16
strikes and nine in Syria.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Feb 28, The United States
and its allies conducted 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
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.
2016 Mar 1, In Iraq separate
attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 13 people and wounded
2016 Mar 1, The United States
and its allies staged 21 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
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.
2016 Mar 2, The US and its
allies in Iraq and Syria staged 29 strikes against Islamic State.
2016 Mar 3, The United States
and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
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.
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,
2016 Mar 5, The United States
and its allies conducted 19 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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 61 people 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2016 Mar 15, The United States
and its allies carried out 11 air strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 16, An Iraqi army
plane crashed during a reconnaissance flight near the city of Kirkuk
and its three crew went missing.
2016 Mar 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
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
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.
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,
2016 Mar 20, The United States
and its allies carried out 11 strikes against Islamic State
militants in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 21, The United States
and its allies conducted 15 strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
2016 Apr 5, The United States
and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Syria
2016 Apr 6, The United States
and its allies conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Apr 7, The United States
and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
2016 Apr 11, The United States
and its allies stages 13 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
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
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.
2016 Apr 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
and Syria over the last 24 hours.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2016 Apr 24, The United States
and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
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.
2016 Apr 26, The United States
and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
2016 Apr 27, The US-led
military coalition targeted Islamic State in Iraq and Syria with 22
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
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
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
2016 May 1, The United States
and its allies conducted 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
2016 May 2, Turkish warplanes
pounded Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, killing 18
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 May 4, The United States
and its allies conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 5, The United States
and its allies conducted 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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
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.
2016 May 8, In Iraq separate
attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 12 people and wounded
2016 May 9, In Iraq an evening
suicide bombing in a commercial Shiite neighborhood of Baqouba
killed at least 13 people.
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.
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.
2016 May 13, In northern Iraq
shooting and bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least
16 people in Balad.
2016 May 13, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 17
strikes and five in Syria.
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.
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.
2016 May 16, Iraqi security
forces and allied fighters launched an operation to retake the town
of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group.
2016 May 16, The United States
and its allies conducted 12 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 17, In Iraq four
bombings killed at least 69 people and wounded more than 100 in
(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
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.
2016 May 19, The United States
and its allies conducted 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
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.
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.
2016 May 24, The United States
and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
2016 Jun 4, The United States
and its allies conducted a total of 23 military strikes against
Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
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.
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
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.
2016 Jun 9, In Iraq two suicide
bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed 31 people with 78
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
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.
2016 Jul 8, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi fired Baghdad's security chief following a recent series of
2016 Jul 8, Turkish fighter
jets struck Kurdish militant targets in southeastern Hakkari
province and northern Iraq, killing 12 militants.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Aug 14, Iraqi Kurdish
forces retook five villages east of Islamic State-held Mosul in an
operation launched early today.
2016 Aug 21, Iraq hanged 36 men
convicted over the 2014 "Speicher" massacre by Sunni jihadists and
allied militants of hundreds of military recruits.
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.
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.
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
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
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
2016 Sep 9, The Dutch
government says it is extending its involvement in a military
training mission in Iraq until the end of 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2016 Sep 25, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad, killing 7
and wounding 28.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2016 Oct 9, In Iraq three bomb
attacks killed 10 people and wounded at least 37 across Baghdad.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2016 Oct 20, In Iraq Islamic
State set a sulfur plant ablaze during fighting around al-Mishraq,
south of Mosul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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
(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
(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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Dec 9, In Iraq separate
bombings in Baghdad killed 10 people and wounded another 22.
2016 Dec 9, Turkish jets
carried out air strikes against Kurdish militants in the Gara region
of northern Iraq and killed 19 militants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Jan 5, Iraqi forces
launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the
Syrian border, piling further pressure on the jihadists' crumbling
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Jan 14, Iraqi government
troops retook the eastern edge of a third bridge in Mosul and a
cluster of buildings inside Mosul university.
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
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.
2017 Jan 17, In Iraq a car bomb
blast in southern Baghdad killed at least seven people and wounded
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Jan 26, Germany's
Parliament extended the country's training mission in northern Iraq
for another year.
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Mar 2, Kurdish forces
seized an oil facility in Kirkuk to send a message to the Iraqi
government to build a refinery.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
2017 Apr 20, Iraqi forces
retook two more neighborhoods in west Mosul, tightening the noose
around jihadists holed up in the Old City.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
2017 May 4, Iraqi forces
rescued 1,000 families as they pushed into Mosul from the north.
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.
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
2017 May 8, In Iraq armed men
kidnapped seven young anti-corruption activists in central Baghdad.
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.
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.
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 grueling urban combat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 May 28, Turkey's military
killed 13 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in
air strikes in northern Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2017 Jun 19, The European Union
discouraged Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region from holding an
independence referendum in September.
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
(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.
2017 Jun 21, Iran began
exporting gas to neighboring Iraq through a pipeline straight to
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 29, Canada said it is
extending its military mission against the Islamic State group in
Iraq for another two years.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
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
(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.
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
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
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.
2017 Jul 27, Human Rights Watch
said an Iraqi army division trained by American forces summarily
executed prisoners in west Mosul.
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.
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.
2017 Aug 12, In Iraq an Islamic
State suicide car bomb late today on Iraqi troops outside Karbala
left one person dead.
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
2017 Aug 14, The Saudi cabinet
decided to establish a joint trade commission with Iraq.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Aug 20, Iraqi forces
pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar, one of its last
bastions in the country.
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.
2017 Aug 22, Iraqi forces
breached the city limits of Tal Afar, an Islamic State stronghold
west of Mosul.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Sep 24, Iraq executed 42
Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from
killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Sep 29, The Kurdistan
Regional Government in northern Iraq refused to relinquish control
of its border crossings to the Iraqi government.
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
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
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.
2017 Oct 2, A Kurdish official
said Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises near
the border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
2017 Nov 2, Iraqi forces
captured the Akkas gas field from Islamic State.
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.
2017 Nov 3, Iraqi forces
entered Al-Qaim, quickly taking several districts, and also
recaptured an important border crossing nearby the Syrian border.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 Nov 12, A powerful 7.3
magnitude earthquake late today near the Iraq-Iran border killed
over 530 people across both countries. Iran's western Kermanshah
province bore the brunt of the temblor. In Iraq, nine people were
killed and 550 were injured, all in the country's northern Kurdish
(AP, 11/13/17)(Reuters, 11/14/17)(AFP,
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)
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
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
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
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,
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.
2017 Nov 23, Iraqi forces
launched a sweep through the western desert to flush out remaining
Islamic State group fighters.
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
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
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
2017 Nov 27, In northern Iraq
more than 80 militants were killed in an air strike, where Turkish
jets have frequently targeted PKK fighters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Dec 14, Iraq hanged 38
Sunni jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for
terrorism offences in Nasiriyah prison.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2018 Jan 7, It was reported
that Iraqi security forces are forcibly returning civilians from
refugee camps to unsafe areas in the predominantly Sunni Anbar
province, exposing them to death from booby-traps or acts of
2018 Jan 12, Northern Iraq's
Yazidi community, that suffered so terribly under Islamic State
group persecution, celebrated as it inaugurated the temple at
Bashiqa to the sound of traditional drums and flutes. This was one
of 68 Yazidi temples destroyed by IS, and one of the last of 23 in
the region to be restored.
2018 Jan 13, In Iraq a suicide
bombing in Baghdad targeting a police checkpoint killed eight and
wounded at least 10 others.
2018 Jan 15, In Iraq a twin
suicide bombing killed at least 31 people in Baghdad in the second
such attack in three days. PM Haider al-Abadi called for the
elimination of jihadist "sleeper cells".
2018 Jan 18, Iraq signed a
contract with British energy giant BP aimed at more than doubling
production from oil fields in the northern province of Kirkuk that
were retaken from the Kurds last year.
2018 Jan 19, The United Nations
said about half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a
three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and
persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering.
2018 Jan 20, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi met with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region's PM
Nechirvan Barzani for the first time since conflict broke out over a
Kurdish independence referendum. Abadi renewed his conditions for
lifting restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region after the
2018 Jan 21, An Iraqi court
said it had condemned to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan
origin after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State
jihadist group. The woman, who was not identified, had 30 days to
2018 Jan 22, Iraq signed a deal
with US company Orion Gas Processors to tap natural gas in one of
its southern oil fields, a step toward exploiting a natural resource
that has been neglected for decades.
2018 Jan 27, In Iraq a
coalition air strike mistakenly hit friendly Iraqi forces and
civilians in western Anbar province killing at least seven members
of the Iraqi security forces and a local official and wounding 11
others in the town of al-Baghdadi.
(AP, 1/27/18)(Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018 Jan 29, The Iraqi
parliament voted to lift sanctions imposed on banks in the Kurdistan
region over an independence referendum.
2018 Feb 4, Iraqi security
services published the names of 60 people wanted on suspicion of
belonging to the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda or the Baath Party of
late dictator Saddam Hussein.
2018 Feb 5, An Iraqi government
spokesman said US forces have begun reducing their numbers in Iraq
after Iraqi authorities declared "victory" over Islamic State.
2018 Feb 9, Human Rights Watch
said in report that the Kurdish Asayish police force in Iraq last
year executed dozens of Islamic State fighters in their custody and
disposed of their bodies in a mass grave northwest of Mosul.
2018 Feb 11, The United
Nation's children agency said one in four Iraqi children are in
poverty and four million are in need of assistance as a result of
the country's war with Islamic State militants.
2018 Feb 12, Iraqi officials
said their country needs nearly $90 billion to rebuild after three
years of war with the Islamic State group. Large parts of the
country remained in ruins and tens of thousands left homeless.
2018 Feb 14, Iraq received
promises worth $30 billion dollars, mostly in credit facilities and
investment pledges, from allies but has so far fallen short of the
amount the government says is needed to recover from three years of
(Reuters, 2/14/18)(AP, 2/14/18)
2018 Feb 14, Iraqi Foreign
Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari said 18,000 people had been killed and
36,000 wounded in the war with the Islamic State militant group
2018 Feb 18, In Iraq IS members
disguised as soldiers attacked a Hashed al-Shaabi unit in the Hawija
region about 300 km (185 miles) north of Baghdad, killing 27 members
of a paramilitary group.
2018 Feb 25, An Iraqi judiciary
spokesman said a local court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death
by hanging for joining Islamic State. All the verdicts are subject
2018 Mar 8, A spokesman said a
Baghdad court has convicted the sister of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the
former leader of al-Qaida in Iraq who was killed in 2010, and
sentenced her to death on terrorism charges.
2018 Mar 11, Turkish warplanes
reportedly destroyed at least 18 targets belonging to the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq over the last 24
2018 Mar 13, Iraqi authorities
said they were lifting a nearly six-month air blockade imposed on
Iraqi Kurdistan in response to its holding of an independence
2018 Mar 13, In Iraq Brig. Gen.
Shareef Ismaeel al-Murshidi, a brigade commander whose forces are
tasked with protecting al-Abadi and Baghdad's Green Zone, was shot
dead by militia at a checkpoint outside Samarra. Two of
al-Murshidi's guards were also killed The militiamen belonged to the
so-called Peace Brigades, led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
2018 Mar 15, In Iraq a US HH-60
Pave Hawk helicopter carrying seven people crashed near al-Qaim,
Anbar province, killing all on board.
2018 Mar 16, The world soccer's
governing body lifted a soccer ban, allowing Iraqi cities of Basra,
Karbala and Irbil to host full international games and competitions
for the first time since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
2018 Mar 19, Iraq sent money to
pay salaries of state employees in the Kurdish region for the first
time since 2014, although a dispute over how much it will send the
Kurds in future remains unresolved.
2018 Mar 20, Iraqi and Indian
authorities said they have confirmed that a mass grave outside the
village of Badush contained the bodies of 38 Indian construction
workers abducted when Islamic State militants overran the northern
city of Mosul in 2014.
2018 Mar 20, In Iraq nine
troops from the federal police were kidnapped by militants disguised
in government-sanctioned paramilitary forces uniforms. On March 24
the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for abducting and
killing 10 policemen between the northern Kirkuk and Salaheddin
2018 Mar 20, Direct
international flights resumed from Sulaimaniyah airport in Iraqi
Kurdistan, a week after Baghdad lifted an almost six-month-long
blockade on the region's foreign air links.
2018 Mar 22, Turkish jets
attacked suspected Kurdish rebel camps across the border in northern
Iraq, in an operation that reportedly "neutralized" nine militants.
2018 Mar 23, The Kurdish PKK
rebel group said it is withdrawing from the town of Sinjar in
northern Iraq, a move that follows threats of attack from Turkey.
2018 Mar 27, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi said government armed forces will prevent Kurdish militants
based in northern Iraq from staging cross-border attacks against
2018 Apr 2, An Iraqi court in
Baghdad sentenced six Turkish women to death and a seventh to life
in prison for membership of the Islamic State jihadist group. Iraq
in February condemned another 15 Turkish women to death on the same
2018 Apr 5, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe announced a 35 billion yen ($330 million) loan for irrigation
projects in Iraq during talks with PM Haider al-Abadi and pledged
Japan's continuing support.
2018 Apr 7, In western Iraq a
suicide attack targeting the Al-Hal political party headquarters in
Hit, Anbar province, killed four people and injured seven others,
including a candidate in polls set for May.
2018 Apr 17, Iraq sentenced
Djamila Boutoutaou (29), a French woman of Algerian origin, to life
in prison for belonging to the Islamic State group, raising to more
than 180 the number of such convictions of foreign women since the
country's defeat of IS. Two women from Russia, both holding children
in their arms, were also sentenced to life in prison at the same
hearing, while five from Azerbaijan were condemned to death along
with a woman from Trinidad.
2018 Apr 19, Iraq carried out
air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria a week after PM
Haider al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant
threats across the border. 36 Islamic State militants were killed in
airstrikes by Iraq's air force in an area along the border. Six IS
leaders were among the dead.
(Reuters, 4/19/18)(AP, 4/22/18)
2018 Apr 20, Iraq resumed
paying Kuwait compensation for the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields
and facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War.
2018 Apr 23, The Czech and
Iraqi defense ministers vowed to further boost the military
cooperation between their states as Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan
al-Hayali began a three-day visit to Prague with further deals to be
2018 Apr 29, Iraq sentenced 19
Russian women to life in prison for joining the Islamic State group.
Six women from Azerbaijan and four from Tajikistan were also
condemned to life in prison on the same charge.
2018 Apr 30, Iraqi Oil Minister
Jabar al-Luaibi said that the last well on fire at Ajil, an oilfield
torched by Islamic State north of Baghdad, has been extinguished. IS
militants torched the field, located near Tikrit, in 2015.
2018 May 1, In Iraq militants
in two speeding cars killed eight unarmed civilians in the assault
25 km (15 miles) north of Baghdad. The Islamic State soon claimed
(Reuters, 5/2/18)(AP, 5/2/18)
2018 May 6, Iraq carried out an
airstrike in neighboring Syria targeting the Islamic State group.
The strike targeted a position used by the commanders of the group,
south of the town of Deshaisha.
2018 May 7, In northern Iraq
gunmen shot dead Sunni parliamentary candidate Faruq Zarzur
al-Juburi (45) at his home in Qayyarah.
2018 May 9, Iraqi state TV
announced the capture of five Islamic State commanders.
2018 May 12, Iraq voted in its
first election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group,
but widespread disillusionment appeared to dampen hope for the
future. The official turnout for the elections was 44.5 percent.
Shiite cleric al-Sadr took an early lead in partial returns. A
political bloc led by populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won
the country's parliamentary election.
(AFP, 5/12/18)(AFP, 5/13/18)(SFC, 5/14/18,
2018 May 15, The Iraqi election
commission said that initial results from Kirkuk indicated a win for
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a historic Iraqi Kurdish
2018 May 16, In Iraq several
people were killed or wounded north of Baghdad when a man wearing an
explosive belt blew himself up in the middle of a group of people
receiving condolences in the region of Tarmiya.
2018 May 16, Gunmen in the
northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk were besieging several polling
stations containing election staff, four days after a national vote.
2018 May 17, Denmark said its
special forces taking part in the US-led coalition against the
Islamic State group in Iraq would be withdrawn following the IS
defeat. Denmark had around 180 troops stationed at the Al-Asad air
base near Baghdad.
2018 May 19, Iraq's electoral
commission said a political bloc led by populist Shi'ite cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also
opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country's
parliamentary election. His Sairoon electoral list captured 54
2018 May 22, An Iraqi court
sentenced Belgian jihadist Tarik Jadaoun (b.1988), who threatened
Europe in propaganda videos, to death by hanging for membership in
the Islamic State group. Belgium's foreign ministry called for the
death penalty to be commuted.
2018 May 23, In Iraq at least
seven people were killed and 15 wounded in a suicide attack
targeting a predominantly Shi'ite district of Baghdad. The Islamic
State claimed responsibility for the attack.
(Reuters, 5/24/18)(SFC, 5/25/18, p.A2)
2018 May 24, Iraq's PM Haider
al-Abadi ordered the creation of a high-powered commission to look
into alleged irregularities in the parliamentary elections held May
12, the first sign that authorities are taking seriously complaints
about the vote.
2018 Jun 2, In Iraq Islamic
State militants killed 12 members of the same family, including
women and children, in an attack on their home in the village of
al-Farahatiyah, Salahuddin province.
2018 Jun 3, An Iraqi court
sentenced French woman Melina Boughedir (28) to life in prison for
membership in the Islamic State group. The verdict can be appealed.
2018 Jun 6, The Iraqi
parliament voted in favor of a manual ballot recount after
allegations of widespread fraud in the country's recently held
(SFC, 6/7/18, p.A3)
2018 Jun 7, Iraq's top judicial
authority took over the Independent Elections Commission as
stipulated by a law passed in response to complaints of widespread
fraud in last month's national elections.
2018 Jun 7, In Iraq an
overnight explosions that tore through a mosque in Baghdad as
officials raised the casualty toll to 18 dead and 38 wounded.
2018 Jun 7, Turkey said it has
stopped filling the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River until July to help
Iraq overcome water shortages.
2018 Jun 8, In Iraq three bombs
exploded late today in the northern city of Kirkuk killing a woman
and wounding 18 others.
2018 Jun 8, Kurdish authorities
in northern Iraq detained Ali Bashar (20) on suspicion of raping and
murdering Susanna Feldman (14), a Jewish girl who went missing May
22 in Germany.
2018 Jun 10, A fire
ripped through Iraq's biggest ballot warehouse ahead of a vote
recount prompted by allegations of fraud during legislative
elections that saw a surprise victory for a populist cleric.
Officials said most ballot boxes were preserved.
2018 Jun 10, Turkey's military
said it hit more than a dozen Kurdish militant targets in air
strikes in the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq.
2018 Jun 12, Iraqi Shiite
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of
seats in last month's parliamentary elections, announced an alliance
with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form
a new government.
2018 Jun 15, A Danish court
ordered the country's Defense Ministry to compensate 18 Iraqi
civilians detained by Iraqi security troops during a 2014 military
operation in Iraq in which Danish soldiers assisted. The Defense
Ministry planned to appeal.
2018 Jun 20, Iraqi police
surrounded the headquarters of an Iran-backed militia and detained
one of its members after an armed clash left three people wounded in
2018 Jun 20, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish militants fired on military vehicles, killing two
soldiers and wounding another. Turkey's warplanes carried out air
strikes in northern Iraq, killing 10 militants in the Avasin-Basyan
and Sinat Haftanin areas and destroying weapon stores and shelters.
2018 Jun 21, Turkey's Pres.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish warplanes recently struck Iraq's
Qandil mountain while a group of 35 senior militants were holding a
2018 Jun 22, Iraq launched an
air attack on a gathering of Islamic State leaders in the town of
Hajin inside neighboring Syria, killing 45 members of the hardline
2018 Jun 27, Iraqi security
forces found the bodies of eight men, two days after a deadline set
by their Islamic State kidnappers expired. The bodies were found
mutilated and rigged with explosives.
2018 Jun 28, Iraq's PM Haider
al-Abadi ordered "the immediate punishment of terrorists condemned
to death" whose appeals have been exhausted.
2018 Jun 29, Iraq said that it
executed 13 death row jihadists after PM Haider al-Abadi vowed a
forceful retaliation to calm public anger over the Islamic State
group's murder of abducted civilians.
2018 Jun 30, The Turkish
military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq's Avasin Basyan
region, killing four Kurdish militants.
2018 Jun, Iraq's agriculture
ministry suspended the cultivation of rice, corn and other cereals,
which need large quantities of water, due to sever drought. The
Ministry of Water Resources said the country has only enough water
to irrigate half its farmland this summer.
(AFP, 7/3/18)(SFC, 7/6/18, p.A4)
2018 Jul 1, In Iraq one person
was killed in Kirkuk when a suicide car bomb went off near a storage
site housing ballot boxes from a May national election.
2018 Jul 1, Turkey's military
said eight Kurdish militants have been killed in air strikes in
northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey this weekend.
2018 Jul 3, Iraqi authorities
began recounting votes from May's disputed parliamentary election,
officials said, a step toward forming a new government after weeks
2018 Jul 7, In Iraq two
Filipina women were kidnapped after their car broke down on a road
connecting Baghdad to oil city Kirkuk.
2018 Jul 8, Iraqi police opened
fire to disperse dozens of protesters near the southern oil hub of
Basra as they demonstrated against a shortage of jobs, electricity,
water and other basic services.
2018 Jul 9, An Iraqi military
spokesman said a US coalition airstrike has killed 20 Islamic State
militants outside the northern city of Mosul.
2018 Jul 11, It was reported
that dozens of water buffalo in Iraq's southeastern wetlands have
died because of low water levels in the marshes, threatening the
livelihoods of a community of marsh dwellers that has made the area
its home for millennia.
2018 Jul 12, Iraqi police fired
into the air to disperse protesters demanding jobs and better public
services at one of three demonstrations outside major oilfields in
the southern oil hub of Basra.
2018 Jul 13, In Iraq about 100
protesters demanding jobs and better services from leaders closed
access to Umm Qasr commodities port near the southern city of Basra.
2018 Jul 12, In eastern Syria
an air strike, probably carried out by US-led international forces
or Iraq, struck an Islamic State-held area, killing 54 people
including 28 civilians as well as members of the jihadist group.
Most of the civilians killed were Iraqis.
2018 Jul 14, Iraq placed its
security forces on high alert, in response to ongoing protests in
the country's southern provinces over poor government services and
2018 Jul 15, Iraqis demanding
better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth
day in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put
security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the
country's Shiite heartland. Dozens of demonstrators were wounded.
The internet was off service across the country for a second
consecutive day and foreign airlines announced the suspension of
(AP, 7/15/18)(AFP, 7/15/18)
2018 Jul 16, In Iraq protests
continued into their second week following days of clashes. Since
the daily protests began on July 8 in Basra eight people have been
killed, with demonstrators rallying to put social problems in the
2018 Jul 17, Iraqi police
wielded batons and rubber hoses to disperse about 250 protesters
gathered at the main entrance to the Zubair oilfield near Basra as
unrest across southern cities over poor basic services gathered
2018 Jul 22, Fresh protests hit
southern Iraq as medical sources put at 11 the number of
demonstrators killed in two weeks of unrest sparked by ire over
corruption and lack of public services.
2018 Jul 22, Human Rights Watch
called on Iraq's government to declare the number of detention
facilities it maintains and not to hold suspects without informing
2018 Jul 23, In Iraq three
teenage gunmen stormed the governor's headquarters in Erbil, the
capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, opening fire and killing one employee
before being shot dead by Kurdish security forces. The assailants'
motives were unclear.
(AFP, 7/23/18)(Reuters, 7/23/18)
2018 Jul 27, Iraq's top Shi'ite
cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a government to be
formed as soon as possible to tackle corruption and poor basic
services. Sistani told the incumbent caretaker administration of PM
Haider al-Abadi to respond to protesters' fears.
2018 Jul 28, An Iraqi a
judicial official said five election officials will be put on trial
in connection with fraud and vote buying, during the country's May
2018 Jul 29, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi suspended his electricity minister amid continuing protests
over poor public services especially power cuts and rampant
2018 Aug 2, In Iraq jihadists
attacked a high voltage power line between Kirkuk and Diyala for the
eighth time in two months. The attack plunged Kirkuk, Salaheddin and
Nineveh provinces into darkness.
2018 Aug 4, Iraq's government
said areas under cultivation have halved this summer compared to
last year due to a drought that has led to a ban on water intensive
2018 Aug 5, It was reported
that Iraq's election commission ignored an anti-corruption body's
warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines
used in May's parliamentary election. The election was the first in
which an electronic vote-counting system has been used in Iraq.
2018 Aug 6, An Iraqi court
sentenced Lahcen Ammar Gueboudj, a French man, and Nadia Rainer
Hermann (22), a German woman, to life in prison on for belonging to
Islamic State, forging ahead with the trial of hundreds of people
captured after the militant group's defeat last year. Gueboudj said
he had signed papers he had not understood were a confession during
2018 Aug 9, Iraq's anti-graft
Commission of Integrity said it had succeeded in "recovering and
preventing the waste" of public funds to the value of $322 million
in the first six months of the year. PM Haider al-Abadi has sacked a
number of electricity ministry officials, his office said, in the
latest attempt to quell public anger at chronic power cuts.
2018 Aug 10, Iraq's electoral
commission said nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance
won the May parliamentary election according to a manual recount,
paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months
after the vote. Sadr's joint list with communists will retain all 54
seats it won to become the biggest bloc in Iraq's 329-seat
2018 Aug 14, In Iraq at least
three people were killed in an explosion at a market in Baghdad,
including a woman and child.
2018 Aug 16, Iraq's air force
carried out two airstrikes targeting Islamic State group inside
Syria, killing at least 28 IS militants.
2018 Aug 19, In Iraq a member
of the US-led military coalition fighting Islamic State militants
was killed and several injured when their helicopter crashed on a
2018 Aug 29, In western Iraq a
suicide bomber killed at least seven people in an attack on the
outskirts of Al-Qaim. IS said in a statement that it carried out the
attack, which it claimed had left 50 people dead or wounded.
(AFP, 8/29/18)(SFC, 8/30/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 1, Dutch former
defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (45) was appointed as
the United Nation's envoy to Iraq, to head a mission which plays an
essential role in the country's political and economic spheres.
2018 Sep 2, Iraqi police used
tear gas to disperse around 150 protesters at the main entrance to
the giant Nahr Bin Omar oilfield, amid growing unrest in southern
cities over poor public services and corruption. Oil exports from
Basra account for more than 95 percent of Iraq's state revenues.
2018 Sep 4, In Iraq hundreds of
protesters clashed with security forces in the southern oil hub
Basra for a second day, after a protester died from injuries
sustained during demonstrations.
2018 Sep 6, Iraq's main seaport
closed down following violent clashes between protestors and
security forces in the southern city of Basra in which one
demonstrator died and 25 more were injured the previous night.
Hundreds of protesters late today set fire to a government building
in Basra as well as the offices of Shiite militias. At least three
people were shot dead in confrontations with security forces.
(Reuters, 9/6/18)(AP, 9/7/18)
2018 Sep 7, Iraq's parliament
called an emergency session after a curfew was imposed in the
southern city of Basra following a fresh outbreak of deadly protests
over poor public services and as shells were fired into Baghdad's
fortified Green Zone. Iraqi security forces launched a search
operation to determine the source of three mortar shells that landed
inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
(AFP, 9/7/18)(AP, 9/7/18)
2018 Sep 7, In Iraq protesters
broke into the Iranian consulate in Basra, shouting condemnation of
what many perceive as Iran's sway over Iraq's political affairs, and
set it alight. Three protesters died and 48 more were wounded.
(Reuters, 9/8/18)(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 8, Iraq's Basra
airport was targeted by rocket fire after another night of protests
against the political elite. Iraqi officials imposed a curfew on
Basra starting at 4pm local time (1300 GMT).
2018 Sep 8, Iran's
Revolutionary Guards launched deadly missile strikes against Kurdish
rebels in northern Iraq. Fifteen people were killed in the rare
cross-border attack on the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran.
2018 Sep 12, In Iraq jihadists
attacked a restaurant north of the Iraqi capital with a car bomb,
killing five people and wounding more than 30 near Tikrit city.
2018 Sep 15, Iraqi lawmakers
elected Mohammed al-Halbousi (37), an Iran-backed Sunni Arab, as
speaker of parliament, the first step in forming a new government
four months after national elections.
2018 Sep 25, In Iraq gunmen
killed activist Soad al-Ali in Basra. He had organized protests
demanding better services and jobs and decried the growing influence
of Iran-backed Shiite militias in the area.
(SFC, 10/4/18, p.A3)
2018 Sep 27, In Iraq Tara Fares
(22), a former beauty queen, was shot and killed at the wheel of her
Porsche on a busy Baghdad street. The fashion model and social media
star had expressed outspoken opinions on personal freedom.
(https://primalinformation.com/tara-fares-wiki/)(SFC, 10/4/18, p.A3)
2018 Sep 28, The United States
announced it will effectively close its consulate in the Iraqi city
of Basra and relocate diplomatic personnel assigned there following
increasing threats from Iran and Iran-backed militia, including
2018 Sep 30, Kurds voted in a
parliamentary election in their semi-autonomous region in northern
Iraq. On October 21 authorities said the Iraqi Kurdish party behind
last year's ill-fated independence referendum won the most seats in
parliamentary elections held in the autonomous Kurdish region. The
Kurdistan Democratic Party won 45 seats, 12 short of an outright
majority in the 111-seat body.
(Reuters, 9/30/18)(AP, 10/21/18)
2018 Oct 1, President Tayyip
Erdogan said Turkey aims to secure control of the region of northern
Syria east of the Euphrates river, removing the Syrian Kurdish YPG
militia from the area, and to clear Iraq's Sinjar and Qandil regions
of Kurdish militants.
2018 Oct 2, Iraq's lawmakers
met to elect a new president after a dispute between the two main
Kurdish parties delayed the vote, eventually forcing them to choose
among 20 nominees. Veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih (58) was
elected president by parliament and sworn in. He then tapped Adel
Abdel Mahdi (76) for the difficult task of navigating the country's
tangled politics to form a government within 30 days.
(AP, 10/2/18)(AP, 10/3/18)(AFP, 10/3/18)
2018 Oct 5, The Nobel Peace
Prize went to Denis Mukwege, a doctor who treats war rape victims in
the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights
activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State. Mukwege
dedicated his award to all women affected by rape and sexual
2018 Oct 6, In northern Iraq at
least one person was killed and 14 wounded when a bus carrying
workers at the small Siniya oil refinery was blown up by an
improvised explosive device in Salahuddin province. Three civilians
and a policeman were injured when a parked car exploded in a market
area in Falluja, Anbar province.
2018 Oct 9, President Tayyip
Erdogan agreed to increase releases of water from a dam in
southeastern Turkey to neighboring Iraq, which is struggling with a
2018 Oct 17, Slovakia's defense
ministry said the country will keep its military presence in Iraq
after the government approved a plan to deploy up to 42 soldiers
there next year to help train Iraqi security forces as part of a
2018 Oct 17, The US Treasury
imposed sanctions on an Iraq-based money services business, Afaq
Dubai, believed to be moving funds for the Islamic State militant
2018 Oct 21, Multinational
giants Siemens and General Electric say they have signed memorandums
of understanding with Iraq to rebuild the country's electricity
2018 Oct 23, In Iraq a bomb
blast at a market in a town south of the city of Mosul killed at
least six people, including two soldiers.
2018 Oct 25, The Paris-based
International Federation for Human Rights said foreign fighters,
including many Europeans, took a leading role in carrying out the
Islamic State group's atrocities against minority Yazidis.
2018 Oct 30, In northern Iraq
American and Iraqi forces in Salahuddin province killed five IS
leaders and more than 30 other militants. The leaders killed in the
raid were responsible for coordinating attacks across northern and
2018 Oct 31, Iraq's Shi'ite
paramilitaries, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF),
said in a statement that they had killed two IS commanders in the
border area who were responsible for an attack last week on
US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces along the Iraq-Syria border.
2018 Oct 31, An operation in
northern Iraq by American and Iraqi forces killed around 20 IS
fighters in the Makhmour Mountains.
2018 Nov 3, Iraqi officials
said jihadists have killed three village chiefs in less than a week
in Kirkuk province.
2018 Nov 6, UN investigators
said more than 200 mass graves containing between 6,000 and 12,000
bodies have been found in Iraq from the time of the Islamic State
group's three-year reign.
2018 Nov 9, Airstrikes by
Turkish warplanes "neutralized" 15 militants of the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.
2018 Nov 13, The US Treasury
expanded its attack on Hezbollah's financial network, hitting key
representatives of the Lebanese militant group in Iraq with
sanctions. The Treasury blacklisted Shibl Muhsin 'Ubayd Al-Zaydi,
Yusuf Hashim, Adnan Hussein Kawtharani, and Muhammad 'Abd-Al-Hadi
Farhat under its Specially Designated Global Terrorists program.
2018 Nov 16, Iraq's central
government said it has agreed with Kurdish authorities to resume oil
exports from Kirkuk, a year after federal forces seized the
2018 Nov 17, Iraq's President
Barham Salih began a visit to Iran, where he pledged to improve
relations less than two weeks after the United States restored oil
sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
2018 Nov 17, In Iraq Wissam
al-Ghrawi, a prominent figure in demonstrations demanding clean
water and reliable electricity in Basra, was shot and killed in
front of his house by unknown assailants.
2018 Nov 18, In northern Iraq
five people were killed in a car bomb blast in the city of Tikrit.
2018 Nov 18, Saudi Arabia's
King Salman received Iraq's Pres. Barham Salih in Riyadh, a day
after the Iraqi official visited the kingdom's rival, Iran.
2018 Nov 20, Iraq launched air
strikes on Islamic State targets inside neighboring Syria,
destroying two buildings housing 40 fighters and weapons.
2018 Nov 20, The World Health
Organizations said that laboratory tests completed after a shocking
fish die-off in Iraq's Euphrates River show the water is
contaminated with high levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and
2018 Nov 20, The Polish
government said that it will not support a global compact to promote
safe and orderly migration, citing national sovereignty as it joins
countries including Hungary, Austria and the United States in
2018 Nov 25, Iraq's health
ministry said least 21 people have died and tens of thousands
displaced by heavy rains that have battered the country over two
2018 Dec 4, Angry Iraqi
lawmakers disrupted a parliamentary session meant to include a vote
on the remainder of PM Adel Abdul Mahdi's cabinet, banging tables
and shouting "illegitimate" in opposition to his proposed
2018 Dec 10, Iraq began
removing cement walls from areas surrounding the capital's most
fortified enclave, opening parts of the so-called Green Zone to
traffic in a symbolic move coinciding with nationwide celebrations
marking the anniversary of the country's costly victory over the
Islamic State group.
2018 Dec 12, In Baghdad Nobel
laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad (25) called on Iraq
to create a special team to investigate the fate of other members of
her Yazidi minority kidnapped by the Islamic State group.
2018 Dec 14, The Turkish
military said it had killed eight militants from the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting the Zap,
Hakurk and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq.
2018 Dec 16, Iraqis laid the
cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul's Al-Nuri mosque and leaning
minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious
battle against the Islamic State group.
2018 Dec 21, The US State
Department said the US has granted Iraq a 90-day Iran sanctions
waiver to allow it to continue to import electricity from Tehran.
2018 Dec 25, In Iraq at least
two people were killed and 11 wounded by a car bomb in the northern
city of Tal Afar. Islamic State soon claimed responsibility for the
2018 Dec 26, Pres. Donald Trump
slipped into Iraq to greet US service members and show that his
norm-busting presidency would hew at least to this tradition. He did
not meet Iraqi officials while there but spoke on the phone with PM
2018 Dec 27, Iraqi lawmakers
demanded US forces leave the country in the wake of a surprise visit
by President Donald Trump that politicians denounced as arrogant and
a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.
2018 Dec 30, Syria's state news
agency said President Bashar Assad has authorized Iraqi forces to
attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for
permission from authorities in Damascus.
2018 Dec 31, Iraqi fighter jets
struck an Islamic State position inside Syria, a day after the
Syrian government authorized its neighbor to target the militants at
2018 Dec, Authorities in Mosul
began demolishing the ruins of the National Insurance Company, a
onetime icon of modern Iraqi architecture used by the Islamic State
group to throw men accused of being gay to their deaths.
2019 Jan 3, Turkey's President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara and Baghdad would deepen
cooperation against terrorism after tensions last month over Turkish
air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq.
2019 Jan 4, In Iraq a fire at a
women's shelter in Baghdad killed several lodgers. A police chief
called it a "group suicide" caused by women rioting in the shelter.
Two women died from stab wounds and seven perished in the fire.
2019 Jan 8, In Iraq a car bomb
killed two police officers in the city of Tikrit. The wounded
included two soldiers, a police officer and three civilians.
2019 Jan 11, In Iraq two people
were killed in an explosion in Al-Qaim, a city to which displaced
families are being encouraged to return.
2019 Jan 14, Jordan's King
Abdullah and the foreign ministers of France and Iran made separate
visits to Iraq, an ally of Tehran, amid US attempts to rally allies
against the Islamic Republic as Washington starts withdrawing troops
from neighboring Syria.
2019 Jan 18, Iraqi
archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani (80) died. She had lent her expertise
to rebuild the collection at the National Museum after it was looted
2019 Jan 23, In Iraq a car bomb
killed one soldier and injured at least two in a northern town near
the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
2019 Jan 26, In northwestern
Iraq Kurdish protesters stormed a Turkish army position in the
Shiladzeh region late today to protest the deaths of four civilians
they said were killed last week in Turkish bombardment. One Kurdish
protester was killed after Turkish troops opened fire on the
2019 Jan 26, Turkey's Defense
Ministry said a Turkish military base in northern Iraq has come
under attack by Kurdish militants. At least 10 people were wounded
when protesters stormed the Turkish military camp near Dohuk in
Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, burning two tanks and other
(AP, 1/26/19)(Reuters, 1/26/19)
2019 Feb 2, Iraq and Jordan
inaugurated a joint industrial area on the border between the
neighboring countries. The border crossing was formally reopened.
2019 Feb 2, In Iraq a
motorcycle gunman shot dead novelist Alaa Mashzoub (50) late today
close to his house in the Shi'ite Muslim city of Kerbala.
2019 Feb 4, Iraqi President
Barham Salih said that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq's
permission for US troops stationed there to "watch Iran".
2019 Feb 10, A Russian official
said that Moscow had repatriated a fresh batch of 27 children whose
mothers are being held in Iraq for belonging to the Islamic State
group. Thirty other children were sent back to Moscow in late