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NPR's ongoing coverage of the Iraq War's effects abroad and on the home front. Stories of soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, veterans and their families. Iraq's effects on politics, society, and diplomacy. Photos, audio and commentary. Subscribe to the I

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No Clear End Game For U.S. Military In Iraq And Syria

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

The U.S. is training and equipping both sides in the Iraq-Kurdistan stand-off along with Syrian opposition forces in the battle against ISIS and the Assad regime. It has created a tangled web with no clear end game.

U.S.-Backed Forces On The Verge Of Pushing ISIS Out Of Raqqa

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

U.S.-backed forces are close to finishing the battle to push ISIS from its de facto capital, Raqqa. Doing so will leave little territory remaining for the so-called Islamic State that once ruled a large swatch of Iraq and Syria. It also leave the city in ruins and with an uncertain future.

Iraqi Forces Now Control Kurdish City Of Kirkuk And Its Oil Fields

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Iraqi troops seized Kirkuk from the nation's Kurdish minority Monday, following a recent vote for independence. Rachel Martin talks to Vahil Ali, the communications director for the Kurdish president.

Confrontation Over Kirkuk In Iraq Reignited After Kurdish Independence Vote

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:00 -0400

Iraqi troops have wrested control of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who have held it for the last three years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with New York Times reporter David Zucchino about the situation on the ground in Iraq.

Iraqi Troops Enter Kirkuk, Seeking To Take Oil-Rich Area Back From Kurds

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:31:00 -0400

Kurdish media outlets quoted the Peshmerga General Command as calling the attack "a flagrant declaration of war against the nation of Kurdistan."

Iraqi Forces Invade Kurdish City Of Kirkuk After Independence Vote

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:02:00 -0400

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to take Kurdish-held oil fields and a military base near Kirkuk. Rachel Martin speaks with reporter Fazel Hawramy in Iraq.

News Brief: GOP Relations, Iraqi Forces Launch Kirkuk Operation

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:02:00 -0400

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump meet for lunch on Monday for a chance to work out their differences. And in Iraq, two key U.S. allies are fighting each other.

School Year Opens In Mosul After ISIS Forced Out Of Iraqi City

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:57:00 -0400

Most residents had kept their kids home for three years as schools were run by the militants. Then some kids started catching up on classes as ISIS was forced from neighborhoods in the spring.

As Kurdish Leader And Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani Brought People Together

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:06:00 -0400

As Iraq's president, Talabani was considered a unifying force who could get feuding political leaders to talk to each other. His death came days after Iraqi Kurds voted for independence.

Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, Iraq's Postwar President Dies At 83

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:50:00 -0400

Jalal Talabani — a historic Middle East figure and a leader of the Kurdish independence movement in Iraq — has died after years of illness.

ISIS Releases Audio Of Leader's Purported Speech, Suggesting He Still Lives

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:14:06 -0400

The speech said to be by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rallies supporters while ISIS has steadily lost its territorial claims. It's the first such audio released since November last year.

Kurds In Iraq Face Retaliation After Independence Vote

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:54:00 -0400

Chaos around expected airport closures was the first sign of the strong reaction and backlash Iraqi Kurds are facing after they voted this week to split-off from Iraq.

Iraqi Kurds Vote On Independence In Historic Referendum

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Iraqi Kurds voted on Monday in a referendum on whether to seek independence from Iraq. Neighboring countries worry an independent Kurdistan could destabilize the region.

Iraq's Kurdish Region Votes In Controversial Independence Referendum

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:45:00 -0400

The vote is seen as a way to signal the ethnic minority's desire for self-determination, despite strong opposition from regional and international powers. Turnout reportedly was high.

Iraq's Kurdish Region Holds Historic Vote

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Monday's referendum for voters in Iraq's Kurdish region asks whether the Kurds should break away to form their own country. Iran and Turkey are watching the vote closely.