15th anniversary of Iraq War

2018-03-19 16:03 GMT+8

On April 9, 2003, US forces entered Baghdad, putting an end to dictator Saddam Hussein’s 24-year rule. But far from bringing peace, the US invasion led to years of insurgency and the rise of ISIL, and in the Iraqi capital some now say life is worse than under Saddam.

2018-04-09 11:38 GMT+8

Why did the journalist cross the road? To see where he’d once lived for the best part of six months. It wasn’t exactly the punchline I was looking for, but it did sum up the sense I had sitting close to Baghdad’s Firdos Square – Persian for paradise, looking back at two of the Iraqi capital’s most famous hotels; the Palestine and the old Sheraton – the later now rebranded as the Cristal Grand Ishtar. 

2018-03-26 15:29 GMT+8

‍No one knows for sure how many people have been killed or injured since a US-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, though even conservative estimates run into the hundreds of thousands.

2018-03-24 18:18 GMT+8

In Baghdad there are few fond memories of the chaos that followed the US-led invasion in 2003. 

2018-03-25 10:08 GMT+8

In the 12 years since my last trip to Iraq, much has changed. Back then as a producer for an American news network, trips into the country required either close coordination with the channel’s private security or a rendezvous with coalition and/or Iraqi forces (or a combination of both), a bulletproof vest, an armored car and steely nerves.

2018-03-24 22:05 GMT+8

By my reckoning it’s getting on towards five in the afternoon and easily still 30 degrees in the shade, thankfully the sun’s intensity is waning, casting shadows across graceful Kahramana, perpetually pouring water into stone vases. 

2018-03-24 17:40 GMT+8

15 years ago, a US led coalition invaded Iraq to oust its president Saddam Hussein and find weapons of mass destruction they had claimed the country had owned.

2018-03-25 08:14 GMT+8

When Hans Blix became the UN chief weapons inspector for Iraq, political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History” was all the rage.

2018-03-23 10:03 GMT+8

On May 12 Iraqis will go to the polls to elect parliamentarians who in turn will select the country’s new prime minister.

2018-03-23 21:31 GMT+8

Fifteen years have passed since the United States led an international coalition to invade Iraq for the purpose of saving the world from “Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.” A few days after the fall of Baghdad, the dissolution of the ruling Baath Party, and the destruction of many of the government institutions, the world realized that the dictator did not possess weapons of mass destruction, and that the purpose of invading Iraq was more connected to US economic interests than threats against peace and security.

2018-03-23 14:07 GMT+8

The instructions were clear: meet 26-year-old Kara Hermez inside the Saint Nisbin Assyrian Christian Cathedral at 11 am. Just in time for Sunday service.

2018-03-22 10:54 GMT+8

Fifteen years ago Baghdad residents watched the sun rise over a city subjected to a night of so-called shock and awe airstrikes that marked the start of the Iraq War.

2018-03-22 07:31 GMT+8

Fifteen years have passed since US-led forces invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, but the country is still experiencing an unimaginable degree of suffering.

2018-03-21 20:57 GMT+8

Look, it's Khal Drogo. 

2018-03-21 16:45 GMT+8

A week ago, Iraq secured international funding pledges totaling 30 billion US dollars to help rebuild its battle-scarred towns and crumbling infrastructure in the wake of the fight against ISIL.

2018-03-23 17:28 GMT+8

Bodybuilding is not new to Iraq, but iron-pumping US soldiers revolutionized the sport after the 2003 invasion that led to the ousting of Saddam Hussein, who had tightly controlled the import of all goods, including gym equipment.

2018-03-21 20:02 GMT+8

Fifteen years have passed since US-led forces invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, but the aftermath is still vividly felt across the country to this day.

2018-03-20 14:54 GMT+8

Nearly 7,000 US troops and civilians have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and the larger so-called war on terror, while more than 50,000 have been wounded in action, according to the US Department of Defense.

2018-03-19 16:36 GMT+8

Iraq, a country with a people all-too familiar with conflict. In 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), proclaimed a self-styled caliphate, and afterwards, seized control of a large part of the country. Iraq paid a heavy price for defeating the ISIL militants. The United Nations says nearly six million people were displaced. 

2018-02-22 17:41 GMT+8

On Feb. 13, non-governmental organizations pledged 330 million US dollars of humanitarian aid to Iraq. The organizations were meeting as international donors gathered in Kuwait to discuss Iraq’s reconstruction after years of war and economic turmoil. The conference was co-chaired by Kuwait and Iraq, as well as the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB).

2018-02-17 17:49 GMT+8

Iraq's reconstruction is a global responsibility, and stability in the country could help open up trade routes in the region, an Iraqi official said on Monday. 

2018-02-13 13:11 GMT+8

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul on Sunday, after a nearly nine-month offensive to capture the city from ISIL jihadists. 

2017-07-09 21:00 GMT+8

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul on Sunday, bringing the ISIL's reign over the city to an end.

2017-07-09 20:25 GMT+8

As part of a three-day conference, representatives from Kuwait, Iraq, the United Nations, the EU and the World Bank are gathering in Kuwait to discuss efforts to raise 88.2 billion US dollars for the reconstruction of a post-war Iraq. 

2018-02-13 18:52 GMT+8

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted “yes” to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their US allies.

2017-09-27 14:07 GMT+8