Iraqi forces pressed on with their offensive to dislodge the extremist Islamic State militia from their stronghold in northern Iraq, as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Baghdad on an unannounced official visit.
Iraq Monday called on Washington to reconsider the ban on its citizens entering the US, saying it was "saddening" that it came as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition were scoring victories against Islamic State extremists.
Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Sunday that US citizens should leave his country in response to President Donald Trump’s ban on the entry of people from seven mainly Muslim countries including Iraq.
Elite Iraqi forces retook territory in Mosul from Islamic state on Friday, part of an ongoing US-backed campaign aimed at dislodging the extremist organization from its last Iraqi urban stronghold, a senior army officer said.
Some 35 people were killed Monday in a suicide attack in Baghdad claimed by Islamic State, an official said, overshadowing a visit by French President Francois Hollande who offered to step up support for Iraq's campaign against the militants.
The Iraqi parliament Saturday passed a law granting legal status to mainly Shiite militias who have been a key force in the fight against Islamic State jihadists but have also been accused of abuses against civilians from the Sunni minority.
The Popular Mobilization Forces, a pro-Iraqi government Shiite militia, managed late Wednesday to wrest control of a critical airport from Islamic State forces, according to a statement by the militia.
Iraq said its forces on Saturday recaptured two districts near Islamic State’s key stronghold of Mosul despite the car bombs used by the militant group in an attempt to hamper the US-backed campaign to liberate the city.
Iraqi forces said Saturday they had captured a key town some 15 kilometres south of Mosul, while an aid agency reported a sharp rise in the numbers of civilians fleeing since fighting reached the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city.
Joint Iraqi forces liberated Wednesday more than 50 villages bordering Mosul as part of an operation to dislodge Islamic State from the northern city, while intense fighting erupted again in a village retaken a day previous.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday he feared a "reckless step" from Ankara after Turkish media reported that Turkey was deploying tanks and armoured vehicles from a key infantry brigade to the border between the two countries.
Kurdish forces on Monday said they fended off two attacks by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq as Turkish and Iraqi officials again issued contradictory statements about whether Turkish forces were involved in the campaign to take Mosul.
Islamic State militants on Sunday seized parts of a strategic western town in Iraq in an apparent response to an ongoing government campaign to recapture their main Iraqi stronghold, the northern city of Mosul.
Islamic State forces launched an attack in western Iraq Sunday, an apparent response to an ongoing government campaign to recapture the extremist militia's key stronghold of Mosul, military officials said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday insisted that only Iraqi forces would take part in the campaign to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, despite the US hinting that it was sympathetic to Turkey's demand to be involved.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Thursday made territorial gains near Mosul as part of a major offensive aimed at dislodging the extremist group Islamic State from its stronghold in northern Iraq, military officials said.
Thousands of Iraqis gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday to protest Turkey's continued military presence north of Mosul, despite demands by the Iraqi government for Ankara's soldiers to leave.
Iraqi forces "liberated" a major air base from Islamic State militants on Saturday, coming closer to the extremist militia's stronghold in the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.
Just days before the Islamic festival Eid al-Fitr, Baghdad is a city in mourning. At a time when Iraq's capital should be preparing for celebrations, rescue workers are still searching for bodies after a car bomb claimed by Islamic State jihadists killed over 200 people.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders the immediate withdrawal from security checkpoints of fake bomb detectors sold by a British company, after the killing of more than 100 people in a Baghdad car bomb attack claimed by Islamic State.
Over 100 people were killed on Sunday morning, an Iraqi police official said, after a car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State extremist group hit crowds during the busy shopping period ahead of the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday vowed that those responsible for abuses against civilians would be punished as allegations of torture and killing marred the third week of a campaign to recapture Fallujah from Islamic State militants.
Iraqi security forces have captured several areas on the outskirts of Fallujah on the first day of an offensive aimed at wresting the strategic city from Islamic State militants, military and security officials said on Monday.
Iraqi troops, backed by US-led airstrikes, have begun a major attack to drive the Islamic State terrorist militia from its stronghold in the western city of Fallujah, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday.
At least 80 people were killed in the Baghdad area on Tuesday when bomb attacks, the biggest of which was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group, hit five districts in and around the Iraqi capital.
A series of bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad claimed 68 people on Tuesday, with supporters of the Islamic State extremist group claiming responsibility for the largest of the blasts.
Iraq's deepening political crisis has come to the advantage of Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday, after the extremist militia claimed responsibility for a bloody week of bomb attacks in and around Baghdad.
US Vice President Joe Biden was in Baghdad Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders on the country's deepening political crisis and the war on the extremist militia Islamic State, US and Iraqi officials said.