Iraq Fyle


  • At least 35 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Baghdad. [Link]


  • Iraq’s Prime Minister will attempt to cut the size of the Iraqi militias in half. [Link]


  • Iraqi Kurds say the Iraqi military is building up on their border and fear they will be attacked. [Link]


  • Turkey claims to have killed PKK fighters in Northern Iraq. [Link]


  • The US admits to having 9,000 troops in Iraq. That number could be higher as the US has 29,000 troops deployed around the world without listing their location. [Link]


  • The Iraqi Kurdish government announce their support for a united Iraq. [Link]


  • Joost Hilterman gives the history of the Iraqi Kurds. [Link]
  • The Iraqi central government will look to end Kurdish autonomy. [Link]
  • The Iraqi central government is threatening to end the ceasefire with the Iraqi Kurds. [Link]


  • James Mattis testified before Congress that the US will remain in Iraq with or without the permission of the Iraqi government. [Link]
  • The Iraqi government has taken a border crossing with Turkey from the Kurds. [Link]


  • Peter Van Buren explains how Iraq will be impacted by Iran and Saudi Arabia as the war against ISIS comes to an end. [Link]
  • Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, says Iraqi militias will ignore the order from Rex Tillerson to disband. [Link]
  • The Iraqi government will look to end Kurdish autonomy. [Link]


  • The leader of the Kurdish Regional Government, Barzani, will resign from office. [Link]


  • The Iraqi army has announced they are attacking Islamic State targets on the border with Syria. Peshmerga forces are reporting they are being attacked by the Iraqi army as well. [Link]
  • Turkey and Iraq say the Kurds freezing their independence referendum isn’t good enough. [Link]


  • The president of Iraq rejects Tillerson calls to disband Shi’ite militias. [Link]


  • The Iraqi government has issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan. [Link]
  • Islamic State fighters seized villages near Kirkuk that were left undefended. [Link]


  • Iraqi forces have given up almost all the territory they gained since 2014 fighting the Islamic State.  [Link]
  • The loss of Kirkuk and other territories likely means the end of the Iraqi Kurds current independence push. [Link]


  • Moon of Alabama explains how internal Kurdish politics played in role in the Kurdish withdraw from Kirkuk. [Link]


  • The Iraqi government forces have taken several positions in and around the city of Kirkuk. Kirkuk was previously held by the Kurdish forces. Some fighting has been reported, but Kurdish forces have mostly withdrawn. [Link]
  • Kurdish families fled Kirkuk as the Iraqi army advanced on and took control of the city. [Link
  • The leader of Iraqi Kurdish forces said the Iraqi government’s offensive against Kirkuk amounts to a declaration of war. [Link]
  • 400,000 Iraqi children are still displaced from the battle for Mosul. [Link]


  • The Iraqi government says the Iraqi Kurds has declared war against them by allowing PKK fighters into Kirkuk. Iraqi Kurdish officials deny these claims. [Link]
  • The Iraqi army is advancing on Kirkuk. [Link]


  • Hundreds of Islamic State fighters are surrendering to the Iraqi Kurds. [Link]


  • The Iraqi army has taken one of the two cities in Iraqi that was still ISIS-held. The city of Hawija was taken after two weeks of fighting. [Link]
  • Turkey’s President Erdogan said Turkey would close airspace and borders with Iraqi Kurdistan. Erdogan said he would talk with Tehran and Baghdad about cutting Kurdish oil exports to Turkey. [Link]


  • Iraqi Kurds will have parliamentary and presidential elections on November 1. [Link]


  • An American soldier was killed and another was injured in Iraq. [Link]
  • Iran has deployed tanks and artillery to the border they share with Iraqi Kurdistan. [Link]


  • Rex Tillerson issues a statement saying the US does not recognize the Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. [Link]
  • A Turkish soldier was killed fighting the PKK in Iraq. Three PKK militants were also killed in the fighting. [Link]


  • The Iraqi government has cut off all international flights to the Iraqi Kurdish capital Irbil. [Link]


  • 92% voted in favor of independence in the Iraqi Kurdish referendum. [Link]
  • The Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdish government close their airports or risk having airspace over Kurdish territory closed. The Kurdish government rejected this demand. [Link]
  • Iraq’s Prime Minister has demanded that Kurdish leadership cancel the results of the independence vote. [Link]
  • Iraq’s Parliament is pushing the Iraq’s Prime Minister to take military actions against Kirkuk. Kirkuk was taken by Kurdish forces at the start of the war against the Islamic State. Turkey has offered a 5,000 man militia to assist the Iraqi government in taking Kirkuk from the Kurds. [Link]
  • Turkey carried out airstrikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq. Turkey claims to have killed 13 PKK members in the strikes. Turkey and Iraq also held a joint military training. [Link]


  • Patrick Cockburn gives analysis on the Kurdish referendum vote. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Kurds have voted overwhelmingly to form a new state. [Link]
  • In response to the Kurdish independence vote, Iran has closed the border with Iraqi Kurdistan. [Link] The Syrian government has refused to validate the vote. The Iraqi Parliament has voted send troops to the Kirkuk Province and other disputed areas. The Turkish government has threated to stop oil exports from the Iraqi Kurds. [Link]


  • The UN Security Council condemns the Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. [Link]


  • The Iraqi government is beginning a military operation against the Islamic State in the Anbar Province. The US will support the operation. [Link]


  • This article profiles what the possible Iraqi Kurdish state could look like. [Link]
  • The US declassified a map that identified the location of 81 unexploded US bombs in Mosul. [Link]


  • At least 2,154 people were killed in Iraq in August. 333 of the dead were civilians. [Link]


  • The Iraqi Kurds are considering postponing a September independence vote in exchange for concession from the Iraqi government. [Link]


  • At least three people were killed by a suicide bomber in Mosul. [Link]


  • Five million children in Iraq are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. [Link]


  • Iraqi Army and Sunni tribal forces captured a border crossing point near al-Tanf. [Link]


  • Iraqi Kurds plan to hold a referendum vote for independence in September. The vote will be for all people in Kurdish lands, including those captured from ISIS. A Kurdish official said that a yes vote on the referendum does not mean that Kurdistan will declare independence from Iraq. [Link]


  • At least 770 civilians were killed in Iraq in May. [Link]
  • 60% of residents of Fallujah now have access to running water. 370,000 people have returned to the city after the city was liberated from IS one year ago. [Link]


  • The US is continuing to back an elite Iraqi special forces unit that was recently exposed to be committing war crimes.  [Link]


  • 10 people were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad. [Link]


  • Members of an elite Iraqi special forces unit were recorded committing war crimes including torture and murder. [Link]


  • Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart said, “Kurdish independence is on a trajectory where it is probably not if but when.” [Link]


  • Iraq’s Prime Minister says no US combat troops will remain in Iraq after the ISIS War. A few days ago, the Pentagon announced the US was working towards a status of forces agreement with Iraq that would allow US troops to remain in Iraq. [Link]


  • At least 1,438 civilians were killed in Iraq in April. [Link]


  • The State Department has approved nearly $300 million in weapon sales to the Peshmerga. [Link]


  • Erdogan tells the Iraqi Kurds to lower the Kurdish flag over Kirkuk or Turkey will end some diplomatic ties with the Iraqi Kurds. [Link]
  • Shi’ite militias are growing quickly in Iraq. [Link]


  • A suicide bomber uses an oil truck as a weapon at a checkpoint in Baghdad. The bomber killed at least 17 and was likely a member of ISIS. [Link]


  • A car bomb in a Shi’ite neighborhood in Baghdad kills 23 people. A group is yet to claim responsibility for the attack, but it was most likely ISIS. [Link]


  • There is a growing conflict between Kurdish factions in Iraq and Syria. [Link]


  • Two suicide bombers carried out attacks against a wedding in Tikrit killing at least 30. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it was most likely ISIS. [Link]


  • Some fighting has started between two Iraqi Kurdish factions. The fighting started when members of the Peshmerga entered territory held by the PKK. The fighting was ended with a 24 hour ceasefire. [Link]


  • Iraqi Kurds are hoping to gain independence from Baghdad. The Kurds have taken a significant amount of territory from ISIS, and they plan to use the territory in an exchange with Baghdad for independence. [Link]


  • Turkey targeted Kurds in Northern Iraq with airstrikes. Turkey claims that 34 members of the PKK were killed in the airstrikes. [Link]


  • Protests in Baghdad’s green zone leave five dead. Two police officers and three protesters were killed. [Link]


  • Iraq’s Prime Minister says Iraq will not impose a ban on US citizens. [Link]


  • The Iraqi Parliment has passed a resolution banning Americans from Iraq. There is currently no ban in effect and there is no indication to how the ban would apply to US soldiers and contractors working in Iraq. [Link]


  • A report from Iraq Body Count estimates that 16,000 civilians were killed in Iraq in 2016. This is significantly higher than the UN estimate of 7,000. [Link]


  • The Iraqi Prime Minister again calls for Turkey to withdraw Turkish troops from Iraq. The troops have been in Iraq since 2015. [Link]


  • Suicide bombings in Baghdad and Sadr City leaves 25 Iraqis dead. [Link]


  • Over 52,000 people were killed in Iraq in 2016. This includes more than 9,000 civilians. [Link]


  • Turkish airstrikes kill 19 Kurdish fighters in Iraq. The Kurdish fighters were members of the PKK that Turkey labels as a terrorist organization. [Link]


  • Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the US must remain in Iraq after ISIS is defeated. [Link]


  • Nearly 4,000 were killed in Iraq in November. 1,533 of those killed were civilians. [Link]


  • The Iraqi Parliment passed a bill to make the Shia militias part of the Iraqi Army. These militias have been accused of extrajudicial killings and torture of civilians. Iraqi Sunni’s are very concerned about the passage of this bill. [Link]


  • 100 people are killed by an ISIS truck bomb in an Iraqi city South of Baghdad. The ISIS bomb targeted Shi’ite pilgrims celebrating a religious event. [Link]


  • The Iraqi Prime Minister announced that the Kurds would have to give back all territory they took from ISIS. This is setting up a conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government. The Kurds have taken several cities and villages from ISIS. The Kurds are currently working to build a border surrounding the territory they took from ISIS. [Link]


  • Human Rights Watch reports finding that Iraqi Kurdish forces destroyed homes of Arabs in at least 21 villages and towns. [Link]


  • Iraq’s Prime Minister says that the country is ready for war with Turkey. [Link]


  • About 250 Arab families are being forced out of Kirkuk by Kurdish forces. They are told to go to a refugee camp or return to the town they came from. [Link]


  • Turkey deploys tanks to its border with Iraq. [Link] The Iraqi government threatens to respond with force if Turkey moves into Ezidi Sinjar, Iraq. [Link]


  • Kurdish security forces are throwing Arab families out of Kirkuk. [Link]


  • Up to 20 civilians were killed at a funeral in Iraq. Russia accused the US coalition of the attack, the US has denied having any airstrikes hit the area on the day of the funeral. [Link]


  • US Service member killed by a road side bomb in Iraq. He was involved in the operation to retake Mosul. [Link]


  • The Iraqi government has threatened to attack Turkish troops in Iraq. Turkey moved troop into the Northern areas of Iraq months ago in an effort to fight ISIS. The Iraq government says Iraqi troops can attack Turkish troops if they come into contact in Mosul. [Link]


  • The US Coalition fighting in Iraq accidentally killed 21 Sunni militant fighters aligned with the Iraqi government.  The Sunni militants were fighting ISIS in a town outside of Mosul. [Link]


  • Iraq plans to use the new 9/11 bill to sue the US for the 2003 invasion on Iraq. They will seek justice for innocent Iraqis killed and property destroyed. [Link]


  • 2,381 people were killed in Iraq in September. 438 of those deaths were civilians. [Link]


  • The US sends another 615 troops to Iraq in preparation for the battle for Mosul. This troop increase would have exceeded the cap for US troops allowed in Iraq. The total number of troops will be near 7,000. [Link]


  • ISIS launches a mustard gas attack against US and Iraqi troops preparing to invade Mosul. No one was injured in the attack and officials say the weapon was poorly made. [Link]


  • Obama moves an additional 400 US troops into Iraq. The troops will likely be used in the offensive to liberate Mosul. [Link]


  • Iraq is forcing families of suspected ISIS fighters from their homes in Iraqi cities liberated from ISIS. This program is being run by one part of the Iraqi government and denounced by another. The families are often forced back into ISIS held areas, as they have nowhere else to go. [Link]


  • A high raking ISIS commander was killed recently by a US drone. We now know his replacement is Gulmurod Khalimov. Khalimov was trained by the US and even came to the US on several occasions for special counterterrorism training. Khalimov will command ISIS forces in Iraq. [Link]


  • Over 4,200 people were killed in the war in Iraq in August. That is up from 2,600 in July. Nearly 700 of those who were killed were civilians. [Link]


  • Iraq’s Kurds look to expand the borders of Kurdish territory through the liberation of towns from ISIS. This creates conflict with Sunnis and Shiites who once lived in the new Kurdish territories. This may create problems for the upcoming battle for Mosul. [Link]


  • Iraq requests the Saudi ambassador to Iraq leave the country. The Saudi ambassador has blamed the Iraqi government of creating tensions with the country’s Sunni minority. The Saudi embassy in Iraq reopened in December after being closed for 25 years. [Link]


  • Iran is operating 6 military camps in Northern Iraq. Iran has about 1,500 military personnel stationed in the region. The Iranian government is planning to open more camps in Iraq. [Link]


  • The US has given away nearly 1.5 million in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US only knows where about half of those guns are now. [Link]


  • To combat ISIS in Iraq, the US has allied with Shi’ite militias to regain key Iraqi cities. The militias are torturing, executing, and beheading civilians from the cities they are liberating. A new article shows that reports put out by the US and UN underestimate how many people the militias are killing. [Link]


  • Army General fears that Obama is rushing his offensive on Mosul, Iraq. Mosul is one of ISIS’s last strongholds in Iraq. Defeating ISIS in Iraq could help the democrats to be more appealing in the November election. [Link]


  • Obama continues to increase US troop levels in Iraq to combat ISIS. This has upset many Iraqi who want US troops to leave. An Shi’ite cleric has suggested that Shi’ite need to start targeting US troops as well. Read Here.


  • President Obama will send more troops to Iraq. Read Here.


  • Obama sends another 560 group troops to Iraq. Read Here.