"We stand by our neighbor Iran, and economic sanctions are unnecessary and cause great suffering to the Iranian people."Full Story
Last week, national security adviser John Bolton announced that the U.S. was deploying one of its aircraft carrier strike groups to the Persian Gulf to protect their forces in the Middle East from an 'imminent' attack by Iran and its proxies.Full Story
"As a result, OIR is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq."
The visit came two days after U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the United States was deploying the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the region because of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces."
Iraqi and Syrian forces have recently stepped up their border security to prevent Islamic State fighters from traveling freely between both countries.
"Our battle today is a battle of attrition with the enemy ... Jihad continues until judgment day, and God ordered us to jihad, but not to victory."
Iraq joined several Arab League nations in rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul's Civil Defence Authority Husam Khalil.
Sixteen years ago the U.S. invaded Iraq on the premise that the country was hiding weapons of mass destruction that were never found.
“Don’t overburden Iraq with your own issues,” replied Iraq’s President Barham Salih to the U.S. presidents’ statement.
Iraqi lawmakers rejected the visit of U.S. Marine General Austin Renforth to the Mutanabi Cultural Center in Baghdad and asked parliament to draw a vote to expel U.S. troops from Iraqi soil.