Complete coverage on

Iraq War

Latest Stories

Key dates in the Iraq warupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 06:44:00

The last U.S. troops in Iraq crossed the border into Kuwait on Sunday, marking the end of an almost-nine year war. According to the defense department, 4,487 service members were killed in the war; more than 30,000 were wounded. In all, 1.5 million Americans served their nation at war. It is impossible to know with certainty the number of Iraqis who have died in Iraq since 2003.

Violence flares across Iraqupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 14:41:00

Eight people died in Iraq as shootings and explosions targeted judges, security forces and liquor stores over the last 24 hours, police told CNN on Tuesday.

Couple deployed for their honeymoonupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:28:00

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel DeGeneres and his wife, Amanda, deployed to Iraq two weeks after they married.

Deadly bombings hit Iraq citiesupdated: Sat Nov 26 2011 10:52:00

A series of deadly bombings claimed more than a dozen lives in Iraq Saturday, according to police and health officials.

Obama: Iraq war will be over by year's end; troops coming homeupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 20:18:00

President Barack Obama on Friday announced that virtually all U.S. troops will come home from Iraq by the end of the year -- at which point he can declare an end to America's long and costly war in that Middle Eastern nation.

Cohen: We've given Iraqis an opportunityupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 20:18:00

With the war in Iraq over, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen says Iraqis can establish a democratic government.

U.S. combat brigade to leave Iraq well ahead of scheduleupdated: Sat Oct 15 2011 19:39:00

A brigade of U.S. troops originally scheduled to be among the very last to leave Iraq is being pulled out of the country months ahead of its planned departure, military officials said Saturday.

Multiple bomb blasts rock Iraqupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 07:56:00

Dozens are killed in Kut, Iraq, after a car bomb and roadside bomb explode on a busy commercial street.

U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last yearupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 07:56:00

A barrage of attacks struck Monday across Iraq, killing at least 84 people and wounding more than 200, said officials, who likened the attacks to another outbreak last year.

Cleric thanks followers for pledging to attack U.S. military in Iraqupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 11:51:00

Radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr thanked followers who offered to launch attacks against the U.S. military in Iraq should he reinstate his notorious Mehdi Army militia, according to a posting on his website.

At least 5 U.S. troops killed in Iraqupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 12:24:00

A New York Times reporter in Iraq says at least five U.S. troops died after rockets were fired form a Kia pick-up truck.

At least 25 die in Iraq violence as reform deadline arrivesupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 12:24:00

At least 25 people, including five U.S. soldiers, have died in a series of explosions across Iraq on Monday, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Violence kills 20 in Iraqupdated: Mon Apr 11 2011 16:00:00

Violence in Iraq killed 20 people and injured 37 on Monday, authorities said.

Attacks kill 6 in Iraqupdated: Sat Apr 02 2011 06:41:00

Six Iraqi security forces were killed and eight others were wounded in two separate attacks on police and army on Saturday morning, police and health officials tell CNN.

At least 9 Iraqi officials dead in hostage siegeupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 09:44:00

At least nine city and provincial officials were among dozens killed when armed militants took over a government building in Iraq and held hostages this week, Interior Ministry officials told CNN Wednesday.

Security forces regain control of Iraq government buildingupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 18:58:00

Security forces wrested control of an Iraqi government building from armed militants who attacked and seized the location and held people hostage earlier Tuesday, Interior Ministry officials said.

Five killed as unrest erupts around Iraqupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 09:23:00

Demonstrators clashed with security forces around Iraq on Friday in confrontations that killed at least five people and wounded many others.

3 U.S. troops killed in Iraqupdated: Sat Jan 15 2011 13:13:00

Three U.S. troops were killed Saturday in Iraq, including two who were slain by at least one Iraqi soldier in the northern city of Mosul.

2011 will be a turning point for U.S. military in Iraqupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 09:09:00

Next year at this time, the United States is to withdraw all of its troops from Iraq, the scheduled end of a turbulent chapter in U.S. and Iraqi military history.

Group: Investigate reports of torture in Iraq WikiLeaks documentsupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 13:32:00

Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged the Iraqi and U.S. governments to launch investigations into reports of torture and detainee abuse after the WikiLeaks website published thousands of classified military documents detailing the war in Iraq.

WikiLeak founder speaksupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 13:32:00

WikiLeak's founder speaks at a press conference about the Iraq War documents recently released.

Bodies of Americans killed after end of Iraq combat operations arrive homeupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 05:00:00

Like so many U.S. service members before them, the bodies of Sgt. Phillip Jenkins and Pvt. James McClamrock returned late Thursday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the most recent deaths of the war in Iraq.

Second television presenter killed in as many days in Iraqupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 18:45:00

A second television presenter was killed in as many days in Iraq, police said Wednesday.

Two U.S. troops killed by Iraqi soldierupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 19:43:00

The Iraqi military says an Iraqi soldier killed two U.S. soldiers and injured 9 others. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Iraqi soldier kills 2 U.S. soldiersupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 19:43:00

An Iraqi soldier opened fire Tuesday on a group of U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq, killing two and wounding nine others, the U.S. military and the Iraqi military said.

Violence in Iraq kills 1, wounds 15updated: Mon Sep 06 2010 07:57:00

A string of bombings and shootings across Baghdad Monday left at least one Iraqi military officer dead and wounded more than a dozen civilians and soldiers, an Interior Ministry official said Monday.

U.S. military helps repel suicide bombing attack, official saysupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 14:52:00

U.S. military personnel were involved in repelling a suicide bombing attack Sunday on an Iraqi military base in Baghdad, four days after the United States officially ended its combat operations in Iraq.

Obama: 'Operation Iraqi Freedom is over'updated: Wed Sep 01 2010 22:21:00

In President Obama's second Oval Office speech, he announces that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.

Obama: 'Time to turn the page' as Iraq combat mission endsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 22:21:00

Marking the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, President Obama said Tuesday night that America would continue supporting Iraq's government while also looking to refocus its energies on the U.S. economy and the war in Afghanistan.

Iraqis take the leadupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 11:16:00

Vice President Joe Biden presides over a transition of power ceremony marking the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Transcript of Obama's speech on Iraqupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 23:27:00

The following is a transcript of President Obama's Tuesday night speech to the nation about the official end of the U.S. combat role in Iraq:

Are Iraqi forces really ready?updated: Thu Aug 26 2010 13:09:00

Recent attacks raise major concerns about long-term stability in Iraq. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Day of violence hits Iraqi citiesupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 14:53:00

Just after the United States completed its drawdown of combat brigades in Iraq, militants Wednesday launched a wave of bombings across the country, mostly targeting security forces.

Violence again stains Iraq as U.S. troop levels drop to lowest levelupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 16:10:00

Assassinations and attacks in Iraq killed at least five people on Tuesday, as U.S. troop levels dropped to their lowest numbers since the war began and the country was praised for a precipitous drop in violence.

U.S. drawdown in Iraq proceeding as planned, Obama saysupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 21:54:00

The Obama administration's planned drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq is proceeding "as promised" and should lead to an end of America's combat mission there by the end of August, President Barack Obama said Monday.

Violence targeting Iraqi military kills at least 21updated: Thu Jul 29 2010 17:07:00

Attacks on military posts and police stations in Iraq claimed at least 21 lives Thursday.

Surge in Iraq violenceupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 21:16:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks at a string of suicide bombings highlighting the fragile state of security in Iraq

Al-Sadr demands full U.S. withdrawal from Iraqupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 13:51:00

The ongoing presence of U.S. troops in Iraq "shows that the (Iraqi) government and the occupation are not serious about the withdrawal," a key Shiite cleric in the country said Wednesday.

Iraqis cheer -- and fear -- U.S. pullout from citiesupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 16:35:00

Iraqis celebrated in the streets Tuesday for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from their cities and towns under an agreement signed last year with the U.S. government.

Iraqi troops ready to secure major cities, top U.S. general saysupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 09:57:00

Despite some high-profile bombings in recent days, Iraq's security forces are ready to take over for U.S. forces this week to stabilize the nation's major cities, the U.S. commander in Iraq told CNN on Sunday.

Baghdad car bombings over 4 hours kill 48updated: Wed Apr 29 2009 15:54:00

Six car bombings in four hours killed 48 people and wounded 81 in various Baghdad neighborhoods Wednesday, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry.

Clashes in Baghdadupdated: Sun Mar 29 2009 11:50:00

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen goes to a violent neighborhood in Baghdad and discusses the possible national destabilization.

Awakening Council, Iraqi security exchange gunfireupdated: Sun Mar 29 2009 11:50:00

Iraqi security forces and Awakening Council members clashed Saturday in Baghdad, leaving two civilians dead, 13 other people wounded, and five Iraqi soldiers kidnapped, a military official told CNN.

Recession-hit Americans 'a little sick' of Iraq after 6 yearsupdated: Fri Mar 13 2009 18:38:00

With Americans confronting an economic crisis, public interest in the nearly 6-year-old war in Iraq has dropped off over the past few years as conditions on the ground there have improved and the relevance to the average American family's pocketbook wears thin.

Democrats voice concerns on Obama's Iraq drawdown planupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 16:27:00

Top Democrats have expressed concern over President Obama's plan to draw down nearly two-thirds of U.S. forces in Iraq by August 2010, while some key Republicans are offering praise.

Obama: U.S. to withdraw most Iraq troops by August 2010updated: Fri Feb 27 2009 14:07:00

President Obama said Friday he plans to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010.

U.S. troops killed during humanitarian mission in Iraqupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 20:53:00

A U.S. Marine and a soldier were shot to death Tuesday while conducting a humanitarian mission north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Iraqi police recruits, soldiers killed in bombingupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 09:47:00

A bomb exploded Tuesday outside a police recruitment center in Iraq's Diyala province, killing at least 30 people, an Iraqi army official said.

2 U.S. troops killed by Iraq roadside bombupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 13:55:00

A roadside bomb attack on Monday killed two U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Bush: Violence down in Iraqupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 21:01:00

Pres. Bush makes a statement on Iraq, saying there has been encouraging news in July.

Iraq war still unpopular even as U.S. deaths plummetupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 21:01:00

President Bush gave an upbeat assessment Thursday of security strides in Iraq as U.S. troop deaths headed for their lowest monthly total since early in the war.

Female suicide bombers target pilgrims, rallyupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 10:35:00

Four female suicide bombers and a gunman killed at least 70 people and wounded almost 300 others during a string of attacks in central Baghdad and Kirkuk on Monday, officials said.

The view from Iraqupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 02:32:00

Obama and McCain stake their positions on Iraq. But what do Iraqis think? CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Obama finds 'consensus' in Iraq for U.S. troop withdrawalupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 02:32:00

Sen. Barack Obama said he found "a strong, emerging consensus" for the redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Iraq, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki telling Obama he hoped American combat troops will be gone in two years.

Iraq leader, Obama discuss future troop pulloutupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 22:43:00

Sen. Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday discussed a "general time horizon" for any American troop withdrawals from Iraq, al-Maliki's office said. Iraq Car Bomb Kills 18, Some Childrenupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 17:00:00

A car bomb killed at least seven children and 11 other people in a northern city

Senate OKs Petraeus as head of Mideast forcesupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 18:02:00

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the new chief of U.S. Central Command, placing him in charge of American forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Iraqi military to take control of Anbar provinceupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 10:36:00

Iraq's Anbar province -- once dominated by Sunni insurgents but now a bastion of tribal opposition against the militants -- will soon be run by the Iraqi military.

Handling downtime in Iraqupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 19:30:00

With violence down in Iraq, CNN's Morgan Neill sees how a U.S. explosives ordnance team deals with downtime.

Pentagon: Violence down in Iraq since 'surge'updated: Mon Jun 23 2008 19:30:00

All major indicators of violence in Iraq have dropped by between 40 and 80 percent since February 2007, when President Bush committed an additional 30,000 troops to the war there, the Pentagon reported Monday.

Officials: Pentagon to report drop in Iraq war violenceupdated: Fri Jun 20 2008 19:28:00

The Pentagon's upcoming report to Congress on the Iraq war is expected to highlight a decline in violence in 2008, according to two Pentagon officials with knowledge of the report's contents.

Heads of 3 Iraqi tribes killedupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 11:31:00

Three prominent tribal leaders, including the head of Saddam Hussein's Sunni tribe and two others who had been working for national reconciliation, were killed over the past 24 hours in northern Iraq. The Best General in the Iraqi Army?updated: Mon Jun 09 2008 10:00:00

"General Ali" has helped make the Lutufiyah area, once one of the most dangerous in the country, one of Iraq's safest. Can his model be replicated elsewhere? Has Maliki Conquered Sadr City?updated: Wed May 21 2008 10:00:00

Under a truce agreement, Iraqi government troops can now patrol the Mahdi Army's stronghold. But Sadr's forces have retained much of their muscle Iraqi Troops Enter Shi'ite Campupdated: Tue May 20 2008 12:00:00

Thousands of Iraqi troops moved unchallenged into Baghdad's Sadr City Tuesday to seize the Shiite militia stronghold, in the largest attempt yet by the government to impose control

Iraqi forces, Shiite militants fight in Sadr Cityupdated: Mon May 19 2008 06:47:00

Shiite militants and U.S.-backed Iraqi forces -- two sides that agreed to a cease-fire last week -- fought overnight in Sadr City, killing four people and wounding 38, Interior Ministry and hospital officials said Sunday. Maliki's Mosul Offensiveupdated: Fri May 16 2008 13:00:00

Iraq's PM talks tough but the city's insurgency, the most disciplined and efficient in Iraq, has melted away, perhaps to return and fight on its on terms later

Iraqi official: Suicide bomber kills 22 near mournersupdated: Wed May 14 2008 18:16:00

At least 22 people were killed and 40 wounded in a suicide bombing Wednesday evening in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, an Interior Ministry official said.

5 Iraqi soldiers die in Mosul roadside bombingupdated: Tue May 13 2008 13:33:00

A roadside bomb in northern Iraq killed at least five Iraqi soldiers on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry official said.

Cease-fire reached in Baghdad's Sadr Cityupdated: Sun May 11 2008 01:48:00

The Iraqi government and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's movement have agreed to a cease-fire to end weeks of fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City district, spokesmen for both sides said Saturday.

U.S. says al Qaeda in Iraq leader not capturedupdated: Fri May 09 2008 07:58:00

The U.S. military in Iraq denied widespread reports Friday that trumpeted the capture of a top Iraqi insurgent leader.

Who is al-Masri?updated: Fri May 09 2008 07:58:00

In a 2006 report CNN's Barbara Starr looks at the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri. (June 14, 2006)

Iran: No talks until U.S. stops Iraq attacksupdated: Mon May 05 2008 14:26:00

An Iranian official says the government wants the United States to stop its "savage attacks" in Iraq before its envoys hold more talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials, Iran's Fars News Agency reported.

McCain and 'mission accomplished'updated: Sat May 03 2008 09:03:00

Many liberal critics are trying to tie Republican Sen. John McCain to President Bush and the Iraq war.

Civilians caught in crossfireupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 20:28:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on civilians caught in urban fighting crossfire in Sadr City. Viewer discretion is advised.

Officials: Sadr City battles killed hundreds in Aprilupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 20:28:00

The fighting that erupted in Baghdad's Sadr City last month has killed 925 people and wounded 2,605, a top government official said Wednesday.

Suicide bombers, explosions rock Iraqupdated: Sat Apr 26 2008 20:07:00

Three suicide bombers and a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday capped off a day of nationwide violence that left at least 15 people dead and 94 wounded, police and Iraqi officials said.

On patrol in Mosulupdated: Sat Apr 26 2008 20:07:00

CNN's Nic Robertson spends time in Mosul, Iraq, with a U.S. Army lieutenant who's not having a very good day. Iraqi Troops: Asleep on the Job?updated: Mon Apr 21 2008 13:25:00

US military commanders are praising the recent performance of Iraqi government forces. But for many American soldiers, the picture is hardly as rosy Trying to Hold Together Iraq's Army updated: Fri Apr 18 2008 12:30:00

Shi'ite militia continue to put pressure on Iraqi forces and seek to expand desertions by government troops

Airstrike, battles kill at least 11 in Iraqupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 11:51:00

Fighting flared overnight in two key Shiite regions of Iraq, with four people killed early Wednesday in a U.S. airstrike in Basra and five others dying in battles in Baghdad's volatile northeastern region.

Bombings kill at least 60 in Iraqupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 06:37:00

A wave of bombings blamed on al Qaeda in Iraq shook Baghdad and three provincial capitals Tuesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 100 across Iraq.

Baquba car bomb kills dozensupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 06:37:00

Dozens of Iraqis were killed or wounded when a car bomb exploded in Baquba, Iraq.

Sadr City fighting rages for seventh dayupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 13:13:00

Shiite militias fought U.S. and Iraqi forces in Sadr City, Baghdad, for a seventh day Saturday and a vehicle ban continued to frustrate residents, driven indoors for a week by the battles.

Missile strike in Sadr Cityupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 13:13:00

CNN's Barbara Starr looks at Defense Department video of targeted missile strikes in Sadr City against insurgents. Baghdad Green Zone Attack Kills 3updated: Sun Apr 06 2008 18:00:00

Rockets or mortars slammed into the U.S.-protected Green Zone and a military base elsewhere in Baghdad on Sunday, killing three American soldiers and wounding 31

Iraqi city appears relatively calmupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 13:10:00

Security forces in the southern Iraqi city of Basra hunted militants Wednesday in a stronghold of a powerful Shiite militia.

Al-Sadr calls off fighting, orders compliance with Iraqi securityupdated: Sun Mar 30 2008 18:31:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on followers to stop shooting and cooperate with Iraqi security forces Sunday, a move Iraq's government praised as a step toward ending six days of fighting that has left hundreds dead.

Peaceful Iraq protests spark clashes; 50 reported deadupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 21:57:00

Fighting between Iraqi security forces and supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr left 50 dead in the southern city of Basra and spread to several Baghdad districts Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

Iraqi forces battle rogue Shiite militantsupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 18:10:00

Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters battled on Friday in Baghdad and a southeastern provincial capital, an Interior Ministry official said. Is Mosul on the Mend?updated: Fri Mar 07 2008 16:00:00

U.S. officials say violence is dropping, but the prospect of a real turnaround may depend on elections. And those could be postponed

Fallujah's success storyupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 09:16:00

CNN's Barbara Starr accompanied Admiral Fallon, head of U.S. Central Command, as he walked the streets of Fallujah, Iraq.

Some progress in Iraq's powder keg a year after 'surge'updated: Fri Feb 22 2008 09:16:00

A year after President Bush ordered nearly 30,000 additional U.S. troops into Iraq, American and Iraqi officials said there has been a drop in violence and some baby steps toward political reconciliation, but they see no cause for celebration. Where's the 'Decisive Battle' for Mosul?updated: Fri Feb 15 2008 11:00:00

A lack of Iraqi government organization and the city's ethnic mix complicates preparations for suppressing the insurgency

Iraq set for new offensive in Mosulupdated: Sat Feb 02 2008 14:00:00

Iraqi political and military leaders and U.S. military commanders have traveled to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul ahead of a planned offensive on al Qaeda in Iraq loyalists, according to a senior U.S. military source.

Violence in Iraqupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 04:15:00

Relative calm returns after fierce sectarian fighting left dozens dead in Basra and Nasiriya. CNN's Cal Perry reports. Attacks With Iran-Made Bombs Fewerupdated: Sun Jan 20 2008 14:00:00

The U.S. military said Sunday that attacks in Iraq with Iranian-made bombs have fallen off in recent days after a sharp but brief increase earlier in the month

U.S.: Iranian bombs rise in Iraqupdated: Sat Jan 12 2008 07:30:00

Attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq with bombs believed linked to Iran -- known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) -- have risen sharply in January after several months of decline, according to the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

Bush in Kuwaitupdated: Sat Jan 12 2008 07:30:00

U.S. President George W. Bush is in Kuwait seeking support from his Arab allies for a peace deal. CNN's Hala Gorani reports Officials: Iraq Outlook Optimisticupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 15:00:00

U.S. officials on Wednesday forecast less violence in Iraq in 2008, despite a planned reduction of American troops.

We recommend