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US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal on a helicopter in 2009.

What Stanley McChrystal learned from Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq before leading the operation to kill him

Al Qaeda in Iraq proved an challenging foe for US forces, and its leader left a lasting impression on the US Army general who hunted him down.

15 years ago today, US troops captured Saddam Hussein. See the photos of the underground hiding place where they found him.

The deposed Iraqi dictator, who ruled for 24 years, was captured approximately nine months after the US invasion of Baghdad in 2003.
US President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2017.

H.R. McMaster reportedly called Trump out for asking about taking Iraq’s oil

Trump has never been totally on board with US military campaigns overseas, but his ideas to pay for them have only stirred up more trouble.
President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One, as he returns to Washington from a weekend in Florida, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, March 5, 2017.

Trump is reportedly ‘afraid of’ going to a combat zone to visit US troops, but that may soon change

"He's never been interested in going," a former official told The Washington Post of President Donald Trump. "He's afraid of those situations.'
US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in March 2011.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have killed at least 500,000 people, according to a new report that breaks down the toll

Brown University's Costs of War report even notes that the number of deaths are low because of the limits documenting death in conflict zones.
People walk past debris in Arhab, Yemen in January 2013 after a Houthi bomb was dropped there during a fight against Sunni tribesmen.

These are the 10 riskiest countries in the world to visit — and why

A 2019 World Risk Map compiles data in five categories to assess travel risks, including political, security, medical, infrastructural, and environmental threats. Here's a look at the 10 riskiest countries in the world for travelers.
Iraqi Shiite militia fighters celebrate with an ISIS flag after breaking the siege of Amerli by ISIS militants, September 1, 2014.

Trump says ‘ISIS is defeated’ — the Pentagon says not quite

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that ISIS has been defeated. He's made similar comments before, but military officials have always been more circumspect, saying that even though the terror group has lost nearly all of its territory it remains a threat.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who works to help women is donating her $500,000 winnings to victims of sex crimes

One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is donating her $500,000 award to victims of sex crimes. Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad said in her acceptance speech that she is committing “100% of the money."
Tara Fares in a YouTube makeup tutorial.

Iraqi government says the Instagram star who was shot dead in Baghdad was murdered by extremists — and another influencer told ‘you’...

Iraq's government said extremists are behind the killing of Instagram star Tara Fares on September 27, and another star, Shimaa Qasim, just fled the country as she was told "you're next." Iraqis fear Fares' death is part of a string of women being killed for their liberal views in conservative Iraq.
Tara Fares on her YouTube channel.

An Iraqi Instagram star who was shot dead on the streets of Baghdad is one of a string of similar deaths

The murder of Instagram star Tara Fares on Thursday is the latest in a string of deaths involving high-profile Iraqi women. A human rights activist was murdered on September 2, and two beauticians died in suspicious circumstances a week apart in August. The Prime Minister is investigating any link.