• Jinat Ali, 7, left, and her sister Aya Ali, 5, pick their way through the rubble of their destroyed home in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on April 3, 2016. Months after U.S.-based Iraqi forces freed the city from the control of the Islamic State group, the vast majority of Ramadi's population of 1 million remain displaced after the extensive destruction wreaked on the city during months of fighting. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraq routed IS from Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

    RAMADI, Iraq (AP) — This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi city of Ramadi: In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation.

  • US Defense Sec’y Carter: Campaign against IS ‘far from over’

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions but did not publicly specify what those would be. The group also called on Iraqi leaders to reconcile political differences.

  • In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. Navy SEAL Keating was shot and killed Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Iraq during a gunbattle that involved more than 100 Islamic State fighters. (U.S. Navy via AP)

    Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was close to disgraced grandfather

    PHOENIX (AP) — In cross-country running, your team is only as fast as your slowest athlete. Slain Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV took that to heart in his youth as a track star, turning around to cheer on his teammates after he crossed the finish line.

  • US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, left, receives the rank pennant from US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the outgoing commanding officer of US and NATO troops in Europe, during the change in command at the United States European Command (EUCOM), in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, with General Joseph Dunford, second from left, and Command Master Chief Crispian Addington, second from right,  pictured in the background. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

    Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.

  • Protesters and supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans calling for governmental reforms as they wave national flags during a sit-in inside Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone yesterday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    The Latest: Iraqis announce disbanding of Green Zone protest

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Iraq’s political crisis (all times local):

  • Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans calling for governmental reforms as they wave national flags before ending their sit-in inside Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Anti-government protesters temporarily ended their mass demonstration in Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday and began an orderly withdrawal a day after tearing down walls around the government district and invading parliament. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Iraq: PM orders arrest of protesters who attacked lawmakers

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days — a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people.

  • Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm parliament in Baghdad's Green Zone, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Dozens of protesters climbed over the blast walls and could be seen storming the Parliament building, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Anti-government protesters breach Baghdad’s Green Zone

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months.

  • Residents of Iraq’s IS-held Fallujah suffer under siege

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Abu Jassim can only afford to provide one meal a day for his seven-member family — usually a stew made of locally grown leafy green vegetables or rice with a small portion of flat bread.

  • Vice President Joe Biden meets with U.S. diplomatic and military personnel serving in Iraq, Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Josh Lederman)

    The Latest: Biden, Iraqi prime minister meet in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Iraq (all times local):

  • Vice President Joe Biden meets with U.S. diplomatic and military personnel serving in Iraq, Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Josh Lederman)

    Biden arrives in Iraq to try to help settle political crisis

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that’s come to symbolize America’s relentless struggles in the Middle East.