{FD} US starts Iraq drawdown after defeat of Islamic State group

Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in Iraq say American troops have started to drawdown from the country following the defeat of the Islamic State group.

{FD} Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday.