Mustafa Salim

Baghdad, Iraq

Foreign reporter focusing on Iraq
Mustafa Salim is a reporter in The Washington Post's Baghdad bureau. He joined the paper in 2014, covering the rise of the Islamic State and Iraq's military campaign to defeat it.
Latest from Mustafa Salim

Iranian-linked militants strike Iraqi base housing U.S. troops

The attack against Ain al-Asad Air Base injured at least one Iraqi service member, Centcom said. Some U.S. personnel were evaluated for traumatic brain injuries.

January 21, 2024

U.S. faces growing challenge in bid to contain Middle East violence

Tit-for-tat incidents, including new U.S. strikes in Yemen and Iranian strikes in Iraq and Syria, tested Washington’s attempt to limit regional instability.

January 16, 2024

Iranian strikes in Iraq stoke fears of further Middle East escalation

The incident comes amid fears that the ongoing war between Israel and Gaza could turn into a regional war as Iranian-linked groups step up their attacks.

January 16, 2024

U.S. strike in Baghdad raises specter of wider regional war

Iraq says the strike violated agreements between Baghdad and Washington. The Pentagon described it as “necessary” and “proportionate.”

January 4, 2024

Iran showcases its reach with militia attacks across Middle East

Since the Oct. 7 Hamas assault on Israel, Iranian-backed militias have carried attacks across the Middle East while being careful to avoid triggering a wider war.

January 1, 2024

U.S. strikes Iran-backed militias in Iraq after troops are wounded in drone attack

President Biden ordered the strikes after a drone attack by Kataib Hezbollah and others injured three service members at Irbil air base, one critically, U.S. officials said.

December 26, 2023

Outrage, arrests after fire at Iraqi wedding hall kills at least 113

The venue in Nineveh province was covered in flammable panels, causing parts of it to collapse under the heat of the blaze, local media quoted officials as saying.

September 27, 2023

Court dismisses landmark expulsion case against E.U. border agency Frontex

The court said Frontex is not empowered to weigh in on “return decisions.” Activists said that raises questions about who can hold the agency to account.

September 6, 2023

Water scarcity in Iraq leads to the disappearance of a signature rice

As climate change tightens its grip on Iraq, amber rice is the latest casualty. Farmers are grappling not only with a loss of income, but a way of life.

August 16, 2023

Iraq orders expulsion of Swedish ambassador over Quran controversy

The order came after a mob stormed the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad in response to a protest held in Sweden that involved the desecration of the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

July 20, 2023