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Displaced Sunnis Brace to Join Fight for Mosul

By Michael Georgy DEBAGA, Iraq, Oct 25 – Still limping four months after Daesh fighter fired a bullet into his leg, teenager Mustafa Muhammed says he and his fellow Sunni tribesmen are ready to join an offensive against the militants in their stronghold of Mosul. Sitting in a truck in a camp where they live

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Daesh hits U.S.-backed Syrian rebel base near Iraq border

BEIRUT, Aug 7 – Daesh suicide bombers on Sunday attacked a military base for U.S.-backed fighters near the Syrian-Iraqi border, leaving several dead before blowing themselves up, rebel sources and the militants said on Sunday. They said the dawn attack on the heavily defended military camp near the Syrian al Tanf border crossing with Iraq

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Iraq PM Orders Probe Into Corruption Allegations Over Weapons Deals

BAGHDAD, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations of corruption in weapons deals that risks re-igniting a political crisis ahead of planned military moves to retake Mosul from Daesh. Infighting over anti-corruption measures, which stalled government activity for several months and sparked clashes between protesters and

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As ‘Caliphate’ Shrinks, Daesh Looks to Global Attacks

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Tolba BAGHDAD/CAIRO, July 31 – Daesh, losing territory and on the retreat in Iraq and Syria, has claimed credit for a surge in global attacks this summer, most of them in France and Germany. The wave of attacks followed a call to strike against the West during the Islamic holy

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Iraqi Forces Eye Shirqat, One of the Last Steps Before Mosul

By Fadhil al-Samarraie HAJJAJ, Iraq, July 31 – Thousands are fleeing a northern Iraqi town controlled by Daesh before a planned government assault there that would be a major step towards retaking the militant stronghold of Mosul, 100 km (60 miles) further north. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pledged to recapture Mosul, the ultra-hardline group’s

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Daesh Attacks Two Energy Plants in North Iraq, Kills Five

By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq, July 31 (Reuters) – Daesh militants stormed two energy facilities in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least five workers and shutting down a major oil pumping station, security and oil sources said. The first attack, on the AB2 gas compressor station, about 15 km (10 miles) northwest of Kirkuk,

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Rights Group Says Ban Militias With Record of Abuses From Mosul Battle

BAGHDAD, July 31 – Iraqi military commanders should prevent militias with records of serious abuses from taking part in a planned offensive on the Daesh-held city of Mosul, campaign group Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. The battle for Mosul, the ultra-hardline militants’ de facto capital in Iraq and the largest city anywhere in their

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Daesh Said to Shun Withdrawal Offer in Surrounded Syrian City of Manbij

BEIRUT, July 23 – Daesh appeared to have shunned an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city of Manbij and clashes with U.S.-backed forces raged ahead of its expiry, a spokesman for Washington-backed forces said on Saturday. The Syria Democratic Forces alliance, made up of Arab and Kurdish fighters and backed

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Car Bomb Kills Seven North of Baghdad, Second Bombing in Two Days

BAGHDAD, July 13 – At least seven people were killed and 11 wounded north of Baghdad on Wednesday when a suicide bomber a car detonated his explosives at a checkpoint, security and medical sources said, the second bombing in the district in as many days. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast

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