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U.S. Denies Conducting Helicopter Raids in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq has denied reports that the United States has been carrying out helicopter raids against Daesh militants in northern Iraq. “There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter raids in Hawija and Kirkuk. As Defense Minister Obaidi and numerous other Iraqi officials have stated, reports of these raids

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Bombs Hamper Troops After Victory Declared in Iraq’s Ramadi

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – Two weeks after declaring victory over Daesh in Ramadi, Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces have pushed militants out to its eastern suburbs, but bombs littering the streets are holding up efforts to rebuild the city, officials said. Ramadi, the largest city retaken by government forces, was touted as the first major success

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Iraq Offers to Mediate Between Saudi and Iran

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Jan 6 – Iraq offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to end their dispute triggered by Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric, saying on Wednesday it could spill over into the rest of the region. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, speaking in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad

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Iraqi Sunni Mosques Attacked in Apparent Retaliation

BAGHDAD, Jan 4 – At least two Sunni Muslim mosques have been attacked in Iraq in apparent retaliation for the execution of a senior Shi’ite cleric in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, officials and police said on Monday. The interior ministry in Baghdad confirmed the attacks late Sunday in Hilla, around 100 km (60 miles) south of

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Terrified Families Emerge From Rubble After Battle of Ramadi

RAMADI, Iraq, Jan 2 – Terrified families waved white flags as they emerged from homes reduced to rubble in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, where government troops were still battling Daesh fighters holed up on Friday, five days after the army recaptured the city center. The provincial capital in the fertile Euphrates River valley west

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Dancing with Daesh

Former Baathists are backing out of their dalliance with the terrorist militia BY Suadad Al Salhy On June 6, 2014, when militants of the terrorist group Daesh attacked Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city, they numbered no more than a few hundred. The militants seized control over five neighborhoods in the western part of the city, easily

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With Ramadi Encircled, Iraqi Forces Brace For Urban Warfare

By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Iraqi forces appear better positioned than ever to launch an offensive against Islamic State militants controlling Ramadi, now that months-long efforts to cut off supply lines to the city are having an effect, but plenty of risks remain. The fall of Ramadi, the capital

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Iraqi politician Chalabi’s Family Suspect Foul Play in His Death

By Suadad al-Salhy Tuesday’s death of Iraq’s most controversial politician, Ahmed Abdulhadi Al Chalabi, has raised concerns among his family who await the results of an autopsy as they believe he may have been murdered. A family member who declined to be identified told Newsweek Middle East that the family “has big doubts” about his cause of

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