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Suicide Car Bomber Kills At Least 14 North of Baghdad: Police

BAGHDAD, July 25 – A suicide car bomber killed at least 14 people including women and children packed into a minibus at a checkpoint outside a central Iraqi town on Monday morning, police and hospital sources said. A police officer at the scene said most of the victims died inside their vehicles while waiting to

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Ministers Prepare to Retake Daesh Stronghold of Mosul

By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Stephen Kalin WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, July 19 – Dozens of defense and foreign ministers will meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday to take stock of the fight against Daesh, their focus increasingly on a major prize: the militant group’s bastion in Mosul, Iraq. The battle for Mosul is expected to

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U.S. Sending Advisers to Help Iraq Army Push on Mosul

By Yeganeh Torbati BAGHDAD, July 11 – U.S. forces will move advisers and other staff to an Iraqi airfield recaptured from Daesh to help locals organise a push on Mosul, the militants’ largest stronghold, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said before arriving in Baghdad on Monday. Iraqi government forces said on Saturday they took back control

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Daesh Lost Quarter Of its Iraq, Syria Territory in 18 months

BEIRUT, July 10 – Daesh lost an area the size of Ireland – a quarter of its territory – to hostile forces in the last 18 months in Iraq and Syria and is likely to further step up attacks on civilians in coming months, IHS said in a report on Sunday. The territory controlled by

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Cracks Show Inside Daesh’s Shrinking Caliphate

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 29 – It was barely more than a squiggle, but the mark of a single letter sprayed overnight on a wall in the heart of Daesh’s self-proclaimed caliphate was a daring act of dissent. The next day, ultra-hardline Daesh fighters came and scrubbed out the “M” —

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Iraqi Forces Say Press Towards Key Air Base South of Mosul

BAGHDAD, June 29 – Iraq’s military said it advanced through northern villages held by Daesh on Wednesday, on its way to an airfield which could serve as the staging ground for a future offensive on Mosul, the the biggest city held by the militants. Army and counter-terrorism forces recaptured Telol al-Baj, about 260 km (160 miles)

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Post-Daesh Iraq Should Be Split in Three: Top Kurdish Official

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 16) – Once Daesh is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi’ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday. Iraqi troops have expelled Daesh from some key cities the militants seized

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Two Years After Fall of Mosul, Iraqis Struggle to Accept Exiled Lives

By Sofia Barbarani ERBIL, Iraq, June 9 – Under a scorching sun, men in northern Iraq work to replace dirt roads with asphalt as a mechanical paver rumbles nearby. The labourers are from Harshm camp, which is sheltering 1,500 people who fled their homes when Daesh seized Iraq’s second biggest city, Mosul, in June 2014. There

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Iraq PM Abadi Urges Lawmakers to Stop Squabbling, Rally Behind Army

BAGHDAD, June 2 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has appealed to politicians to “freeze” their wrangling over his anti-corruption reforms and unite behind the army as it battles Daesh in Falluja, near Baghdad. Abadi has been grappling with a political crisis since February and has been unable to rally the main blocs in parliament to

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Iraqis Fleeing Mosul to Syria, Up To 50,000 Anticipated: UNHCR

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 27 – More than 4,200 Iraqis from Mosul fled to Syria in May, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, adding it is gearing up for up to 50,000 people to leave the Daesh-held city and cross the border. Driving the exodus appear to be reports that Daesh militants

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