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Iraq PM Urges End to Protests While Army Busy Fighting Daesh

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, May 26 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi appealed on Thursday for an end to protests against his government while the armed forces are fighting to retake the city of Falluja from Daesh insurgents. Abadi is trying to refocus the attention of Iraq’s unruly political parties on the war on Daesh so

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Daesh on the Defensive, Territory Shrinking in Syria and Iraq: U.S. Official

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 16 – Daesh has not gained significant ground since it took the Iraqi city of Ramadi a year ago, which it then lost in December, as the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has been helped by better intelligence and better equipped local forces, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. Daesh “is shrinking

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Daesh Seeks News Blackout in Mosul as Iraqi Army Nears

By Stephen Kalin MAKHMOUR, Iraq, May 4 – For Iraqis living in the Daesh stronghold of Mosul, news is dwindling about the U.S.-backed army massing to the south for an assault on the city that could begin this year. Soon after Iraqi forces established a foothold in the Makhmour area in February, about 60 km (40

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As Daesh is Pushed Back in Iraq, Worries About What’s Next

By Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, April 12 – As U.S.-led offensives drive back Daesh in Iraq, concern is growing among U.S. and U.N. officials that efforts to stabilize liberated areas are lagging, creating conditions that could help the militants endure as an underground network. One major worry: not enough money is

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Iraqi Widows, Mothers and Girls Face Heightened Risks in Displaced Camps

By Sofia Barbarani MAKHMOUR, Iraq, April 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fearing for the safety of her four children in battles between Iraqi security forces and Daesh militants, Umm Rayyad left everything she once owned and last month fled her hometown of Khurbardan, in northern Iraq. The start of a military campaign to retake Iraq’s

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Iraqi Shiite Paramilitaries To Join Offensive To Retake Mosul

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, April 7 – An Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group said it will join government forces preparing to fight Daesh for Mosul despite objections of politicians who fear this could instigate sectarian bloodshed in the mostly Sunni Muslim city. A much-touted government offensive to retake Iraq’s largest northern city two years after its

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Iraqi Army Starts Offensive in Region Around Mosul: State TV

By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, March 24 – Iraq’s armed forces started an offensive against Daesh in the northerly Nineveh province on Thursday in what a military statement described as the first stage of an operation aimed at liberating the city of Mosul. The assault was launched from the Makhmour area, to which

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Baghdad Attacks Signal Iraqi Forces Stretched Thin Against Daesh

By Ahmed Rasheed and Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, Mar 1 – Daesh’s deadliest attacks for months in and around Baghdad could be a sign that Iraqi forces are stretched thin after recent advances to reclaim territory from the group, according to some military commanders and a provincial official. Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from a

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Daesh Suffers Double Blow as Ramadi Falls, Leaders Killed

By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Dec 30 (Reuters) – U.S.-led forces have killed 10 Daesh leaders in air strikes, including individuals linked to the Paris attacks, a U.S. spokesman said, dealing a double blow to the militant group after Iraqi forces ousted it from the city of Ramadi. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi

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Iraqi Minister Says Its Army Needs Kurds’ Help to Retake Mosul

By Maher Chmaytelli and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 29 – The Iraqi army will need Kurdish fighters’ help to retake Mosul, the largest city under the control of Daesh, Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said, with the planned offensive expected to be very challenging. Mosul, 400 km (250 miles) north of Baghdad, has been designated

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