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Op-Ed: Executive's decisions make Kenya more vulnerable

Intelligence failure means preventive measures fail. Once intelligence fails, predicting preventive wars becomes impossible.

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists

Kirkuk - Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.

Jihadists launch major attack on Iraq's Ramadi

Baghdad - The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province.

Suicide car bombing kills four in Iraq Kurdish capital

Arbil - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the usually secure Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil Wednesday, killing four people in an attack blamed on the Islamic State (IS) group.

Op-Ed: A bit of (much needed) good news from Iraq

From Baghdad, America's top military officer General Martin Dempsey has said battle momentum is gradually turning against the Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: Battle of Baiji — The turning point Iraq needs

Iraqi forces driving the Islamic State (IS) fighters from the city of Baiji north of Baghdad may prove to be the decisive victory the demoralized Iraqi Army badly needs.

Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces broke the Islamic State group's months-long siege of the country's largest oil refinery Saturday as America's top officer flew in to discuss the expanding war against the jihadists.

Top U.S. military officer in Iraq to discuss war on Islamic State

Baghdad - The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, arrived in Iraq Saturday to discuss the expanding war against the Islamic State group, a senior US official said.

Iraq retakes strategic oil town of Baiji from jihadists

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces recaptured the strategic town of Baiji Friday in a significant victory over the Islamic State group, as the UN accused the jihadists of crimes against humanity in neighbouring Syria.

IS releases audio of chief Baghdadi after death rumours

Baghdad - The Islamic State group has released a defiant audio recording it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.

IS releases audio of chief Baghdadi after death rumours

Baghdad - The Islamic State group released a defiant audio recording Thursday it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.

US troops in Iraq's Anbar as anti-IS campaign expands

- A team of US troops was on the ground in Iraq's Anbar province on Tuesday as Washington steps up efforts to help Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group.

Obama says U.S. troop increase in Iraq a 'new phase'

Baghdad - U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday sending more troops to Iraq signals a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State group, amid unconfirmed reports its leader has been wounded.

Iraq investigating IS chief's fate after air strikes

Baghdad - Iraq was on Sunday investigating whether Islamic State jihadist group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes targeting the group's leaders.

U.S.-led airstrikes hit IS militant leaders in Iraq

Baghdad - The U.S.-led coalition unleashed airstrikes near the Iraqi city of Mosul targeting top jihadist militants, officials said Saturday, but the fate of the Islamic State group's enigmatic leader remained unclear.

Op-Ed: Iraq's Ayatollah Sistani talks more sense

Iraq's leading cleric, the Shia Ayatollah Ali Sistani, recently criticized army corruption for Iraq's failure to combat Islamic State and reiterated his support for a broad-based secular solution to the sectarian threat.

Op-Ed: Obama authorizes sending another 1,500 troops to Iraq

Baghdad - The White House has announced that US president Barack Obama has authorised sending up to 1500 more troops to Iraq. If all 1500 are sent then the number of troops in Iraq will be doubled.

Jihadists using tourist cruise ships to reach Syria

Interpol has announced that jihadists are using ever more imaginative ways to get to Syria. There is evidence that some of the militants are now posing as tourists and booking on cruise ships in the Mediterranean which dock on the Middle East coast.

Britain to send more military trainers to aid Iraq forces

Baghdad - Britain will send more trainers to Iraq to help the country in its battle against the Islamic State jihadist group, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Wednesday.

Shiites mark holy day in defiance of jihadists

Karbala - Huge crowds of Shiites gathered in Iraq and Lebanon to mark a key holy day in defiance of jihadists from the Islamic State group.
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