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Iraq parliament impeaches defence minister

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday voted to impeach Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi over corruption allegations, MPs said.Obeidi lost a no confidence vote by 142 to 102 in a secret ballot, while 18 abstained, two members of parliament told AFP.

Iraq forces retake key town south of Mosul

Gayara - Iraqi forces on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul.

Iraq forces launch push to retake town south of Mosul

Kirkuk - Iraqi special forces led an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul, military sources said.

Iraq hangs 36 over 2014 massacre of recruits

Nasiriyah - Iraq on Sunday hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 massacre by Sunni jihadists and allied militants of up to 1,700 military recruits, officials said.

Iraq MPs approve five new ministers after long delay

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament on Monday approved five new ministers after months of delay and repeated setbacks to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to replace the cabinet.

Kurdish journalist killed in northern Iraq fighting

- An Iraqi Kurdish reporter was killed and another wounded on Sunday during a military operation against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, officials said.

Arson likely in deadly Iraq maternity ward fire, govt says

Baghdad - A fire that killed 13 children in an Iraqi maternity ward was apparently started intentionally, the health ministry's spokesman said on Sunday.

IS kills five for smuggling people out of its territory: SITE

Baghdad - The Islamic State group killed five men in Iraq for smuggling people out of territory it controls, the SITE Intelligence Group said on Friday.

Baghdad hospital blaze leaves 12 newborns dead

Baghdad - A fire tore through the maternity ward of one of Baghdad's largest hospitals Wednesday, killing at least 12 premature babies, medical and security officials said.

Two years of anti-IS strikes in numbers

Baghdad - The first strikes of a US-led campaign against the Islamic State group were launched in Iraq two years ago on Monday, with coalition operations later expanding to Syria.

Iraq's widely reviled parliament mired in turmoil

Baghdad - As Iraq faces jihadists, financial woes and endemic corruption, parliament -- the heart of its government -- has been mired in turmoil and failed to address the country's problems.

IS kills people trying to flee Iraq town

Kirkuk - The Islamic State group has killed several residents attempting to flee Hawijah, officers and local officials said Friday, as Iraqi forces prepared for an operation against the jihadist-held area.

Iraq blast survivors live with fear and nightmares

Baghdad - Sheets of flame and smoke engulfed the street and buildings around Sami Aziz's Baghdad shop, burning people alive in scenes he likened to "the day of judgement".

Up to 1 million more Iraqis risk being displaced, says Red Cross

Baghdad - Up to one million more Iraqis risk being displaced as government forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group, including in the campaign to retake second city Mosul, the Red Cross said Friday.

IS suicide bomber kills 12 at Iraq checkpoint

Ba'quba - A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, security and medical officials said.

IS suicide bomber kills at least 15 in Baghdad

Baghdad - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

Iraq PM seeks to speed up death penalty implementation

Baghdad - Iraq's prime minister is seeking to speed up the implementation of death sentences, his office said Saturday, despite persistent concerns over flaws in the judicial system that hands them down.

IS-inspired attacks aid jihadists at low cost

Baghdad - The Islamic State group has claimed several high-profile attacks in the West that it appears to have inspired rather than planned, sowing fear and boosting its profile at low cost.

Op-Ed: Iraqi cleric Al-Sadr claims that U.S. troops are a target

Baghdad - Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr told his followers to target U.S. ground troops deploying in Iraq to help fight against the Islamic State.

Iraqis defy ban to rally for change

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqis rallied in the heart of Baghdad on Friday, in defiance of warnings from the government to stay home, to demand an end to sectarianism and corruption.
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