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IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

Baghdad - A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria.

No. 2 leader of ISIS killed in drone strike, U.S. officials say

Washington - One of the top leaders of feared Iraqi terrorist group Islamic State was killed Wednesday in a drone strike, U.S. officials acknowledged this week.

Arbil: The departure terminal for Iraq's exodus

Arbil - Iraq's gateway to Europe, the northern city of Arbil, is the first bottleneck on a long and uncertain journey for a growing number of Iraqis choosing exile."We're selling a lot of one-way tickets these days. More than ever.

Iraq could face 'partition' without reform: Top Shiite cleric

Baghdad - Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, warned on Thursday that the country faces dire consequences including possible "partition" if real reform is not carried out.

Iraq inquiry finds officials grossly mismanaged Mosul crisis

Baghdad - Top Iraqi officials ignored ample warnings of an impending attack on the second city of Mosul and grossly mismanaged the ensuing crisis that saw jihadists seize it, a parliamentary report obtained by AFP says.

Iraqi Kurds again feuding with Baghdad government over oil

Baghdad - In spite of a deal with the Iraqi government last December, the Kurdish autonomous government in Iraq is selling oil independently of the Baghdad government.

Iraq PM scraps third of cabinet posts in reform drive

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the removal of 11 of 33 cabinet posts Sunday, the first concrete step in a reform drive to curb corruption and streamline the government.

Iraq probe finds Maliki, others responsible for Mosul fall

Baghdad - An Iraqi parliamentary investigation found ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki and 35 others responsible for jihadists overrunning second city Mosul, in a report being sent for possible legal action, lawmakers said Sunday.

Iraq PM clears way for military trials over Ramadi loss

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved an investigative commission's recommendation that commanders face military justice and probable trial for withdrawing from Ramadi without orders, his office said Sunday.

IS truck bomb kills at least 38 in Baghdad market

Baghdad - A truck bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 38 people in a Shiite-majority area of Baghdad Thursday, in one of the deadliest single attacks in the city in months.

Iraq parliament approves PM's anti-corruption plan

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform programme aimed at curbing the corruption and government waste that sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests.

Bomb attacks in Iraq's Diyala kill at least 33: police

Ba'quba - Three explosions, two of them suicide car bombs claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, killed at least 33 people in Iraq's restive Diyala province on Monday, police and medics said.

Iraq speaker calls on PM to sack 'corrupt' ministers

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament speaker called on Monday for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to sack ministers found to be negligent or corrupt as part of a wide-ranging reform drive.

Iraq PM rolls out sweeping reforms after protests

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday proposed scrapping top government posts and curbing privileges in an ambitious reform drive sparked by swelling popular anger over corruption and poor governance.

Iraq PM calls for sweeping reforms in response to protests

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Sunday for sweeping reforms, including abolishing the current post of his predecessor Nuri al-Maliki, in response to weeks of demonstrations against corruption and poor services.

Op-Ed: Canada's Green leader wins on foreign policy in leaders debate

Toronto - Canadian Green Party leader Elizabeth May was the big winner during last night's federal leaders debate. But it wasn't on the economy or energy. It was her stance on foreign policy and tough criticisms of our involvement in the Middle East.

Turkish raids raise Iraqi Kurdish leadership stakes

Baghdad - Turkey's air strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan have increased the pressure on regional president Massud Barzani, who is a key player in the US-led anti-jihadist war but faces an uncertain political future.

Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water

Basra - Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated Saturday in the sweltering southern cities of Basra and Karbala as protests over the poor quality of water and electricity supply spread across the country.

Turkish strikes on PKK in Iraq kill at least 6

Arbil - Turkish air strikes against the PKK in northern Iraq killed at least six people on Saturday, officials said, as Ankara's bombardment of the Kurdish rebel group entered its second week.

Turkish jets bomb PKK Kurdish rebels in Iraq: Spokesman

Arbil - Turkish warplanes bombed military positions of Turkey's rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in neighbouring Iraq Friday, a spokesman for the rebel organisation said.
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