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Twitter takes down images of ISIS beheading

London - Twitter promised Thursday to remove photos and videos of the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic militants, the popular messaging website said Thursday.

Iraq presses anti-jihadist push as US eyes Syria ops

Sulaimania - Iraqi forces battled militants northeast of Baghdad Friday, as Washington said a powerful jihadist group was "beyond anything" it has seen and that operations in Syria may also be needed.

UN launches aid operation for 500,000 in northern Iraq

Arbil - The UN refugee agency said it had launched a huge operation Wednesday to bring desperately needed aid to half a million Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.

IS claims beheading of journalist, warns US on Iraq strikes

Baghdad - Jihadists released a video apparently showing the beheading of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, in the most direct retaliation yet to nearly two weeks of US air strikes on Iraq.

Op-Ed: IS threatens to drown America in blood

Sydney - It will come as no surprise to most that the “Islamic State” has issued what is effectively a declaration of war on the US. Following American airstrikes, the threat is to hit America “in any place” if strikes hit its fighters.

Iraq forces hit militants as UN readies major aid effort

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces battled Sunni militants along a string of fronts Tuesday, including in Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit, as the United Nations readied a massive aid operation for displaced Iraqis.

Iraqi Kurds assault IS positions as Obama vows support

- Kurdish fighters, backed by Iraqi forces and a new wave of US air strikes, pressed their offensive against jihadist rebels as President Barack Obama urged a joint counterterrorism effort.

Op-Ed: Summing up the nature of the new Anglo-American missions in Iraq

Britain's Defense Minister, Michael Fallon, recently announced that Britain will be involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq that may last a few months. What kind of operational role will it, along with the U.S., likely be undertaking?

Iraqi Kurds assault IS positions as Obama vows support

- Kurdish fighters, backed by Iraqi forces and a new wave of US air strikes, pressed their offensive against jihadist rebels Monday as President Barack Obama urged a joint counterterrorism effort.

Op-Ed: In Iraq U.S. special forces have immunity from prosecution

Baghdad - The U.S. insists whenever it can that US troops occupying or serving in any country be immune from legal prosecution in that country. Troops who are charged in such countries are tried in US military courts often back in the United States.

Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials

- Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said.

Kurds fight to retake Iraq's largest dam after 'massacre'

Baghdad - Kurdish forces backed by US warplanes battled on Saturday to retake Iraq's largest dam from jihadist fighters, a day after militants carried out a "massacre" of dozens of villagers.

Jihadists kill dozens in north Iraq 'massacre', officials say

Baghdad - Jihadists carried out a "massacre" in the northern Iraqi village of Kocho, killing dozens of people, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, officials said on Saturday.

Jihadists 'massacre' Iraq villagers as world ups response

Baghdad - Details emerged Saturday of a "massacre" carried out by jihadists in a northern Iraq village, as world powers ramped up efforts to cut their funding, arm Kurds battling them and assist those they displaced.

Islamic militants kill another 90 members of Yazidi minority

Baghdad - One day after Pres. Barack Obama said U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid in Iraq had ended, sources told Fox News Friday that Islamic militants killed 90 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority in a northern Iraqi village.

UN, EU move against IS in Iraq

Baghdad - Iraqis and foreign powers voiced relief Friday after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki agreed to step down, as the UN targeted Islamist militants and the EU backed the arming of their Kurdish rivals.

Op-Ed: U.S. may be returning to Fallujah and Haditha in Iraq

Fallujah - Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed to Reuters that he had met with U.S. diplomats as well as senior military officials to seek help in defeating IS forces who control almost all of the province.

Relief as Iraq's Maliki bows out, but fear little will change

Baghdad - Iraqis and foreign brokers alike breathed a sigh of relief Friday after Nuri al-Maliki stepped aside, which many saw as vital to tackling a spiralling military and humanitarian crisis.

Op-Ed: Iraqi PM Maliki has made a deal and will go peacefully

Baghdad - After earlier appearing on TV to denounce the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as unconstitutional, today Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki appeared again to announce he was stepping down and would support al-Abadi as his successor.

Islamic militants massing less than 75 miles from Baghdad

Baghdad - Islamic militants on the march in Iraq are massing in a town less than 75 miles from Baghdad in preparation of significantly broadening its offensive.
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