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IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

Mosul - The Islamic State group's "caliphate" enters its second year Monday with the jihadists expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait.

ISIS has its own currency

The Islamic State (ISIS) apparently has its own minted currency. At least that is what a series of photos that have been making rounds online suggests.

14 killed in Iraq suicide bombing claimed by IS

Ba'quba - A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at a gathering of Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders, killing 14 people in an attack claimed Wednesday by the Islamic State group, police said.

IS drowns, decapitates 'spies' in brutal new video

Baghdad - An Islamic State group video released Tuesday showed the jihadists murdering 16 men by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives and firing a rocket-propelled grenade into a car.

Kurds emerge as key force in fight against IS 'caliphate'

Baghdad - Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria have emerged as some of the most effective forces battling the Islamic State jihadist group in the year since IS declared a cross-border "caliphate".

Iraq PM to visit Iran for 'talks on anti-IS war'

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will travel to Iran on Wednesday for talks on the war against the Islamic State jihadist group, his office said.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry out of hospital following surgery

Boston - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Friday to be "fully engaged" in nuclear talks with Iran when he returns to Geneva after surgery on his fractured leg.

Op-Ed: US has already spent more than $2.7 billion in fight against ISIS

Baghdad - Since bombings against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq began last August, the US has spent more than $2.7 billion The Pentagon estimates that the average daily expenditure at present is above $9 million.

Op-Ed: Obama sends 450 more troops to Anbar province in Iraq

Ramadi - On Wednesday the White House announced it would send up to 450 additional troops to Anbar province in eastern Iraq. The troops will advise and otherwise assist Iraqi forces in their battle against the Islamic State(IS) in the province.

Iraq forces battle IS, extra US troops heading to Anbar

Baghdad - Iraqi forces battled jihadists on several fronts Thursday and were poised to receive the help of 450 extra US troops slated for deployment near Ramadi.

Remains of almost 600 exhumed at Iraq massacre site

Baghdad - Iraq has so far exhumed the remains of 597 people believed to have been executed by jihadists in the so-called Speicher massacre, the human rights minister said Wednesday.

Yazidi militia killed 21 in Iraq revenge attack: Amnesty

Baghdad - Members of the Yazidi community, one of the Iraqi minorities hardest hit by jihadist atrocities, killed 21 Sunni Arab villagers in a January revenge attack, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

A year after IS assault, Iraq still on the brink

Baghdad - A year after the Islamic State group launched a brutally effective offensive, Iraq is struggling to survive as a unified nation, gripped by seemingly endless violence, sectarianism and humanitarian tragedy.

Tomb of Nahum the Prophet in danger of destruction by ISIS

ISIS militants are less than 10 miles from the little town of Al Qosh, nestled against the backdrop of the Bayhidhra Mountains in Iraq. The modern Assyrian town lies in a path protected by Kurdish fighters as the extremists slowly advance.

Tareq Aziz, voice of Saddam's brutal rule, dies at 79

Nasiriyah - Iraq's jailed former foreign minister Tareq Aziz, who used his mastery of English to put a gloss on Saddam Hussein's murderous regime for two decades, died in hospital Friday aged 79.

Jailed 'voice of Saddam' Tareq Aziz dies in south Iraq

Nasiriyah - Tareq Aziz, who served as the voice of Saddam Hussein's regime, died in Iraqi hospital Friday aged 79 after years of poor health as a convicted prisoner, a doctor said.

Strike levels huge Iraq car bomb factory in blow to IS

Kirkuk - An air strike in the Iraqi town of Hawijah completely levelled one of the Islamic State group's largest car bomb factories, causing heavy casualties and extensive destruction, officials said.

Iraqi officials fear IS 'water war' in Ramadi

Baghdad - The Islamic State jihadist group will use its seizure of a dam in Ramadi to mount fresh attacks on pro-government forces preparing to besiege the city, Iraqi officials warned Wednesday.

Men brace for 'beard patrols' in Iraq's IS-held Mosul

Baghdad - Every time he looks in a mirror, Laith Ahmed is worried. As of Monday, the young Iraqi's hopelessly hairless chin could land him in an Islamic State group jail.

IS suicide attackers slow Iraq's Ramadi counterattack

Baghdad - A huge suicide bomb attack on an Iraqi police base killed at least 37 people Monday, further slowing an operation to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State jihadists.
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