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'American Sniper' director Clint Eastwood calls film 'antiwar'

Beverly Hills - Amid all the cacophony and controversy surrounding Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated film "American Sniper," the director insists the wartime biopic makes “the biggest antiwar statement any film can.”

Islamic State marauders release 200 captives

Irbil - Scores of Yazidis being held captive by Islamic State were released Saturday in the Iraqi city of Irbil, Kurdish military officials reported.

Suicide bombings, clashes kill 23 in Iraq's Anbar

Baghdad - Two suicide bombings followed by clashes in Iraq's Anbar province west of Baghdad killed 23 security personnel on Tuesday, officers and a doctor said.

Australia will help Iraq smash ISIL: Abbott

Australia will step up its efforts to fight extremism in the Middle East, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott committing to “do everything we reasonably can” to help “knock off ISIL” during a surprise diplomatic mission to Baghdad.

Australia PM visits Iraq for IS group talks: State TV

Baghdad - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Baghdad on Sunday for talks on aiding Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State jihadist group, state television reported.

WHO investigates media reports ISIS fighters contracted Ebola

Mosul - The World Health Organization has said it is investigating reports in the Iraqi media that some ISIS militants sought medical help at hospitals in ISIS-held Mosul after developing disease symptoms believed to be due to Ebola virus infection.

IS seizes dozens in northern Iraq

Kirkuk - The Islamic State jihadist group seized dozens of men from two villages in northern Iraq on Friday while searching for people who burned its flag, officials and residents said.

U.S. aims to quickly train Iraq forces for anti-IS fight

Baghdad - American and allied soldiers are aiming to rapidly train thousands of Iraqi security personnel in the "bare minimum basics" needed to join the fight against militants who swept Baghdad's troops aside.

Suicide bomber hits Shiites in Iraq, killing 17

Baghdad - A suicide bomber attacked Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 17 people, officials and a survivor of the blast said.

Islamic State offensive creates a flood of new displaced persons

Baghdad - There have been many internally displaced Iraqis in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era and ever since. The offensive of the Islamic State that overran most of several provinces has exacerbated the situation with many refugees now outside Iraq as well.

Private contractors follow the U.S. troops to Iraq

Baghdad - As more and more US troops are sent to Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve private contractors follow to provide various services for the troops and the Iraq government.

IS sex slavery pushes Iraqi victims to suicide

Baghdad - Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority have told rights activists they were beaten and forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group, driving some to suicide.

U.S. to send 1,000 paratroopers to Iraq in January

Washington - The U.S. Defense Department has announced that approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will be sent to Iraq in late January 2015.

French police shoot dead 'Allahu Akbar' assailant

Tours - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed yesterday that those who “prey on the police” would face the face “the full severity of the state” following an attack at a French police station in a normally quiet suburb of Tours.

Iraq Kurds deliver aid to Mt Sinjar, expand operation

Kanbas - Kurdish peshmerga forces delivered aid on Mount Sinjar and expanded a major offensive against jihadist-held areas in northwestern Iraq on Saturday after breaking a months-old siege.

Iraq Kurds press fightback as top jihadist reported killed

Kanbas - Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far Friday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's top aide in Iraq has been killed.

Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake Sinjar

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State group.

Devotion, defiance draw millions to Iraq pilgrimage

Karbala - Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Saturday for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals.

Iraq security fears as millions of pilgrims throng Karbala

Karbala - Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi city of Karbala Friday for one of the world's largest religious gatherings, in defiance of the threat posed by the Islamic State, a Sunni group.

Jihadist attack in Iraq kills nine Shiite militiamen

Baghdad - A suicide car bomb killed nine Shiite militiamen in an attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, army and hospital sources said.
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