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PKK leader says ready for new Turkey ceasefire

- The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is ready for a new ceasefire with the Turkish authorities despite almost three months of deadly violence, one of its leaders told AFP in an interview at its stronghold in northern Iraq.

Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

Baghdad - Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour.

IS executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq's Anbar: elder, UN

Baghdad - The Islamic State group executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday.

Iraq forces retake areas around Ramadi

Baghdad - Iraqi forces have retaken several areas north and west of Ramadi as efforts to close in on the Anbar provincial capital seized by jihadists in May intensify, officials said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Obama — Fighting IS with ideas and uncomfortable alliances

New York - President Obama, to his credit, has addressed the toughest subject regarding IS — failed governments and economics creating breeding grounds for terrorism. In a speech to the UN, he outlined a strategy for fighting IS at the ideas level.

Iraq steps up anti-IS coordination with Iran, Syria, Russia

Baghdad - Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have agreed to set up an intelligence committee in Baghdad, a spokesman said Sunday, a further sign of Moscow's growing role in the region's conflict.

Canada looks to rapidly increase refugee resettlement

The Canadian government is looking to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by September of 2016, greatly speeding up the resettlement timeline.

Iraqis buy life jackets for trip to Europe's distant shores

Baghdad - Ali's friends told him to bring a life jacket, so the young Iraqi man headed to a Baghdad sports shop and bought a bright orange one with a whistle attached.He wore shorts and a T-shirt, but was not planning a vacation or a day at the beach.

Baghdad bombings claimed by IS kill 14, wound 55

Baghdad - Bombings in the Iraqi capital claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 14 people and wounded 55 Thursday, security and medical officials said.The attacks struck central Baghdad's Wathba Square and near Tayran Square.

Militants claim kidnapping of 18 Turks in Baghdad

Baghdad - An unknown militant group has claimed the kidnapping of 18 Turkish workers in Iraq and issued a list of demands it said Turkey must fulfil for them to be released.

Iraqi family's dream of Europe ends in terror, loss

Baghdad - An Iraqi family's dream of reaching Europe ended in darkness, terror and loss when two of their children drowned in the same boat accident that killed Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi.

Baghdad gunmen kidnap Iraq's deputy justice minister

Baghdad - Gunmen kidnapped Iraq's acting deputy justice minister Abdulkarim Fares in the Binook area of northeastern Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said.

Gunmen kidnap 18 Turks in Iraq capital

Baghdad - Gunmen kidnapped at least 18 Turkish employees of a company building a football stadium in Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear who was holding them.

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub

Sinjar - Jihadists occupying the Iraqi town of Sinjar are so close that Kurdish fighters can watch them without binoculars and battles are often fought with hand grenades.

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.
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