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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.

US defence chief sees 'steady progress' in war on IS

Baghdad - US defence chief Chuck Hagel on Tuesday hailed "steady progress" in the war on the Islamic State group but Iraq appealed for increased military assistance to break the back of the jihadists.

IS jihadists kill 16 border guards in western Iraq

Baghdad - At least 16 Iraqi border guards were killed Monday in a dawn assault by the Islamic State jihadist group on their post near the Syrian frontier, provincial and security officials said.

Water-borne disease plagues IS-held city in Iraq

Baghdad - When Islamic State group fighters swept into northern Iraq's second city Mosul in a lightning June offensive, their propaganda trumpeted a better life for the people under jihadist rule.

Op-Ed: Executive's decisions make Kenya more vulnerable

Intelligence failure means preventive measures fail. Once intelligence fails, predicting preventive wars becomes impossible.

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists

Kirkuk - Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.

Jihadists launch major attack on Iraq's Ramadi

Baghdad - The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province.

Suicide car bombing kills four in Iraq Kurdish capital

Arbil - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the usually secure Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil Wednesday, killing four people in an attack blamed on the Islamic State (IS) group.

Op-Ed: A bit of (much needed) good news from Iraq

From Baghdad, America's top military officer General Martin Dempsey has said battle momentum is gradually turning against the Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: Battle of Baiji — The turning point Iraq needs

Iraqi forces driving the Islamic State (IS) fighters from the city of Baiji north of Baghdad may prove to be the decisive victory the demoralized Iraqi Army badly needs.

Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces broke the Islamic State group's months-long siege of the country's largest oil refinery Saturday as America's top officer flew in to discuss the expanding war against the jihadists.

Top U.S. military officer in Iraq to discuss war on Islamic State

Baghdad - The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, arrived in Iraq Saturday to discuss the expanding war against the Islamic State group, a senior US official said.

Iraq retakes strategic oil town of Baiji from jihadists

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces recaptured the strategic town of Baiji Friday in a significant victory over the Islamic State group, as the UN accused the jihadists of crimes against humanity in neighbouring Syria.

IS releases audio of chief Baghdadi after death rumours

Baghdad - The Islamic State group has released a defiant audio recording it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.

IS releases audio of chief Baghdadi after death rumours

Baghdad - The Islamic State group released a defiant audio recording Thursday it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.

US troops in Iraq's Anbar as anti-IS campaign expands

- A team of US troops was on the ground in Iraq's Anbar province on Tuesday as Washington steps up efforts to help Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group.

Obama says U.S. troop increase in Iraq a 'new phase'

Baghdad - U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday sending more troops to Iraq signals a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State group, amid unconfirmed reports its leader has been wounded.
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