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Car bomb targets U.S. consulate in Erbil, Iraq

Erbil - A car bomb was detonated at the entrance to the U.S. consular building in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, killing at least three people and injuring eight others, although another report said 14 were wounded.

Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP

Kirkuk - Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri.Duri was vice president at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion.

Iraq massacre site turns into 'shrine' of anti-IS war

Tikrit - On the Tigris River waterfront where jihadists executed hundreds of captured Iraqi army recruits last year, bloodstains are gradually being covered by streaks of candle wax dripping down the quay.

Op-Ed: U.S. government waste of taxpayer dollars runs rampant

Washington D.c. - A scathing report on government waste revealed that millions of taxpayer dollars were misused in 2014. Rep. Steve Russell took over the watchdog report after Senator Tom Coburn retired. The tradition of the report continues — and so does the waste.

Iraq PM says will ask US for more arms, strikes

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he will use a visit to the United States to seek increased air support and arms deliveries to aid Baghdad's battle against jihadists.

Op-Ed: Journalist flees Iraq after reporting Tikrit revenge killings

Tikrit - Ned Parker, Reuter bureau chief in Baghdad, left Iraq after threats to his life on Facebook and being denounced on a Shiite military group news channel.

IS video shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city

Baghdad - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video that shows militants smashing artefacts at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before blowing up the site.

Attacks in Baghdad, north of capital kill 8: Police

Baghdad - A car bomb went off near one of Baghdad's landmark hotels and a suicide attacker blew himself up in a restaurant north of the Iraqi capital Friday, killing eight people, police said.

Iraq PM says 'next battle' is retaking Anbar

Baghdad - Iraq's premier said Wednesday that the country's "next battle" is to retake Anbar province from the Islamic State jihadist group, his most direct statement yet on Baghdad's target after Tikrit.

IS frees over 200 Yazidis in Iraq

Kirkuk - The Islamic State group has freed more than 200 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority it held captive for months, a commander in the Kurdish peshmerga security forces said Wednesday.

Iraq exhumes remains of 47 from Tikrit graves: Spokesman

Tikrit - Iraq has exhumed the remains of 47 people believed to have been massacred by jihadists from mass graves in Tikrit, the human rights ministry's spokesman said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: U.S. and Iraq disagree as to where to attack IS next

Tikrit - Although Tikrit is still not entirely free of Islamic State fighters, Iraq is already planning how to take advantage of the momentum gained after taking Tikrit.

Amnesty probing reports of Iraqi forces' abuses in Tikrit

Baghdad - Amnesty International said Thursday it was investigating reports of serious human rights violations committed by Iraqi government and allied forces in the operation to retake the city of Tikrit.

Iraq hails Tikrit 'liberation' after month-long battle

Tikrit - Iraq said security and allied forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft "liberated" the city of Tikrit on Tuesday, its biggest victory yet in the fight against Islamic State jihadists.

Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from IS

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, a significant advance in the battle to recapture the city, officials said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: In Tikrit 400 IS fighters hold back 30,000 Iraqi troops

Tikrit - A force of Islamic State fighters believed to number about 400 according to one general, is holding at bay about 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia.

UN chief Ban calls for more aid for Iraq displaced

Baghdad - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called in Baghdad Monday for Iraq and the international community to increase assistance for over 2.5 million people displaced by violence in the country.

U.S. launches Tikrit air strikes to support Iraqi forces

Tikrit - U.S. and coalition aircraft bombed Islamic State jihadists in Tikrit, lending air power to Iraqi forces who have struggled to recapture the town despite Iranian assistance.

Doctors' group says 1.3 million killed in U.S. 'War on Terror'

A group of international physicians' organizations has published a study concluding US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed more than 1.3 million people.

US mulls air strikes on Tikrit, aids Iraqis with 'eye in the sky'

Baghdad - Washington is considering launching air strikes, possibly within days, to back up Iraqi and Shiite forces battling to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, US officials said.
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