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Iraqi state holds key to Yazidi return to Sinjar: ICG

Baghdad - Iraq must stabilise the northern region of Sinjar to help the Yazidi minority brutalised at the hands of the Islamic State group return home, the International Crisis Group said Tuesday.

IS kills 27 Iraq pro-government fighters: paramilitary force

Baghdad - The Islamic State group killed 27 pro-government fighters in an ambush in Iraq, their paramilitary group said Monday, underlining the threat still posed by the jihadists despite Baghdad's declaration of victory.

Romance returns to Iraq's war-torn Mosul

Mosul - The streets of Mosul have seen plenty of blood, but on Wednesday the Iraqi city's markets were red with Valentine's Day gifts instead -- for the first time since the end of jihadist rule.

Iraq sentences ex-minister to 21 years for corruption

Baghdad - Iraq on Monday sentenced a former trade minister to 21 years in jail for corruption, weeks after Interpol handed him to authorities, a government source said.

Iraqi official says wounded IS chief alive in Syria

Baghdad - An Iraqi interior ministry official said the Islamic State group's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike.

Iraq jails Turkish woman, Syrian for life over IS ties

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a Turkish woman and a Syrian man to life in jail over ties to the Islamic State group, a judicial spokesman said.

Revenge awaits families of IS fighters in Iraq's Anbar

Ramadi - In Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province, residents struggling to rebuild after years of Islamic State group rule are adamant: there will be no return for the families of jihadists.

Iraq's girl weightlifters also boost family finances

Baghdad - The weightlifters on Iraq's national women's team train hard every day, both to bring home the medals and to help ease the financial burden of running a home.

Iraq asks BP to study developing Kirkuk oilfields

Baghdad - Iraq has asked British energy giant BP to help bolster production at oilfields recaptured from the Kurds in northern Kirkuk province, Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi said Sunday.

Iraqi forces advance against IS remnants in desert

Tuz - Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition advanced in a major operation Wednesday against Islamic State group jihadists hiding out in a northeastern desert region, the military said.

Baghdad mayor has ambitious plans for her city

Baghdad - The mayor of Baghdad wants to revive her war-torn city, fix its decrepit infrastructure and twin it with Paris -- another female-led metropolis.

Iraq PM confirms US-led coalition numbers down

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday confirmed a fall in the number of US-led coalition forces in the country but stressed the ongoing need for air support.

Iraqi Kurds say 4,000 jihadists detained including foreigners

Arbil - Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan said Tuesday they had detained some 4,000 suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group, including foreigners, in recent years.

Book culture returns to Iraq's post-jihadist Mosul

Mosul - Literary cafes, poetry readings and pavement bookstalls -- Mosul's cultural scene is back in business, months after Iraqi forces ousted the Islamic State group from the city following three years of jihadist rule.

Iraqis maimed in battle struggle to survive as amputees

Baghdad - Karrar Hassan, 25, is just one of tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters wounded battling the Islamic State group. Now disabled, he struggles to survive on a $400 pension.

Eight dead as US-led strike hits Iraq forces

Baghdad - An air strike by the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group hit Iraqi security personnel on Saturday, officials said, in an apparent mistake that killed eight people.

Eight dead as US strike hits Iraq forces: provincial official

Baghdad - Eight Iraqis were killed on Saturday, most of them security personnel, in a US air strike that apparently targeted them by mistake, a provincial official said.

Displaced Iraqi women turn to handicrafts for survival

Kuwait - Threading beads onto a fishing line to make a sparkling ornament, Lamia Rahim is one of dozens of Iraqi women displaced by violence who have turned to handicrafts to support their families.

Now defeated, Iraq's most feared jihadists await their fate

Baghdad - Their names spread terror across the Islamic State group's cross-border "caliphate", but senior jihadists now languish in Iraqi prisons, subjects of mockery for the populace they ruled.

Iraq condemns German woman to death for belonging to IS

Baghdad - An Iraqi court said Sunday it had condemned to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group.
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