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Hotel fire in Iraqi Kurdish region kills 19

- A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region killed 19 people and injured dozens more on Friday, officials said.

U.S. weighs options as IS presence soars in Libya

Washington - Islamic State fighters have streamed into Libya in recent months, a US official said Thursday, heightening fears the extremists are gaining ground and influence in the north African country.

Iraq Kurd leader: 'Time has come' for statehood referendum

Baghdad - Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani has declared that the "time has come" for the country's Kurds to hold a referendum on statehood, a move likely to raise tensions with Baghdad.

Australian IS recruiter reported dead

Sydney - Australia's most senior recruiter for the Islamic State group in Syria, who was reportedly linked to an alleged plot to attack Anzac Day commemorations, has been killed, local media said Sunday.

Mass grave of IS victims found in Iraq's Ramadi: police

Baghdad - Security forces found a mass grave in the Iraqi city of Ramadi containing the remains of at least 18 people killed by the Islamic State group, police said Tuesday.

IS planning for 'large-scale' attacks on Europe: Europol

Amsterdam - The Islamic State group has honed the ability to launch global attacks and is set to focus more on Europe following the Paris massacre, the chief of the EU police agency Europol said Monday.

Some anti-IS partners do 'nothing at all': Pentagon chief

Washington - Several members of the US-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria are doing "nothing at all" to help destroy the jihadists, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.

France's Hollande says Iraq, Syria air strikes to be 'accelerated'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that a coalition waging a bombing campaign against the Islamic State group would "accelerate" air strikes.

Kurds destroyed thousands of Arab homes in Iraq: Amnesty

Baghdad - Western-backed Kurdish forces fighting jihadists in Iraq have destroyed thousands of homes in an apparent bid to uproot Arab communities, actions that may constitute war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

West vows to crush IS 'power centres' amid fresh hopes for Syria peace talks

Paris - Western leaders injected fresh urgency into the fight against the Islamic State group Wednesday, vowing to destroy its "power centres", while Russia announced crucial Syrian peace talks would begin within days.

Defence ministers meet in Paris on anti-IS fight

Paris - The defence ministers of seven countries leading the battle against the Islamic State group met in Paris on Wednesday to review strategy as the jihadists spread their influence around the globe.

French, U.S. host defence minister talks on fight against IS

Paris - The defence ministers of seven countries leading the battle against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria will meet in Paris on Wednesday to hash out ways to build their coalition and boost its resources.

'Staggering' death toll for Iraqi civilians since 2014: UN

Ginebra - The number of civilians killed in violence in Iraq over the past two years is "staggering", the United Nations said Tuesday, with at least 18,802 people killed and another 36,245 injured.

Nearly 20,000 Iraqi deaths since 2014

Nearly 20,000 civilians have died in Iraq since 2014, according to the United Nations. More than 36,000 Iraqis have been wounded in the same period.

US and Iraq search for Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

Baghdad - Search operations were under way Monday for three Americans kidnapped from a "suspicious apartment" in Baghdad, in a rare abduction of Western nationals in the Iraqi capital.

U.S. and Iraq search for Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

Baghdad - US and Iraqi authorities were searching Monday for three missing Americans said to have been kidnapped in Baghdad, the latest group of foreign nationals abducted in recent months.

Behind frontline, Iraq town torn as anti-IS forces clash

Tuz - When a wave of deadly ethnic violence swept through the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, Ahmed Hassan Majid's house was on the wrong side of an invisible line.

Dutch spy services unravel 'myth' of life with IS

Den Haag - Dutch secret services fear as many as 70 Dutch children may be growing up among Islamic State jihadists, warning in a bleak new report about life under such a "totalitarian" regime.

Two Iraqi journalists shot dead, intel officer wounded

Baghdad - Gunmen shot dead two Iraqi journalists on Tuesday in Diyala, a province where Baghdad declared victory a year ago but which is still plagued by chronic violence.

Multiple jihadist attacks kill more than 30 in Iraq

Baghdad - Jihadist gunmen and bombers killed at least 12 people in a busy market area of Baghdad while a double blast at a cafe north of the Iraqi capital claimed another 20 lives.

Eight killed as gunmen take hostages in Baghdad mall

Baghdad - Gunmen detonated a car bomb, sprayed gunfire in a crowded area and took hostages in a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad Monday, killing at least eight people, police said.

Iraqi families risk all to flee jihadist-held Hawijah

- Hundreds of families are fleeing hunger and jihadist rule in the Iraqi city of Hawijah and surrounding areas, witnesses and officials said Sunday.

Iraq drone strike mistake kills 9 militiamen: Spokesman

Baghdad - An Iraqi drone strike killed nine members of the pro-government Popular Mobilisation paramilitary force near Tikrit in an apparent case of so-called "friendly fire", a spokesman said Sunday.

U.S. reveals terror-related arrest, indictment in two states

Los Angeles - US authorities said two people with ties to the Islamic State group are due in court Friday in California and Texas, including a refugee from Syria who lied about his travels there.

Iraq FM in Iran for talks on Saudi crisis

Tehran - Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari held talks in Tehran Wednesday with the crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran in focus as international concern mounts.

25 Iraqi fighters killed thwarting IS assault in Haditha

Baghdad - At least 25 Iraqi fighters have been killed repelling a major three-day offensive by the Islamic State group in the western region of Haditha, security sources said Tuesday.

New IS group video 'desperate stuff': British PM

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday described an Islamic State group video apparently showing the execution of five British "spies" as "desperate stuff" designed to deflect from their recent military losses.

Two Sunni mosques bombed, muezzin killed in Iraq

Hilla - Blasts rocked two Sunni mosques in central Iraq Monday, amid fears of renewed sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, police and medics said.

IS attack on Iraq police trainees 'kills 12'

Tikrit - The Islamic State group killed at least 12 members of the Iraqi security forces Sunday when several suicide attackers infiltrated a base near Tikrit, security officials said.

Top Iraq cleric says Saudi executions an 'aggression'

Najaf - The execution of prominent Saudi Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr is an "aggression", Iraq's top Shiite authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said in a statement Sunday.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton  October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton, October 25, 2014.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Fallujah, Iraq.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Shiite Iraqi volunteers  with the Ashura Brigade  take part in military training in the shrine city ...
Shiite Iraqi volunteers, with the Ashura Brigade, take part in military training in the shrine city of Najaf, on June 22, 2014
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Husayn Mosque in Karbala
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Naiel Thejel Ganeen  a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community  was kidnapped in 2006 and held for n...
Naiel Thejel Ganeen, a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community, was kidnapped in 2006 and held for nine days of torture, and repeatedly referred to as an infidel. He was released after kidnappers received a $40,000 ransom, but is left with a scarred arm suffered from shrapnel in a mock execution.
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Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada s role in Iraq.
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
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A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister, takes centre stage.
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq.  Here  a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in...
Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq. Here, a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in 2008 said interrogators in 2007 blindfolded him and attacked him with a pipe on various parts of his body. His ensuing head would was left untreated.
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Suicide bomber kills and injures over 100 in this mornings bomb attack in the Iraq city of Baghdad.
Suicide bomber kills and injures over 100 in this mornings bomb attack in the Iraq city of Baghdad.
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A file image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23, 2013 allegedly shows a member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a group affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), holding up the black and white Islamist flag
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Attack on Camp Liberty in Baghdad
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Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take position with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (43 miles) west of Baghdad, February 26, 2014
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President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri, from Edgartown, Massachusetts, August 14, 2014.
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Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
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Iraqi Humvees.
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