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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.

Syria trio's London school linked to more girls trying to join IS

London - A group of London teenage girls barred from travelling abroad attend the same school as three others who are thought to have gone to Syria, the High Court has heard.

Iraqi Shiite militias 'pulled back' from Tikrit: US

Washington - Iraq's Shiite militias have withdrawn from the forefront of an offensive to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists, allowing Baghdad government troops to take the lead, a top US general said Thursday.

UK to train Syrian opposition to fight IS group

London - Britain will train Syrian "moderate opposition forces" in Turkey and other regional countries as part of international efforts to fight Islamic State militants, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Thursday.

US launches Tikrit air strikes to support Iraqi forces

Tikrit - US 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.

UN worried by rise in mass abductions of children

New York - Mass abductions of children by groups like Boko Haram and the Islamic State are on the rise, with the practice now becoming a tactic of war, a UN envoy warned Wednesday.

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.

'I am responsible,' says grieving father of Australian IS bomber

Sydney - The heartbroken father of an Australian schoolboy believed to have died while carrying out a suicide bombing for Islamic State said on Monday he felt "totally responsible" for failing to see that his son needed help.

U.S. Marine Corps urges 'vigilance' after online Islamist threat

Washington - The U.S. Marine Corps on Sunday urged "vigilance" after a group claiming to be Islamic State hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them.

Op-Ed: Canada's foreign policy is making us less safe

Ottawa - This week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he was going to put forward legislation to extend the nation's role in Iraq and potentially expand its mission into Syria. This will only make us less safe and less free.

IS claims beheading of three Iraqi Kurdish fighters

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded three Iraqi Kurdish fighters in an online video and threatened to kill more unless the Kurds stop bombardment of jihadist-controlled areas.

U.S. military chief grapples with Iraq — again

Washington - For much of the past two decades the US military has been waging war in Iraq. And one U.S. Army officer has been there for just about every painstaking step of it.

IS likely committing genocide against Yazidi minority in Iraq: UN

Ginebra - Islamic State jihadists appear to be committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, UN investigators said Thursday, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court.

IS extremism fight may take a generation: Australia

Sydney - The battle against the Islamic State group's extremism may last a generation, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned, likening the jihadists to fanatical followers of Adolf Hitler.

UK teens 'heading for Syria' released on bail

London - Three British teenagers suspected of trying to travel to Syria were released on bail after being questioned for 24 hours on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism, police said.

Iraq army says coalition raids needed in Tikrit battle

Tikrit - Iraqi forces need support from coalition air strikes in Tikrit, where die-hard jihadists are defending their last redoubt with trenches, sandbags and roadside bombs, a top officer said on Sunday.

U.S.-led raids on IS in Syria after Kurdish plea: monitor

Birut - The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group launched air strikes against the jihadists in a key Syrian village overnight after Kurdish forces appealed for action, a monitor said Saturday.

U.S. does not want to see Syrian regime 'collapse': CIA

New York - CIA Director John Brennan said the United States does not want to see a chaotic collapse of the Syrian regime as it could open the way to Islamist extremists taking power.

Iraqi forces pound besieged Tikrit jihadists

Baghdad - Iraqi forces on Friday battled jihadists making what looked increasingly like a last stand in Tikrit but the Islamic State group responded by vowing to expand its "caliphate".

Australia had teen 'suicide bomber' under surveillance

Sydney - An Australian teenager who militants claimed carried out a suicide attack in Iraq was under surveillance and his passport had been cancelled, officials said Thursday, as reports emerged that he left bomb-making material at his home before fleeing.

Kerry calls for US war powers to strike IS

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry urged lawmakers Wednesday to give President Barack Obama new war powers to strike against Islamic jihadists at "a pivotal hour" in the battle against the militants.

Iraqi forces enter IS-held Tikrit after 10-day push

Tikrit - Iraqi forces entered Tikrit Wednesday, dodging bombs and sniper fire in search of their biggest victory yet against embattled jihadists who tried to light new fires elsewhere in Iraq and Syria.

IS attacks Iraq's Ramadi with seven car bombs

Baghdad - The Islamic State jihadist group launched a coordinated attack on government-held areas of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Wednesday, involving seven almost simultaneous suicide car bombs, police said.

IS Syria-Iraq communication lines smashed: Coalition

Washington - Forces fighting the Islamic State group have cut critical communication and supply lines used by the extremists between Syria and Iraq after a two-week operation, the US-led coalition said.

IS executes 20 opponents in northern Iraq: Officials

Kirkuk - The Islamic State jihadist group executed 20 people who wanted to fight against them in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, officials said on Monday.

Top US officer in Baghdad as Iraq fights for Tikrit

Baghdad - The top US military officer vowed in Baghdad on Monday that the Islamic State group will be defeated, as Iraqi forces pressed their largest operation yet against the jihadists.

UN chief calls on world to stop destruction of Iraqi sites

Baghdad - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to halt the destruction by Islamic State jihadists of Iraqi archaeological sites, branding the smashing of priceless and ancient artifacts a "war crime".
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