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Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit

Baghdad - Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit Tuesday for talks on the sensitive issue of a continued troop presence following withdrawal from neighbouring Syria.

Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Baghdad - Their home countries don't want them and holding trials in Syria isn't an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq.

French minister in Iraq warns 'work not over' in IS fight

Baghdad - France's defence minister warned Friday in Baghdad that "the work is not over" in the fight against the Islamic State group, despite the jihadists facing the loss of their last scrap of territory.

By law or force: Iraq's Shiite armed groups vow to oust US troops

Baghdad - Ousting US troops from Iraq despite Donald Trump's vow to stay is now the top goal of pro-Iranian Shiite armed groups. And their leaders say there are only two ways -- by passing a new law, or by force.

Trump expects '100 percent' of IS caliphate defeated in week

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he expected the Islamic State group to lose all remaining territory in Syria in a week as he pledged to stay focused on fighting the extremists.

IS has not been defeated in Syria, still poses huge threat: UN report

New York - The Islamic State group has not been defeated in Syria and continues to pose by far the most significant threat of any terror group, UN sanctions monitors said Wednesday, contradicting President Donald Trump's claims that IS is nearly wiped out.

US promises to keep IS fight after '100 percent' defeat

Washington - The United States promised Wednesday to stay focused on permanently destroying the Islamic State group but asked concerned allies to contribute more, as President Donald Trump boasted that the extremists will soon have lost all their territory in Syria...

US will still lead fight against IS despite withdrawal: Pompeo

Washington - The United States still plans to lead a global fight against the Islamic State movement despite its withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured allies on Wednesday.

Australia admits 'may have killed' civilians in Mosul raid

Sydney - Australia on Friday acknowledged it may have killed as many as 18 civilians in an air strike on Mosul two years ago, during a massive and ultimately successful campaign to dislodge jihadi fighters.

Three Iraqis held for 'Islamist attack' plot in Germany

Berlin - German police commandos Wednesday arrested three Iraqis suspected of planning an Islamist attack using explosives, a gun and a vehicle.

King of Spain visits Iraq, first in 40 years: diplomat

Baghdad - Spain's King Felipe VI on Wednesday visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.

IS still has 'thousands' of fighters, seeking comeback: US intel chief

Washington - The Islamic State group maintains a force of thousands of fighters who pose a potent threat in the Middle East as its leaders continue to encourage attacks on the West, a top US intelligence official said Tuesday.

IS still has 'thousands' of fighters, seeking comeback: US intel chief

Washington - The Islamic State group maintains a force of thousands of fighters who pose a potent threat in the Middle East as its leaders continue to encourage attacks on the West, a top US intelligence official warned Tuesday.

Its treasures ruined by IS, Mosul museum hosts modern art

Mosul - Mosul's celebrated museum has not recovered since Islamic State group jihadists ravaged its ancient treasures several years ago, but part of the complex reopened Tuesday to showcase more contemporary art.

Iraqi charged with rape, murder in Germany's 'Susanna case'

Berlin - German prosecutors Wednesday announced child rape and murder charges against a rejected Iraqi asylum-seeker in a case that fuelled a heated debate about immigrant crime.

In Iraq, political wrangling spawns debate over US troops

Baghdad - From the halls of parliament to the lightning-fast rumour mills of social media, pro-Iran factions are demanding US troops withdraw from Iraq in a challenge to the country's fragile government.

Iraq likely theater if US, Iran tensions worsen: study

Washington - Iraq could bear the brunt if conflict intensifies between Iran and the United States, a think-tank study said Wednesday.

Foreign troops in Iraq cut by a quarter in 2018: PM

Baghdad - Foreign troop numbers in Iraq fell by a quarter during 2018, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi said, as the fallout fizzled from Washington's announcement it was withdrawing from neighbouring Syria.

White House sought military strike against Iran

Washington - The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq last year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

Iran foreign minister in Baghdad for talks

Baghdad - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad on Sunday for wide-ranging talks, including on US sanctions against Tehran.

By necessity or design, Iraqi women launch Mosul firms

Mosul - Under the thumb of jihadist rule they were deemed minors -- unable to do anything without permission from a father or husband -- but today women are establishing businesses in Iraq's Mosul.

Pompeo in reassurance mission to Iraq over US Syria pullout plans

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday Turkey had committed to protecting Washington's Kurdish allies fighting jihadists, during a surprise visit to Iraq to soothe concerns over the US troop withdrawal from Syria.

Pompeo meets Iraq officials on unannounced Baghdad visit

Baghdad - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Iraqi officials, including the speaker, on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Wednesday, a statement from parliament said.

Conditions for papal visit to Iraq 'not yet met': Vatican

Vatican City - The conditions for a possible visit to Iraq by Pope Francis have not yet been met, the Vatican number two said on Wednesday, citing concerns about the possibility of a terrorist attack targeting the pontiff.

Russian IS fighters' children return home from Iraq

Moscow - Thirty Russian children whose mothers are in prison in Iraq for belonging to the Islamic State arrived Sunday in Moscow from Baghdad, Russian authorities said.

Trump's surprise troop visit sparks criticism in Iraq

Baghdad - President Donald Trump's lightning Christmas visit with US troops in Iraq has triggered questions and criticism in a country deeply divided over Washington's influence since the 2003 US invasion.

Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

- President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq -- his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected -- to defend the withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America's role as the global "policeman.

US President Donald Trump visits Iraq

- President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday, his first trip to US troops deployed in a war zone since being elected two years ago.

Oil market likely to rebalance early 2019: OPEC ministers

Kuwait City - Oil ministers from leading OPEC nations said Sunday they expect prices will arrest their recent slide and rebalance early next year, when a deal on new production cuts takes effect.

Kids in Iraq camps dream big, but can't enroll in school

Al Hamdaniyah - Maareb has big dreams, but she may never get to realise them. Every day, when her friends attend class in the Iraqi displacement camp they call home, she stays behind.
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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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The Iraq army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
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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.
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The Iraqi army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
The Iraqi army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
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A captured Iraqi military vehicle
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U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair shake hands after receiving notification that the Coalition Provisional Authority had returned full sovereignty to Iraq
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Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life. Here the remains of a bus in Najaf show the results of a car bomb that occurred days before the country’s parliamentary election on March 7, 2010. In all, three people were killed in this bombing and 50 were wounded.
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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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