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IS suicide bomber kills 12 at Iraq checkpoint

Ba'quba - A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, security and medical officials said.

IS suicide bomber kills at least 15 in Baghdad

Baghdad - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

Iraq PM seeks to speed up death penalty implementation

Baghdad - Iraq's prime minister is seeking to speed up the implementation of death sentences, his office said Saturday, despite persistent concerns over flaws in the judicial system that hands them down.

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army: Hollande

Paris - France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.

IS-inspired attacks aid jihadists at low cost

Baghdad - The Islamic State group has claimed several high-profile attacks in the West that it appears to have inspired rather than planned, sowing fear and boosting its profile at low cost.

Allies finalize plans to defeat IS group

Washington - The United States gathered its allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group Wednesday and agreed on a plan to corner the jihadists in their final bastions.

US, anti-IS coalition allies regroup after jihadist attacks

Washington - With jihadist attacks proliferating around the world, the United States has reassembled its coalition partners for meetings Wednesday and Thursday to review a two-year-old war that has so far failed to eliminate the Islamic State group.

Turkey launches first air strikes on PKK in Iraq since coup: state media

Istanbul - The Turkish armed forces have carried out their first air strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq since last week's coup attempt, killing 20 fighters, state media reported Wednesday.

United States, Australia a 'united front' in Pacific: Biden

Sydney - US and Australian troops plan to step up training so they are "fully prepared" to answer challenges in the Pacific, US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday amid rising tensions over Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.

Iraqis defy ban to rally for change

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqis rallied in the heart of Baghdad on Friday, in defiance of warnings from the government to stay home, to demand an end to sectarianism and corruption.

Top IS commander Shishani killed: jihadist-linked agency

Baghdad - A top Islamic State group commander, Omar al-Shishani, has been killed in Iraq, the jihadist-linked Amaq agency said on Wednesday.

Bombing at market near Baghdad kills seven: Officials

Baghdad - A suicide bombing at a market near Baghdad killed at least seven people on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a series of deadly attacks in and around the capital.

US to send 560 more troops to Iraq: Pentagon chief

Baghdad - The United States will send an additional 560 military personnel to Iraq to assist in its fight against the Islamic State jihadist group, visiting Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced Monday.

IS territory 'shrinks 12 percent since start of 2016'

Birut - The Islamic State group lost 12 percent of the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria in the first half of 2016, according to an analysis by research group IHS.

Iraq army seizes key airbase from IS south of Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi forces have captured a key airbase from the Islamic State group that can serve as a launchpad for retaking the jihadist-held city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday.

Iraq PM sacks security chiefs as new attack kills 40

Baghdad - The Iraqi prime minister sacked three Baghdad security chiefs following a devastating bombing in the capital, his office said on Friday, hours after another attack to the north left 40 dead.

30 killed at Iraqi shrine, days after Baghdad blast

Baghdad - Islamic State group extremists attacked a Shiite shrine north of Baghdad, killing 30 people, just days after one of the deadliest ever bombings in the country, a security spokesman said Friday.

Death toll from Baghdad blast rises to 292

Baghdad - A Baghdad bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 292 people, a minister said Thursday, raising the toll of one of the deadliest single attacks in Iraq since the US-led invasion.

UK press condemn Blair' 'arrogance' over Iraq war

London - Tony Blair pleaded with his critics to stop questioning his intentions over Britain's disastrous war in Iraq, after a blistering verdict by the Chilcot inquiry -- but commentators Thursday showed scant sympathy.

Condemned over Iraq, Blair fights for his reputation

London - At times close to tears, former prime minister Tony Blair faced the world's media Wednesday to defend his place in history after the damning findings of Britain's inquiry into the Iraq war.

Thousands gather to mourn victims of Baghdad blast

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqis gathered Wednesday at the site of a Baghdad bombing that killed at least 250 people to mourn the dead and express solidarity with those stricken by the blast.

For Iraqis, British war inquiry changes little

Baghdad - For Iraqis, a British war inquiry criticising former premier Tony Blair means little as, whoever is to blame, they are still suffering the devastating consequences of the 2003 US-led invasion.

Blair voices 'sorrow, regret and apology' after Iraq war report

London - Former British prime minister Tony Blair voiced "sorrow, regret and apology" after a damning report on the Iraq war Wednesday, but said he did not mislead parliament and did not regret toppling Saddam Hussein.

Rage against Blair as families mourn Iraq war dead

London - As protesters outside bayed for Tony Blair's prosecution, inside the building where John Chilcot delivered his damming Iraq War Inquiry report the father of a dead serviceman delivered his own verdict: "My son died in vain".

Key conclusions from Britain's Iraq war inquiry

London - Britain's Iraq War Inquiry report on Wednesday heavily criticised intelligence, military and political leadership under then prime minister Tony Blair in the run-up to the 2003 invasion and during the conflict.

Blair says he acted in UK's 'best interests' in Iraq war

London - Former prime minister Tony Blair insisted Wednesday he had acted in Britain's "best interests" after the Chilcot inquiry delivered a damning verdict into his handling of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Tony Blair: Leader who could never get past Iraq

London - Tony Blair was one of Britain's most successful prime ministers but his support for the 2003 war in Iraq has overshadowed his achievements in office and his subsequent career as globe-trotting elder statesman.

What's at stake in Britain's Iraq war inquiry

London - The Chilcot inquiry report on Britain's role in the Iraq war could still have significant fallout when it is published Wednesday -- even though it is seven years after the probe was launched.

Iraq war casts long shadow over UK foreign policy

London - Britain's war in Iraq, to be examined in a major report due out Wednesday, instilled a deep sense of distrust towards military intervention that still casts a shadow over foreign policy, analysts say.

Blair defends Iraq war after damning inquiry report

London - Former British prime minister Tony Blair on Wednesday made a passionate defence of the 2003 war in Iraq, after a long-awaited official inquiry condemned it as woefully executed and based on flawed evidence.
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Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
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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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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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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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A bank in Baghdad - protected by US troops.
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