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Protesters start leaving Iraq parliament: AFP photographer

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters, most of them supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, were leaving the parliament building they stormed earlier on Saturday, an AFP photographer reported.

Protesters storm parliament in Iraq's Green Zone

Baghdad - Thousands of angry protesters broke into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone area on Saturday and stormed the Iraqi parliament building after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers.

Bomb attack on pilgrims kills 23 in Iraq as hundreds protest

Baghdad - A car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 23 people near Baghdad on Saturday, as hundreds protested in the capital for reforms and parliament made another attempt to reshuffle the cabinet.

Number of foreign fighters entering Iraq, Syria plummets: US general

Washington - The number of foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria has plummeted over the past year, a US general said Tuesday.

Iraqi MPs approve partial cabinet as thousands protest

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers approved five of the prime minister's candidates for a new cabinet on Tuesday after weeks of delays and chaos at parliament, as thousands of people demonstrated for reforms.

Critics slam U.S. 'incrementalism' in anti-IS fight

Washington - When the clock ticks down on Barack Obama's presidency, five years will have passed since he officially pulled US combat forces from Iraq.

Rep. Barbara Lee condemns U.S. escalation without debate in Syria

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan, responded to the latest escalation in Syria by warning against mission creep in the fight against Islamic State militants and calling for Congressional debate.

Suicide bomber hits Baghdad shops, killing seven

Baghdad - A suicide bombing ripped through shops in eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least seven people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

Clashes between Iraqi Kurds, Turkmen kill nine

Kirkuk - Clashes between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiite paramilitaries killed nine people in a flashpoint northern town and closed the road to Baghdad before a ceasefire was announced on Sunday.

Pentagon acknowledges U.S. killed 20 civilians in Iraq, Syria in five months

Washington - US air strikes conducted against Islamic State targets between September and February resulted in the deaths of 20 civilians and injured 11 others, the Pentagon said Friday.

Suicide bomber kills eight at Iraq Shiite mosque: officials

Baghdad - A suicide bomber targeted Shiite worshippers at a Baghdad mosque after Friday prayers, killing at least eight people, security and medical officials said.The attack in southwest Baghdad also wounded at least 31 people, the officials said.

Islamic State fighters from 70 countries, analysis shows

Paris - Analysis of a windfall of data from inside Islamic State shows fighters of more than 70 nationalities joined the ruthless jihadist group, researchers said after examining thousands of records.

Turkey kills 32 IS fighters in Iraq after attack on tank

Istanbul - The Turkish army killed 32 suspected fighters from the Islamic State group in northern Iraq on Tuesday following an attack on one of its tanks, Turkish media reported.

Iraq speaker suspends parliament 'until further notice'

Baghdad - Embattled Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi Tuesday announced the suspension of parliament sessions "until further notice" after a week of turmoil during which lawmakers brawled and sought to sack him.

US to deploy additional forces to Iraq, says Pentagon chief

Baghdad - The United States will deploy additional forces to Iraq and make Apache attack helicopters available to support the country's troops, US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter said Monday in Baghdad.

Demonstrators hold new Baghdad sit-in demanding reform

Baghdad - Several hundred demonstrators took part in a renewed sit-in in central Baghdad on Sunday to call for reforms, following another that lasted for two weeks last month.

Iraq MPs quit session aimed at replacing speaker

Baghdad - A group of Iraqi lawmakers said they would not take part in a Saturday parliament session to select a replacement for the speaker, apparently leaving it without the necessary quorum.

Iraq says town of Heet retaken from IS after weeks of fighting

Baghdad - Iraqi forces retook the town of Heet from the Islamic State group Thursday after weeks of fighting, the military said, the latest in a series of losses for the jihadists.

Iraq MPs vote to sack speaker, deepening political turmoil

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers voted Thursday to remove the parliament speaker and his deputies from office, increasing political turmoil as the country battles jihadists and struggles with a financial crisis.

Iraq PM to attend parliament for cabinet vote: Speaker

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will attend parliament on Thursday for a vote on a new cabinet lineup, after two previous sessions ended in chaos, the speaker's office said.

Coalition, Iraq to 'turn up the pressure' on IS: Kerry

Baghdad - US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Friday that America and Iraq will "turn up the pressure" on the Islamic State jihadist group, and said that retaking its stronghold Mosul is a "top" priority.

Kerry visits Iraq to back crisis-hit government

Baghdad - US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Baghdad on Friday to back Iraq's government as it battles jihadists, struggles with a financial crisis and attempts to carry out reforms.

Czechs scrap programme to resettle Iraqi Christians

Prague - The Czech government on Thursday abandoned a programme to resettle Iraqi Christians after some refugees left for Germany and others decided to return home.

Qatar royal freed by Iraq kidnappers after 4 month ordeal

Doha - A member of the Qatari royal family and a Pakistani have been released by kidnappers in Iraq after nearly four months in captivity, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Suicide bombings, mortar fire kill 17 in Iraq

Baghdad - Four suicide bombings targeting Iraqi security forces and civilians and mortar fire that struck houses near Baghdad killed at least 17 people on Monday, security and medical officials said.

Iraq PM calls for legal action over oil bribery scandal

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Saturday for legal action over allegations that senior officials took millions of dollars in bribes to help major firms secure lucrative oil sector contracts.

It's home bittersweet home for returning Iraqi migrants

Aziziyah - Disappointment, simple homesickness and even the high cost of cigarettes are pushing a growing number of Iraqis to return home after risking everything to reach Europe last year.

I want freedom in Europe: IS chief Baghdadi's ex-wife

Stockholm - An ex-wife of Islamic State group (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with whom he had a daughter, wants to live in Europe "in freedom", she told Swedish daily Expressen in an interview published Thursday.

Iraq's Sadr orders end to Baghdad Green Zone sit-in

Baghdad - Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Thursday ordered his followers to end a two-week sit-in at Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone aimed at pressuring the government to carry out reforms.

Iraq lawmakers give PM until Thursday to reshuffle cabinet

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament gave embattled Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi until Thursday to present a cabinet of technocrats as Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr expanded his protest movement for reform.
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US Military claims they saw rocket propelled launchers in the hands of the people on ground. Opponen...
US Military claims they saw rocket propelled launchers in the hands of the people on ground. Opponent's to this story say that what they saw based on the leaked video was this camera lens which slightly resembles the RPG weapon.
Collateral Murder Video Screen Shot
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base  Iraq
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base, Iraq
Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley / U.S. Air Force
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.
Seepage just east and below the Mosul Dam s spillway.
Photo taken: 2007
Seepage just east and below the Mosul Dam's spillway. Photo taken: 2007
US Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair shake hands after receiving notific...
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
Executive Office of the President of the United States
STAYING PUT: Protesters in Baghdad carry portraits of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednes...
STAYING PUT: Protesters in Baghdad carry portraits of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday at a demonstration of support in Baghdad.
Ahmed Saad/Reuters
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra  Syria  is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who hav...
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
Arian Zwegers/Wikimedia Commons
A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
Independent.co.uk
George W. Bush:   Mission Accomplished
President George W. Bush addresses sailors and the nation from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln of the coast of San Diego, California. Behind him is a banner reading "Mission Accomplished."
White House photo by Paul Morse
This camera is identical to the one carried by one of two reuters journalist killed by the US milita...
This camera is identical to the one carried by one of two reuters journalist killed by the US military in Iraq. Wikileaks believes this is what the military saw in the hands of photographer not a weapon.
Collateral Murder -Screen shot
Dr. Bassam Yousif  professor at Indiana State University
Dr. Bassam Yousif, professor at Indiana State University
Indiana State University
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton  October 25  2014. Peggy Morton from ...
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton, October 25, 2014. Peggy Morton from ECAWAR was the main speaker.
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.
The aftermath of a suicide bomb in the Iraq city of Baquba
The aftermath of a suicide bomb in the Iraq city of Baquba
Al Jazeera English
File photo: Car bombing aftermath  Iraq.
File photo: Car bombing aftermath, Iraq.
rodneykeenne/flickr
US troops in Iraq.
US troops in Iraq.
The U.S. Army/flickr
A captured Iraqi military vehicle
A captured Iraqi military vehicle
AFP
PALACE: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein built one of his presidential palaces in Mosul  which ...
PALACE: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein built one of his presidential palaces in Mosul, which was used by the US Army following the 2003 invasion.
Jim Gordon-US Army Corps of Engineers/Wikimedia Commons
DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islam...
DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islamic State radicals in Iraq and Syria.
Jiel Beaumadier/Wikimedia Commons
Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life.  Here the remains of a bus in ...
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.
Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch

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