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Amid security worries, gun sales thrive in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Hunting rifles, pistols and towers of ammunition magazines: new gun shops are popping up in Iraq's Mosul, where residents are keen to own personal firearms in the unpredictable aftermath of jihadist rule.

Top regional officials in Iraq for symbolic summit

Baghdad - Top officials from Iraq's six neighbours gathered in its capital Saturday for a symbolic summit showcasing Baghdad's aspirations as a regional mediator, but which otherwise produced no tangible outcome.

Iraq parliament to host regional rivals in Baghdad

Baghdad - Iraq will host senior officials from neighbouring countries including regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday, as it carves out a role as a mediator in the deeply divided region.

In Iraq, tribal traditions rob women, girls of rights

Amarah - Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.

Iraq moves to ban online game PUBG for 'inciting violence'

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban the popular but brutal online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for "inciting violence" in the war-torn country.

Iraq PM lands in Riyadh after Tehran visit

Apo - Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday during his first official trip to Riyadh, days after his maiden visit to the Gulf kingdom's arch-nemesis Iran.

Iraqi troops destroy holdout IS media centre in north

Baghdad - Iraq's elite counter-terrorism force targeted Islamic State group holdouts Thursday in the northern region of Hamreen, including a media centre, more than a year after the country declared IS vanquished.

Syria Kurds announce deal for return of 31,000 displaced Iraqis

Kamishli - Syrian Kurds on Thursday announced a deal with Baghdad for 31,000 displaced Iraqis, mostly women and children, to return from camps in northeastern Syria to Iraq.

Historic water levels at Iraq reservoirs and dams: officials

Kuwait - Water levels in Iraq's reservoirs and dams have reached historic heights, officials have told AFP, with thousands of families facing possible displacement by more flooding.

Iraq offers to try foreign IS suspects, for a price

Baghdad - Iraq has offered to put on trial hundreds of accused foreign jihadists in Baghdad in exchange for millions of dollars, potentially solving a legal conundrum for Western governments but sparking rights concerns.

Iraq says tried to stop US blacklist of Iran Revolutionary Guard

Baghdad - Baghdad tried to stop Washington from blacklisting Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a "terrorist organisation," Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi said Tuesday, warning that the decision could further destabilise the region.

German IS woman accused of letting Yazidi 'slave' girl die of thirst

Munich - A German woman who joined the Islamic State jihadist group went on trial Tuesday accused of the war crime of letting a five-year-old Yazidi "slave" girl die of thirst in the sun.

Iran leader calls on Iraq to demand US withdraw troops

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand US troops leave "as soon as possible", warning that Washington is plotting to remove the government in Baghdad.

Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster: Iraq judiciary

Baghdad - The owners of a ferry that capsized in Mosul killing 100 people have been arrested along with engineers who had allegedly certified the vessel, Iraq's judiciary said Sunday.

Ferry disaster shines spotlight on corruption in Iraq

Baghdad - A governor on the run, officials summoned to court and candidates accused of bribing councillors: the Mosul ferry disaster has brought renewed attention to the scourge of corruption in Iraq.

Iraq parliament sacks governor over deadly ferry capsize

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament on Sunday sacked the governor of a northern province where 100 people died in a ferry disaster that sparked a wave of grief and anger.

Post-IS Iraq treads fine line as it seeks regional role

Baghdad - Five years after the Islamic State group swept across Iraq, Baghdad is bidding to reclaim its role as a regional player while walking a tightrope between rival backers the US and Iran.

Almost 100 dead as Iraq ferry sinks on spring holiday trip

Mosul - Almost 100 people, mostly women and children, died Thursday as a ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year sank in a swollen river in the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul, in Iraq's worst accident in years.

Post-IS, north Iraq's minority mosaic blown apart by trauma

Sinjar - For decades, his land was his life. Now, like other Sunni Arab farmers in Iraq's diverse north, Mahdi Abu Enad is cut off from his fields, fearing reprisal attacks.

US extends Iraq waiver over Iran sanctions

Washington - The United States is extending a waiver to let energy-hungry Iraq keep buying power from Iran, despite Washington's campaign of sanctions aimed at curbing Tehran, an official said.

Iraq opens first IS mass grave in Yazidi region

- Iraqi authorities on Friday opened a first mass grave containing victims of the Islamic State group in the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar, where jihadists brutally targeted the minority.

Iraqi admits killing 14-year-old German girl but denies rape

Wiesbaden - An Iraqi man confessed in a German court Tuesday to the murder of a teenage girl, but denied raping her in a case that inflamed anti-immigrant tensions last year.

Iraqi faces German court in 'Susanna' rape-murder case

Berlin - An Iraqi man goes on trial in Germany Tuesday accused of the rape and murder of a teenage girl that inflamed anti-immigrant tensions amid a mass influx of asylum seekers.

Iran's Rouhani seeks to counter US pressure on first Iraq visit

Baghdad - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani hit back Monday against pressure from the "aggressor" United States on Iraq to limit ties with its neighbour, during his first official visit to Baghdad.

Iran's Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit: state TV

Baghdad - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit, state television said, as Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour.

Two killed in car bomb attack in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Two people were killed in a car bomb outside a restaurant in Iraq's Mosul late Friday, security forces said, in the second such incident in around a week.

After IS, Mosul tackles another terror: super-resistant bacteria

Mosul - Explosives left behind by the Islamic State group in Iraq's Mosul took 12-year-old Abdallah's left leg, but another kind of terror may cost him his arm: antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Iraq saves France thorny repatriations of IS jihadists

Baghdad - By pledging to try 13 French Islamic State group fighters, Iraq has assumed the role of judge and jailor for the suspected jihadists -- thereby saving Paris the controversy of repatriating them.

Iraq to prosecute 13 French IS fighters seized in Syria

Paris - Iraqi courts will prosecute 13 French citizens captured while fighting for the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, Iraq's President Barham Saleh said Monday.

Iraq received 14 French IS fighters from Syria Kurds: government

Baghdad - Fourteen French nationals accused of fighting for the Islamic State group were transferred to Iraq by US-backed forces squeezing the jihadists' final Syrian bastion, an Iraqi government source said Monday.
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Protester take part in a Stop the War demonstration opposite Downing Street in central London on September 25, 2014
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American actress Cynthia Watros during a visit to Camp Taji, Iraq.
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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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Seepage just east and below the Mosul Dam's spillway. Photo taken: 2007
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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers questions on the Middle East crisis with President George W. Bush at the White House in 2006.
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Husayn Mosque in Karbala
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A U.S. Army Soldier of Company A, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment moves down a flight of stairs in a suspected insurgent safehouse during a 2007 air assault operation in Arab Jabour, 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.
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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Attack on Camp Liberty in Baghdad
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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An image taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) allegedly shows ISIL militants gathering at an undisclosed location in Iraq's Nineveh province
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Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
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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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