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Iraq paramilitary chief walks back accusations against US

Baghdad - The head of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force has walked back his deputy's accusation that the United States was behind a string of recent explosions at the group's bases.

Iraq paramilitary units blame US for base attacks

Baghdad - Iraqi paramilitary units said Wednesday they held the US responsible for a string of mysterious blasts in recent weeks at their bases, renewing fears of a possible proxy war.

Beats replace bombs: young Iraqis revel at summer festival

Baghdad - Hundreds of Iraqi teenagers clapped along exuberantly to techno beats pumping across a makeshift dance hall on Friday night, a scene their capital had not witnessed in decades.

US military says service member dead in Iraq mission

Baghdad - The US military said Saturday that an American service member died during an operation alongside Iraqi security personnel in Nineveh province."One US service member died today during an Iraqi Security Force mission in...

Foreign jihadists on death row out of Iraqi govt hands: PM

Baghdad - The fate of hundreds of foreign jihadists sentenced to death or life terms in prison depends on Iraq's justice system, not the government, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi told AFP.

Activist Murad urges Yazidis to return to Iraq

Apo - Nobel laureate Nadia Murad on Saturday urged Iraq's Yazidi minority to return to their ancestral heartland of Sinjar, five years after jihadists launched a brutal assault on their community there.

Five years on, Yazidis remember brutal IS onslaught

Iraq's Yazidi minority held its summer festival on the weekend, five years after jihadists seized their ancestral heartland of Sinjar, in a brutal assault that still haunts the community.

Death toll rises to 3 in attack on Turkish diplomat in Iraq

Arbil - The death toll from Wednesday's attack on Turkish consular employees in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has risen to three after one victim died of his wounds, his family told AFP.

Death toll rises to 3 in attack on Turkish diplomat in Iraq

Arbil - The death toll from Wednesday's attack on Turkish consular employees in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has risen to three after one victim died of his wounds, his family told AFP.

Norway jails controversial Iraqi preacher

Oslo - Norway on Wednesday provisionally jailed controversial Iraqi Kurdish fundamentalist preacher Mullah Krekar, following a conviction in Italy for "terrorist conspiracy," his lawyer told AFP.

Turkish diplomat among two shot dead in Iraq's Arbil

The Turkish vice consul to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was among at least two people shot dead Wednesday in the regional capital Arbil, prompting pledges of "retaliation" from Ankara.

Men still missing, Yazidi women stitch together incomes after IS

Dohuk - On the floor of her stuffy, dimly-lit tent in Iraq, Yazidi survivor Layleh Shemmo nimbly tugs floral pink fabric through her sewing machine, stitching together a living for her broken family.

Blood, bones paired to probe IS crimes against Iraq's Yazidis

Baghdad - Six drops of blood and a vial of ground-up bone: a sample of evidence that an Iraqi forensics lab has gathered of the Islamic State group's multiple brutal crimes against the Yazidis.

Agony of Yazidi women torn between IS kids, or return home

Freed after years in jihadist captivity, Jihan faced an agonising ultimatum: abandon her three small children fathered by an Islamic State fighter or risk being shunned by her community."Of course I couldn't bring them home.

Iraq's former prime minister Abadi hints at comeback

Baghdad - Iraqi ex-prime minister Haider al-Abadi is eyeing a sequel to his turbulent single term, he hinted to AFP, warning a failure to tackle sectarianism and corruption risks seeing his country "fall apart".

Iraqi gets life in jail for teen rape-murder in Germany

Wiesbaden - An Iraqi man was sentenced to life in jail by a German court on Wednesday for the rape and murder of a teenage girl that fuelled far-right protests against a mass influx of mostly Muslim migrants.

Iraqi faces verdict in Germany's 'Susanna' rape-murder trial

Wiesbaden - An Iraqi man faces his verdict in Germany Wednesday over the rape and murder of a teenage girl that fuelled far-right protests against a mass influx of mostly Muslim migrants.

Babylon, world wonder and jewel of Iraq's national narrative

Hilla - Babylon was once hanging gardens and opulent temples before parts were excavated and smuggled to Europe. A bastion for Saddam Hussein, then the forces overthrowing him. A centre of enlightenment, repeatedly destroyed.

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site 

Baghdad - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site 

Baghdad - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

Conditions in Syria's al-Hol camp 'apocalyptic': Red Cross

Geneva - The Red Cross warned Thursday that displaced people in and around Syria's al-Hol camp were facing an "apocalyptic" conditions, urging countries to quickly repatriate family members of suspected foreign fighters.

US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trial

Los Angeles - A decorated US Navy SEAL was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering a captive teenage militant in Iraq, the most serious of the charges brought against him during a two-week war crimes trial in San Diego.

US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trial

Los Angeles - A decorated US Navy SEAL was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering a captive teenage militant in Iraq, the most serious of the charges brought against him during a two-week war crimes trial in San Diego.

Iraq sets up 'loophole' in US sanctions to buy Iranian power

Baghdad - Iraq is establishing a financial "loophole" to continue buying vital gas and electricity from Iran despite US sanctions, AFP has learned, mirroring a European mechanism that came into effect Friday.

US-led coalition says it killed 1,319 civilians in anti-IS war

Washington - The US-led coalition said Thursday it had unintentionally killed at least 1,319 civilians in strikes during its fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

Iraq appoints ministers but govt still incomplete

Baghdad - The Iraqi parliament approved three new ministers on Monday, but the post of education minister remains unfilled eight months after Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi was appointed.

UN rights chief urges states to repatriate families of IS fighters

Geneva - The UN rights chief called Monday for countries to repatriate family members of suspected foreign fighters in Syria, including some 29,000 foreign children of Islamic State group jihadists.

Betrayal, guilt, hate: post-IS, Mosul society still broken

Mosul - Haytham Salem has not spoken to his sister in years, but this is no ordinary family feud. When Islamic State jihadists overran Iraq's Mosul, he fled but his nephew joined them.

Shells on American interests threaten Iraq's fine line between Iran, US

Baghdad - A nearly week-long barrage of anonymous shelling attacks on American interests across Iraq are intended to signal Iran's long reach and "embarrass" Baghdad amid spiralling US-Iran tensions, observers say.

US interests come under repeated fire in Iraq: officials

Baghdad - US assets in Iraq have been targeted at least five times in as many days, officials said Wednesday, amid a tense standoff between Baghdad's key allies, Washingon and Tehran.
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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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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.
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Mesopotamia, the "cradle of civilization," was located in what is now called Iraq, in an area known as the fertile crescent.
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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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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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Shiite Iraqi volunteers, with the Ashura Brigade, take part in military training in the shrine city of Najaf, on June 22, 2014
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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.
The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
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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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Turkish warplane taking off
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Yazidi men.
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On March 16, 1988, at the height of the Iraq-Iran war, at the direction of dictator Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi Air Force unleashed chemical warfare upon the Kurds, an ethnic group, in the Iraqi city of Halabja. At least 5,000 people were killed in that attack and many thousands more suffered permanent physical, emotional and mental disabilities
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Attack on Camp Liberty in Baghdad
Attack on Camp Liberty in Baghdad
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Protester take part in a Stop the War demonstration opposite Downing Street in central London on Sep...
Protester take part in a Stop the War demonstration opposite Downing Street in central London on September 25, 2014
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A bank in Baghdad - protected by US troops.
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A file image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23, 2013 allegedly shows a member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a group affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), holding up the black and white Islamist flag
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Most trash generated at the base in Bagram, Afghanistan is burned in an open pit or in several small incinerators that are located just 300 yards beyond the runway. Bulldozers constantly shovel rubbish into the fire, creating thick columns of brown smoke. Jan. 5, 2012.
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