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Iraq News

IS group threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage

Birut - A French-speaking jihadist threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State group, saying three prominent anti-IS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths.

Iraq Kurds press fightback as top jihadist reported killed

Kanbas - Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far Friday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's top aide in Iraq has been killed.

Several IS leaders in Iraq killed in air strikes: US officials

Washington - US air strikes have killed several leaders of the Islamic State group in Iraq in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the jihadist forces, defense officials said Thursday.

Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake Sinjar

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State group.

Devotion, defiance draw millions to Iraq pilgrimage

Karbala - Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Saturday for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals.

Iraq security fears as millions of pilgrims throng Karbala

Karbala - Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi city of Karbala Friday for one of the world's largest religious gatherings, in defiance of the threat posed by the Islamic State, a Sunni group.

NATO reviewing Iraq request to help build up military

Brussels - NATO is reviewing an Iraqi request for help building up its military as the government struggles to beat back extremist Islamic State (IS) jihadists, the alliance said Thursday.

'Stronger than ever' jihadists kill 5,042 in a month

London - Jihadist attacks around the world in November killed a total of 5,042 people, showing Islamist extremism is "stronger than ever" despite Al-Qaeda's declining role, a new study published on Thursday said.

Jihadist attack in Iraq kills nine Shiite militiamen

Baghdad - A suicide car bomb killed nine Shiite militiamen in an attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, army and hospital sources said.

Kerry calls for new three-year war powers to fight IS

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday urged lawmakers to adopt a new legal authorization to underpin military action against Islamic State militants for at least three years.

Iran official denies confirming strikes on IS in Iraq

Tehran - A senior Iranian official on Tuesday denied remarks attributed to him in a British newspaper saying Tehran had carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

US defence chief sees 'steady progress' in war on IS

Baghdad - US defence chief Chuck Hagel on Tuesday hailed "steady progress" in the war on the Islamic State group but Iraq appealed for increased military assistance to break the back of the jihadists.

20 Australian jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq: govt

Sydney - Australia on Tuesday accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as "cannon fodder" and "propaganda tools" as it revealed 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

Allies to send 1,500 security personnel to Iraq: US

Kuwait City - US allies are ready to send roughly 1,500 security personnel to Iraq to help the Baghdad government in its fight against jihadists, the American commander of the war effort said Monday.

Paris says 'major' anti-IS raid taking place in Iraq

Paris - France said Friday its fighter jets were conducting a "major" raid in Iraq as part of the US-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group, days after members said the strikes were having effect.

Lebanon holding IS chief's daughter, ex-wife: Minister

Birut - Lebanese authorities are holding a daughter and an ex-wife of the head of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the interior minister said.

Kerry says any Iran strikes against IS 'positive'

Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as "positive" after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out air strikes against the group.

Coalition strikes against IS not working: Assad

Paris - Coalition strikes against the Islamic State group are having no impact, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview to be published Thursday, as members of the US-led offensive claimed to be winning.

US-led coalition 'halting Islamic State's advance'

Brussels - The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said Wednesday it was finally stopping the advance of the jihadists across Iraq and Syria, but warned it could take years to finally defeat them.

Lebanon arrests wife, son of IS chief Baghdadi

Birut - Lebanon has arrested a wife and son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria, a military source said.

IS jihadists kill 16 border guards in western Iraq

Baghdad - At least 16 Iraqi border guards were killed Monday in a dawn assault by the Islamic State jihadist group on their post near the Syrian frontier, provincial and security officials said.

Indian IS recruit 'goes home after having to clean toilets'

New Delhi - An Indian student who travelled to Iraq to join the Islamic State group has returned home disillusioned after jihadists made him clean toilets and do other menial jobs, according to media reports.

Water-borne disease plagues IS-held city in Iraq

Baghdad - When Islamic State group fighters swept into northern Iraq's second city Mosul in a lightning June offensive, their propaganda trumpeted a better life for the people under jihadist rule.

IS jihadists suffer heavy losses in Syria's Kobane

Yildiz - Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobane suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes, monitors said Sunday.

Jihadist suicide bombers hit Syria-Turkey border post

Yildiz - Islamic State group jihadists launched a double attack Saturday on a Kurdish-controlled post on the Syrian-Turkish border for the first time, prompting fierce clashes in the adjacent town of Kobane.

Pope Francis calls for inter-faith dialogue to end fundamentalism

Ankara - Pope Francis on Friday said on his first visit to Turkey that inter-faith dialogue could help end fundamentalism and terror, adding that all believers must be given the same rights.

Austria launches mass raids against jihad recruiters: Report

Vienna - Austrian police raided homes, prayer rooms and mosques around the country early Friday in a mass operation targeting suspected jihad recruiters, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing police sources.

Syria regime raids on Islamic State 'capital' kill 95

Damascus - Syrian regime air strikes on Islamic State group stronghold Raqa killed at least 95 people as a government delegation held talks with key ally Russia Wednesday on relaunching peace negotiations.

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists

Kirkuk - Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.

Jihadists launch major attack on Iraq's Ramadi

Baghdad - The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province.
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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.
Shiite Iraqi volunteers  with the Ashura Brigade  take part in military training in the shrine city ...
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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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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STAYING PUT: Protesters in Baghdad carry portraits of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday at a demonstration of support in Baghdad.
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Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes bat...
Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi
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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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File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Ir...
File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Iraq
U.S. Department of Defense
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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File photo: Car bombing aftermath  Iraq.
File photo: Car bombing aftermath, Iraq.
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Dead Iraqis.
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Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take position with their weapons during a patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, February 8, 2014.
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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.
There are a number of religious sects such as Yazidi  Zoroastrian  Yarsan  Alevi  Christian  Jewish ...
There are a number of religious sects such as Yazidi, Zoroastrian, Yarsan, Alevi, Christian, Jewish, Sarayi, Bajwan, Shabak, and Sarli living in Kurdistan, northern Iraq.
ACoE photographer Jim Gordon
NERVE CENTER:  U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the O...
NERVE CENTER: U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the Oval Office in 2009.
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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.
A captured Iraqi military vehicle
A captured Iraqi military vehicle
AFP