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Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing

Washington - Reports of civilian deaths from US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have soared in recent months, raising questions about whether President Donald Trump's order to "annihilate" the Islamic State group is fueling the increase.

US probe finds more than 100 civilians killed in Mosul air strike

Washington - A Pentagon investigation has concluded that at least 105 civilians died in an anti-IS strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March, officials said Thursday, but they blamed the toll on a secondary explosion of jihadist munitions.

NATO will join anti-IS coalition at Trump summit: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will join the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadis, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump.

Iraq radio show finds talent amid rubble of Mosul

Arbil - It's a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul's youth after years of jihadist rule and a months-long battle for the city.

Iraq radio show finds talent amid rubble of Mosul

Arbil - It's a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul's youth after years of jihadist rule and a months-long battle for the city.

Iraq radio show finds talent amid rubble of Mosul

Arbil - It's a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul's youth after years of jihadist rule and a months-long battle for the city.

No increase in civilian deaths under Trump: US general

Ak - A top US Air Force official on Wednesday denied claims that civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria are soaring under President Donald Trump, who has given greater leeway to battlefield commanders.

Iraqi artist secretly chronicled IS brutality

Al Hamdaniyah - Mustafa al-Tha'i worked in secret at night, using his brushes and pencils to record the violence he saw during the day under the Islamic State group's brutal reign in Iraq.

Former Pentagon chief Gates warns of more IS attacks

Washington - Former US defense secretary Robert Gates warned Tuesday that the West can expect further attacks like the suicide bombing in Manchester that killed at least 22 people.Gates, who served under both George W.

IS-claimed suicide bombings kill 35 in Iraq

Baghdad - Suicide bombings at checkpoints in Baghdad and south Iraq claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more, officials said on Saturday.

On Mosul's front line, Iraqi refuses to quit beloved home

Mosul - Standing at the gate of his house in Iraq's war-torn city of Mosul, Muwaffaq al-Obeidi watches as waves of displaced residents pass by, away from the crackle of automatic gunfire.

UN says struggling to cope with Mosul exodus

Mosul - The exodus of civilians from the battleground city of Mosul has reached an unprecedented level, leaving aid agencies struggling to cope, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq said on Thursday.

On Mosul front, Iraqi forces come as civilians go

Mosul - The black Humvee slaloming between car bomb carcasses and mortar craters stops to let fleeing civilians cross and then resumes its tooth-loosening ride down the churned up west Mosul street.

IS 'on brink of defeat' after losing 90% of west Mosul: officials

Baghdad - Iraqi forces have recaptured nearly 90 percent of west Mosul from the Islamic State group and jihadists in the city are on the "brink of total defeat," military spokesmen said Tuesday.

Number of civilians fleeing Mosul swells: aid group

Mosul - The number of people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul is reaching new highs and the condition of the displaced civilians is deteriorating, an aid group said Saturday.

Number of civilians fleeing Mosul swells: aid group

Mosul - The number of people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul is reaching new highs and the condition of the displaced civilians is deteriorating, an aid group said Saturday.

Number of civilians fleeing Mosul swells: aid group

Mosul - The number of people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul is reaching new highs and the condition of the displaced civilians is deteriorating, an aid group said Saturday.

As summer heat looms, post-IS Mosul faces water crisis

- In the battle against jihadists in northern Iraq, the village of Sayramun was recaptured in February but remains as isolated as ever and crucially still has no drinking water.

Iraq, Syria: Hundreds more civilian casualties in coalition war

Hundreds more Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed and injured during the first week of May in U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi air strikes, as well as Iraqi army shelling, targeting Islamic State (IS) militants.

Anti-IS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign

Copenhagen - Key members of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria meet in Copenhagen on Tuesday to assess the campaign's next steps as the jihadists' "caliphate" collapses.

In ruins of Iraq Christian town, fires a sign of rebirth

Al Hamdaniyah - Several plumes of smoke rise above Iraq's main Christian town Qaraqosh, but this time it isn't the Islamic State jihadist group burning crosses and churches.

Iraq forces launch new push on IS in west Mosul

Mosul - Iraqi forces thrust into west Mosul from the north on Thursday, opening a new front in the more than six-month-old offensive to dislodge the Islamic State group from the country's second city.

Iraq forces launch new push on IS in west Mosul

Mosul - Iraqi forces thrust into west Mosul from the north on Thursday, opening a new front in the more than six-month-old offensive to dislodge the Islamic State group from the country's second city.

Iraq forces launch new push on IS in west Mosul

Mosul - Iraqi forces thrust into west Mosul from the north on Thursday, opening a new front in the more than six-month-old offensive to dislodge the Islamic State group from the country's second city.

IS attack in western Iraq kills 10 soldiers

Fallujah - Jihadist fighters killed at least 10 soldiers in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Tuesday in their latest deadly attack on security forces in the area, officers said.

IS attack in western Iraq kills 10 soldiers

Fallujah - Jihadist fighters killed at least 10 soldiers in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Tuesday in their latest deadly attack on security forces in the area, officers said.

IS attack in western Iraq kills 10 soldiers

Fallujah - Jihadist fighters killed at least 10 soldiers in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Tuesday in their latest deadly attack on security forces in the area, officers said.

IS attack kills dozens at Syria camp

Birut - A jihadist assault led by suicide bombers killed dozens at a camp for the displaced near Syria's border with Iraq, as pressure grows on the Islamic State group in both countries.

Australian grandmother devastated by Islamic State video

Sydney - The devastated grandmother of a young boy filmed being coached to kill Australians has lashed out at his notorious Islamic State fighter father for using him as a "media tool".

Australian grandmother devastated by Islamic State video

Sydney - The devastated grandmother of a young boy filmed being coached to kill Australians has lashed out at his notorious Islamic State fighter father for using him as a "media tool".
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Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton on October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton on October 25, 2014.
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Res...
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Rescue Committee at the Newroz camp in northeastern Syria in August.
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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
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Photo of the front gate of the Abu Ghraib prison taken by in March 2004
Photo of the front gate of the Abu Ghraib prison taken by in March 2004
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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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Turkish troops drive their anti-mine Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) past shepherds on a road near ...
Turkish troops drive their anti-mine Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) past shepherds on a road near the Syrian village of Tuwairan, located around 2km of al-Rai, the small border town with Turkey
Nazeer al-Khatib, AFP/File
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.
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FACT-FINDING: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters last year at the US embassy in Baghd...
FACT-FINDING: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters last year at the US embassy in Baghdad. Kerry is back in Iraq this week.
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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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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Fallujah, Iraq.
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RUINS: A tourist experiences in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Palmyra  Syria  in 2010.
RUINS: A tourist experiences in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Palmyra, Syria, in 2010.
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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.

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