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Suicide car bomb kills 24 in town north of Baghdad

Kirkuk - A suicide car bomber killed at least 24 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said.

Iran declares 'victory' over IS

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday declared "victory" over the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria as the jihadists cling to just a few remaining scraps of territory.

Anti-IS coalition strikes drop to lowest number

Birut - Air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have dropped significantly, a spokesman said Tuesday, as the war against the jihadists winds down.

Hezbollah denies sending arms to regional conflicts

Birut - The head of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah on Monday flatly denied Arab accusations his group had sent weapons to conflict-ridden regional countries, while celebrating his fighters' military wins abroad.

Hezbollah says ready to pull forces from Iraq after IS defeat

Birut - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday he was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after the Islamic State group lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country.

Iraq fires new salvo in political row with Kurds

Baghdad - Iraq's top court on Monday declared the Kurdish north's independence referendum in September to be unconstitutional, firing a new salvo in the political crisis with the autonomous region.

Iraq top court declares Kurd referendum unconstitutional

Baghdad - Iraq's supreme court on Monday declared that September's referendum on independence in the autonomous Kurdish areas in the north of the country was unconstitutional.

After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis

Rawa - "Islamic State - Euphrates Province" reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa.

IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters

Baghdad - Its "caliphate" has imploded, its de facto capitals in Iraq and Syria have fallen, and hundreds of its fighters have either surrendered or fled.

Fears of bombs, IS cells haunt Mosul months after 'liberation'

Mosul - Hussein Faleh has only one dream: to return to his home in the ravaged Old City of Iraq's Mosul.

Iraq forces retake last IS-held town in country

Baghdad - The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists' self-proclaimed "caliphate" faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria.

IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition

Amman - The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said.

Aid slow to reach quake-hit Iranian villages

Varzaneh - Iranian survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people pleaded Wednesday for water, tents and other emergency supplies as aid trickled into remote villages near the Iraqi border.

Godspeed: Francis passes on Lamborghini

Vatican City - Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalised white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile.

Israel PM offers quake aid to arch foe Iran

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered aid to victims of the deadly earthquake in Iran, insisting enmity between the two governments does not prevent humanitarian sympathy.

Quake leaves trail of death and destruction in Iraq

- Nizar Abdullah spent the night sifting through the ruins of the two-storey house next door in the mountainous town of Darbandikhan in Iraqi Kurdistan after a killer quake hit the region.

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Tehran - Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands.The 7.

IS recaptures last Syrian urban bastion in fierce fightback

Birut - The Islamic State group recaptured Albu Kamal in eastern Syria on Saturday after a fierce fightback to save the last urban bastion of its collapsing "caliphate".

Iraq forces seize villages in last IS-held pocket

Baghdad - Iraqi forces seized several villages from the Islamic State group on Saturday in an operation to retake the last pocket of jihadist-held territory in the country, the operation's commander said.

Millions mark key Shiite commemoration in Iraq holy city

Karbala - An estimated 14 million Shiite pilgrims thronged Iraq's holy city of Karbala on Friday to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration, as Baghdad looks to wipe out the Islamic State group that has targeted their branch of Islam.

Macron warns looming military defeat of IS 'not the end'

Abu Dhabi - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the Islamic State group faced complete military defeat in Iraq and Syria within months but warned the battle against jihadism would go on.

Double bombing kills six in Iraq's disputed Kirkuk: security source

Kirkuk - A twin suicide attack killed at least six people Sunday in the centre of Iraq's disputed Kirkuk city, a security official said.

Traditional carpet weaving in central Iraq unravels

- In the shadow of the Imam Hamza mosque in the region of the ancient kingdom of Babylon, a carpet market that was once bustling is now almost empty.

Iraq dispute kicks off crisis for Kurdish sports

Baghdad - Sports clubs and players in Iraqi Kurdistan are facing the threat of a spell on the sidelines as the crisis between the region and Baghdad sees matches suspended and away trips cancelled.

Anti-IS forces converge on Syria border town

Ceylan - Syrian and allied forces converged Saturday on holdout Islamic State group fighters in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, the jihadists' very last urban bastion following a string of losses.

Iraqi forces retake crossing on Syria border from IS

Baghdad - Iraqi forces said they recaptured an important crossing on the border with Syria from the Islamic State group on Friday as they advanced into the jihadists' last bastion in Iraq.

IS loses towns in face of twin Syria, Iraq assaults

Ceylan - The Islamic State jihadist group Friday lost control of two of the last major towns under its grip in Syria and Iraq, as Syrian troops and Iraqi security forces advanced in the Euphrates Valley border region.

Iraqi forces enter Al-Qaim, last IS bastion in Iraq: army

Fallujah - Iraqi forces on Friday entered Al-Qaim, the main town in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the country, military commanders said.

On edge of last IS bastion, Iraqis hail end of jihadist rule

- For Abu Ahmed, the arrival of Iraqi forces in his village on the border with Syria has ended a three-year ordeal at the hands of the Islamic State group that might never have been.

IS executed 741 civilians during Mosul battle: UN

Geneva - The Islamic State group executed 741 civilians in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN said Thursday, accusing the jihadists of perpetrating "international crimes" during the nine-month military campaign.
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