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Suicide attack kills 18 in Iraq oasis town

Karbala - Attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, many of them guests at a wedding party, local officials said Monday."They were carrying Kalashnikovs, hand grenades.

Suicide attack kills 18 in Iraq oasis town

Karbala - Attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, many of them guests at a wedding party, local officials said Monday."They were carrying Kalashnikovs, hand grenades.

Suicide attack kills 18 in Iraq oasis town

Karbala - Attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, many of them guests at a wedding party, local officials said Monday."They were carrying Kalashnikovs, hand grenades.

Iraq parliament impeaches defence minister

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday voted to impeach Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi over corruption allegations, MPs said.Obeidi lost a no confidence vote by 142 to 102 in a secret ballot, while 18 abstained, two members of parliament told AFP.

Iraq forces retake key town south of Mosul

Gayara - Iraqi forces on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul.

Iraq forces launch push to retake town south of Mosul

Kirkuk - Iraqi special forces led an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul, military sources said.

Iraq hangs 36 over 2014 massacre of recruits

Nasiriyah - Iraq on Sunday hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 massacre by Sunni jihadists and allied militants of up to 1,700 military recruits, officials said.

Belgium hunts cousin of Brussels attacks brothers

Brussels - Belgian authorities are hunting a cousin of the El Bakraoui brothers who blew themselves up in the Brussels airport and metro attacks, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday.

Iraq MPs approve five new ministers after long delay

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament on Monday approved five new ministers after months of delay and repeated setbacks to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to replace the cabinet.

Kurdish journalist killed in northern Iraq fighting

- An Iraqi Kurdish reporter was killed and another wounded on Sunday during a military operation against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, officials said.

Arson likely in deadly Iraq maternity ward fire, govt says

Baghdad - A fire that killed 13 children in an Iraqi maternity ward was apparently started intentionally, the health ministry's spokesman said on Sunday.

IS kills five for smuggling people out of its territory: SITE

Baghdad - The Islamic State group killed five men in Iraq for smuggling people out of territory it controls, the SITE Intelligence Group said on Friday.

Baghdad hospital blaze leaves 12 newborns dead

Baghdad - A fire tore through the maternity ward of one of Baghdad's largest hospitals Wednesday, killing at least 12 premature babies, medical and security officials said.

Two years of anti-IS strikes in numbers

Baghdad - The first strikes of a US-led campaign against the Islamic State group were launched in Iraq two years ago on Monday, with coalition operations later expanding to Syria.

Iraq's widely reviled parliament mired in turmoil

Baghdad - As Iraq faces jihadists, financial woes and endemic corruption, parliament -- the heart of its government -- has been mired in turmoil and failed to address the country's problems.

IS kills people trying to flee Iraq town

Kirkuk - The Islamic State group has killed several residents attempting to flee Hawijah, officers and local officials said Friday, as Iraqi forces prepared for an operation against the jihadist-held area.

Iraq blast survivors live with fear and nightmares

Baghdad - Sheets of flame and smoke engulfed the street and buildings around Sami Aziz's Baghdad shop, burning people alive in scenes he likened to "the day of judgement".

Up to 1 million more Iraqis risk being displaced, says Red Cross

Baghdad - Up to one million more Iraqis risk being displaced as government forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group, including in the campaign to retake second city Mosul, the Red Cross said Friday.

Thousands of children detained in security clampdowns: HRW

New York - Thousands of children have been detained and many tortured during security operations carried out in response to threats from extremists such as the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

IS suicide bomber kills 12 at Iraq checkpoint

Ba'quba - A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, security and medical officials said.

IS suicide bomber kills at least 15 in Baghdad

Baghdad - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

Iraq PM seeks to speed up death penalty implementation

Baghdad - Iraq's prime minister is seeking to speed up the implementation of death sentences, his office said Saturday, despite persistent concerns over flaws in the judicial system that hands them down.

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army: Hollande

Paris - France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.

IS-inspired attacks aid jihadists at low cost

Baghdad - The Islamic State group has claimed several high-profile attacks in the West that it appears to have inspired rather than planned, sowing fear and boosting its profile at low cost.

Allies finalize plans to defeat IS group

Washington - The United States gathered its allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group Wednesday and agreed on a plan to corner the jihadists in their final bastions.

US, anti-IS coalition allies regroup after jihadist attacks

Washington - With jihadist attacks proliferating around the world, the United States has reassembled its coalition partners for meetings Wednesday and Thursday to review a two-year-old war that has so far failed to eliminate the Islamic State group.

Turkey launches first air strikes on PKK in Iraq since coup: state media

Istanbul - The Turkish armed forces have carried out their first air strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq since last week's coup attempt, killing 20 fighters, state media reported Wednesday.

United States, Australia a 'united front' in Pacific: Biden

Sydney - US and Australian troops plan to step up training so they are "fully prepared" to answer challenges in the Pacific, US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday amid rising tensions over Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.

Iraqis defy ban to rally for change

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqis rallied in the heart of Baghdad on Friday, in defiance of warnings from the government to stay home, to demand an end to sectarianism and corruption.

Top IS commander Shishani killed: jihadist-linked agency

Baghdad - A top Islamic State group commander, Omar al-Shishani, has been killed in Iraq, the jihadist-linked Amaq agency said on Wednesday.
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A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister, takes centre stage.
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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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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.
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BBC publish image of Iraqi dead when reporting on Syria.
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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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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: Car bombing aftermath, Iraq.
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Fighters belonging to the Islamic State in Anbar Province  Iraq.
Fighters belonging to the Islamic State in Anbar Province, Iraq.
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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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The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
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Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada s role in Iraq.
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
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A bank in Baghdad - protected by US troops.
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