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Tehran museum lionises war in which Iran took on 'world'

Tehran - With its air raid simulator and battlefield reconstructions, the state-of-the-art Holy Defence Museum in Tehran seeks to glorify the Iran-Iraq war as a time when the country faced down "the whole world".

Iraqi girls take up swimming in IS-free Mosul

Mosul - Her father and grandfather gained fame in the pool. Now, 12-year-old Rama Omar hopes to do the same -- a bold move in Mosul, a former jihadist stronghold in Iraq where swimming was never for women.

Yazidi 'ex-sex slave' trapped both in Iraq and in German exile

- A young Yazidi woman who fled to Germany but returned home to northern Iraq says she cannot escape her Islamic State group captor who held her as a sex slave for three months.

Iraq religious tourism squeezed by Iran sanctions

Najaf - With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.

Child among three killed in Baghdad blast: source

Baghdad - Three people were killed Tuesday in an explosion at a market in Baghdad, including a woman and child according to a security source.

Iraq PM defends stance on US sanctions against Iran

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday defended his stance on US sanctions against Iran in the face of harsh criticism from Tehran and its allies in Baghdad.

20,000-30,000 IS fighters left in Iraq, Syria: UN report

New York - Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria despite the jihadist group's defeat and a halt in the flow of foreigners joining its ranks, according to a UN report released Monday.

Nationalist cleric Sadr wins Iraq vote recount

Baghdad - Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's May parliamentary election according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the vote.

Iraqi cleric Sadr wins vote recount: electoral commission

Baghdad - Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the polls.

British Museum identifies looted Iraqi antiquities, sends them home

London - The British Museum said Thursday it is returning to Iraq a collection of looted antiquities up to 5,000 years old, after identifying the exact temple they came from in a unique piece of archaeological detective work.

Iraq caught in crossfire of US sanctions on Iran

Baghdad - Caught in the crossfire between its key allies Tehran and Washington, Iraq's economy could suffer the heaviest collateral damage from the US reimposing sanctions against Iran.

Removal of roadblocks in Iraq's capital oils traffic and trade

Baghdad - Suha Abdelhamid's life has dramatically improved over the past two months -- thanks to the removal of fortified roadblocks that had made her daily commute in Iraq's capital a misery.

Iraq to reluctantly comply with US sanctions on Iran: PM

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday he would reluctantly comply with renewed US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, but recalled his country's 12 years under international embargo.

Iraq sentences two Europeans to life for IS membership

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group.

New protests hit southern Iraq, a month into unrest

Basra - Protesters flooded the streets of southern Iraq again on Sunday, nearly a month into a wave of unrest over corruption and decaying public services, AFP correspondents said.

Turkey to reopen Mosul consulate, 4 years after IS seizure: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkey is again to open a consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, four years after it was seized and its employees held hostage by Islamic State jihadists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

Art of cinema comes alive in basement of Iraq aficionado

Kirkuk - From black-and-white musicals to action movies, Abdel Qader al-Ayoubi screens films and exhibits paraphernalia of the art form in his basement in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a cinema-free zone.

Electricity crisis leaves Iraqis gasping for cool air

Baghdad - As the stultifying summer heat sends Iraqis in search of cool spots, restaurateur Ali Hussein provides sanctuary -- even though it means hooking up to an expensive generator.

Civilian casualties 'deeply felt' by anti-IS coalition

Washington - The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists said Tuesday it is striving to keep civilian casualties to a minimum, after recently updating its civilian death toll to more than 1,000.

Iraq has spent more than $700 bn oil wealth since 2005

Baghdad - Iraq has raised more than $700 billion from oil since 2005, but almost the entire amount has been spent, the central bank announced Tuesday."Between 2005 and 2017, the finance ministry has taken in $706.

Iraqi farmers fight to save cattle from drought

- Iraqi farmer Sayyed Sattar knows he'll soon have to let some of his buffalo go as he surveys the herd bathing in a dwindling pond close to the holy city of Najaf.

Iraq PM sacks electricity minister after weeks of protest

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday sacked his minister of electricity after three weeks of protests against corruption and chronic power cuts in the energy-rich country.

Iraq to try election officials over fraud: judiciary

Baghdad - Iraq will put on trial five election officials in connection with fraud, including vote buying, during the country's May legislative elections, a judicial official said on Saturday.

Gunmen storm Iraq Kurdish governor's office, killing one

- Three teenage gunmen on Monday stormed the governor's headquarters in Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, opening fire and killing one employee before being shot dead, officials said.

Iraq admits holding 'terrorism' suspects for months: HRW

Baghdad - An Iraqi security agency has admitted holding hundreds of "terrorism" suspects for months, Human Rights Watch said Sunday while calling on authorities to inform the families of those held.

Japan's ambassador conquers Iraqi hearts and minds

Baghdad - While foreign diplomats often struggle to win over ordinary Iraqis, Japan's departing ambassador has stolen hearts -- thanks to witty social media videos in classical Arabic and local dialects.

Iraqis demand change as protests run into second week

Basra - Protests in Iraq continued into their second week Monday following days of clashes that left eight people dead, with demonstrators rallying to put social problems in the spotlight.

Dozens wounded as south Iraq protesters clash with police

Basra - Dozens of demonstrators were wounded in southern Iraq on Sunday in clashes with police as protests over unemployment and a lack of basic services entered a second week, officials said.

Two killed in southern Iraq as protests spread

Basra - Two more demonstrators were killed in southern Iraq, officials said, as protests against unemployment spread on Saturday from the port city of Basra to other parts of the country including Baghdad.

Iraq PM visits oil-rich Basra seeking to calm unrest

Basra - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi held talks in Basra on Friday in a bid to restore calm in the southern city, which has been gripped by protests over unemployment.
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The Iraqi army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
The Iraqi army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
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Soldiers in Iraq.
Soldiers 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.
President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situations in Iraq and Ferguson  Missouri  from Edga...
President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri, from Edgartown, Massachusetts, August 14, 2014.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The hydroelectric power plant at Mosul Dam with four surge tanks in background.
The hydroelectric power plant at Mosul Dam with four surge tanks in background.
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U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair shake hands after receiving notific...
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
Executive Office of the President of the United States
The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
The Mosul Dam in Iraq.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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.
Dead Iraqis.
Dead Iraqis.
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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.
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
Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little  if any  governmantal support.  Hassan  who is b...
Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little, if any, governmantal support. Hassan, who is blind, fled his home in Taji, north of Baghdad, moving to Chikook with his wife and few belongings. He has no plan of moving back to his former neighborhood.
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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.
ITN news video
Turkish warplane taking off
Turkish warplane taking off
Reuters video capture
A captured Iraqi military vehicle
A captured Iraqi military vehicle
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This camera is identical to the one carried by one of two reuters journalist killed by the US milita...
This camera is identical to the one carried by one of two reuters journalist killed by the US military in Iraq. Wikileaks believes this is what the military saw in the hands of photographer not a weapon.
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Husayn Mosque in Karbala
Husayn Mosque in Karbala
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Yazidi men.
Yazidi men.
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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after a press eve...
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after a press event at Camp Victory outside Baghdad, Iraq, 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.