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October 31, 2014
Iraq Sunni exiles say bombs cannot defeat IS
Amman (AFP) Oct 29, 2014
As US-led warplanes pound jihadists in Iraq, prominent Sunni exiles say that empowering their marginalised minority will be more important than bombs and missiles in defeating the Islamic State extremist group. Deadly sectarian tensions have riven Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein more than a decade ago, with Sunni anger at the Shiite-led authorities seen as a key factor behind the rise of IS. "Dropping bombs from planes will not eliminate the terrorism of the so-called Daesh," said Iraqi Su ... read more

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Iraqi army months away from major offensive: US officials
The Iraqi army is still months away from staging a major offensive to retake ground lost to the Islamist State group and is regrouping after suffering battlefield defeats this year, US military officials said Thursday. ... more
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Iraq asks for 46,000 M1A1 Abrams tank rounds
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IS jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar
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Khamenei says Iraq can battle IS without foreigners
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday told Iraq's visiting premier that the Baghdad government is capable of defeating Islamic State jihadists without foreign troops being deployed. ... more
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US says Baghdad is not under 'imminent threat' from IS
The Iraqi capital Baghdad is not facing immediate danger from Islamic State jihadists despite battlefield gains by the group in the country's west and recent car bombings in the city, the US military said Thursday. ... more
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State-backed Iraq Shiite militias commit 'war crimes': Amnesty
Shiite militias backed by the Iraqi army are committing war crimes against civilians in their fightback against the Islamic State jihadist group, rights watchdog Amnesty International said Tuesday. ... more
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Triple Baghdad blasts kill at least 22: police
Three bombings within an hour on Monday rocked Shiite neighbourhoods in the Iraqi capital as people filled the streets, distributing sweets for the Eid al-Ghadir Muslim feast, leaving at least 22 dead. ... more
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Iraqis will have to fight IS to win back country
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday it was ultimately up to Iraqis to fight back against the Islamic State group advancing in Iraq despite US-led airstrikes. ... more
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Future ground role for US military advisors in Iraq likely: Dempsey
US military advisors are likely to take a more direct role in the ground campaign against jihadists in Iraq once Iraqi forces are ready to go on the offensive, the top US officer said in comments aired Sunday. ... more
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Triple car bomb attack kills 25 in Iraq town: officials
Three suicide car bomb attacks against offices in a Kurdish-controlled Iraqi town killed at least 25 people on Sunday, most of them Kurdish forces veterans volunteering to re-enlist, officials said. ... more
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US drops food, ammunition to embattled Iraqi troops
US military aircraft have delivered food, water and ammunition to besieged Iraqi troops battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said Saturday, as the coalition pursued its air assault in Iraq and Syria. ... more
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Suicide car bomb kills 10 in Iraq's Baquba
A suicide car bomb blast at a police checkpoint in the Iraqi city of Baquba Thursday killed at least 10 people and wounded 11, security and medical sources said. ... more
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Vian Dakhil, the voice of Iraq's Yazidi minority
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Support for Iraq should respect sovereignty: FM
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Turkey prepared for military role in anti-IS coalition: Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday. ... more
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Baghdad steps up propaganda fightback with jihadist TV satire
As Iraqi forces struggle to pin back the Islamic State group on the ground, Baghdad is taking its war against the jihadists to the airwaves with a television comedy series. ... more
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British PM urges parliament to back 'years' of Iraq action
British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that military action against Islamic State (IS) militants could last for "years" Friday as he urged lawmakers to back joining US-led air strikes in Iraq but not in Syria. ... more
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Iraqi army says retook dam from jihadists
The Iraqi army and an alliance of Shiite militia groups on Saturday retook a dam northeast of Baghdad after days of fighting believed to have killed dozens, security sources said. ... more
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Iraq Kurds advance but Mosul still out of reach
Western support has helped Iraq's Kurdish troops regain ground and momentum against the Islamic State group, but retaking the northern jihadist hub of Mosul remains too big an ask for now. ... more
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Obama hails 'vision' of Iraqi PM at first meeting
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the "political vision" and inclusive nature of new Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi as the two leaders met for the first time. ... more
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Small boats lifeline for jihadist-besieged Iraq area
Small, battered metal boats crowd a muddy landing site on the Tigris River, taking on goods and passengers for the trip to an Iraqi area jihadists have besieged for months. ... more
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Baghdad car bomb kills at least 14
A car bomb exploded near a market in the Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi police and medical sources said. ... more
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