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November 20, 2014
War in Iraq 'different' this time: US military chief
Washington (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
US military action in Iraq has a better chance of success than the last war there because American troops are playing a supporting role to local forces from the start, top officer General Martin Dempsey said Wednesday. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also voiced cautious optimism that Iraqi forces were gaining strength and predicted they would make progress on the battlefield in the coming months against the Islamic State group. Asked at a Washington conference why Americans should exp ... read more

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Iraq seeks rockets, vehicle spare parts
The U.S. Congress has been notified that Foreign Military sales deals are in the works for Iraq for spare parts and more than 20,000 laser-guided rockets. ... more
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Sacking of Iraqi army commanders a positive sign: US
The sacking of dozens of Iraqi army commanders represents a positive sign that the Baghdad government is reforming its army and reaching out to alienated Sunnis, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. ... more
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Iraq PM sacks 36 army officers in anti-corruption drive
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Wednesday sacked 36 army officers in an anti-corruption drive at a time when the military is locked in conflict with Islamic State group jihadists. ... more
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US troops in Iraq's Anbar as anti-IS campaign expands
A team of US troops was on the ground in Iraq's Anbar province on Tuesday as Washington steps up efforts to help Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group. ... more
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Iraqi president in talks with 'brother' Saudi king
Iraqi President Fuad Masum arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night for talks with his "brother" King Abdullah, confirming a thaw in relations after years of strain. ... more
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Obama doubles US troops in Iraq in expanding war on IS
President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled plans to send 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to help Baghdad government forces strike back at Islamic State jihadists, roughly doubling the number of US soldiers in the country. ... more
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Iraq says foreign trainers 'late' as bombs rock Baghdad
Iraq said Saturday foreign military trainers who will aid its fight against jihadists are welcome but "late", as a wave of car bombs killed dozens, highlighting enormous security challenges ahead. ... more
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50 US troops arrive in western Iraq: Pentagon
US troops have deployed to Iraq's frontline western province of Anbar for the first time in the fight against Islamic State jihadists, with 50 preparing the way for a larger contingent, the Pentagon said Monday. ... more
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Iraq top diplomat in Turkey to heal wounds post-Maliki
Iraq's new Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Wednesday made a crucial visit to Turkey aimed at mending ties badly strained under the rule of former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. ... more
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Shiites mark holy day in defiance of jihadists
Huge crowds of Shiites gathered in Iraq and Lebanon Tuesday to mark a key holy day in defiance of jihadists from the Islamic State group. ... more
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US prepares to send military advisers to western Iraq
US officers are drafting plans to deploy American military advisers to Iraq's western Anbar province and to help arm Sunni tribes to fight Islamic State jihadists, officials said Friday. ... more
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IS jihadists carry out mass killings of Iraqi tribe
The Islamic State group has carried out a fresh wave of mass killings, officials said Sunday, executing more than 200 members of an Iraqi tribe which took up arms against the jihadists. ... more
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Iraq on 'high alert' amid IS attacks, mass killings
Iraq boosted security Monday amid fears of the Islamic State group launching major attacks on Shiite pilgrims flocking to the shrine city of Karbala as further reports emerged of mass killings. ... more
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Shiites head to Iraq's Karbala under jihadist threat
Hundreds of thousands of Shiites will flock to Iraq's Karbala this week under threat from jihadists who consider them heretics and now hold large parts of the country. ... more
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Top US general favors military advisers in western Iraq
The US military's top officer on Thursday called for deploying American advisers to Iraq's Anbar province to counter Islamic State jihadists, but said the Baghdad government must first arm local Sunni tribes. ... more
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Iraq Sunni exiles say bombs cannot defeat IS
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. ... more
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Four deminers killed in Iraq blast
An explosive device left by the Islamic State group killed four members of a demining team Tuesday in a northern Iraqi town, the Kurdish regional government's demining organisation said. ... more
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Suicide bomber kills at least 14 south of Baghdad
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged Humvee armoured vehicle near security forces and allied militiamen south of Baghdad, killing at least 14, an officer and a doctor said Monday. ... 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
The sale of thousands of rounds of tank ammunition to Iraq under the Foreign Military Sales program has been presented to Congress ... more
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IS jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar
The Islamic State jihadist group has again surrounded Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where it trapped thousands of civilians this summer, commanders in the area said Wednesday. ... more
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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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