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April 24, 2015
IS claims deadly US consulate blast in Iraq
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) April 18, 2015
The Islamic State group claimed Saturday a bombing near the US consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region a day earlier that killed two Turks. "Security detachments were able to... detonate a car bomb left at the American consulate building in the city that led to the killing and wounding of many of them," IS said in a daily audio message posted online. But the US State Department said the bombing in Ainkawa, near Kurdish regional capital Arbil, did not kill or wound any consular employees. ... read more

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Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri. ... more
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Retaking all of Iraq's Anbar out of reach for now: analysts
Baghdad has announced its next battle against the Islamic State group is retaking Anbar province, but analysts say entrenched jihadists and limited Iraqi forces put a full reconquest out of reach for now. ... more
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Iraq PM says will ask US for more arms, strikes
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he will use a visit to the United States to seek increased air support and arms deliveries to aid Baghdad's battle against jihadists. ... more
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Blackwater guards get heavy sentences in 2007 Iraq killings
A former Blackwater guard was sentenced to life in prison and three others received 30-year sentences Monday for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Iraq that left at least 14 civilians dead. ... more
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Iraqis do not want to be 'puppets' of Iran: US
US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Iraqi leaders have asserted the country's sovereignty in their war against jihadists and do not want to be "puppets" of Iran or other outside powers. ... more
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IS frees over 200 Yazidis in Iraq
More than 200 most elderly members of Iraq's Yazidi minority were freed by the Islamic State group after eight months in captivity and crossed Wednesday to the safety of Kurdistan. ... more
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Iraq PM says 'next battle' is retaking Anbar
Iraq's premier said Wednesday that the country's "next battle" is to retake Anbar province from the Islamic State jihadist group, his most direct statement yet on Baghdad's target after Tikrit. ... more
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Iraq battles IS in Tikrit week after city 'retaken'
Iraqi security forces and allied paramilitaries battled militants from the Islamic State jihadist group in Tikrit on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, a week after the city was declared retaken. ... more
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Northern Iraq's displaced get own radio station
A radio station catering specifically to northern Iraq's large displaced population began broadcasting on Sunday near the Kurdish capital Arbil. ... more
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Iraq PM says 'only' 152 homes, shops burned in Tikrit
Iraq's prime minister said Monday that "only" 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city. ... more
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Amnesty probing reports of Iraqi forces' abuses in Tikrit
Amnesty International said Thursday it was investigating reports of serious human rights violations committed by Iraqi government and allied forces in the operation to retake the city of Tikrit. ... more
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Iraq forces hunt diehard jihadists after Tikrit breakthrough
Iraqi forces battled the last jihadists in Tikrit Wednesday to seal a victory the government described as a milestone in efforts to rid the country of the Islamic State group. ... more
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Iraq PM says Tikrit 'liberated' after month-long battle
Iraq said security and allied forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft "liberated" the city of Tikrit on Tuesday, its biggest victory yet in the fight against Islamic State jihadists. ... more
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'Major sacrifices' required to retake Tikrit: Iraq officer
Retaking the city of Tikrit, where jihadists have rigged streets and buildings with explosives, will require "major sacrifices" on the part of Iraqi forces, a senior intelligence officer said Saturday. ... more
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US drone killed two Iranian troops in Iraq: state media
Two Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed by a US drone in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, Iranian state media said Monday, in a report that was denied by the Pentagon. ... more
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Air strikes trigger final push on Iraq's Tikrit
Iraqi government forces revived a stalled ground operation to retake Tikrit Thursday following US-led air strikes that paved the way but left the anti-jihadist camp deeply divided. ... more
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US launches Tikrit air strikes to support Iraqi forces: officials
US aircraft on Wednesday launched bombing raids to support Iraqi forces fighting to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State group, after Baghdad issued a request for air power, US officials said. ... more
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Iraq militia chief slams army 'weaklings' over Tikrit strikes
The head of a powerful Shiite militia on Sunday criticised "weaklings" in the Iraqi army who want US-led air strikes to support the massive operation to retake Tikrit from jihadists. ... more
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Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14: White House
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Iran general in Iraq 'whenever we need': militia chief
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Iraq Kurd leader vows to avenge beheaded fighters
Massud Barzani, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, vowed on Saturday to avenge three peshmerga fighters beheaded by the Islamic State jihadist group. ... more
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Canada PM says will extend and expand Iraq mission
Canada's prime minister said Wednesday he will ask parliament next week to extend and broaden a six-month mission fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq due to wrap up next month. ... more
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