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December 17, 2014
Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake Sinjar
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Dec 17, 2014
Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State group. In neighbouring Syria, the bodies of 230 people from a tribe that rose up against the jihadists in the Deir Ezzor region have been found in a mass grave, a monitoring group said. Sixty-one air strikes were carried out in Iraq since Monday, some of the heaviest bombardment since a jihadist onslaught on the Sinjar r ... read more

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Iraq police crack down on kidnappings in east
Police operations in Iraq's eastern region of Diyala have led to three hostages being freed and the dismantling of several extortion gangs, the local police chief said on Sunday. ... more
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Devotion, defiance draw millions to Iraq pilgrimage
Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Saturday for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals. ... more
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Iraq says record 17 million Shiite pilgrims in Karbala
Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said Thursday that the number of pilgrims in the city of Karbala for the annual Arbaeen commemoration had reached a record 17.5 million this year. ... more
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Jihadist attack in Iraq kills nine Shiite militiamen
A suicide car bomb killed nine Shiite militiamen in an attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, army and hospital sources said. ... more
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Iraqi PM appeals to US for more air raids, weapons
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday for more air raids from Western warplanes and more arms to take on the Islamic State group. ... more
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Iran says it carried out air strikes in Iraq: report
A senior Iranian official said the country's military had conducted air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian. ... more
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Allies to send 1,500 security personnel to Iraq: US
US allies are ready to send roughly 1,500 security personnel to Iraq to help the Baghdad government in its fight against jihadists, the American commander of the war effort said Monday. ... more
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Iran pilgrims flock to Iraq with message for jihadists
Iranian pilgrims are pouring across the border into Iraq in unprecedented numbers for a huge annual religious gathering but also to flex Shiite muscle in the face of the Islamic State group. ... more
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Car bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad kill 33
The first major attack in the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk in months killed 18 people Thursday, while two car bombs in a frequently targeted Shiite district of Baghdad left 15 dead. ... more
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Kerry says any Iran strikes against IS 'positive'
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as "positive" after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out air strikes against the group. ... more
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Iraq PM dismisses 24 interior ministry commanders
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has dismissed 24 senior interior ministry officers, a statement from his office said on Monday. ... more
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US, Iraqis helping to train Sunni fighters against IS: US
US forces and their Iraqi counterparts have trained about 2,000 Sunni fighters in Iraq as part of efforts to defeat the Islamic State extremist group, a senior US official said Tuesday. ... more
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Iraq PM says graft probe found 50,000 'ghost soldiers'
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday announced that an investigation had uncovered the existence of 50,000 "ghost soldiers", and promised a widening crackdown on corruption. ... more
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Iraq army, tribal fighters battle jihadists in Ramadi
Iraqi forces battled Islamic State (IS) group fighters Saturday in Ramadi, where a fierce jihadist offensive threatens one of the last pockets in Anbar province still under government control. ... more
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India still searching for 39 workers abducted in Iraq: minister
India said Friday it was still searching for 39 construction workers abducted in Iraq in June, denying a report claiming they had been executed by the Islamic State group. ... more
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Iraqi forces hold off jihadist attack on Ramadi
Iraqi forces held off a jihadist assault on the government headquarters in the capital of Anbar province, deploying reinforcements in the key battleground against the Islamic State group, officers said Thursday. ... more
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Baghdad car bomb kills at least 10: officials
A car bomb exploded in a crowded Shiite-majority area of the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 31, security and medical officials said. ... more
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Dutch authorities release teen rescued by mum from IS
A Dutch court on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of a young woman being probed on terrorism charges after her mother rescued her from Syria, where she had married an Islamic State fighter. ... more
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Iraq sentences Sunni ex-MP to death for murder
An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death on Sunday for murder, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's ties with a powerful tribe that is battling jihadists. ... more
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UN airlifts winter aid to desperate Iraqis
The UN said Friday it had begun airlifting tent isolation kits into Iraq to help some of the around two million people displaced in the conflict-torn country get through the harsh winter. ... more
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Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists
Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said. ... more
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War in Iraq 'different' this time: US military chief
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. ... more
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Iraq is starting to push back jihadists: UN
The new Iraqi government's strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamists is yielding results, the UN envoy for Iraq told the Security Council on Tuesday. ... more
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Iraqi army says Tikrit next target after Baiji
The Iraqi army's next target is to isolate militants holding the city of Tikrit, after having broken the Islamic State group's hold on Baiji and its refinery, a senior officer said Monday. ... more
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