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February 03, 2016
Iraq militia attacks may constitute war crimes: HRW
Baghdad (AFP) Jan 31, 2016
Iraqi Shiite militiamen abducted and killed civilians following bombings earlier this month, actions that may constitute war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. Shiite paramilitary forces have been repeatedly accused of abuses including summary executions, kidnappings and destruction of property in the course of the war against the Islamic State jihadist group. Following January 11 bombings claimed by IS in Muqdadiyah, a town northeast of Baghdad, militiamen attacked "Sunnis as well as th ... read more

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Mass grave of IS victims found in Iraq's Ramadi: police
Security forces found a mass grave in the Iraqi city of Ramadi containing the remains of at least 18 people killed by the Islamic State group, police said Tuesday. ... more
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Iraq approved for $1.9B F-16 weapons/munitions buy
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'Hundreds' of Western trainers need to help in Mosul push
Iraqi security forces will need help from "hundreds" of Western military trainers ahead of a planned assault to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State jihadists, a US official said Wednesday. ... more
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US and Iraq search for Americans kidnapped in Baghdad
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US and Iraq search for Americans kidnapped in Baghdad
US and Iraqi authorities were searching Monday for three missing Americans said to have been kidnapped in Baghdad, the latest group of foreign nationals abducted in recent months. ... more
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'Staggering' death toll for Iraqi civilians since 2014: UN
The number of civilians killed in violence in Iraq over the past two years is "staggering", the United Nations said Tuesday, with at least 18,802 people killed and another 36,245 injured. ... more
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US-led military campaign focusing on Raqa, Mosul: Pentagon chief
Raqa in Syria and the Iraqi city of Mosul are in the US-led coalition's crosshairs as it tries to build on recent successes against the Islamic State group, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Wednesday. ... more
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Two Iraqi journalists shot dead, intel officer wounded
Gunmen shot dead two Iraqi journalists on Tuesday in Diyala, a province where Baghdad declared victory a year ago but which is still plagued by chronic violence. ... more
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Iraqi families risk all to flee jihadist-held Hawijah
Hundreds of families are fleeing hunger and jihadist rule in the Iraqi city of Hawijah and surrounding areas, witnesses and officials said Sunday. ... more
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IS attack in Baghdad kills at least 20: officials
An attack by the Islamic State group involving a car bomb, a gunfight and a hostage-taking left at least 12 people dead in Baghdad Monday, security and medical sources said. ... more
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Fears of more strife as Iraq in middle of regional row
Sectarian attacks south of Baghdad have aroused local fears that an escalating row between the region's Sunni and Shiite powerhouses could plunge Iraq back into all-out civil conflict. ... more
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25 Iraq fighters killed thwarting IS assault: commander
At least 25 Iraqi fighters have been killed repelling a major three-day offensive by the Islamic State group in the western region of Haditha, security sources said Tuesday. ... more
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IS jihadists kill 12 in raid on Iraq police trainees
Suicide attackers from the Islamic State group killed at least 12 Iraqi forces Sunday in a brazen attack on police training at a military base, officials said. ... more
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Two Sunni mosques bombed, muezzin killed in Iraq
Blasts rocked two Sunni mosques in central Iraq Monday, amid fears of renewed sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, police and medics said. ... more
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Iraq forces extend Ramadi control, rescue civilians
Iraqi forces pushed out of central Ramadi Friday to extend their grip on the city, sweeping neighbourhoods for pockets of jihadists to flush out and trapped civilians to evacuate. ... more
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Sunni tribal fighters deployed in reconquered Ramadi areas
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Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from IS, sweeps for bombs
Iraq declared the city of Ramadi liberated from the Islamic State group Monday and raised the national flag over its government complex after clinching a landmark victory against the jihadists. ... more
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Iraqi Kurdish forces in anti-IS commando raid
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Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from IS, sweeps for bombs
Iraq declared the city of Ramadi liberated from the Islamic State group Monday and raised the national flag over its government complex after clinching a landmark victory against the jihadists. ... more
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Iraq 'nets 40 IS operatives' in major swoop
Iraq's intelligence service said Thursday it detained 40 members of the Islamic State group as part of a major operation in Baghdad and Diyala provinces. ... more
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Bombs, snipers slow Iraq forces' advance in Ramadi
Iraqi forces dodged sniper fire, car bombs, roadside bombs and booby traps as they battled Friday to root out jihadist fighters hunkered down in a strategic compound in central Ramadi. ... more
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Iraqi forces in fierce battles with IS in Ramadi
Die-hard jihadists made a desperate last stand Saturday in Ramadi's former government complex, the main remaining target of Iraqi forces reconquering the city they lost in May. ... more
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Iraq forces advance into centre of IS-held Ramadi
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