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July 28, 2015
Iraq Shiite chief sees no change in Turkey stance on IS
Baghdad (AFP) July 27, 2015
Hadi al-Ameri, a top leader of Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitaries, argued Monday there was no evidence Turkey had changed its position on the Islamic State jihadist group. "I think (the strikes) Turkey carried out were to support to Daesh (IS) and not what some had imagined," said Ameri, a top leader of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) force. Ameri was speaking after a meeting in Baghdad between Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Za ... read more

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US defence chief in Iraq for talks on war against IS
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter held talks in Baghdad Thursday on Iraq's war against the Islamic State group, whose "caliphate" is shrinking but is ramping up deadly car bombings. ... more
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Estonia has sent a variety of weapons to Iraq to help it combat forces of the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. ... more
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Baghdad bombing attacks kill at least 21: police
Bomb attacks killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday in mostly Shiite Muslim neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital, a police colonel said. ... more
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19 killed in two Baghdad car bombs
Two car bombs killed at least 19 people in mostly Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad Tuesday, police said. ... more
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Toll soars to 90 after IS bomb guts Iraq town
Iraq mourned its dead Saturday after one of the deadliest car bombs in its bloody history ripped through a busy market north of Baghdad and killed at least 90 people. ... more
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US returns Iraqi artefacts recovered in Syria raid
The United States returned Wednesday hundreds of Iraqi artefacts its special forces recovered during a raid in Syria against a man described as the Islamic State group's top financier. ... more
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Car bomb kills at least 5 in Iraq town of Khalis
A car bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed at least five people in the Iraqi town of Khalis on Tuesday, officials said. ... more
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Coalition-backed Iraq forces in fresh Anbar push
Iraqi forces tightened the noose on the Islamic State group in its stronghold of Anbar Monday with a ground operation teed up by a record number of coalition air strikes. ... more
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String of Baghdad bombings kills 21: police
A string of bomb explosions, including two suicide attacks, killed at least 21 people and wounded 62 in Shiite-dominated neighbourhoods of Baghdad Sunday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. ... more
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Iraq court sentences 24 to hang over Tikrit massacre
An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced 24 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of mostly Shiite military recruits in Tikrit. ... more
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Iraq police and militiamen clash in Baghdad
Iraqi paramilitaries exchanged fire with police in Baghdad Thursday, the latest sign of tension between the government and the country's Shiite militias, security sources said. ... more
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Iraq warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 7: officials
A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a "technical problem", killing at least seven people, security and medical officials said. ... more
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Iraq PM 'retires' army chief of staff: spokesman
Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has "retired" the army's chief of staff, the most senior officer removed since jihadists overran large parts of the country last year, his spokesman said Monday. ... more
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Iraq forces made 'unauthorised' withdrawal from Ramadi: PM
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday that Iraqi forces made an "unauthorised" withdrawal from Ramadi last month, leading to the Islamic State group's takeover of the Anbar provincial capital. ... more
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14 killed in Iraq suicide bombing claimed by IS
A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at a gathering of Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders, killing 14 people in an attack claimed Wednesday by the Islamic State group, police said. ... more
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More than 3 million Iraqis displaced in 18 months: IOM
More than three million people have been displaced by conflict in Iraq since the start of 2014, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday. ... more
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Pentagon chief: Iraq not sending enough forces for training
The US Secretary of Defense called out Baghdad Wednesday to send more recruits to American-run training camps, as Iraq struggles to battle the Islamic State group with a weakened military. ... more
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Iraq PM to visit Iran for talks on anti-IS war: office
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will travel to Iran on Wednesday for talks on the war against the Islamic State jihadist group, his office said. ... more
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Maliki blames 'conspiracies' for Iraq losses
Iraq's former premier and current vice president, Nuri al-Maliki, blamed "conspiracies" Saturday for the loss of major cities to jihadists and said Baghdad should prioritise paramilitaries over the army to fight them. ... more
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Iraq forces battle IS, more US troops heading to Anbar
Iraqi forces battling jihadists on several fronts Thursday were poised to receive the help of 450 extra US troops slated for deployment near Ramadi. ... more
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US mission could expand to more bases in Iraq: Pentagon
The United States is considering setting up additional bases in Iraq similar to a new hub planned in Anbar province to help Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said Thursday. ... more
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US weighs more troops to train Iraqi forces, Sunnis
The Pentagon is drawing up plans to expand the training of Iraqi forces and Sunni tribal fighters in a step that could mean deploying hundreds of additional US troops, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Yazidi militia killed 21 in Iraq revenge attack: Amnesty
Members of the Yazidi community, one of the Iraqi minorities hardest hit by jihadist atrocities, killed 21 Sunni Arab villagers in a January revenge attack, Amnesty International said Wednesday. ... more
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US weighs expanded training for Iraqi forces, Sunnis
The Pentagon is drawing up plans to expand the training of Iraqi forces and Sunni tribal fighters in a step that could mean deploying more US troops, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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