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August 21, 2014
World must act to halt Iraq 'genocide': Yazidi leader's son
Geneva (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
The world is not doing enough to halt a "genocide" of Iraq's Yazidi, the son of the religious minority's leader said Tuesday, blaming international inaction for a recent massacre. "We call upon the free world to immediately act," said Breen Tahseen, an Iraqi diplomat based in Britain and the son of Prince Tahseen Saeed Bek, the leader of the Yazidi people. Speaking to reporters in Geneva as a representative of his father, Tahseen said jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group had killed more t ... read more

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UN Council targets jihadists in Iraq, Syria
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria with measures to choke off funding and the flow of foreign fighters. ... more
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Kurds fight to retake Iraq's largest dam after 'massacre'
Kurdish forces backed by US warplanes battled on Saturday to retake Iraq's largest dam from jihadist fighters, a day after militants carried out a "massacre" of dozens of villagers. ... more
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Iraq Yazidis say neighbours enabled jihadist attack
Yazidis fleeing a jihadist onslaught in northern Iraq say neighbours took up arms alongside their attackers, informing on members of the religious minority and helping the militants take over. ... more
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Kerry urges new inclusive government in Iraq, rules out sending troops
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Iraqi prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi quickly to form an inclusive government, while ruling out sending US combat troops to the country. ... more
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Iraq PM designate gains support as Maliki bid falters
Iraq's premier designate Haidar al-Abadi is gaining widespread support from countries hoping political reconciliation will undercut jihadists, as Iran on Tuesday further undercut Nuri al-Maliki's bid to cling to power. ... more
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Britain to transport arms to Kurds as it bolsters Iraq aid
Britain is to transport military supplies from other states to Kurdish forces battling militants in northern Iraq and strengthen its aid mission there, the government said on Tuesday. ... more
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Obama warns of 'long-term project' in Iraq
President Barack Obama warned Saturday that the US offensive in Iraq was a "long-term project" to rout out militants and deliver aid to beleaguered civilians. ... more
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Obama vows to save Iraqis stranded on mountain
US President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to help rescue thousands of civilians besieged by jihadists on an Iraqi mountain, as an MP warned they would not survive much longer. ... more
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Kerry warns Iraq's Maliki not to cause trouble
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to cause trouble as he threw his weight behind newly-elected President Fuad Masum to help fight Islamic militants. ... more
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US: No plans to expand Iraq strikes
The United States has no plans to expand its air campaign in Iraq beyond protecting American personnel in the city of Arbil and besieged Yazidi refugees, the Pentagon said Monday. ... more
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Maliki, Iraq's rebel-turned-PM trying to cling to power
Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq's rebel-turned-leader who Monday saw his bid for a third term fall apart, rose from anonymous exile to powerful premier but lost support as the country's security collapsed. ... more
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Maliki spurned as Iraq president nominates new PM
Iraq moved closer to turning the page on Nuri al-Maliki's controversial reign Monday when his own clan spurned him for another prime minister to save the country from breakup. ... more
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UN Council meets amid alarm over Iraq jihadist advance
The UN Security Council met Thursday in emergency session to address the crisis sparked by the jihadist offensive in Iraq, with France and the United States weighing action. ... more
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West in push to save Iraqis on Mount Sinjar
US jets attacked jihadists who have besieged civilians on an Iraqi mountain for a week, as France and Britain Sunday joined a desperate race to save them from starvation. ... more
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US mulls action in Iraq, warns of 'catastrophe'
The United States warned Thursday a jihadist offensive in northern Iraq could provoke a "humanitarian catastrophe," amid reports that President Barack Obama was considering US military action. ... more
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Iraq jihadist advances spark Christian exodus, Western alarm
Jihadists seized much of Iraq's Christian heartland and moved within striking distance of autonomous Kurdistan on Thursday in a push that stirred panic among residents and alarm in Western capitals. ... more
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Turkey gives sanctuary to hundreds of Yazidis fleeing Iraq
Up to 800 people from Iraq's Yazidi community have fled across the border to Turkey after escaping a lightning offensive by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish officials said on Thursday. ... more
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World alarm grows over IS onslaught in Iraq
The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting Thursday on the crisis sparked by the advance of Islamic State fighters who seized Iraq's largest Christian town, driving tens of thousands from their homes. ... more
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Kurds unite to oust Iraq jihadists, rescue stranded civilians
Kurds from Iraq, Syria and Turkey joined forces in north Iraq Wednesday to try to reclaim areas lost to jihadists and rescue thousands of civilians stranded in mountains without food or water. ... more
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Baghdad bombings kill at least 30: police, medics
Five bomb attacks, including four car bombings, killed at least 30 people and wounded around 70 others Wednesday in several Baghdad districts, Iraqi police and medical sources said. ... more
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Iraq air force backs Kurds against jihadists, scores flee
Baghdad's air force and Kurdish fighters from Syria joined forces with Iraq's embattled peshmerga Monday to push back jihadists whose latest attacks sent thousands of civilians running for their lives. ... more
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PKK urges Kurdish groups to unite against Iraq militants
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which for years waged a deadly insurgency against Turkish authorities, called on all Kurdish armed groups Tuesday to unite against radical Islamist militants who have seized swathes of northern Iraq. ... more
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Appeals mount to save Iraq's Yazidis from extinction
Iraqi helicopters dropped supplies Tuesday to thousands of people hiding from jihadists in desolate mountains, many of them from the Yazidi minority which officials warned risked being massacred or starved into extinction. ... more
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Iraq jihadists seize another town from Kurdish forces
Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar Sunday in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the UN called a humanitarian tragedy. ... more
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