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October 20, 2017
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from war-torn Mosul still displaced: NGO
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Sunday. "One year since the start of the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group (IS), some 673,000 Iraqis from the city and its surroundings remain displaced and unable to go back to their destroyed neighbourhoods," it said. "More than half of them may have lost their official civil documents - from birth ce ... read more

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Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
Moscow accused the US on Tuesday of reducing air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq to let jihadists into Syria and fight the Russian-backed Syrian army, claims the Pentagon denied. ... more
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Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS
One side of the billboard calls for jihad, while the other warns of death for smokers. Iraq's Hawija still bears clear signs of its three years under jihadist rule. ... more
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Young Iraqi given shot at governor's job after internet challenge
Inspired by a Canadian internet user, 27-year-old Iraqi Alaa Ibrahimi has just spent a week completing an unusual challenge - living the life of the governor in his home province. ... more
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Shock Iraq torture photos raise ethical dilemmas
They are like the infamous images from Abu Ghraib prison, only worse. Iraqi civilians in Mosul facing rape, torture and murder from members of their own army who had retaken the city from the Islamic State. ... more
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Long-term truants make nervy school return in Iraq's Mosul
After three years of forced truancy due to the Islamic State group's seizure of the Iraqi city of Mosul, teenager Ali Salem waited nervously outside school to sit an English exam. ... more
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Iraq forces retake IS bastion Hawija
Iraqi forces retook one of the Islamic State group's last two enclaves in the country on Thursday, overrunning the longtime insurgent bastion of Hawija after a two-week offensive. ... more
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Iraq flight ban halts dig for lost ancient city
Ismael Nuraddini peers into a hole in the earth of Iraq's Kurdistan region at what researchers believe could be remnants of a lost city dating back more than 2,000 years. ... more
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Iraq forces retake centre of IS bastion Hawija: army
Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija on Wednesday and seized some territory, stepping up their assault against one of the jihadists' last enclaves in the country. ... more

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Iraq forces claim recapture of IS-held areas near Hawija
Iraqi forces on Monday seized a strategic jihadist-held area southeast of the Islamic State group's bastion of Hawija, a senior commander said. ... more
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Shiite pilgrims throng Iraq's Karbala for mourning ritual
Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Sunday for ceremonies marking the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson. ... more
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Iraq forces attack IS-held town of Hawija
Iraqi forces Friday launched an assault on the northern town of Hawija, one of the last bastions in the country still held by the Islamic State group, which is also under attack in neighbouring Syria. ... more
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Iraq says defeats IS infiltration near Ramadi
Islamic State group fighters seized areas around Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on Wednesday in an apparent attempt at a diversion from offensives on its last Iraqi footholds but were swiftly defeated, security sources said. ... more
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Iraq since the US-led invasion
US-led forces invaded Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 2003 after claims it was harbouring weapons of mass destruction. ... more
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Iraq hangs 42 prisoners on death row: ministry
Iraq has hanged 42 prisoners condemned to death for crimes including kidnapping, killing members of the security forces, car bombings and other attacks, a justice ministry statement said on Monday. ... more
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Iraq forces oust IS from northern town in drive on Hawija
Iraqi forces achieved the first goal of a new offensive against the Islamic State group on just its second day Friday, capturing the northern town of Sharqat, a military source said. ... more
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Tribes, tradition stand in way of Iraq police
Policeman Ahmad regrets the day he detained a motorist at a checkpoint for possession of a gun without a licence, bringing the weight of Iraqi tribal customs down on his head. ... more

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UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq. ... more
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Iraq brings all remaining IS territory under attack
Iraq brought all of its territory still held by the Islamic State group under attack Thursday, throwing the jihadists on the defensive across their self-proclaimed "caliphate" extending into neighbouring Syria. ... more
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Pilgrims bring boom times for Iraqi gem traders
Every time Mohammed al-Ghoraifi visits Najaf he returns with another precious stone on his finger. Like for many pilgrims visiting the Iraqi Shiite holy city, buying a gemstone ring is part and parcel of the experience. ... more
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Iraqi forces launch assault for last IS bastions in Anbar
Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units launched a dawn assault Tuesday against one of the Islamic State group's last bastions in the vast western province of Anbar bordering Syria. ... more
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Iraq anti-graft task force fishes for 'sharks'
When the heat inside prison became unbearable for the corrupt former governor of Iraq's Salaheddin province he offered to stump up the money himself to air-condition the whole jail. ... more
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Iraqi forces seize village in one of last IS bastions
Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units on Tuesday seized a village in one of the last pockets of territory controlled by the Islamic State group in the vast western province of Anbar, bordering Syria. ... more
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Iraq moves to attack last IS bastion on Syria border
Iraqi forces backed by paramilitary units were preparing Monday to attack the last stronghold of the Islamic State group in the western desert bordering Syria, an AFP correspondent said. ... more
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Iraq forces seize IS outpost ahead of Euphrates push; Kirkuk car bomb kills 3
Iraqi forces on Saturday captured a desert outpost of the Islamic State group near the Syrian border in preparation for a drive up the Euphrates Valley towards the frontier, commanders said. ... more
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