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January 24, 2015
Coalition aircraft pound IS in northern Iraq: US
Washington (AFP) Jan 22, 2015
US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State militants in northern Iraq over the past 24 hours, the American military said Thursday, as Kurdish forces pressed an offensive against the jihadists in the area. US and coalition bombers, fighter jets and drones carried out a total of 31 air raids since Wednesday morning, including ten in Syria and 21 in Iraq, according to the American military command overseeing "Operation Inherent Resolve" out of headquarters in Kuwait. The raids coincided with a ground o ... read more

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A long-awaited public inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war will not be published until after an election in May, it was reported Wednesday, sparking criticism of the delay. ... more
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Canada's Harper lied about ground combat in Iraq: Opposition
Canada's opposition leader accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday of having lied when he promised no ground combat alongside airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq. ... more
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McCain urges 'boots on the ground' to combat IS
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French lawmakers extend military action against IS in Iraq
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Iraq PM criticises 'slowness' of coalition support for army
Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi Sunday criticised the "slowness" of the US-led international coalition against Islamic State jihadists in providing military support to his army. ... more
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British PM frustrated at Iraq war inquiry delays
Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday it was "immensely frustrating" that a long-overdue report from Britain's Iraq war inquiry had still not been published. ... more
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IS kills 26 in surprise attack on Iraqi Kurdish forces
Militants from the Islamic State jihadist group launched a surprise attack on Kurdish forces in the Gwer area of north Iraq, killing 26, security officials said Saturday. ... more
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US trains Iraqis for house-to-house battle against IS
A team of camouflage-clad Iraqi soldiers lines up near the door of a one-storey house north of Baghdad with rifles ready, preparing to enter and search it. ... more
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Iran, top general saved Baghdad from falling to IS: Iraq MP
An Iraqi Shiite militia leader and lawmaker has credited Tehran and a powerful Iranian general with saving the Baghdad government during last summer's offensive by Islamic State group militants. ... more
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Iraq army being rebuilt to address weaknesses: minister
Iraq is rebuilding its army to address weaknesses including poor leadership and training that led to Baghdad's forces being swept aside by militants, the defence minister said Tuesday. ... more
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IS mortars target Iraqi base in Anbar: US military
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IS jihadists claim execution of eight people in Iraq
The Islamic State jihadist group has executed eight people, four of them policemen, in Iraq's Salaheddin province, according to a series of pictures posted online. ... more
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Iraq PM calls for 'tribal revolution' against IS
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Monday for a "tribal revolution" against the Islamic State group, in a sign of the importance Baghdad places on tribal resistance against the jihadists. ... more
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Gunmen kill three Sunni clerics in south Iraq
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IS releases dozens of Iraqis seized over flag burning
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Iraq violence killed 15,000 in 2014, worst in 7 years: govt
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US aims to quickly train Iraq forces for anti-IS fight
American and allied soldiers are aiming to rapidly train thousands of Iraqi security personnel in the "bare minimum basics" needed to join the fight against militants who swept Baghdad's troops aside. ... more
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Iran in new deal to boost Iraq army
Iran is to help Iraq rebuild its army under an agreement that could formalise Tehran's military support for its neighbour, which remains under assault by the Islamic State (IS) group. ... more
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IS claims killing of Iranian military adviser in Iraq
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