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August 14, 2017
Canada to contribute policing to liberated Iraq city
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Canada will send up to 20 police officers to Iraq to help local authorities establish a police presence in Mosul, which was recently liberated from the Islamic State group, the government announced Wednesday. The officers are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks, joining three Canadian police officers already on the ground. They are expected to stay until March 2019. "Progress has been made in Iraq with the liberation of Mosul, and Canada remains fully committed to supporting the Iraqi go ... read more

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Iraq faces vast challenges securing, rebuilding Mosul
With Mosul in ruins and nearly a million displaced, Iraq now faces the enormous task of restoring order and rebuilding its second city after driving out Islamic State group jihadists. ... more
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Conviction, sentences upended in Blackwater case
A US federal appeals court on Friday tossed out the murder conviction of a Blackwater security guard who was serving a life sentence for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 14 Iraqis dead. ... more
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Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul
Two people died in an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul claimed by the Islamic State group, Afghan officials said, with analysts describing the attack as revenge for the group's defeat in Iraq. ... more
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FMS support deal in works for Iraqi vessels
A possible U.S. sales deal to Iraq of follow-on support for its U.S. origin naval vessels and a ship repair facility has been approved by the State Department. ... more
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Iraqis in Mosul markets both fear and hope for the future
Iraqi merchants and shoppers jostle in the lively open-air market of Gogjali on the eastern edges of Mosul, their voices often drowned out by the honking horns of cars. ... more
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Schoolgirls in Iraq's Mosul aim to catch up on lost years
Despite having fallen three years behind their peers elsewhere in Iraq, it's been mostly smiles all around for the girls at Mosul's Trablus school since it reopened its damaged gates after the jihadists fled. ... more
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US-trained Iraqi unit carried out Mosul executions: HRW
An Iraqi army division trained by American forces summarily executed prisoners in west Mosul, Human Rights Watch charged Thursday, calling for US assistance to the unit to be suspended. ... more
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In the ruins of Mosul, a hunt for the missing
In Mosul, the missing are everywhere, their families hunting through the ruined Iraqi city for traces of lost husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters. ... more

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Cardinal hails 'rebirth' of Iraqi Christian town
A French cardinal hailed the "rebirth" of Iraq's devastated main Christian town of Qaraqosh on Monday, where residents are returning following two years of jihadist rule. ... more
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Iran, Iraq vow to boost military ties
Iran and Iraq on Sunday signed deals aimed at boosting military cooperation during a visit by Baghdad's Defence Minister Irfan al-Hayali to Tehran. ... more
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After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes
The battle over, it's now time to start rebuilding Iraq's second city, parts of which were literally flattened during the offensive against holed up jihadists of the Islamic State group. ... more
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Mosul's Christians face dilemma after Islamic State
The jihadists may have been ousted from their Iraqi hometown of Mosul but many Christians like Haitham Behnam refuse to go back and trade in the stability of their new lives. ... more
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Iraqis accused of siding with IS targeted for revenge: UN
Revenge attacks against Iraqis accused of siding with the Islamic State group in Mosul are on the rise after Iraqi forces recaptured the city, the UN envoy warned Monday. ... more
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Return to Mosul a distant dream for many displaced
Yassin Najem knows he has to start again from scratch. His home in Mosul has been bombed, and for him and thousands more displaced Iraqis, returning remains a distant dream. ... more
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Iraq's Mosul residents search for their Old City dead
Abdelrazaq Salman has lost everything but clings onto one last hope: finding the bodies of his family members killed when his home was bombed in Mosul's war-devastated Old City in northern Iraq. ... more
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US eyes continued presence in Iraq after IS: general
The United States and several coalition countries want to maintain a military footprint in Iraq after the eventual defeat of the Islamic State group, a top US general said Tuesday. ... more

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Mosul's once-thriving Old City now a grey wasteland
Once the beating heart of Iraq's second-largest metropolis, the Old City of Mosul is now a broken wreck, its winding streets piled high with rubble and hardly a building spared from destruction. ... more
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Iraqi PM hails victory over 'brutality and terrorism' in Mosul
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over "brutality and terrorism" in Mosul on Monday, announcing his forces had ended the Islamic State group's rule over the country's second city. ... more
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Iraqi forces push to clear last pockets of IS in Mosul
Iraqi forces fought to eliminate the last pockets of Islamic State group resistance in Mosul on Monday after the premier visited the devastated city to congratulate troops on securing victory. ... more
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US judge again puts off deportations of Iraqis
A federal judge in Detroit has postponed the deportation of Iraqi nationals by another 14 days as he considers the fate of nearly 1,500 people swept up in an immigration crackdown. ... more
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Mosul victory imminent, US says, as Iraqi forces celebrate
Iraq will announce imminently a final victory in the nearly nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, a US general said Saturday, as celebrations broke out among police forces in the city. ... more
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Civilians trapped as Iraq forces battle IS in Mosul
Iraqi forces on Thursday battled the last remaining Islamic State group fighters in Mosul's Old City, where the UN said up to 20,000 civilians are trapped and in "extreme danger". ... more
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Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in IS-held areas of Mosul: UN
Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the last Islamic State group-held areas in Mosul's Old City, which Iraqi forces are battling to retake, a senior UN official said Thursday. ... more
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Iraqis mark first anniversary of devastating Baghdad blast
Iraqis still reeling from a devastating suicide bombing that killed over 320 people in central Baghdad gathered Sunday at the site of the attack to mark its first anniversary. ... more
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