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September 16, 2014
Iran rejects US-led coalition against jihadists
Tehran (AFP) Sept 15, 2014
Iran said Monday it rejected a US request for its cooperation against the jihadist Islamic State as part of an international coalition whose true aim Tehran sees as regime change in Syria. Seen from Tehran, which has helped both Damascus and Baghdad to confront IS advances, the coalition lacks credibility because some of its members had financed and armed the group as part of their campaign to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "Right from the start, the United States asked through its ... read more

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Most US strikes in Iraq focused on defending Mosul dam
The majority of US air strikes in Iraq over the past month have targeted jihadists in the country's north fighting for control of the strategic Mosul dam, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, citing a tally of the raids. ... more
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Britain arming Iraqi Kurds with machine guns to fight IS
Britain is to ship heavy machine guns and ammunition to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced Tuesday. ... more
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Iraq needs more than new government to address woes: experts
Iraq's new cabinet lineup is not a major change and much more is needed to address grievances that contributed to the rise of brutal jihadists who seized swathes of the country, experts say. ... more
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US 'not serious' in fight against IS: Iran
Iran accused the United States Sunday of not taking the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria seriously, and charged that US aid had previously helped the jihadists. ... more
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US expands air strikes to Iraq Sunni Arab heartland
Washington said Sunday it had carried out air strikes against jihadists in Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, expanding its month-long air campaign and its involvement in the conflict. ... more
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Iraq MPs vote on government, Kerry to visit region
Iraq's parliament voted Monday under heavy pressure to approve an inclusive government to win broad support against jihadists, with America's top diplomat due in the region to build an anti-militant coalition. ... more
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Bangladesh lifts ban on sending workers to Iraq
Dhaka said Thursday it has resumed sending workers to Iraq after a three-month ban, despite reports of hundreds of Bangladeshi construction labourers being dragged into the country's bloody sectarian conflict. ... more
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Baghdad car bombs kills at least 17
Two car bombs exploded in Shiite-majority areas of the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing at least 17 people, security and medical officials said. ... more
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Iraq presses fightback after breaking jihadist siege
Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege of a Shiite town. ... more
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French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi husband
A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled by her father out of the country and possibly to Syria was reunited with the two-year-old in Turkey, a source close to the French interior minister said Tuesday. ... more
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Relatives of missing Iraq soldiers storm parliament
Angry relatives of missing Iraqi soldiers stormed the parliament building in Baghdad on Tuesday, attacked MPs and staged a sit-in for several hours in its main chamber, an official said. ... more
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Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege
Iraqi forces broke through Sunday to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies. ... more
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Congress pressures Obama on IS after 2nd beheading claim
US lawmakers Tuesday called for Secretary of State John Kerry to present administration policy for "rolling back" the Islamic State's gains, after the rampaging group claimed it beheaded a second American. ... more
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UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was "facing a terrorist monster". ... more
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Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended a watershed decision to send arms to Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants, saying Europe's own security was at stake. ... more
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Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds
Germany will send anti-tank rocket launchers, rifles and hand grenades to support Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants fighting for the Islamic State, the defence ministry announced Sunday. ... more
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US jets strike jihadists around Iraqi dam
The United States carried out another round of air strikes Monday against militants from the so-called Islamic States battling Iraqi and Kurdish forces near a major dam in northern Iraq. ... more
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Iraqi forces retake villages on way to besieged town
Iraqi security forces backed by volunteer militiamen on Thursday retook several villages located on the way to the town of Amerli, which jihadists have besieged for months, officers said. ... more
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Slain Iraqis 'of no threat' to Blackwater guards
The 14 Iraqi civilians mowed down by four guards with the Blackwater private security firm were of no threat and "were not legitimate targets," a prosecutor said Wednesday, as their high-profile trial reached its climax. ... more
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US weighs mission to help besieged Turkmen in Iraq
The United States is weighing a possible humanitarian mission as well as air strikes to help Shiite Turkmen encircled by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq, US officials said Wednesday. ... more
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Iraq forces ready bid to break jihadist siege of Shiite town
Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of a Shiite Turkmen town north of Baghdad, amid growing fears for residents short of supplies. ... more
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Iran provided weapons to Iraq's Kurds: Barzani
Iran was the first country to provide Iraq's embattled autonomous Kurdish region with weapons to fight off jihadist-led militants, president Massud Barzani said on Tuesday. ... more
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Iraqi strikes target militants besieging Shiite town
Iraq carried out air strikes Tuesday against jihadists who have for months besieged the town of Amerli, where residents are short on food and water and face a "possible massacre." ... more
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Iraqi Kurds advance on jihadist militants
Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by air power retook three villages from jihadist militants northeast of Baghdad on Monday and also held off two assaults elsewhere, officials said. ... more
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