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July 25, 2014
Russia delivering weapons to Iraq: report
Moscow (AFP) July 24, 2014
Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighters jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defence minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive. "A number of contracts with Iraq have entered into force and are being fulfilled," the Interfax news agency quoted a source in Russia's defence export establishment as saying. Deliveries of Mi-35 helicopter gunships and Su-25 fighters that provide close air support for ground troops have begun, added th ... read more

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Baghdad in political, diplomatic push amid battlefield stalemate
Iraq was closer to breaking months of political limbo Thursday after a deal on the post of president paved the way for the formation of a new government. ... more
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Iraq PM seeks Sunni tribal help in battling insurgency
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met several Sunni tribal leaders on Tuesday in a renewed bid to gain their support in battling a raging jihadist-led Sunni insurgency. ... more
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Iraqi sacred city gains prominence as Baghdad founders
The holy Shiite city of Najaf has gained prominence as a centre of political and military power since the start of a crisis that has raised the spectre of Iraq breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines. ... more
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Insurgent threat shatters Iraq Christians' uneasy peace
Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul were wrong-footed by its new jihadist masters, who initially left them in relative peace but later forced them to flee for their lives. ... more
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Christians flee jihadist ultimatum in Iraq's Mosul
Hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in Mosul Saturday as a jihadist ultimatum threatening their community's centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city expired. ... more
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Violence threatens Iraqi diversity: UN
The flare-up of sectarian violence that saw jihadist-led militants conquer large swathes of Iraq over the past month has displaced 600,000 people and threatens the country's diversity, the UN warned Wednesday. ... more
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Iraq parliament elects speaker as Tikrit push falters
Iraq's sharply divided parliament elected a speaker Tuesday in a step forward in the delayed government formation process, as a renewed bid to recapture Tikrit from militants ended in retreat. ... more
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Militants press Iraq assault, political deadlock set to drag on
Police and tribesmen battled an assault on Monday that could bring militants a step closer to Baghdad, as Iraq's flagging government formation process seemed set to drag on. ... more
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US teams complete assessment of Iraqi forces: Pentagon
US military teams have completed an assessment of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon said Monday, amid reports the American officers came away with bleak conclusions. ... more
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Pressure on as Iraq lawmakers meet to pick new government
Iraq's fractious parliament is expected to meet Sunday under heavy pressure to set differences aside and make progress on forming a new government to help counter a raging jihadist-led offensive. ... more
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Iraq forces executed 250 Sunni prisoners: watchdog
Iraq's security forces and allied Shiite militias executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. ... more
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Iraq MPs fail again as militants gain ground
Iraq's fractious parliament met Sunday and again failed to make any progress toward forming a new government, even as militants gained ground north of Baghdad in a renewed drive. ... more
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Iraq PM accuses Kurds of harbouring militants
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday accused Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of harbouring jihadists, further ratcheting up tensions despite calls for leaders to unite against a Sunni militant offensive. ... more
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Iraq MPs bow to pressure over government delays
Iraqi deputies agreed to meet on Sunday after delays to the formation of a new government outraged people tired of political polarisation and fearful of a brutal Sunni militant offensive. ... more
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Lebanon charges Saudi, French citizens for jihadist ties
Lebanon on Monday charged 28 people, including a Saudi citizen and two French nationals, with belonging to the jihadist Islamic State group, a judicial source told AFP. ... more
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Iraq delays key parliament session as fightback stumbles
A crucial parliament session kickstarting the government formation process was delayed and an Iraqi general was killed Monday as solutions to the country's worst crisis in years appeared increasingly distant. ... more
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'Caliph' sermon at Iraq mosque show of confidence: experts
The first appearance of self-proclaimed "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video shot in an Iraqi mosque illustrates the extent of his jihadist group's control and confidence, experts say. ... more
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Iran backs Maliki as Iraq PM but open to change
Iran said Sunday it supports Nuri al-Maliki's bid to stay on as Iraq's premier but that it is ready to back any other candidate chosen by parliament in Baghdad. ... more
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Jihadist 'caliph' demands obedience in unprecedented appearance
Self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made an unprecedented appearance in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which his forces helped capture last month, and ordered Muslims to obey him, according to a video posted Saturday. ... more
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India nurses return from Iraq to emotional welcome
A group of 46 Indian nurses held "against their will" in a part of Iraq seized by Islamic militants returned home on Saturday to an emotional reunion with their families. ... more
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Jihadists destroy mosques and shrines in Iraq
Jihadists who overran Mosul last month have demolished ancient shrines and mosques in and around the historic northern Iraqi city, residents and social media posts said Saturday. ... more
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Suicide bomber kills 15 in attack on Iraq forces
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a security forces position north of Baghdad on Friday, killing 15 people, police and a doctor said. ... more
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Indian nurses trapped in Iraq heading home
Forty-six Indian nurses trapped in Iraq's conflict were freed on Friday after getting caught up in a swift militant offensive that has overrun swathes of territory and threatens "Syria-like chaos". ... more
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Iraq's most revered cleric criticises fractious parliament
Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric said Friday the failure of the new parliament to elect a speaker at its first session this week was a "regrettable failure," heaping pressure on premier Nuri al-Maliki. ... more
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