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Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near Mosul

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ABU GHADDUR, Iraq (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group.

Isil claims responsibility after Russian knifeman stabs eight before being shot dead by police

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack in Russia that has left two people in a serious condition. The knife attacker stabbed eight people on the street in Russia's far northern city of Surgut before being shot by police, investigators said Saturday. Show More Summary

Post-ISIL Iraq: Decoding Muqtada al-Sadr's Gulf visits

By reaching out to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the Shia leader is attempting to counterbalance Iran's influence in Iraq.

Iraqi forces launch operation to take back the city of Tal Afar

4 hours agoNews : World News Blog

US-backed Iraqi forces have launched a major operation to retake the city of Tal Afar – one of the last cities still held by the Islamic State group in Iraq. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told IS fighters still in the city west of Mosul – they have a choice – ‘surrender or…

Iraq: Thanks Iran, Now Leave

Iraqi forces are closing in on the ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) occupied city of Tal Afar (65 kilometers west of Mosul and 150 kilometers east of the Syrian border). The city is the target of most Iraqi airstrikes and more Iraqi artillery units are moving close enough to fire at the […]

Iraq launches battle for Tal Afar, IS bastion near Mosul

4 hours agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

Iraqi forces on Sunday pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar, one of its last bastions in the country, in a new assault just weeks after ousting IS from second city Mosul. Once a key IS supply hub between Mosul -- around 70 kilometres...Show More Summary

Analysis: Tipping the scales of political power in Iraq

Highlights Iraq’s political parties will have to balance the financial and political support they accept from external patrons such as Iran, Turkey and the Gulf states with the kind of nationalism voters in the country increasingly demand.   To that end, Iraq’s major Shiite parties will try to downplay their ties to Iran and promote […]

Iraq oil city governor flees to Iran after corruption investigation

The governor of the oil city of Basra has stepped down and fled to Iran after Iraq’s anti-corruption body began investigating graft allegations against him, people close to him and officials said on Tuesday. Iraq’s Integrity Commission on Monday evening issued a statement asking the foreign ministry in Baghdad to ask Iran to repatriate Nasrawi. A […]

Iraqi Forces Start Offensive to Retake Tal Afar From ISIS

15 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

Tal Afar is one of the last big cities in Iraq still under control of extremists.

Iraq begins battle to retake Tal Afar, IS bastion near Mosul: PM

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced early Sunday the start of a battle to retake Tal Afar, a key Northern Iraqi bastion of the Islamic State (IS) group and one of their last remaining strongholds in the region. The announcement...Show More Summary

Iraq launches offensive to retake Tal Afar from ISIL

PM Haider al-Abadi announces ground operation to retake the northern city, telling ISIL fighters 'surrender, or die'.

IRAQ SAYS THANKS IRAN NOW GO AWAY: With ISIL no longer a major threat Iraq has surprised Iran (…

IRAQ SAYS THANKS IRAN NOW GO AWAY: With ISIL no longer a major threat Iraq has surprised Iran (and many others outside the Arab world) by rebuilding relations with Sunni Arab neighbors and telling Iran to back off with any plans it had to dominate Iraqi politics. Senior Shia Arab religious and political leaders have […]

Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said...

Iraqi ship sinks after collision, at least four sailors dead: state TV

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi ship sank on Saturday after a collision with another vessel in Iraq's territorial waters, killing at least four sailors, Iraqi state television reported.

ISIL's smouldering footprint in Qayyara

Although oil fires set by fleeing ISIL fighters have been extinguished, environmental fallout looms in Iraq's Qayyara.

Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new home

2 days agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

MIDWAY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Vernon Poling was 44 years old when he finally got a home of his own.

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

Senior U.S. commanders say Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says he … Click to Continue »

Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say.

Army Reserve Soldiers Honored for Aiding Anti-ISIS Mission

When hundreds of soldiers belonging to the 18th Airborne Corps deployed to Iraq and Kuwait last year, they weren't alone.

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