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Kurds Battle To Recapture Iraq's Sinjar From ISIS

AP | DALTON BENNETT | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, tou...

Officials: ISIS Shoots Down Iraqi Helicopter

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.13.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, officials said Saturday, killing the two pilots onboard and rai...

Iraq Official: Arrested Woman Not ISIS Leader's Wife

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official denied Wednesday that a woman detained in Lebanon is a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic Stat...

Iraq Reaches Major Oil Deal With Kurds

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government on Tuesday reached a deal with the Kurdish local authorities in the country's north to exchange oil from the aut...

A Guru's Journey To Iraq In Solidarity With Persecuted Yazidis

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

What can meditation do to help a war-torn nation heal? This is a question spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been asking for decades and on...

Suicide Bomber Kills 5 In Iraqi Kurdish Capital

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives blew himself up in the capital ...

Iraqi Forces Recapture Strategic Oil Refinery From ISIS

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of the strategic oil refinery town of Beiji on Friday, handing a major defeat to the ex...

Iraqi Christians Take Up Arms To Protect Their Village

AP | BRAM JANSSEN | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion

BAKUFA, Iraq (AP) — The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month aft...

U.S. Airstrikes Target ISIS Leaders In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

By Michael Georgy and Phil Stewart BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON Nov 8 (Reuters) - U.S. air strikes destroyed an Islamic State convoy near the Ir...

Wave Of Deadly Bombings Hit Iraq

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide truck bomber targeting the convoy of a top Iraqi police officer killed eight people, including the ranking official, authori...

Iraq's Top Cleric Says Army Corruption Helped ISIS Advance

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric said on Friday that corruption in the ...

Is This Iranian General The Mastermind Behind Iraq's Ground War?

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State militants retreated from the embattled town of Jurf al-Sakher last week, the Iraqi military was quick to flaunt a r...

Horrifying Scale Of ISIS Massacre Emerges

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anba...

Iraqi Tribal Leaders' Pleas For Help Before Massacre Were Ignored

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

By Michael Georgy and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Iraqi tribal leader Sheik Naeem al-Ga'oud and his men on...

Survivors Describe ISIS Massacre Of 600 Prisoners In Iraq's Mosul

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second...

Iraqi Forces In New Bid To Retake Country's Largest Refinery

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces said they advanced to within 2 km (1.2 mile) of the city of Baiji o...

Kurds, Iraqi Troops Recapture Territory From ISIS

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL, Iraq, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control ...

Iraq Fills Last Government Posts In Boost To Fight Against ISIS

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense a...

ISIS Militants Target Baghdad Amid Wave Of Attacks In Iraq

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.17.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital of Baghdad, killin...

Iraqi Towns Fall to ISIS

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters stormed a town in Iraq's western Anbar province on Saturday, its latest conquest in the desert reg...

Iraqi PM Says Foreign Troops Not Necessary In Fight Against ISIS

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for i...

ISIS Releases Video Threatening To Attack U.S. Troops In Iraq

AP | Posted 09.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group has released a video warning the United States that fighters await it in Iraq if President Barack Oba...

A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

Veton Surroi | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Veton Surroi

The Free Syrian Army, caught between the al-Assad air forces and the Islamic State group's territorial expansion, will benefit directly from an air campaign that is simultaneously against ISIS but does not allow any other air military activity.

The Strange Irony Hidden Among The Highest Ranks Of ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

On The First Day Of School, Iraqi Classrooms Are Filled With Families Fleeing ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

Yazidi families who fled the Islamic State's offensive last month have sought refuge in the relative safety of Iraq's Kurdish region. But with few cam...