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Kurd referendum: Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up

Turkish troops dug in on the southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons towards Kurdish-run northern Iraq.

Kurd referendum: Police deployed in Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk as tensions rise ahead of independence vote

The Kurdish authorities are showing no sign of bowing despite intense international pressure and regional appeals to call off the vote which Iraq says is unconstitutional and a prelude to breaking up the country.

Kurd referendum: Turkish tanks drill on Iraqi border week before Kurdish vote

In Turkey, around 100 military vehicles, mostly tanks, took part in the drill near the Habur border gate, a crossing point into Iraq, the private Dogan news agency said. Vehicles carrying missiles and howitzers also participated.

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Turkish army conducts military drill at Iraqi border, says army statement

With the largest Kurdish population in the region, Turkey also fears that a “Yes” vote would fuel separatism in its southeast, where militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have waged an insurgency for three decades.

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Kurd referendum: PM Haider al-Abadi says Iraq may use force if referendum turns violent

Iraq’s Kurdish region plans to hold the referendum on support for independence from Iraq on Sept. 25 in three governorates that make up their autonomous region, and in disputed areas controlled by Kurdish forces but which are claimed by Baghdad.

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Two killed in car bomb in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Kirkuk: A car bomb explosion targeting a shop selling alcohol in northern city of Iraq killed two civilians and wounded eight, a security official said.

Three Iranians among seven dead in twin attacks in south Iraq: officials

A car bomb in the same area targeted a security checkpoint shortly afterwards.

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Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which is supporting the 541 women and their children, said Iraq “must swiftly move to clarify its future plans for these individuals”.

Iraqi prime minister Hayder al-Abadi declares victory over IS in Tal Afar

Up to 2,000 battle-hardened militants were believed to be defending Tal Afar against around 50,000 government troops last week. It was unclear how many had retreated to al-‘Ayadiya.

Iraq blast: Car bombing at busy market kills 12 people in Baghdad

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, though the attack had all the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which often claims responsibility for large-scale attacks targeting Shiite civilians in Iraq’s capital.

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Iraqi forces retake most of Tal Afar from Islamic State

Tal Afar was the latest objective in the U.S.-backed war on the jihadist group following the recapture in July of Mosul, where it declared its self-proclaimed caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

France to loan 430 million euros to Iraq: Foreign ministry

The loan is aimed at helping the war-torn country implement reforms, improve public services and boost the performance of its state enterprises.

Iraq retakes Tal Afar centre, citadel from Islamic State

Officials have said they hope to announce victory in Tal Afar by Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday set to start in Iraq on September 2.

US defense secretary in Iraq as troops battle for Tal Afar

Mattis said that after retaking Tal Afar, Iraqi forces would move against the western Euphrates River valley. Brigadier General Andrew Croft, responsible for coalition air operations over Iraq, said that between 10,000 and 20,000 civilians remained in Tal Afar.

Iraqi forces start offensive to take back Islamic State held city of Tal Afar

The city is surrounded by Iraqi government troops and Shi’ite volunteers in the south, and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the north. About 2,000 battle-hardened militants remain in the city, according to US and Iraqi military commanders.