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Iraq shuts Al-Jazeera bureau for ‘instigating violence’

Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) sent the Al-Jazeera Media Network a letter informing it of a March 24 decision to withdraw the bureau’s licence and close its office for one year.

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US to send 217 additional troops to Iraq to help fight against Islamic State

The US President’s instructions to his national security team have been to reinforce the successful elements of US campaign

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G7 backs intensified fight against IS in Iraq, Syria

“Terrorism is an urgent global security threat that requires international collaboration and unified responses,” they said in a statement at the end of a two-day meeting in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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Iraq: Suicide bombing by Islamic State at football stadium kills 41

The bombing took place on Friday during a match in the small stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles from Baghdad. IS claimed the attack, saying it had targeted Shiite militiamen.

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Iraqi military launches offensive to recapture IS-held Mosul

Some US and Iraqi officials have said it may not even be possible to retake it this year, despite repeated vows by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

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American Islamic State fighter: ‘I made a bad decision’

Khweis gave himself up to Iraqi Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday. As IS loses territory, US officials predict there will be more desertions.

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Iraqi military plane crashes in IS-held area

The Cessna 208 Caravan single-engine turboprop crashed on Wednesday while hovering near the town of Hawija, 130 miles north of Baghdad.

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Iraq: Suicide bombing kills at least 60 at police check post in south of Baghdad

The attacker struck shortly after noon when the checkpoint at one of the entrances to the city of Hillah was crowded with dozens of cars, a police officer said.

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US unleashes Delta Force in Iraq to target Islamic State operatives

The official said the group has spent the last several weeks preparing, including setting up safe houses, establishing informant networks and coordinating operations with Iraqi and Peshmerga units.

FILE - In this May 30, 2013, file photo, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz. The wife of a former senior leader of the Islamic State has been charged in federal court with contributing to the death of Mueller. The Justice Department on Feb. 8, 2016 announced charges against 25-year-old Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, who's also known as Umm Sayyaf. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Jo. L. Keener, File)

Iraqi woman charged with role in US female hostage’s death

The case was brought one year after Mueller was confirmed dead by her family and the Obama administration, though it’s not clear when or if Umm Sayyaf will be brought to the US to stand trial.

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Agencies verifying reports on Indians killed by ISIS

“Subsequent to a brief interrogation, the Sharia Court decided to behead the dissidents on charges of treason,” Ara news said.

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ISIS publicly beheads its fighters for desertion: Report

ISIS considers jihadis who leave their posts without permission as traitors and enemies of its so-called Caliphate.

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Pentagon lays out plan to take back Mosul, Raqqa from Islamic State

Carter’s speech offered an upbeat assessment of the anti-IS campaign, saying that coalition-backed forces, supported by the airstrikes, are taking back territory and going after the groups finances.

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Baghdad mall attack: Gunmen kill at least 18, IS claims responsibility

The officials initially described the attack as a hostage situation, estimating that 50 people were trapped inside the complex.

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Islamic State suicide bombers kill 15 at Iraqi military base

Islamic State, the militant group controlling swathes of Iraq’s north and west, claimed responsibility for the blasts in a statement distributed by supporters online.

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