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Fighting the Islamic State: Iraq launches a military operation to regain control of Tikrit

Iraqi security forces began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State.


Attacks kill 37 people in and north of Iraq’s capital Baghdad

Meanwhile in Baghdad, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi vowed to track down and punish those who smashed rare relics in the northern city of Mosul.


Twin car bombing kills 9 people in Iraq

Police officials say the attack took place Saturday morning when the first bomb exploded near a busy market.


Kurdish fighters rout Islamic State militants from town near Iraq

The victory marks a second blow to the extremist IS group in a month.


Series of bomb blasts in Iraq, 23 dead

A series of bombings in Baghdad and near the Iraqi capital killed at least 23 people on Tuesday, officials said.


New Zealand troops to train Iraqi army in fight against Islamic State

New Zealand will send a small number of troops to Iraq to train forces against the Islamic State group.

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French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle begins Iraq operations against Islamic State militants

A source said the carrier would be engaged for several weeks.

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Mission to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants to begin in April, May: Official

The mission will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or about 25,000 troops, said a US military official.


US marine Wassef Hassoun, facing trial a decade after vanishing in Iraq

Hassoun also formally conceded that his second disappearance began with an unauthorized absence.

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Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 15 in capital

Attacker set off his explosives-laden vest in a Baghdad square killing 15 and leaving 45 others injured.


Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi orders end to years-old Baghdad curfew

The move came after Abadi visited the operations command and was briefed on the security situation.


ISIS chemical weapons expert killed in US-led air strikes

Mosul is the biggest city in northern Iraq and the largest population centre in ISIS’ hands.

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Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing

IS insurgents attacked regional Kurdish forces southwest of Kirkuk seizing parts of Khabbaz oilfields.


US-led air strikes hit Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq

The Pentagon said this week the militants had been driven out of 90 percent of Kobani.


Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi’ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

Iraqi security and govt officials have disputed the accounts saying radical jihadists from ISIS could have perpetrated the killings.