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Iraq PM urges end to protests while army busy fighting Islamic State

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BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed on Thursday for an end to protests against his government while the armed forces are fighting to retake the city of Falluja from Islamic State (IS) insurgents.

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Top Shi'ite cleric urges restraint in assault on Iraq's Falluja 25 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged government and allied Shi'ite militia forces fighting to retake Falluja from Islamic State militants to spare trapped civilians amid reports of a budding humanitarian crisis in the city.

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Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians 24 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad, as international concern mounted for the security of civilians. | Video

U.N. urges Falluja combatants to let civilians escape fighting 24 May 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations on Tuesday pleaded with combatants in Iraq's embattled Falluja to protect civilians escaping the fighting as Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in an attempt to retake the militant stronghold just west of the capital.

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Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State near Falluja, bombard city centre 23 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi government forces fought Islamic State militants near Falluja on Monday and bombarded central districts at the outset of an offensive to retake the longtime jihadist stronghold on the western approaches to the capital Baghdad. | Video

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Iraq announces start of Falluja operation, some residents flee 23 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja after the military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. | Video

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Iraq denies using live fire against Green Zone protesters 22 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq denied on Sunday that its security forces had used live ammunition against protesters who broke into Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone this week.

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Protesters storm Baghdad's Green Zone again, dozens hurt 20 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters who stormed into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Friday and entered the cabinet building, drawing calls for revolt from a powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric. | Video

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IMF agrees $5.4 billion standby loan for Iraq 19 May 2016

AMMAN Iraq has reached a $5.4 billion (4 billion pounds) standby agreement with the International Monetary Fund that could unlock $15 billion more in international assistance over the next three years, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Thursday.

Iraq says it retakes western town of Rutba from Islamic State 19 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's military said on Thursday it had retaken the remote western town of Rutba from Islamic State in an operation launched this week to cut off the militants' supply route to neighbouring Syria.