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Eighteen killed in Islamic State attack north of Iraq's Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq Eighteen people, including two children, were killed on Saturday when militants shot at a checkpoint north of Tikrit and then set off two bombs at the entrance to the Iraqi city in attacks later claimed by Islamic State.


Germany urges protection of civilians in north Iraq offensive 23 Sep 2016

ERBIL, Iraq Germany's defence minister urged parties to Iraq's conflict on Friday to protect civilians during the looming offensive by a U.S.-led coalition to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants.


Iraq's Zebari accuses ex-PM Maliki of arranging dismissal as finance minister 23 Sep 2016

(This September 22 story has been corrected to fix title of Massoud Barzani in third paragraph)

German major sees lengthy battle for Islamic State Iraq stronghold 22 Sep 2016

ERBIL, Iraq Islamic State militants are expected to fight bitterly to hold onto their de-facto Iraqi capital, and the battle to retake Mosul will likely be a bloody one, a German major helping train local forces said on Thursday.


Iraqi army says it recaptured key town south of Mosul 22 Sep 2016

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the U.S.-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat on Thursday, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year. | Video

U.S. tests for mustard agent after rocket attack near Iraq base 22 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. military is testing to see if a chemical agent may have been used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Islamic State that came within hundreds of yards (meters) of U.S. forces but injured no one, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

Iran parades new weapons at time of Gulf tension with U.S. 21 Sep 2016

BEIRUT Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by showing off its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf. | Video


Iraqi finance minister sacked, risking economic fallout 21 Sep 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament sacked Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Wednesday over corruption allegations, a move that risks further destabilising the major OPEC producer's fragile economy as it struggles with a massive budget deficit.


Iraqi forces close in on town south of Mosul 21 Sep 2016

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraq's military closed in on Wednesday on the centre of Shirqat, a northern town held by Islamic State seen as a stepping stone in the campaign to recapture the jihadists' stronghold of Mosul.


Islamic State digs in behind Mosul moat as battle for city looms 20 Sep 2016

BAGHDAD Islamic State is building a moat around Mosul in northern Iraq, in preparation for a long, hard battle against U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces for the biggest city in the jihadists' self-proclaimed caliphate.