Iraq

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

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WASHINGTON - The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.

Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State 22 Nov 2014

ISTANBUL - Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday.

U.S. welcomes oil deal between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad 22 Nov 2014

ISTANBUL - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed an agreement between Iraq's central government and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, a step forward in a feud that has threatened the unity of Iraq.

Canadian vets plan to join Kurdish fight against Islamic State 21 Nov 2014

OTTAWA - Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported on Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds.

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Islamic State attacks Iraq provincial capital - officials 21 Nov 2014

BAGHDAD - Islamic State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of an Iraqi provincial capital on Friday, local officials said, in an apparently coordinated effort to seize full control of the city.

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U.S. to send new troops to Iraq even before Congress OKs funds 21 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Some of the 1,500 new U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State militants will deploy to the country in the next few weeks without waiting for Congress to fund the mission, the Pentagon said on Thursday. | Video

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U.S. to send new troops to Iraq even before Congress OKs funds 20 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Some of the 1,500 new U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State militants will deploy to the country in the next few weeks without waiting for Congress to fund the mission, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Senior Islamic State figure killed in Mosul - sources 20 Nov 2014

BAGHDAD - An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday. | Video

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U.S.-led air strikes target Islamic State, Khorasan in Syria - officials 20 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces conducted six air strikes against Islamic State militants and one against the al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group in Syria since Monday and 24 air strikes in Iraq during the same period, the U.S. military said.

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U.S.-led air strikes target Islamic State, Khorasan in Syria - officials 19 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces conducted six air strikes against Islamic State militants and one against the al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group in Syria since Monday and 24 air strikes in Iraq during the same period, the U.S. military said.