Iraq

Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain

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ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed. | Video

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Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide - U.N. 1:04am BST

UNITED NATIONS - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday.

U.S. may expand training role of Iraq military advisers 1:03am BST

WASHINGTON - Any Iraqi request for more American military advisers or trainers to help the country's security forces fight Islamic State militants would be considered, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain 12:55am BST

ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed. | Video

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Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide - U.N. 12:55am BST

UNITED NATIONS - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday.

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Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution 21 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

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Iraqi refugees in Lebanon 'left behind, forgotten' - charity 21 Oct 2014

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon face a daily struggle to survive because of a lack of jobs and the rising cost of food and accommodation, a Catholic charity said on Tuesday.

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Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders 20 Oct 2014

ANKARA/BEIRUT - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. | Video

Islamic State insurgents advance into Iraqi town of Qara Tappa 20 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa on Monday disguised as Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Kurdish security sources said.

Islamic State oil output was $2 million/day before air strikes - IHS 20 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Islamic State militants were producing about $2 million (1.24 million pound) worth of crude oil per day in Iraq and Syria before recent U.S.-led air strikes, possibly more than double the amount heard in U.S. congressional testimony last month, the research firm IHS said on Monday.