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British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

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LONDON/CAIRO An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday.

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Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul 21 Feb 2017

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city.

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Iraqi forces battling Islamic State about to reach Mosul airport 21 Feb 2017

SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling Islamic State fighters have fought their way close to Mosul's airport on the second day of a ground offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold in the western side of the city, military statements said on Monday. | Video

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Trump's defence chief: 'We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil' 20 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday. | Video

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Blowing up houses, digging up graves - Iraqis purge Islamic State 19 Feb 2017

RFAILA, Iraq The mood was festive as seven men each carried a bomb into a house on the edge of a village in northern Iraq.

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Battle in west Mosul could see siege, mass displacement - U.N. 18 Feb 2017

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's U.S.-backed offensive against Islamic State in western Mosul could displace up to 400,000 civilians and involve a siege in the densely populated old city, the United Nations' Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq said on Saturday.

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Islamic State readies for close combat in alleyways of west Mosul 17 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD Islamic State militants are developing a network of passageways and tunnels in the narrow alleys of west Mosul that will enable them to hide and fight among the civilian population when Iraqi forces launch an attack that is expected any day now.

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Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were "normal" 17 Feb 2017

SULAIYMANIYA, Iraq Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets.

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In Mosul orphanage, Islamic State groomed child soldiers 17 Feb 2017

MOSUL, Iraq When the boys first arrived at the Islamic State training facility in eastern Mosul they would cry and ask about their parents, who went missing when the militants rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014.

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Baghdad car bomb kills 51 as Islamic State escalates insurgency 16 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD A car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing at least 51 people and wounding 55, security and medical sources said, in the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.

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