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Air strikes killed 14 civilians in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military

WASHINGTON Six U.S. air strikes against al Qaeda and Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria killed 14 civilians and injured another between July 28 last year and April 29 this year, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

U.S. says looking at more counter-terrorism cooperation with China 26 Jul 2016

BEIJING The United States is looking at ways to increase counter-terrorism cooperation with China, including information exchanges and helping bring stability to places like Iraq, a senior U.S. administration official said on Tuesday.

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Suicide bombing north of Baghdad kills 16, Islamic State claims attack 25 Jul 2016

BAGHDAD A suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State killed 16 people including a group of women and children packed into a minibus outside an Iraqi town on Monday morning, police and hospital sources said.

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Trench cuts off Iraq's Falluja from the north following IS defeat 23 Jul 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces are digging a trench on the northern outskirts of Falluja a month after taking it back from Islamic State, security officials said on Saturday, raising concerns about repopulating the deserted city.

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Iraq's domestic security must catch up to military gains, defence minister says 22 Jul 2016

BAGHDAD Less than 10 percent of Iraqi territory remains in the hands of Islamic State, but battlefield advances have not been matched by better security inside Iraq, the country's defence minister said on Thursday.

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As Islamic State spreads, U.S. officials urge more information sharing 21 Jul 2016

WASHINGTON U.S. officials on Thursday called on partners in the coalition against Islamic State to increase information sharing to counter the militant group's expanding reach beyond Iraq and Syria, and said a victory in the northern city of Mosul was now in sight.

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Kerry warns of new challenge in securing Iraq after Islamic State 20 Jul 2016

WASHINGTON The battlefield momentum in Iraq and Syria has shifted against Islamic State, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, but the international community must now also confront the challenge of stabilizing newly liberated areas. | Video

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Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover 20 Jul 2016

BAGHDAD When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government.

U.S. approves $785 million bomb sale to UAE ally against Islamic State 19 Jul 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of $785 million (599 million pounds) in bombs to the United Arab Emirates for the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

U.N. says Iraq's battle of Mosul may cost $2 billion in aid 18 Jul 2016

GENEVA An expected Iraqi assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul is likely to cause mass civilian casualties and force hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, the United Nations said on Monday.

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