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Clinton slams Trump for comments on offensive against Islamic State


MANCHESTER, N.H./ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed rival Donald Trump on Monday for saying that the week-old effort to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the control of Islamic State was going badly.


Oil dips on Buzzard restart, Iraq; U.S. crude tests below $50 24 Oct 2016

NEW YORK Oil prices dipped on Monday, with U.S. crude briefly falling below $50 per barrel, on news of the impending restart of Britain's Buzzard oilfield and Iraq's wish to be exempted from OPEC production cuts.


Islamic State steps up counter-attacks as fighting edges closer to Mosul 24 Oct 2016

BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq Islamic State expanded its attacks on Monday against the army and Kurdish forces across Iraq, trying to relieve pressure on the militant group's defences around Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in the country. | Video


Iraqi lawmaker, rights group urge inquiry into mosque attack 24 Oct 2016

BAGHDAD An Iraqi lawmaker has called on her government to investigate a suspected air strike at a Shi'ite mosque during fighting in nearby Kirkuk last week, saying U.S.-led forces could have been involved - a suggestion dismissed by the coalition.

Turkey says its artillery playing role in Mosul, jets on standby 24 Oct 2016

ANKARA Turkish artillery fire has already played a role in the effort to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul and four Turkish fighter jets are on standby to take part in air operations, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.


Battle for Mosul can shape or break Iraq further 24 Oct 2016

ERBIL It has taken two years of training a demoralised army, backed up by the air cover and special forces of the world’s greatest powers, for Iraq to mount an offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State.

U.S. casualty in Iraq shows risks of shifting front lines 23 Oct 2016

ERBIL, Iraq New details from a U.S. military investigation into Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan's death in Iraq are illustrating the twin risks of a bomb-ridden battlefield and shifting front lines in the campaign to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State.


Iraq's parliament votes to ban alcoholic beverages 23 Oct 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament voted on Saturday to ban alcoholic beverages, lawmakers said, a move that worried Iraqis who see the growing influence of religious parties a threat to freedoms.


Iraqi army drives Islamic State from Christian region near Mosul 23 Oct 2016

QAYYARA, Iraq Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video


Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul battle 22 Oct 2016

BAGHDAD/ANKARA Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined on Saturday an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul, a decision that could rile Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.