Iraq

Iraq army and Shi'ite militias launch attacks north of Baghdad

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BAGHDAD - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday at the start of a campaign aimed at driving them out of the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. | Video

Australia bars travel to Mosul ahead of planned offensive 4:21am GMT

SYDNEY - Australia on Monday barred its citizens from travelling to Mosul in northern Iraq, in a push to combat what the government calls growing radicalisation among young Australian Muslims, some of whom have fought overseas with militant groups.

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Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State north of Baghdad 01 Mar 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraq's army and Shi'ite militia have launched a long-awaited offensive against Islamic State in Salahuddin province, a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday. | Video

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Islamic State fighters attack Samarra ahead of army offensive 01 Mar 2015

BAGHDAD - Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, where security forces and their Shi'ite militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical Sunni militants.

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Islamic State fighters attack Samarra ahead of army offensive 28 Feb 2015

BAGHDAD - Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, where security forces and their Shi'ite militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical Sunni militants.

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Iraq says to track down antiquities after Islamic State museum rampage 28 Feb 2015

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants who destroyed priceless antiquities from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have kept some artefacts to sell, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday, vowing to prevent the radical Islamists from smuggling them to market.

U.N. condemns Islamic State's 'barbaric terrorist acts' in Iraq 28 Feb 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest "barbaric terrorist acts" in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts.

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Islamic State must keep expanding to survive - financial report 27 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - International investigators said on Friday that in order for the Islamic State to remain financially viable it would have to further expand territory it controls in Iraq and Syria and take over more resources.

Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities - rights groups 27 Feb 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday.

With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi history 26 Feb 2015

ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.