Iraq

Islamic State said to set new deadline for hostage swap

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AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also held by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. | Video

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis 28 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one.

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Shell signs $11 billion deal to build petrochemicals plant in Iraq 28 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Royal Dutch Shell signed a deal with Iraq on Wednesday worth $11 billion (7 billion pounds) to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, boosting the country's aim to become a major regional energy player and diversify its income.

France unveils anti-jihad campaign with video and web site 28 Jan 2015

PARIS - France unveiled a short video and web site on Wednesday designed to dissuade potential jihadists from joining Islamist fighting groups in Syria and Iraq, where recruiters have lured hundreds of Westerners using slickly produced clips and social media.

Sunni officials in Iraq say Shi'ite militias kill 70 after ISIS rollback 26 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province accused Shi'ite militias on Monday of killing more than 70 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Islamic State militants.

Iraqi security forces recapture villages near Iran border 26 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias took control of about two dozen villages from Islamic State fighters in the eastern province of Diyala near the border with Iran, security sources and local officials said on Monday.

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Kurdish forces fire into Islamic State-controlled Mosul 24 Jan 2015

ARBIL, Iraq - Kurdish forces have fired rockets into Mosul for the first time since Islamic State militants overran the northern Iraqi city last summer, Kurdish military sources said on Saturday.

Canadian accused in Iraq bombing extradited to the U.S 24 Jan 2015

NEW YORK - A Canadian man has been extradited to the United States to face federal terrorism charges that he helped orchestrate the April 2009 truck bombing of a U.S. base in Mosul, Iraq, that killed five soldiers, U.S. authorities announced on Friday.

Canadian accused in Iraq bombing extradited to the U.S 23 Jan 2015

NEW YORK - A Canadian man has been extradited to the United States to face federal terrorism charges he helped orchestrate the April 2009 truck bombing of a U.S. base in Mosul, Iraq, that killed five soldiers, U.S. authorities announced on Friday.

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Iraqi PM says West and Iran both helping against Islamic State 23 Jan 2015

DAVOS - Iraq's prime minister said on Friday the West had increased support to his country to help it fight Islamic State, and Iran was also providing crucial backing.