Iraq

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja - medical official

FALLUJA Iraq - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said.

Turkey's top cleric calls new Islamic 'caliphate' illegitimate 1:01pm BST

ISTANBUL - The declaration of a "caliphate" by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilisation, Turkey's top cleric, the successor to the last caliph's most senior imam, said.

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Insight - Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad 11:41am BST

BAGHDAD - Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.

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U.N. accuses Islamic State of executions, rape, forced child recruitment in Iraq 20 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - The United Nations accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600 civilians this year.

Iraqi bishop urges world to act after Mosul's Christians forced to flee 20 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - A senior Iraqi bishop urged the world to act on Sunday after Islamic hardliners drove Mosul's Christians from the northern Iraqi city, effectively ending a presence there dating back to Christianity's earliest years.

Top Kurdish security official warns West of Iraq blowback 20 Jul 2014

ARBIL Iraq - Western countries will end up fighting insurgents who have overrun large parts of Iraq on their own doorstep unless they intervene to combat the threat at its source, a senior Kurdish security official said in an interview.

Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State 19 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave.

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Iraq president Talabani returns after long absence 19 Jul 2014

ARBIL Iraq - President Jalal Talabani returned to Iraq on Saturday for the first time since he suffered a stroke a year and a half ago and was flown abroad for medical treatment, state television said.

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U.N. accuses Islamic State of executions, rape, forced child recruitment in Iraq 19 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - The United Nations accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600 civilians this year.

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Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians 18 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.