Iraq

Islamic State committing 'staggering' violations in Iraq - U.N. report

GENEVA - Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used children as fighters in systematic violations that may amount to war crimes, the United Nations said on Thursday.

France boosts military response to Islamic State, eyes next phase 8:14am BST

PARIS - France is sending more fighter jets and a warship to strike Islamic State militants in Iraq and will discuss with the United States long-term coalition strategy to tackle the insurgency, including in Syria, officials said on Wednesday.

U.S. Army drops murder charges against soldier in slaying of Iraqi boys 01 Oct 2014

SEATTLE - The U.S. Army has dropped premeditated murder charges against a soldier accused of fatally shooting two deaf and unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007 as the cattle-herding teens stumbled across his unit in a palm grove, a military official said on Wednesday.

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Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border 01 Oct 2014

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT - Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria.

France boosts military response to Islamic State, eyes next phase 01 Oct 2014

PARIS - France is sending more fighter jets and a warship to strike Islamic State militants in Iraq and will discuss with the United States long-term coalition strategy to tackle the insurgency, including in Syria, officials said on Wednesday.

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Wave of attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad kill 35 01 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. | Video

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Turkey, frustrated with West, clings to fading vision for the Middle East 01 Oct 2014

ANKARA/ISTANBUL - Frustrated by Western failure to heed his advice in Syria and Iraq and still smarting over the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu makes no apology for a foreign policy that has left his country isolated.

Turkey may let foreign troops use its bases in Islamic State campaign 01 Oct 2014

ANKARA - Turkey may send troops into Syria and Iraq and allow foreign soldiers to use its bases for cross-border incursions against Islamic State militants, according to a government proposal to be debated by parliament on Thursday.

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Australian aircraft to support U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq - PM 01 Oct 2014

SYDNEY - Australian aircraft will join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions.

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Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State 01 Oct 2014

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. | Video