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Iraqi paramilitaries shut more Islamic State escape routes to Syria border


ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi paramilitary units captured the northern province of Hatra on Thursday, cutting off several desert tracks used by Islamic State to move between Iraq and Syria, the military.


Qatar denies trying to pay ransom money to free hostages in Iraq 27 Apr 2017

DOHA/BAGHDAD Qatar has denied trying to pay ransom money this month to secure the release of 26 Qataris abducted in Iraq a year and a half ago by unidentified gunmen, in a complex saga that has highlighted the Gulf state's strained ties with Baghdad.


Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits 27 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces.


Mosul businesses start reconstruction without waiting for final IS defeat 26 Apr 2017

MOSUL, Iraq Some businessmen in Mosul have begun rebuilding their shattered premises without waiting for financial support from the cash-strapped Iraqi government or for the final defeat of Islamic State in the city. | Video


For some Mosul men, escape leads straight to the interrogator 26 Apr 2017

HAMMAM AL-ALIL CAMP, Iraq The Iraqi intelligence officer kept barking the same question at the 46-year-old man who was looking nervously at his hands after having escaped Mosul: "Why do you still have a beard?"

U.S. says raised deep concerns with Turkey over air strikes 25 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON The United States on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over Turkish air strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq and said they were not authorized by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.


Iraqi forces use siege and stealth against Islamic State in Mosul 25 Apr 2017

MOSUL, Iraq, Iraqi forces are using siege and stealth tactics to drive Islamic State militants out of Mosul's Old City, an Iraqi general said, and minimise harm to civilians trapped in the cramped historic neighbourhood.


Dolls, teddy bears return to eastern Mosul after Islamic State 24 Apr 2017

MOSUL, Iraq Toy shops are thriving in eastern Mosul, with Iraqi children once again able to buy dolls, teddy bears or action figures after Islamic State was driven out of the area. | Video


As war wrecks ancient Iraq, Erbil works to rebuild citadel 24 Apr 2017

ERBIL, Iraq High on a rocky outcrop, just 50 miles from the fighting that is wrecking historic sites across Iraq, workers are busy laying out floor tiles, determined to save at least one ancient structure amidst the turmoil.


Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to former IS areas 24 Apr 2017

(Corrects this April 23 story to clarify source for number of displaced people.)

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