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Iraqi commander declares defeat of Islamic State in Falluja

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FALLUJA, Iraq Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Islamic State militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle over after nearly five weeks of fighting.

Nepali migrants banned from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria 24 Jun 2016

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nepal has banned its nationals from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria after 13 Nepali security guards were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in the Afghan capital earlier this week, Labour Minister Deepak Bohara said on Friday.

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Offensives against Islamic State could displace 2.3 million Iraqis - U.N. 23 Jun 2016

BAGHDAD Upcoming military offensives in Iraq against Islamic State, including an assault on the northern city of Mosul, could displace at least 2.3 million people, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq said on Thursday. | Video

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Falluja gains boost Iraqi PM ahead of Mosul, but for how long? 22 Jun 2016

FALLUJA, Iraq The rapid entry of Iraqi forces into central Falluja last week surprised many who expected a drawn-out battle with Islamic State for the bastion of Iraq's Sunni insurgency, where some of the toughest fighting of the U.S. occupation took place.

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U.S. coalition says expects tough fight against IS near Turkish border 22 Jun 2016

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq said on Wednesday it was tightening the noose around militants in the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border but expected them to fight to the end to defend their stronghold.

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U.N. says received further reports of abuse of Falluja escapees 22 Jun 2016

BAGHDAD The United Nations said on Wednesday it had received further reports alleging "serious rights violations" of civilians fleeing the Iraqi city of Falluja by armed groups supporting a U.S-backed military offensive against Islamic State.

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Gains against Islamic State not yet enough, could backfire - U.S. officials 22 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and some administration officials have hailed recent military gains against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but other U.S. officials and outside experts warn that the U.S.-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic group, and could even backfire.While Islamic State’s defeats in Iraq and Syria have erased its image of invincibility, they threaten to give it greater legitimacy in the eyes of disaffected Sunni Muslims be

Boko Haram fracturing over Islamic State ties, U.S. general warns 21 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON Nigerian militants Boko Haram have fractured internally, with a big group splitting away from shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau over his failure to adhere to guidance from the Iraq- and Syria-based Islamic State, a senior U.S. general said on Tuesday.

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Iraqi forces retake two Falluja districts from Islamic State, push west 21 Jun 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's armed forces pressed on with their offensive to retake the city of Falluja from Islamic State on Tuesday, dislodging the militants from two eastern districts and pushing them back into a handful of northern and western neighbourhoods.

U.S. military says will not disclose details on injured service members 21 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. military will not provide details on specific cases of American service members injured in Iraq and Syria because it could give information to Islamic State militants, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday