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Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar on Sunday, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.

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Iraq's Kurds might put off independence vote in return for concessions from Baghdad - official 20 Aug 2017

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Iraq's Kurds may consider the possibility of postponing a planned Sept. 25 referendum on independence in return for financial and political concessions from the central government in Baghdad, a senior Kurdish official said.

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Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants 18 Aug 2017

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say.

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign 17 Aug 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State (IS) insurgents from the city of Mosul.

Iraq parliament backs trade minister, ends grilling over graft 17 Aug 2017

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament on Thursday voted to end its grilling of acting Trade Minister Salman al-Jumali over corruption allegations that mostly stemmed from a ministry deal to import Indian rice in 2016.

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With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer 17 Aug 2017

BAGHDAD/DUBAI It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East.

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Iraq seeks international help to investigate Islamic State crimes 16 Aug 2017

UNITED NATIONS Iraq asked for international help on Wednesday to collect and preserve evidence of crimes by Islamic State militants and said it is working with Britain to draft a United Nations Security Council resolution to establish the investigation.

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War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command centre 16 Aug 2017

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

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Iraq minister faces questions over trade corruption allegations 15 Aug 2017

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament on Tuesday questioned acting Trade Minister Salman al-Jumali over corruption allegations linked to the ministry, mostly stemming from a deal to import Indian rice in 2016.

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Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum will fuel instability, Turkey says 15 Aug 2017

ANKARA Next month's referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence violates Iraq's constitution and will further destabilise the region, a Turkish government spokesman said on Tuesday.