Iraq

Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last

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BAGHDAD - The blind man with just one hand arrived at the main mosque in the centre of the Iraqi city of Ramadi at dusk on Wednesday, flanked by Islamic State fighters.

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Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last 28 May 2015

BAGHDAD - The blind man with just one hand arrived at the main mosque in the centre of the Iraqi city of Ramadi at dusk on Wednesday, flanked by Islamic State fighters.

Islamic State 'blind judge' shows up in Ramadi as Iraqi forces make slow advance 28 May 2015

BAGHDAD - A senior Islamic State figure known as "the blind judge" has made an appearance in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, asserting the militant group's dominion over it as security forces and Shi'ite militias prepare a counter-attack.

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Pentagon mulls improving Iraqi troop training after fall of Ramadi 28 May 2015

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday Pentagon officials have begun to examine how the U.S. military could better equip and train Iraqi troops after the recent fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State insurgents.

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Analysis - Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits of expansion 27 May 2015

LONDON - With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy.

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Iraq rebrands military campaign against Islamic State over fears of sectarianism 27 May 2015

BAGHDAD - A campaign led by Shi'ite paramilitaries to drive Islamic State militants from Iraq's Sunni heartland was rebranded on Wednesday after criticism that the name chosen for the push was overtly sectarian.

Oxford University unveils new Hadid-designed Middle East wing 27 May 2015

OXFORD, England - Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect, has designed a futuristic addition to the Oxford University campus: a curvy bridge building for St. Antony's College's Middle East Centre that was inaugurated on Tuesday.

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Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains 26 May 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni Muslim population. | Video

Pentagon slams 'unhelpful' Shi'ite code name for Ramadi offensive 26 May 2015

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Tuesday said it was "unhelpful" for Iraq's Shi'ite militia to have announced an openly sectarian code name for the operation to retake the Sunni city of Ramadi and added that, in the U.S. view, the full-on offensive had yet to begin.

Coalition fighting Islamic State must be reinforced - France 26 May 2015

PARIS - Iraq and Syria risk further division if international efforts to tackle Islamic State militants there are not stepped up quickly, France warned on Tuesday.