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U.N. expects residents to start returning to Falluja by August

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BAGHDAD The United Nations said Iraqi authorities will allow civilians displaced by the assault on Islamic State-held Falluja to start returning home as early as August. | Video

U.S.-backed rebel group vows new attacks against IS after border raid 30 Jun 2016

AMMAN A U.S.-backed Syrian Arab rebel force vowed on Thursday to continue attacks against Islamic State militants after being forced to retreat from the outskirts of a town near the Iraqi border when the jihadists counter-attacked.

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Tony Blair in spotlight as report into Iraq war due to be published 30 Jun 2016

LONDON An official inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq War will finally deliver its findings next Wednesday, seven years after it was set up, with attention firmly focused on how far it will criticise former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Islamic State forces Syria rebels to retreat from border area 30 Jun 2016

AMMAN/BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an Islamic State-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.

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Islamic State forces Syria rebels to retreat from border area 29 Jun 2016

AMMAN/BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an Islamic State-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.

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Iraqi forces say press towards key air base south of Mosul 29 Jun 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's military said it advanced through northern villages held by Islamic State on Wednesday, on its way to an airfield which could serve as the staging ground for a future offensive on Mosul, the the biggest city held by the militants.

U.S. backed Syrian rebels launch attack on IS-held town near Iraqi border 28 Jun 2016

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebels launched an attack on a town held by Islamic State near the Iraqi border on Tuesday, senior commanders said, opening a new front against militants also facing an offensive from U.S.-backed forces in the north.

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Iraq's top court invalidates Abadi's partial cabinet reshuffle 28 Jun 2016

BAGHDAD A top Iraqi court on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a parliament session in which deputies had approved a partial cabinet reshuffle, scrapping Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's clearest gain in a months-long political crisis.

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U.S. official sees progress against Islamic State, war continuing 28 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's special envoy for the fight against Islamic State said on Tuesday that coalition forces were making progress and planning assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria, but U.S. lawmakers criticized the progress as too slow.

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Germany girds for potential spike in Islamic State attacks in Europe 28 Jun 2016

BERLIN The German government voiced concern on Tuesday that Islamic State could step up attacks in Europe as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria, and said its domestic intelligence agency is training to respond to a large-scale assault.