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Islamic State commander in Falluja killed, U.S. military says


WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD U.S.-led coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants including the group's commander in the city, a U.S military spokesman said on Friday.


Iraqis fleeing Mosul to Syria, up to 50,000 anticipated - UNHCR 1:08pm BST

GENEVA More than 4,200 Iraqis from Mosul fled to Syria in May, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, adding it is gearing up for up to 50,000 people to leave the Islamic State-held city and cross the border.


Falluja refugees report cases of starvation - Norway aid group 1:38am BST

BAGHDAD Civilians who managed to flee besieged Falluja have reported cases of starvation in the Iraqi city that government forces are trying to recapture from Islamic State militants, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. | Video


Iraq PM urges end to protests while army busy fighting Islamic State 26 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed on Thursday for an end to protests against his government while the armed forces are fighting to retake the city of Falluja from Islamic State (IS) insurgents.


Top Shi'ite cleric urges restraint in assault on Iraq's Falluja 25 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged government and allied Shi'ite militia forces fighting to retake Falluja from Islamic State militants to spare trapped civilians amid reports of a budding humanitarian crisis in the city.


Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians 24 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad, as international concern mounted for the security of civilians. | Video

U.N. urges Falluja combatants to let civilians escape fighting 24 May 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations on Tuesday pleaded with combatants in Iraq's embattled Falluja to protect civilians escaping the fighting as Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in an attempt to retake the militant stronghold just west of the capital.


Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State near Falluja, bombard city centre 23 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi government forces fought Islamic State militants near Falluja on Monday and bombarded central districts at the outset of an offensive to retake the longtime jihadist stronghold on the western approaches to the capital Baghdad. | Video


Iraq announces start of Falluja operation, some residents flee 23 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja after the military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. | Video


Iraq denies using live fire against Green Zone protesters 22 May 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq denied on Sunday that its security forces had used live ammunition against protesters who broke into Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone this week.