Iraq

Iraqi forces say most of Baiji town recaptured from Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces have cleared Islamic State militants from most of the northern town of Baiji and hope to drive them from the nearby oil refinery within days, a spokesman for the Shi'ite militias leading the fight said on Thursday.

Iraq, North Korea failures shadow nuclear talks with Iran 01 Jul 2015

VIENNA - Their inability to detect clandestine atomic programmes in Iraq and North Korea shadows Western officials as they seek to curb Iran's known nuclear activities and keep it from pursuing others in secret.

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Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration - Pentagon 29 Jun 2015

WASHINGTON - A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a U.S.-led coalition but remains a potent force holding key cities, the Pentagon said on Monday.

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Cameron - IS militants are plotting 'terrible' UK attacks 29 Jun 2015

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Monday that Islamic State militants based in Syria and Iraq were planning specific attacks against Britain and posed an existential threat to the West.

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Insight - Cautious Merkel on verge of biggest risk with "Grexit" 29 Jun 2015

BERLIN - "If you break it, you own it," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush before his invasion of Iraq.

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Insight - Cautious Merkel on verge of biggest risk with 'Grexit' 28 Jun 2015

BERLIN - "If you break it, you own it," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush before his invasion of Iraq.

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Iraq Kurds expel some suspected Islamic State supporters from villages 26 Jun 2015

ERBIL - The four men helped each other clamber up the far side of a trench into the no-man's land between frontlines in northern Iraq, fearing what lay ahead but unable to turn back.  

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Islamic State militants kill 14 Iraqi soldiers 25 Jun 2015

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants detonated a car bomb and then opened fire on Iraqi troops in the western province of Anbar on Thursday, killing 14 soldiers, security sources said.

More German women joining IS to fight, intelligence head says 24 Jun 2015

BERLIN - Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) fears a growing number of women have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside Islamic State militants, its chief said on Wednesday.

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Iraqi Shi'ite special forces take lead in Baiji fight 24 Jun 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite force said it is relying more heavily on elite units who fought in Syria in the battle against Islamic State for control of a critical Iraqi refinery and is now well placed to counter the militants' guerrilla warfare.