Iraq

Eyeing 'fatal blow' against IS, Britain lays ground to join U.S. air strikes

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LONDON - The British government is preparing the ground to join the United States in launching air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, but is moving cautiously to ensure it avoids a parliamentary defeat and acts as part of a regional coalition.

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Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq 7:47pm BST

BERLIN - Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani assured the West on Wednesday that it was not aiding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, telling Germany that his own country's security was jeopardised by the militants.

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Obama vows U.S. will not fight another ground war in Iraq 6:59pm BST

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. - President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of U.S. involvement after a top general suggested combat troops could be deployed against Islamic State forces.

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Kosovo imams arrested in push to stop fighters going to Syria, Iraq 6:49pm BST

PRISTINA - At least nine imams were among 15 people arrested in Kosovo on Wednesday in the second major operation in weeks to try to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria. | Video

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Iraqi army launches offensive on Islamic State in three cities 4:51pm BST

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation against Islamic State insurgents in three cities in central Iraq on Wednesday, fighting to regain control of lost ground, security sources said.

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Exclusive - Iraqi Kurdistan oil heads to Asia, in talks with China 4:29pm BST

LONDON - At least 3 million barrels of Iraqi Kurdish oil are on ships heading to Asia, with trade sources naming China as a possible destination as the autonomous region expands efforts to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.

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U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible - FBI 3:25pm BST

WASHINGTON - Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.

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After Obama speech, Islamic State wins new recruits in Syria - monitor 2:06pm BST

BEIRUT - Islamic State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama signalled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.

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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq 11:53am BST

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

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U.N. chief urges nations to 'act decisively' on Islamic State 1:40am BST

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. | Video