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Iraqi forces aim to secure Mosul bridge, link up to east bank

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MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Sunday, aiming to capture a bridge across the Tigris which would link the city's government-held eastern bank with the ongoing offensive against remaining militants in the west. | Video

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Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee 25 Feb 2017

MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defences of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier. | Video

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Saudi FM visits Baghdad to bolster Sunni-Shi'ite reconciliation post IS 25 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Saturday in a new attempt to heal the Sunni kingdom's troubled relations with Shi'ite-majority Iraq.

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Iraqi forces punch into western Mosul, launch air strikes in Syria 25 Feb 2017

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed into western Mosul on Friday after retaking the city's airport from Islamic State, as aid agencies warned the most dangerous phase of the offensive was about to begin for hundreds of thousands of civilians.

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Iraqi air force hits Islamic State inside Syria for first time 24 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi warplanes have struck Islamic State targets inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks in Baghdad by the group, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday.

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Pentagon plan to defeat Islamic State to look beyond Iraq, Syria 24 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON A Pentagon-led plan to defeat Islamic State, due in draft form by Monday, will look beyond Iraq and Syria to include the threat from jihadists around the world fuelling the conflict, America's top general said on Thursday.

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British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay 22 Feb 2017

LONDON/CAIRO An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday. | Video

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Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul 21 Feb 2017

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city.

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Iraqi forces battling Islamic State about to reach Mosul airport 21 Feb 2017

SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling Islamic State fighters have fought their way close to Mosul's airport on the second day of a ground offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold in the western side of the city, military statements said on Monday. | Video

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Trump's defence chief: 'We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil' 20 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday. | Video

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