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U.S. diplomats accuse Tillerson of breaking child soldiers law


WASHINGTON A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal documents reviewed by Reuters. | Video


Iraq to declare final victory over Islamic State after desert campaign 21 Nov 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday Islamic State had been defeated from a military perspective but he would only declare final victory after IS militants were routed in the desert.

Iraq relocates hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected militants to Baghdad 21 Nov 2017

ERBIL/BAGHDAD Iraqi authorities have moved hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants from a detention centre in northern Iraq to Baghdad, citing security concerns and the difficulties of keeping them in a remote location.


Iraqi court rules Kurdish independence vote unconstitutional 20 Nov 2017

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday a Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void, strengthening Baghdad's hand in a stand-off with the Kurdish region watched closely by neighbouring Turkey and Iran.


Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town 17 Nov 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signalling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.


'New roadblocks' emerge in Iraq after Islamic State defeat - aid expert 15 Nov 2017

ERBIL, Iraq The war against Islamic State in Iraq may soon be over but providing humanitarian aid to Iraqis is becoming more difficult as new political and cultural divides open up, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said.


Abadi says Iraq to act soon over border areas in stand-off with Kurds 14 Nov 2017

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, seeking to up the pressure in a stand-off with Iraq's Kurdish region, said on Tuesday he would act soon over border areas under Kurdish control but predicted his government's forces would regain them without violence.


Oil seen as real prize of Iran's Kurdish adventure 14 Nov 2017

By Ahmed Rasheed, Dmitry Zhdannikov and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

Kosovo at risk of attacks by returning Islamist militants - report 13 Nov 2017

PRISTINA Kosovo's government considers the possibility of attacks by Islamic State fighters returning from Iraq and Syria one of the main threats to national security, according to a new strategy document.

Major quake kills at least 61 in Iran western province - TV 12 Nov 2017

ANKARA At least 61 people were killed and 300 were injured in border areas of Iran when an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck neighbouring Iraq on Sunday, Iranian state television reported.