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David Petraeus: U.S. must not be Iraq ‘air force for Shiite militias’

The man who led the US troop surge that preceded Washington’s exit from Iraq after a costly eight-year war says there should not even be US air support without major change in Baghdad. The comments from General David Petraeus, who commanded US troops in Mosul — Iraq’s second city which…

Iraqi security forces regain ground north of Baghdad

Iraqi security forces retook a town north of Baghdad from militants Saturday as they readied a fightback after the premier announced the cabinet granted him "unlimited powers." Troops and tribal militia found the burned bodies of 12 policemen as they……

Obama on military aid to Iraq: ‘I don’t rule out anything’

Jihadists moved nearer to Baghdad Thursday after capturing a town just hours to the north, as President Barack Obama said Washington was exploring all options to save Iraq’s security forces from collapse. With the militants closing in on the capital, forces from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region took control of Kirkuk,…

Iraqi Kurds take control of disputed areas as jihadists offensive continues

A major offensive by jihadists is allowing Iraqi Kurds to take control of disputed territory that Baghdad has long opposed them adding to their autonomous northern region. With federal forces abandoning their posts, Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, are filling the vacuum in some areas — defending them from the…

Half a million people flee as ISIS militants seize the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul

Militants seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit Wednesday but their assault on Samarra was repulsed as a lightning jihadist offensive launched in second city Mosul swept closer to Baghdad. Since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant began their spectacular assault in Mosul late Monday, militants have captured a…

52 killed in Iraq as fears mount of a return to sectarian warfare

A wave of violence Friday killed 52 people in Iraq, most of whom were kidnapped and shot dead with their corpses abandoned, in scenes harking back to Iraq’s sectarian war. The killings come amid a surge in violence that has left more than 600 people dead this month, including several…

Iraq attacks kill 39 as official escapes assassination

Attacks across Iraq, including more than a dozen car bombs, killed 39 people on Sunday while the head of Baghdad’s provincial council escaped an assassination attempt on his convoy. The violence was the latest in months of unrelenting bloodshed, the country’s worst since 2008, that has sparked concern Iraq is…

Unknown gunman kills 12 at Baghdad brothel

Unknown gunmen shot dead at least seven women and five men at a brothel in Baghdad on Wednesday, security and medical officials said. The attack took place in the capital’s eastern area of Zayouna, where a number of brothels are located. An interior ministry official said the gunmen burst into…

Blast in Baghdad as Arab summit opens

A large blast rocked central Baghdad near the Iranian embassy on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital’s heavily-fortified Green Zone as a landmark Arab summit opened Thursday, an AFP journalist said. The blast was heard at around 1:40 pm (1040 GMT) and took place in the Salhiyeh neighbourhood of central Baghdad. As smoke billowed into…

30 dead as Iraq rocked by wave of violence on anniversary of U.S.-led invasion

Near-simultaneous attacks in several Iraqi cities killed at least 30 people on Tuesday on the anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country, just days before Baghdad hosts a landmark Arab summit. The violence, which left 160 people wounded, was the deadliest to strike Iraq in nearly a month and…

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