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Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last town in Islamic State control

Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic-State control, leaving the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate on the verge of complete defeat.… Read More

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Iraqi authorities gain first foothold at Kurdish frontier with Turkey

Iraqi troops deployed on Tuesday at one of the main land crossings with Turkey, gaining a foothold at the Kurdish-held frontier for the first time in decades and imposing one … Read More

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Iraq paramilitaries battle Kurds in push towards Turkish border oil hub

Iraqi pro-government paramilitaries launched an offensive against Kurdish troops on Tuesday near the Turkish frontier, pushing towards a strategic border crossing and oil export pipeline hub that Baghdad says … Read More

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Iraq eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan region, in first sign of de-escalation

Iraq’s central bank on Wednesday eased financial restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks, an Iraqi … Read More

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Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Sistani opposes secession of Kurdish region

Iraq’s top Shi‘ite cleric opposes the secession of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, his representative said in a Friday sermon on his behalf, in the religious leader’s first comments … Read More

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Kurdish independence vote damages U.S. efforts to preserve unified Iraq

A vote by Iraq’s minority Kurds for independence is a blow to the United States, which has spent years, billions of dollars and the lives of thousands of troops trying … Read More

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Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan

Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government.

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Iraq launches offensive on Hawija, an Islamic State-held region near oil city Kirkuk

Iraq launched an offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, west of the oil city of Kirkuk and one of two areas of the country … Read More

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Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrations

Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, making a doomed last stand in … Read More

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Iraqi PM Abadi heads to Saudi Arabia at start of MidEast tour

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi headed on Monday to Saudi Arabia, the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also include Iran and Kuwait, in a … Read More