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Iraqi forces advance in Mosul as US Defence Secretary visits Baghdad

Iraqi forces pressed on with their offensive to dislodge the extremist Islamic State militia from their stronghold in northern Iraq, as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Baghdad on an unannounced official visit.

Tight security as thousands demonstrate in Baghdad

Thousands of protesters gathered in central Baghdad’s Tahrir square on Friday, as Iraqi forces imposed tight security measures around an area that saw deadly clashes last week.

Baghdad car bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 45

At least 45 people were killed Thursday in a car bombing claimed by the radical Sunni Islamic State group in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, a security official said.

5 killed, 300 hurt as Baghdad anti-government protests turn violent

Five people were killed and more than 300 injured Saturday when security forces fired gunshots and teargas to disperse a massive pro-reform rally in central Baghdad, according to Iraqi officials.

Iraq busts suspected Islamic State cell near Baghdad

Iraqi authorities have arrested a group with suspected links to the Islamic State extremist militia that planned attacks in the capital Baghdad, security officials said Thursday.

Iraq slates Trump travel ban; lawmakers demand tit-for-tat measures

Iraq Monday called on Washington to reconsider the ban on its citizens entering the US, saying it was "saddening" that it came as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition were scoring victories against Islamic State extremists.

Senior Iraqi cleric tells Trump to take Americans out of his country

Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Sunday that US citizens should leave his country in response to President Donald Trump’s ban on the entry of people from seven mainly Muslim countries including Iraq.

Liberation of east Mosul nearly complete, Iraq's al-Abadi says

Iraqi security forces are close to ending Islamic State resistance on the east bank of the Tigris river in Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday.

Iraq claims gains in Mosul campaign against Islamic State

Elite Iraqi forces retook territory in Mosul from Islamic state on Friday, part of an ongoing US-backed campaign aimed at dislodging the extremist organization from its last Iraqi urban stronghold, a senior army officer said.

18 killed in Baghdad suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State

Eighteen people were killed in two suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State extremist group in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Sunday, security and health officials said.

Baghdad, Ankara resolve row over Turkish troops in Iraq

Iraq said Saturday it has reached a deal with Ankara on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq, resolving a dispute that has strained ties between the two neighbours in recent months.

Five killed in Baghdad bombing as Iraqi forces make gains in Mosul

A car bomb exploded Thursday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing five civilians, a security official said.

Attacks in Baghdad and Samarra overshadow Hollande visit

Some 35 people were killed Monday in a suicide attack in Baghdad claimed by Islamic State, an official said, overshadowing a visit by French President Francois Hollande who offered to step up support for Iraq's campaign against the militants.

Hollande predicts Mosul victory "in weeks" as Baghdad blast kills 12

French President Francois Hollande said that he thought Iraqi forces would recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State within weeks while on a visit to Baghdad on Monday.

Suicide blast hits Baghdad suburb as Hollande meets Iraqi leaders

A suicide attacker blew himself up on Monday in the mainly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, killing a number of people, security forces said.

At least 24 killed in Islamic State bombing at busy Baghdad market

At least 24 civilians were killed on Saturday in a double suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State extremist militia targeting a busy market in Baghdad.

Iraq launches fresh offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from its key stronghold of Mosul, a senior army officer said.

Car bombing in Baghdad kills at least four, injures 10

A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least four civilians, police and witnesses said.

UN: 926 civilians killed in month of "staggering" violence in Iraq

A total of 926 civilians were among 2,885 Iraqis killed due to terrorism, violence and armed conflict in the country last month, a United Nations team reported Thursday.

Iraq parliament grants legal status to mainly Shiite militias

The Iraqi parliament Saturday passed a law granting legal status to mainly Shiite militias who have been a key force in the fight against Islamic State jihadists but have also been accused of abuses against civilians from the Sunni minority.

Pro-government militias say Mosul cut off from rest of Iraq

Iraq's mainly Shiite pro-government militias Wednesday said they have reached Kurdish Peshmerga positions west of Mosul, cutting off the Islamic State stronghold from the rest of Iraq and from Syria.

Pro-regime Iraqi militia takes airport seen as key to Mosul operation

The Popular Mobilization Forces, a pro-Iraqi government Shiite militia, managed late Wednesday to wrest control of a critical airport from Islamic State forces, according to a statement by the militia.

Iraqi forces claim ancient Nimrud city from Islamic State

Iraqi forces have retaken control of the ancient city of Nimrud from Islamic State near the militant organization's stronghold of Mosul, a senior army officer said on Sunday.

Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State stronghold despite car bombs

Iraq said its forces on Saturday recaptured two districts near Islamic State’s key stronghold of Mosul despite the car bombs used by the militant group in an attempt to hamper the US-backed campaign to liberate the city.

Iraq Army: Mass grave with 100 decapitated bodies found near Mosul

A mass grave of 100 headless bodies has been found south of Mosul in a town that was recently recaptured from Islamic State, the Iraqi Army said on Monday.

Iraqi forces claim key town near Mosul as refugee numbers swell

Iraqi forces said Saturday they had captured a key town some 15 kilometres south of Mosul, while an aid agency reported a sharp rise in the numbers of civilians fleeing since fighting reached the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city.

Explosion kills 26 fleeing Islamic State-held town in northern Iraq

Twenty-six people are dead after a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying people fleeing a town held by the Islamic State extremist militia in northern Iraq, a local police official said Saturday.

Iraq reports gains against Islamic State in Mosul

Iraqi forces on Friday made territorial gains against Islamic State in the extremist militia's stronghold of Mosul, a senior army officer said.

Iraq retakes over 50 villages near Mosul amid strong resistance

Joint Iraqi forces liberated Wednesday more than 50 villages bordering Mosul as part of an operation to dislodge Islamic State from the northern city, while intense fighting erupted again in a village retaken a day previous.

Iraq fears "reckless step" as Turkey sends tanks to border

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday he feared a "reckless step" from Ankara after Turkish media reported that Turkey was deploying tanks and armoured vehicles from a key infantry brigade to the border between the two countries.

Kurds fend off Islamic State attacks as Baghdad-Ankara spat continues

Kurdish forces on Monday said they fended off two attacks by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq as Turkish and Iraqi officials again issued contradictory statements about whether Turkish forces were involved in the campaign to take Mosul.

Iraq military denies Turkey's participation in Mosul campaign

The Iraqi military Monday denied that Turkish forces were participating "in any manner" in the campaign to recapture the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State extremist group.

Islamic State storms strategic western town in Iraq counter-attack

Islamic State militants on Sunday seized parts of a strategic western town in Iraq in an apparent response to an ongoing government campaign to recapture their main Iraqi stronghold, the northern city of Mosul.

Islamic State militants launch counter-attack in western Iraq

Islamic State forces launched an attack in western Iraq Sunday, an apparent response to an ongoing government campaign to recapture the extremist militia's key stronghold of Mosul, military officials said.

Iraqi premier rules out Turkish Mosul role despite US support

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday insisted that only Iraqi forces would take part in the campaign to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, despite the US hinting that it was sympathetic to Turkey's demand to be involved.

Iraqi forces push into Islamic State-held Christian town near Mosul

Iraqi troops on Saturday mounted a major attack to recapture a mostly Christian town near the key city of Mosul from the Islamic State extremist militia, state television al-Iraqiya reported.

Iraqi, Kurdish forces advance on Islamic State stronghold of Mosul

Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Thursday made territorial gains near Mosul as part of a major offensive aimed at dislodging the extremist group Islamic State from its stronghold in northern Iraq, military officials said.

Protesters outside Turkish embassy in Baghdad demand troops withdraw

Thousands of Iraqis gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday to protest Turkey's continued military presence north of Mosul, despite demands by the Iraqi government for Ankara's soldiers to leave.

Suicide bomber targets Shiites in Baghdad, killing two

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday as he targeted a Shiite procession in Baghdad, killing two, authorities said.

Islamic State claims Baghdad attack on Shiite funeral killing 34

A suicide bomber targeted a funeral on Saturday in a mostly Shiite neighbourhood of northern Baghdad, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 35, al-Sumaria television reported.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry summons Turkish diplomat over Erdogan comments

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad on Thursday to hand him a "strongly worded" memo in response to comments from Turkey's President earlier this week.

Iraq requests emergency UN meeting over row with Turkey

Iraq has asked the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss Baghdad's growing row with Turkey, an Iraqi official said on Thursday.

US to send more troops to Iraq to support fight against Islamic State

The United States is planning to send an additional 600 US troops to Iraq to help Iraqi troops in their effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State extremist militia.

Two Baghdad suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State kill 24

The Islamic State extremist militia claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Tuesday inside a busy market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Germany pledges to continue support for Iraq against Islamic State

Germany is prepared to lend more help to Iraq in its battle against Islamic State forces, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday in Baghdad.

Iraqi forces retake town from Islamic State near Mosul

The Iraqi army said on Thursday its forces had retaken full control of the northern town of Shirqat from Islamic State near the extremist militia's stronghold of Mosul.

Ten killed in Baghdad shopping mall attack claimed by Islamic State

Ten people were killed in twin bombings outside a shopping mall in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, local police and medical sources said on Saturday, lowering an initial death toll of 40.

Toll in Baghdad car bomb attack more than doubles to 19

The death toll in an overnight car bomb attack in Baghdad's central Karada district has risen to 19, a Health Ministry official said on Tuesday.

Loyalists of Iraq’s influential cleric go on pro-reform strike

Thousands of followers of Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr went on strike Sunday as part of his campaign to push for government reforms.

Baghdad arms depot explosion kills four civilians, witnesses say

An arms depot exploded on Friday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, causing casualties, a security official said.

18 Iraqi soldiers killed in Islamic State suicide attack

Eighteen Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a suicide car bombing by Islamic State in the northern town of Qayyara, a senior army commander says.

Iraqi authorities execute 36 convicted in Islamic State massacre

Iraqi authorities on Sunday executed 36 men convicted of involvement in the massacre of hundreds of soldiers by the Islamic State extremist militia two years ago, state television al-Iraqiya reported.

Iraqi forces gain ground near Islamic State stronghold

Iraqi forces on Saturday recaptured four villages from Islamic State near the extremist militia's northern stronghold of Mosul, a government official said.

Baghdad hospital fire kills at least 13 babies

Twelve newborn babies are dead after a fire erupted at a Baghdad hospital Wednesday, reported Iraq's Health Ministry.

Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in Baghdad

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people, police said of the latest in a series of attacks targeting Iraq's Shiite community.

Bombings kill at least 13 fleeing Islamic State in Iraq

At least 13 people were killed on Saturday in two separate bombings in northern Iraq while they were fleeing from a town held by the Islamic State extremist militia, police said.

Thousands of Iraqi cleric's followers rally for reform in Baghdad

Thousands of followers of Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gathered on Friday in the capital Baghdad, demanding government reforms.

13 killed in car bomb attack at Baghdad vegetable market

Some 13 people were killed Tuesday when a car bomb exploded at a fruit and vegetable market in Baghdad, police said.

Iraqi forces "liberate" key air base from Islamic State, premier says

Iraqi forces "liberated" a major air base from Islamic State militants on Saturday, coming closer to the extremist militia's stronghold in the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.

30 killed in attack on Shiite shrine in northern Iraq

At least 30 people were killed and 78 wounded in a suicide attack late Thursday inside a Shiite shrine in northern Iraq, police said.

20 killed, 70 wounded in suicide attack north of Baghdad

At least 20 people were killed and 70 wounded in a suicide attack late Thursday inside a Shiite shrine in the northern Iraqi province of Saladin, according to police sources.

Death toll rises to 250 from weekend bombing in Baghdad

The death toll from a car bombing in Baghdad at the weekend has risen to at least 250, an Iraqi Health Ministry source told dpa on Wednesday.

Death toll in weekend Baghdad bombing rises to 213

The death toll from a massive car bombing in Baghdad soared to at least 213, up from an initial estimate of more than 100, an Iraqi Health Ministry source told dpa Monday.

Security forces: Rockets fired at Iranian rebel camp near Baghdad

Some 20 rockets were fired Monday evening at a camp near Baghdad airport that hosts members of an exiled Iranian rebel group, security forces said.

Anger and sorrow mark the end of Ramadan after Baghdad bombing

Just days before the Islamic festival Eid al-Fitr, Baghdad is a city in mourning. At a time when Iraq's capital should be preparing for celebrations, rescue workers are still searching for bodies after a car bomb claimed by Islamic State jihadists killed over 200 people.

Iraqi premier orders "immediate" withdrawal of fake bomb detectors

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders the immediate withdrawal from security checkpoints of fake bomb detectors sold by a British company, after the killing of more than 100 people in a Baghdad car bomb attack claimed by Islamic State.

More than 100 dead as bomb hits Ramadan crowds in Baghdad

Over 100 people were killed on Sunday morning, an Iraqi police official said, after a car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State extremist group hit crowds during the busy shopping period ahead of the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

60 killed, 100 wounded in Baghdad bombing claimed by Islamic State

A car bombing in a commercial area of Baghdad killed at least 60 people and wounded 100 early Sunday, Iraqi police said of the attack claimed by the Islamic State extremist militia.

Iraq retakes full control of Fallujah from Islamic State - military

Iraq's western city of Fallujah has been fully "liberated" from the Islamic State after more than five weeks of fighting there against the extremist militia, a senior Iraqi commander said on Sunday.

Iraqi forces push deeper into centre of Islamic State-held Fallujah

Iraqi troops on Friday advanced against Islamic State in the centre of Fallujah, the stronghold of the extremist militia, and retook control of key facilities in the western city, the military said.

Iraq's Fallujah offensive marred by claims of killing, torture

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday vowed that those responsible for abuses against civilians would be punished as allegations of torture and killing marred the third week of a campaign to recapture Fallujah from Islamic State militants.

Iraq claims advances on Fallujah as deadly attacks hit Baghdad

The battle for the Iraqi city of Fallujah shifted to its centre Monday, as government forces pressed the battle against Islamic State militants.

Under pressure, Islamic State mounts surprise attack in western Iraq

Islamic State launched a surprise attack on Sunday in western Iraq, where the radical militia is under increasing pressure, Iraqi military said. 

Iraq's top cleric wants protection for civilians trapped in Fallujah

Coalition airstrikes on the western Iraqi city of Fallujah have killed more than 70 Islamic State fighters, including the local commander, the Pentagon said Friday.

Iraqi forces claim advances on first day of Fallujah offensive

Iraqi security forces have captured several areas on the outskirts of Fallujah on the first day of an offensive aimed at wresting the strategic city from Islamic State militants, military and security officials said on Monday.

Iraq starts offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State

Iraqi troops, backed by US-led airstrikes, have begun a major attack to drive the Islamic State terrorist militia from its stronghold in the western city of Fallujah, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday.

80 killed in Baghdad in sixth day of bomb attacks in a week

At least 80 people were killed in the Baghdad area on Tuesday when bomb attacks, the biggest of which was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group, hit five districts in and around the Iraqi capital.

Bombings kill 68 on sixth day of blood-soaked week in Baghdad

A series of bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad claimed 68 people on Tuesday, with supporters of the Islamic State extremist group claiming responsibility for the largest of the blasts.

Islamic State claims responsibility for north Baghdad bombing

Islamic State supporters on social media circulate a claim of responsibility in the group's name for the bombings which killed 44 people in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad.

Witnesses: Double bombing kills 24 people in Shiite area of Baghdad

Twenty-four people have been killed and 46 injured in a double bomb attack in northern Baghdad, eye witnesses say.

Islamic State militants attack gas plant, ignite blaze near Baghdad

Six Islamic State suicide attackers forced their way into a natural gas facility north of Baghdad on Sunday, triggering a gun battle that set three gas storage units ablaze, security forces said.

Iraq political row comes to Islamic State's advantage, premier warns

Iraq's deepening political crisis has come to the advantage of Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday, after the extremist militia claimed responsibility for a bloody week of bomb attacks in and around Baghdad.

Police: Islamic State suicide bombers kill six in western Iraq

Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least six security personnel on Saturday in a town near the extremist militia’s stronghold in western Iraq, a police official said.

Dual attacks north of Baghdad kill 17 people

Seventeen people were killed on Friday in two separate attacks in a mostly Shiite town north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police said.

Baghdad bomb attacks leave 86 dead

The Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday saw one of its bloodiest days this year with at least 86 people killed in three separate bomb attacks, according to officials.

Blast in Iraqi Shiite district kills at least 50

The death toll of the bombing attack on Sadr City, a district east of Baghdad, has risen to at least 50, hospital officials told dpa.

At least 25 killed in attack on Iraqi Shiite district

At least 25 people were killed in an attack on Wednesday in Sadr City, a district east of Baghdad, a local security source told dpa.

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Shiite pilgrims

The Islamic State extremist group on Monday claimed an attack on Shiite pilgrims that killed at least 22 people and injured 30 others west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Iraq leaders demand arrest of protesters who attacked lawmakers

Iraq's top leaders Sunday demanded the arrest of protesters who attacked lawmakers when they stormed parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

Death toll from Iraq twin blasts rises to 30

The death toll from two bombings in the southern Iraqi town of Samawa has risen to 30, a local official says.

Hundreds camping in Baghdad's Green Zone in pro-reform protest

Hundreds of protesters were camping near parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Sunday, a day after they stormed the assembly demanding reforms.

At least 11 killed in twin blasts in Iraq

At least 11 people have been killed and 13 injured in two bombings in a mostly Shiite town in southern Iraq, a security official says.

Hundreds camp outside Iraq parliament as political crisis deepens

Hundreds of protesters were camping outside Iraq's parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Sunday, a day after they stormed the assembly demanding reforms.

Iraqi protesters storm parliament amid political crisis

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed parliament Saturday demanding sweeping reforms to tackle corruption, in a dramatic escalation of the country's crippling political crisis.

Iraqi protesters storm parliament demanding reforms

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed parliament on Saturday demanding sweeping reforms to tackle corruption, in a dramatic escalation of the country's crippling political crisis.

Hundreds of protesters storm Iraqi parliament demanding reforms

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed into parliament in Baghdad on Saturday demanding reforms, after breaching the heavily fortified Green Zone that also houses several foreign embassies.

24 civilians killed in Baghdad bombing claimed by Islamic State

At least 24 civilians were killed on Saturday in a car bombing claimed by the Islamic State extremist militia in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

12 killed, 26 wounded in Baghdad car bombing

At least 12 people were killed and 26 wounded on Saturday in a car bombing near a marketplace in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police said.

Biden holds talks in Iraq on political crisis, Islamic State

US Vice President Joe Biden was in Baghdad Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders on the country's deepening political crisis and the war on the extremist militia Islamic State, US and Iraqi officials said.

Iraq says offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State begins

Iraqi troops, backed by US-led airstrikes, have begun a major attack to drive the Islamic State extremist militia from its stronghold in the northern city of Mosul, an army spokesman said Thursday.
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