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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...