Iraq

Islamic State must keep expanding to survive: financial report

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WASHINGTON - International investigators said on Friday that in order for the Islamic State to remain financially viable it would have to further expand territory it controls in Iraq and Syria and take over more resources.

Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: rights groups

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday.

World, United Nations, 4:06am EST

With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi history

ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history. | Video

World, Syria, 26 Feb 2015

U.S. deserter needs Iraq war crimes evidence to be refugee: EU court

BRUSSELS - A U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes, Europe's highest court said on Thursday.

World, Germany, U.S. 26 Feb 2015

Air strike kills 17 Islamic State militants, Baghdadi said nearby

BAGHDAD - A coalition air strike in western Iraq killed at least 17 Islamic State militants overnight, a hospital source said on Thursday, and an Arabic TV channel said the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been in the area several hours before.

World, 26 Feb 2015

Syrian Kurds cut IS supply line near Iraq; fears for Christians mount

BEIRUT/AMMAN - Kurdish militia pressed an offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group. | Video

World, United Nations, Syria, 25 Feb 2015

Syrian Kurds cut IS supply line near Iraq; fears for Christians mount

BEIRUT/AMMAN - Kurdish militia pressed an offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group. | Video

World, Syria, United Nations 25 Feb 2015

Wave of bombings in Baghdad kills 37 people

BAGHDAD - A wave of bomb attacks around Baghdad killed 37 people and wounded dozens more on Tuesday, as at least seven explosions struck in or near the Iraqi capital, police and medical sources said. | Video

World, 25 Feb 2015

U.S. arms flow to Iraq ahead of planned Mosul offensive

WASHINGTON - Some 10,000 U.S. M-16 rifles and other military supplies worth about $17.9 million arrived in Iraq this week as U.S. troops pushed ahead with training and supplying Iraqi security forces battling Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

World, 24 Feb 2015

Wave of bombings in Baghdad kills 37 people

BAGHDAD - A wave of bomb attacks around Baghdad killed 37 people and wounded dozens more on Tuesday, as at least seven explosions struck in or near the Iraqi capital, police and medical sources said.

World, 24 Feb 2015