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Iraq special forces advance in Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight

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BAGHDAD - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday as U.S.-led coalition planes joined the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city. | Video

Iraq special forces advance in Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight

BAGHDAD - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday as U.S.-led coalition planes joined the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city. | Video

World, 26 Mar 2015

U.S. ruled out Shi'ite militias before joining Tikrit strikes: U.S. general

WASHINGTON - The United States conditioned its entry into Iraq's battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State on the withdrawal of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias from the clearing operation, and they are no longer there, a senior U.S. general told Congress on Thursday.

World, 26 Mar 2015

Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war: UNHCR

GENEVA - Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees.

World, United Nations, Syria, 26 Mar 2015

U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis pound Islamic State in Tikrit

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit on Wednesday, officials said, coming off the sidelines to aid Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed Shi'ite militia on the ground.

World 26 Mar 2015

Iraqi president expects U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Tikrit soon

BAGHDAD - Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition would soon carry out air strikes against Islamic State in the Sunni city of Tikrit, after starting aerial reconnaissance flights this week.

World, 25 Mar 2015

Three men arrested for recruiting Islamist fighters in Italy

MILAN - Police arrested three men on Wednesday for allegedly setting up a network in Italy to recruit Islamist fighters to be sent to Syria and Iraq, the Italian authorities said.

World, Italy, Syria, 25 Mar 2015

Syria's Assad urges united front with Iraq against terrorism: state media

AMMAN/BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called on Tuesday during talks with Iraq's foreign minister in Damascus for a united front with Baghdad in tackling terrorism as the two countries battle Islamic State militants on their territory.

World, United Nations, Syria, 25 Mar 2015

Canada says it will bomb Islamic State 'safe havens' in Syria

OTTAWA - Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against the militants' safe havens in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

World, Syria, 24 Mar 2015

Syria's Assad urges united front with Iraq against terrorism: state media

AMMAN/BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called on Tuesday during talks with Iraq's foreign minister in Damascus for a united front with Baghdad in tackling terrorism as the two countries battle Islamic State militants on their territory.

World, Syria, United Nations 24 Mar 2015