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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation


DUBAI Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.

Four German women who joined Islamic State detained in Iraq: report

BERLIN Four German women, including a 16-year-old girl, who joined Islamic State in recent years are being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

World, Jul 22 2017

Many foreign fighters likely to stay in Syria, Iraq: U.S. official

ASPEN, Colo. In a new assessment, the U.S. intelligence community judges that large numbers of foreigners fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria likely will stay to defend what is left of their self-declared caliphate rather than return to their homelands, a top U.S. counter-terrorism official said on Friday.

World, Syria, Jul 21 2017

After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerrilla warfare

MOSUL Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a different fight.

World, Jul 20 2017

Thursday Morning Briefing

About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they would not do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll tmsnrt.rs/2vkyX7C of 2016 voters. While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows how many would go as far as changing how they voted.

China, Russia, Australia, Egypt, Israel Jul 20 2017

Iraq's Kurds, seeking independence, call vote hoping to ease row

ERBIL, Iraq The president of Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan has called a parliamentary and presidential election for November which could help ease a long-running political row as the Kurds push for independence from Baghdad.

World, Jul 20 2017

Iraqi forces recapture village south of Mosul from Islamic State: police

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraqi forces on Thursday regained control over Imam Gharbi, a village south of Mosul, from Islamic State militants who had seized it as their defense of their stronghold in the city crumbled, Iraqi police said.

World, Jul 20 2017

Merkel urges Iraq to probe alleged human rights abuses in Mosul

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday urged Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to investigate alleged human rights abuses that occurred during military operations to regain control of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.

World, Jul 19 2017

In camps and ruins, Mosul civilians' ordeal is far from over

MOSUL, Iraq The battle for Mosul is all but over after nine months of devastating urban warfare between government forces and Islamic State militants, but Iraqi civilians are suffering in a humanitarian crisis of monumental scale. | Video

World, United Nations Jul 19 2017

Prosecutors checking whether German teenager arrested in Mosul

BERLIN German prosecutors said on Tuesday they were checking reports that a 16-year-old German teenager under investigation for supporting Islamic State was among five women arrested in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

World, Syria, Turkey Jul 18 2017