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Eighteen killed in Islamic State attack north of Iraq's Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq Eighteen people, including two children, were killed on Saturday when militants shot at a checkpoint north of Tikrit and then set off two bombs at the entrance to the Iraqi city in attacks later claimed by Islamic State.

Iraq's Zebari accuses ex-PM Maliki of arranging dismissal as finance minister

ERBIL, Iraq Deposed Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Thursday accused former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of orchestrating his removal from office, publicly exposing rifts within an increasingly unstable government.

World, Sep 23 2016

Iraqi army says it recaptured key town south of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the U.S.-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat on Thursday, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year. | Video

World, United Nations, Sep 22 2016

German major sees lengthy battle for Islamic State Iraq stronghold

ERBIL, Iraq Islamic State militants are expected to fight bitterly to hold onto their de-facto Iraqi capital, and the battle to retake Mosul will likely be a bloody one, a German major helping train local forces said on Thursday.

World, Sep 22 2016

Britain ramps up humanitarian aid in Iraq ahead of Mosul offensive

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain said on Thursday it will give 40 million pounds ($52.26 million) in humanitarian aid to Iraq, anticipating a wave of displaced people as government forces prepare to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State.

World, United Nations, Sep 22 2016

U.S. tests for mustard agent after rocket attack near Iraq base

WASHINGTON The U.S. military is testing to see if a chemical agent may have been used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Islamic State that came within hundreds of yards (meters) of U.S. forces but injured no one, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

World, Sep 21 2016

Iran parades new weapons at time of Gulf tension with U.S.

BEIRUT Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by showing off its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf. | Video

World, Aerospace & Defense, Sep 21 2016

Rescued Yazidi sex slaves will face no stigma, leader says

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yazidi women who have been raped, enslaved or married off to Islamic State militants in Iraq will be welcomed back into the community, the leader of the minority group said on Wednesday, in a gesture to help remove the stigma of rape.

World, United Nations, Sep 21 2016

Iraqi finance minister sacked, risking economic fallout

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament sacked Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Wednesday over corruption allegations, a move that risks further destabilizing the major OPEC producer's fragile economy as it struggles with a massive budget deficit.

World, Sep 21 2016

Iraqi forces close in on town south of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraq's military closed in on Wednesday on the center of Shirqat, a northern town held by Islamic State seen as a stepping stone in the campaign to recapture the jihadists' stronghold of Mosul.

World, Sep 21 2016