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Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

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WASHINGTON An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.

New bridge reunites Mosul as Iraqi forces gear up for final assault

BAGHDAD Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river on Wednesday, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State.

World, United Nations, 8:37am EDT

Video shows Iraqi bulldozer take on Mosul car bomber

LONDON Dramatic footage released this week shows the moment a bulldozer driven by an Iraqi security force member tackles an explosive-filled car driven by a suicide bomber, offering a rare, close-up view of the fierce battle for control of Mosul.

World, May 22 2017

Timeline: Swedish prosecutors drop Assange rape probe

Swedish prosecutors have dropped an investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up.

WikiLeaks, May 19 2017

U.N. says 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as fighting intensifies

ERBIL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The United Nations said on Thursday up to 200,000 more people might flee Mosul as Iraqi forces push into the last districts held by Islamic State militants.

World, United Nations, May 18 2017

U.N. counterterror chief: Europe faces return of 'dangerous' IS fighters

BRUSSELS Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the U.N. Security Council's counterterrorism agency said on Thursday.

World, Syria, May 18 2017

Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries seize air base from IS

BAGHDAD Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State militants on Thursday, gaining a strategic foothold in the western desert as they push toward the Syrian border.

World, Syria, May 18 2017

In Syria, a bus ride shows shifting map of war

QAMISHLI, Syria A new bus service linking Syria's Kurdish-controlled northeast with the government-held west, unthinkable before Islamic State was driven from the area, is raising hopes of renewed commerce between two long-estranged parts of a fractured country.

World, Turkey, Syria, May 18 2017

France, Germany resist U.S. plan for bigger NATO role against Islamic State

BRUSSELS France and Germany are resisting a plan by U.S. officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism.

World, France, Germany, Syria, May 18 2017

Islamic State mining Mosul to stop families fleeing as Iraqi forces advance

BAGHDAD Islamic State militants are planting bombs near front doors in Mosul to prevent civilians leaving, a federal police commander and witnesses said on Wednesday, as Iraqi forces make their final push against the jihadists after seven months of fighting.

World, May 17 2017

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