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Islamic State retaliates as Iraqi forces push on Mosul


BAGHDAD Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq.

Turkish Red Crescent says sending aid for 10,000 to Iraq's Mosul

ANKARA The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday.

World, United Nations, 7:17am EDT

Pentagon chief to stress Iraq sovereignty in Turkey talks

ANKARA U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he would stress the need to respect Iraq's sovereignty during a visit on Friday to Turkey, which has been locked in a dispute with Baghdad over who should participate in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State.

World, Turkey, 7:11am EDT

Turkish military says it killed 18 Kurdish militants in Iraq and southeast

ISTANBUL The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria.

World, Turkey, Syria, 2:44am EDT

Mosul offensive going faster than planned, Iraqi PM says

EAST AND NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The offensive to seize back Mosul from Islamic State is going faster than planned, Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched a new military operation to clear villages on the city's outskirts. | Video

World, United Nations Oct 20 2016

ICRC steps up aid for Iraq amid fears of post-Mosul sectarian strife

GENEVA As Iraqi families begin streaming out of villages in the path of an army offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, some fear that the onslaught may stoke future sectarian strife in the volatile region, a senior Red Cross official said on Thursday.

World, Oct 20 2016

New Rwanda genocide film should spur action on Islamic State crimes: prosecutor

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State militants must be brought to justice for the sexual enslavement of Yazidis in Iraq, a prominent American lawyer said ahead of the release of a film about the world's first conviction of rape as a war crime. | Video

World, United Nations, Oct 20 2016

Iraqi PM says Mosul offensive going faster than expected

PARIS Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that Iraqi forces were moving faster than expected towards Islamic State's stronghold of Mosul, and that the coordination between Shi'ite militias and Kurds showed Iraq's unity in opposing the group.

World, Oct 20 2016

Iraqi couple wins U.S. award for daring missions to rescue Yazidis

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soon after Iraqi lawyer Khaleel Aldakhi and his wife heard the chilling news that Islamic State militants were enslaving Yazidi women and children in Iraq, they began plotting a rescue mission from their home in the northern city of Dohuk.

World, United Nations, Oct 19 2016

White House plans community-based prevention of violent ideologies

WASHINGTON A White House plan aims to convene teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and help prevent Americans from turning to violent ideologies, work that is currently done mostly by federal law enforcement.

U.S., Syria, Oct 19 2016