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Air strikes kill 18 Islamic State 'leaders' in last month: U.S.

WASHINGTON Air strikes by the United States and its allies have killed 18 Islamic State "leaders" in the last 30 days, 13 of them in Mosul, the group's de facto Iraqi capital, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday.

Iraq PM tells Kurds not to use Mosul battle to expand territory

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani not to exploit the war on Islamic State to expand the Kurds' territory, according to a government statement published after their meeting on Thursday in Baghdad.

World, 12:18pm EDT

U.N. says may struggle to accommodate refugees from Mosul battle

GENEVA More than a million people could flee the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul when the Iraqi army launches an assault on the city, the United Nations said, warning it lacked facilities to house about 400,000 of them.

World, United Nations, 12:17pm EDT

U.S. to send more troops to Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

BAGHDAD/ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The United States will send around 600 new troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State that is expected later this year, U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday.

World, Sep 28 2016

Islamic State loses control of last oil wells in Iraq: oil ministry

BAGHDAD Islamic State militants no longer control any oil wells in Iraq after being ousted by government forces last week from an area near Kirkuk, the oil ministry said on Wednesday.

World, Sep 28 2016

Iraqi minister's downfall hurts prospect for financial bailout

BAGHDAD Last week's dismissal of Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, the latest convulsion in Baghdad's increasingly unstable politics, risks delaying billions of dollars in badly needed budget support from international lenders and investors.

World, IMF, Sep 28 2016

Islamic State 'dead set' on using chemical arms: Pentagon spokesman

WASHINGTON Islamic State militants are "dead set" on using chemical arms and are likely to try them again as Iraqi forces advance on Mosul, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday, a week after a rocket with a possible chemical agent landed near U.S. troops.

World, Sep 26 2016

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.

World, United Nations Sep 24 2016

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