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Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years

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MOSUL, Iraq People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Islamic State in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over. | Video

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate. | Video

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U.S. judge asked to expand order blocking Iraqis' deportation

The American Civil Liberties Union asked a U.S. judge on Saturday to expand an order that temporarily blocks the deportation of 114 Iraqis in Michigan, to cover Iraqis nationwide, according to a court filing.

U.S., Jun 24 2017

Exclusive: Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers' list

WASHINGTON In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats, U.S. officials said. | Video

If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

BAGHDAD If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein.

World, Jun 24 2017

Iraqi forces battle toward heart of Mosul's Old City

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there.

World, U.S., Jun 23 2017

Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city. | Video

World, United Nations, Jun 23 2017

Damascus-allied militia advances into Deir al-Zor province: Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT An Iraqi Shi'ite militia fighting alongside Syrian government forces against Islamic State advanced into Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.

World, Syria, Jun 23 2017

Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhere

BEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Iran and Iraq.

World, Syria, Israel, Lebanon Jun 23 2017

Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis

A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the deportation of about 100 Iraqi nationals rounded up in Michigan in recent weeks who argued that they could face persecution or torture in Iraq because they are religious minorities.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S., Jun 22 2017

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