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34 min ago | Monterey County Herald

Attacks kill at least 11 in Iraq

A suicide car bombing on a security post outside Baghdad and explosion on a crowded commercial street in the Iraqi capital killed at least 11 people Wednesday, officials said. The deadliest attack took place after sundown when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into an abandoned building used by security forces in the town of Tarmiyah, some 50 kilometers north of Baghdad, police officials said.


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4 hrs ago | KRDO-TV Colorado Springs

ISIS video is counterpoint to Obama speech

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center. ISIS also produced the videos of the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.


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8 hrs ago | Arutz Sheva Israel News

Middle East, 11:56 AMKurdish Forces Kill Senior Islamic State Commander in Iraq

According to Kurdish news outlet Rudaw , 39-year-old Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash, also known as Abu Abdullah, was IS's top military commander in the Mosul region. "He was killed with a number of other terrorists during a military operation by Peshmerga forces in coordination with the US air force to liberate Hassan Sham and its vicinities," the Kurdistan Region's Security Council said in statement.


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13 hrs ago | Sydney Morning Herald

Iraqi woman tells of gang rape ordeal at hands of ISIL

Displaced Iraqi women and children in the St Joseph church in the village of Ankawa, north of the Iraqi city of Erbil. Photo: AFP Dohuk, northern Iraq: Kamal unwraps a carefully folded piece of paper divided into two columns of neatly written names.


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Tue Sep 16, 2014

KABC-AM Los Angeles

US Military Airstrikes Hit Multiple ISIS Targets in Iraq

The U.S. military conducted five more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in Iraq, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. Two of the strikes were northwest of Irbil.


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The Star Online

Insight - U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago. "There is a lot of traffic right now," James Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010-2012 and maintains close ties to the government in Baghdad.


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Nanaimo Daily News

Iraq's parliament rejects prime minister's picks for key posts of defence, interior

Iraq's parliament rejected defence and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. The two powerful security portfolios have long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the nominees marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group.


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The Fresno Bee

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept.


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Ground Troops 'on the Table' to Fight Isis

The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq. Army Gen.


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KDXY-FM Jonesboro

U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

IRAQ FIGHTING: In this Saturday, July 19 file photo Abdullah Ahmed walks outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer.


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The Winnipeg Free Press

Harper says no root cause for rise of 'vile' ISIL, as Baird attends Paris talks

Prime Minister Stephen Harper denounced Monday the widely held view that fearsome new militants in Iraq and Syria have a "root cause" - a stark characterization that questions one reason for his foreign minister's recent trip to Iraq. In a speech to party faithful, Harper unequivocally branded the al-Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, as "evil" and "vile," saying it must be opposed.


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Mon Sep 15, 2014

WGAL-TV Lancaster

U.S. airstrike aims at ISIS near Baghdad

The airstrike southwest of the city appears to be the closest the U.S. airstrikes have come to the capital of Iraq since the start of the campaign against ISIS, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. And U.S. Central Command said in a statement that it was the first strike as part of "expanded efforts" to help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIS.


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Wandsworth Guardian

Ruling over Iraqi civilian's death

Human rights judges will rule today whether British armed forces unlawfully arrested and detained an Iraqi civilian who was found dead four months after his release. Tarek Hassan was arrested as a prisoner of war by British armed forces in April 2003 and held at Camp Bucca in Iraq, close to Um Qasr.


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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

In Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, the Islamic State militants decree a ban on art and music among other classroom prohibitions. Along the corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the hurricane damages homes and businesses, shatters countless windows, and topples trees and power poles.


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National Public Radio

Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performs in Baghdad. The concert was promoted by word of mouth to avoid being targeted by bombs.


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Monterey County Herald

Bombings kill 8 people in Iraq

Police officials say the first attack happened Monday afternoon when a roadside bomb explosion hit a patrol of anti-militant fighters, known as Sahwa, in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killing three fighters and one civilian. The Sahwa are made up of Sunni militiamen who joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the height of Iraq's insurgency in 2007 and 2008.


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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

In this Sunday, June 22, 2014 file photo, a fighter from the militant group who refer to themselves as the Islamic State, distributes a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book, to a driver in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year.


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KUQL-FM Mitchell

France opens Iraq conference urging a globala fight against ISIS

French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition. The United States this week unveiled an outline plan to fight the Islamist militants simultaneously in Iraq and Syria.


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The Star Online

Iraq's Allawi endorses PM, says will help win over Sunnis

Iraq's Vice President Iyad Allawi endorsed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday, a move that will be seen as a step towards reconciliation in a political system that desperately needs to rebuild to allow Baghdad to fight Islamic State. For years Allawi, a secular Shi'ite Muslim, has been an outspoken critic of former premier Nuri al-Maliki whom he has accused of acting like Saddam Hussein in trying to silence his opponents.


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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Daily Journal

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of extremists - is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry has received backing for the principle of reversing the territorial gains of the Islamic State group in Iraq.


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