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1 hr ago | 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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2 hrs ago | 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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2 hrs ago |

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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5 hrs ago | 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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9 hrs ago | 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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11 hrs ago | 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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16 hrs ago | 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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18 hrs ago | 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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Daily Herald

Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

This is a view of an oil field under control of Kurdish militias near the town of Deriq, in a Kurdish area of Syria, near the border with Iraq. The Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf nations for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.


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News 4 Jax

Who is part of the coalition to battle ISIS?

In his speech about ISIS last week, President Barack Obama said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone." Allies and partners of the United States, Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy the militant group that has slaughtered many people in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.


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WLOX-TV Biloxi


14, 2014. . Britain's Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, walks into Downing Street to attend a special meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee in Westminster, central London, Sunday Sept.


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KSFO-AM San Francisco

WH Chief of Staff Expresses Confidence Iraqi Army Can Take on ISIS

Saying that the United States is at war with ISIS, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough expressed confidence in the Iraqi army to take on the militant Islamic group even though it has failed to do so effectively in the past. "There is now a new multi-ethnic government in Baghdad.


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Brandon Sun

Human Rights Watch calls for probe of Iraqi airstrike that killed 31 civilians

An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling militant-held populated areas to minimize civilian casualties. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the Sept.


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Fox News

Turkey seeks behind-scenes role in NATO battle against Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria

Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. Instead it has told allies that it will stay quietly behind the scenes, keeping its soldiers out of combat operations and even declining to allow NATO to use its bases or territories to launch air attacks.


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Chronicle Live

Sunderland dad shot and killed in war torn Iraqi city targeted by terrorists

Tributes paid to Sunderland dad Phil Harris who was killed following a night out in Erbil, which is threatened by fighters from the Islamic State Phil Harris was killed in the crisis-hit city of Erbil in Northern Iraq, following a night out with friends. The 37-year-old, of Red House, Sunderland , had worked in the security industry in the war-torn country for a number of years, although was not believed to have been employed in the sector at the time of his death.


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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Vallejo Times-Herald

Vallejoans, formerly Iraqi Christians, express Alarm over ISIS

"They say the Garden of Eden was between the two rivers - the Tigris and the Euphrates - in Iraq," said Houda, an Iraqi Christian living in Vallejo for many years. "Not any more."


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KABC-AM Los Angeles

US Military Conducts Two More Airstrikes Near Mosul Dam

U.S. military forces continued airstrikes in Iraq this week, targeting ISIS forces near the Mosul Dam. Crews used attack aircraft to conduct two strikes Thursday and Friday in support of Iraqi Security Forces defending Irbil.


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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Charles Krauthammer / President Obama sounds an uncertain trumpet, again

In his Islamic State speech, President Barack Obama said many of the right things. Most important, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.


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Evening Sun

Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

Iraq's prime minister 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 the Islamic State extremist group this summer. "I issued this order two days ago because we do not want to see more innocent victims falling in the places and provinces controlled by Daesh," Haider al-Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym.


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