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Exhausted and Bereft, Iraqi Soldiers Quit Fight

BAGHDAD — The infantryman and his colleagues were already worn down after six months of fighting militants in western Iraq, men flush with weapons and zeal. Army commanders had no answer for the daily deadly ambushes and no broader strategy for prevailing in the longer war. The final straw was ...

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ISIL: The gravest threat in Iraq and Syria

With thousands of Arab and foreign militants and a commander with designs on the leadership of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has become the gravest threat in Iraq and Syria. Despite the loss of two leaders, and earning the fury of even the core al-Qaeda ...

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Iraqi troops ‘repel militant attack on Samarra’

Iraqi security forces have repelled a large-scale attack by militants on the central city of Samarra, officials say. Gunmen travelling in dozens of vehicles attacked checkpoints on the east and west on Thursday morning before taking control of several areas. The army responded with helicopter strikes in which officials said ...

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Baghdad bombings target Iraq Shia pilgrims

At least 24 Shia Muslim pilgrims have been killed in three bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say. Suicide bombers targeted pilgrims walking along main roads in the western area of Mansour and in Bab al-Sharji, in the city centre, while a car bomb exploded in Urr, an eastern ...

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Ayatollah Sistani’s office denounces arresting foreign students of religious institution in Najaf

The office of the Religious Authority Grand Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani condemned arresting the foreign  students of the religious institutions in Najaf. A statement by Sistani’s office received by IraqiNews.com cited “The security forcesarrested some of the Pakistani students in Najaf under the justification of violating the terms of the residential permits.” “The Religious Authority calls for stopping the ...

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Kurds could opt out of next Iraqi government: Barzani

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, said Iraq had been led in an authoritarian direction by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and threatened to end the oil-rich autonomous region’s participation in the federal government. Iraq held elections on April 30. The results have yet to be announced but Kurdish support ...

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