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Iraqi forces kill 150 Takfiri militants

Iraqi forces have killed more than 150 Takfiri militants in recent operations across Iraq. Iraqi troops killed ISIL terrorists in Anbar, Salahuddin, Diyala and Babil provinces on Sunday as part of their operations to clear more areas of the militants. In Anbar, government forces repelled militants’ offensive to seize the city of Haditha, which is some 200 kilometers west of Baghdad, and a dam on the nearby ...

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Gunmen attack buildings in Baghdad, kill 33

At least 33 people, including 29 women, have been killed in an attack by gunman against a housing complex in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police says. It was not immediately clear what the motive was behind Wednesday’s attack in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad late on Saturday. The gunmen, who raided two buildings in four-wheel drive vehicles, were wearing a mix of camouflage and plain clothes. A ...

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Twin bombs strike Iraq’s Kirkuk city, kill dozens

Twin explosions in Iraq’s Kirkuk have left nearly 30 people dead amid escalating row between the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the central government. On Friday, 28 people were killed and 25 others wounded in the bomb attacks at the entrance to Kirkuk city, health official Sabah Mohammad Amin said. A senior security official said most of the dead were displaced people seeking refug ...

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Pentagon Mulling Drone Strikes Against Baghdadi

A new report shows the Pentagon is considering the circumstances under which it would recommend US President Barack Obama authorize drone attacks against the leader of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. According to several Pentagon officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information, any such mission to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should be approved by th ...

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ISIL seizes former chemical weapons complex: Iraq

In a letter distributed on Tuesday at the United Nations, Iraq said remnants of 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin are kept along with other chemical warfare agents in the facility. On June 12, the site's surveillance system showed that some equipment was looted. Iraq's ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the letter that “armed ter ...

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Baghdad goes on alert against ISIL

The Iraqi military is reportedly building fortifications near the capital, Baghdad, to repel potential attacks by ISIL Takfiri terrorists. Construction of the fortifications reportedly began on Sunday in northeastern suburbs of Baghdad. Reports say Iraq plans to set up two-meter high fortifications near the town of al-Azim, some 100 kilometers northeast of Baghdad. Earlier reports said that the Iraqi army h ...

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ISIL violence targets unity in Iraq: Iran diplomat

The raging Takfiri violence in Iraq is a “dirty game” aimed at disrupting the unity of the Iraqi people and smashing the Arab country into pieces, the Iranian ambassador to Tunisia says. In an interview with Tunisia’s al-Shorouk daily on Monday, Peyman Jebelli pointed to the atrocities perpetrated at the hands of the Takfiri ISIL group in Iraq, saying the militants are committing “genocide” against the Iraq ...

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Islamic State Destroys More Shia Mosques, Shrines

The terrorists of so-called Islamic State have demolished numerous Shia shrines and mosques in northern Iraq, according to photos published by the group on social media. The images show Shia religious centres being attacked using bulldozers and explosives in the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar, in the northern province of Nineveh. Islamic State has also threatened to Holy Kaaba after future attack on Kingdom o ...

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Video Purportedly Showing ISIL Leader Bogus: Iraq

The Iraqi government has dismissed as falsified a video that purports to show the leader of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters that the footage allegedly showing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in central Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, was “indisp ...

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Iraq high cleric impartial over premier post

Iraq’s most influential Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, does not support any specific candidate for prime minister’s post in the conflict-stricken country, his son says. In a telephone interview with the leaders of the ruling Islamic Dawa Party, Mohammad Reza al-Sistani dismissed rumors of his father’s insistence on a new tenure for the incumbent prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. In a Friday pray ...

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