US 'hijacking' victory in Iraq's Tikrit: militia groups

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US 'hijacking' victory in Iraq's Tikrit: militia groups

Iraqi Shiite militias accused Washington Thursday of hijacking the operation to retake Tikrit, threatening a mass pullout even as regular government forces pressed a final assault.

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U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis pound Islamic State in Tikrit

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U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis pound Islamic State in Tikrit

U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit on Wednesday, officials said, coming off the sidelines to aid Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed Shi'ite militia on the ground.

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Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

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The United States has a long tradition of arming its allies to advance Washington’s foreign policy. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the United States the “arsenal of democracy” as he pledged thousands of ships, tanks and warplanes to countries battling Nazi Germany.

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Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit air strikes 'imminent': diplomat

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Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit air strikes 'imminent': diplomat

Iraq's request to the U.S.-led coalition for air strikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is "imminent", a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Syria, Iraq discuss tackling militants, urge cooperation

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Syria, Iraq discuss tackling militants, urge cooperation

The foreign ministers of Syria and Iraq met in Damascus on Tuesday to discuss ways to tackle militant groups and Syria said it hoped Baghdad would help "break the siege" against it, Syrian state media said, ahead of an Arab summit.

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Syrian refugees cross into Iraqi Kurdistan, hope for better future

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Nearly a hundred refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point by boat every day, with some hoping "the future of my family is going to be better."

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Abu Azrael: Iraq's celebrity anti-IS fighter

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Abu Azrael: Iraq's celebrity anti-IS fighter

Abu Azrael -- Father of the Angel of Death -- is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadists who seized swathes of their country.

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U.S. repatriates scores of smuggled Iraqi treasures

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The U.S. returns scores of artifacts that had been smuggled from Iraq, including a limestone statue of an ancient king.

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Kurdish officials say Islamic State fighters used chlorine gas

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Iraqi Kurdish authorities say they have evidence that Islamic State fighters used chlorine gas against peshmerga fighters.

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Iraqi Sunnis join feared Shiite militia to battle IS

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Iraqi Sunnis join feared Shiite militia to battle IS

Wearing a camouflage uniform with militia patches and a green headband, Nawar Mohammed is the image of an Iraqi Shiite fighter except for one detail: he is Sunni.

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Iraqi offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Tikrit appears to stall

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Iraqi offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Tikrit appears to stall

The offensive to retake Tikrit appeared to stall on Friday, two days after Iraqi security forces and mainly Shi'ite militia pushed into Saddam Hussein's home city in their biggest offensive yet against the militants.

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Police in Iraq's Ramadi say IS attacks repelled

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Iraqi police say they've repelled attempts by Islamic State militants to enter the center of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.

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Islamic State ransacks Assyrian capital as Iraq appeals for help

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Islamic State ransacks Assyrian capital as Iraq appeals for help

Islamic State militants have desecrated another ancient Iraqi capital, the government said on Wednesday, razing parts of the 2,700-year-old city of Khorsabad famed for its colossal statues of human-headed winged bulls.

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Celebrations as Islamic State is forced out in town near Tikrit

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Iraqi troops and militia are welcomed with tears and sweets as they retake al-Alam, which had been under Islamic State control.

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Iran's role worries anti-IS coalition: US general

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Iran's role worries anti-IS coalition: US general

The US military's top officer said Iran is bolstering the firepower of Shiite militias in Iraq but it remains unclear if Tehran is a help or a hindrance to the fight against Islamic State jihadists.

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