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Fighting rages over Iraqi town north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters battled to dislodge militants from a small town along the Tigris River on Monday, …

Volunteers help Iraqi forces slow ISIL advance in Samarra

'Islamic State' expels rivals from Syria city

The group calling itself the Islamic State, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, has taken control of the rebel-held portion of the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, buoyed by advances in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring group has said.<p>Rival rebel groups fighting against forces …

Iraq army launches Tikrit offensive, politicians elect speaker

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament on Tuesday, a long-delayed first step towards a power-sharing government urgently needed to save the state from disintegration in the face of a Sunni uprising.<p>Kurdish "Peshmerga" troops move down a street …

Iraqi troops in fight to retake Tikrit from jihadists

Forces loyal to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have begun advancing into Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein which fell to jihadists on June 12<p><b>Iraq</b>'s army launched an assault on Tuesday morning to try to retake the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, an officer and a …

Iraq

Heavy fighting rages over town north of Baghdad; 2 car bombs kill at least 7 in Iraqi capital

Government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters battled to dislodge militants from a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, while two car bombs in the capital killed at least seven people, officials said.<p>The clashes in Duluiyah are part of the Islamic State extremist group's larger offensive …

Iraq crisis: Kurdistan’s female fighters take on Isis

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1093000/1093272_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524796252_bfbacbb150e6674eb728f125b1da9514<p><b>Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have moved into parts of northern Iraq abandoned by the army in the face of an advance by jihadist-led rebels. The BBC's</b> …

Middle East

How did this happen? Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Libya all in flames

Each day, they live in fear.<p>Sometimes it's the fear of rockets dropping from the sky. Sometimes it's violent fundamentalists taking over their cities. Sometimes it's the barrel bombs stuffed with TNT and nails.<p>Exactly what horror they face depends on which border they live within.<p>Syria, Iraq, Gaza, …

Egypt: no ongoing negotiations for Gaza ceasefire

Hamas has officially told Egypt that it rejects an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for the Islamist group has said.<p>"The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologises for …

Twin Car Bombs Explode in Baghdad's Sadr City

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Baghdad

Saudi Arabia boosts security on heavily fortified Iraq frontier

ARAR Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The group now calling itself the Islamic State rampaged across the border between Syria and Iraq a month ago and has since declared a caliphate across a swathe of the Middle East from Aleppo to the outskirts of Baghdad.<p>A member of the Saudi border guards force stands …

Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country.<p>The failure highlights the difficulties of Baghdad’s struggle …

Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish …

Deaths in bomb attacks in Baghdad area

At least 11 people were killed in two separate bomb attacks in and near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, local officials said.<p>The first attack on Thursday struck Baghdad's Shorja Market, an open air emporium that is a popular place for residents to buy foodstuffs, clothes and electronics. Over the past …

Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq's fight

BAGHDAD (AP) — A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines …

Baghdad blast claimed by Islamic State, suicide car bomb kill nine | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed three people on Thursday in the centre of Baghdad and a second bomb outside the Iraqi capital killed six people, police and medics said.<p>The bomb in central Baghdad, claimed by the al Qaeda offshoot, exploded …

Corpses and body parts strewn amid MH17 wreckage greet first arrivals at Ukraine crash scene

Horrendous scenes in eastern Ukraine field where Malaysian Airlines flight crashed to earth are encountered by local villagers, rescue workers and militiamen as they reach the scene<p>Scenes of near-unspeakable horror, with crumpled corpses and body parts strewn amid the smouldering wreckage, greeted …

Boehner uncertain Congress can act on border crisis this month | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed doubts Congress would agree by the end of this month on an emergency response to the crisis involving an influx of thousands of child migrants at the U.S. southern border.<p>President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has requested …

Iran election tactics drive nuclear deal timetable | Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Failure to solve Iran’s nuclear dispute by a Sunday deadline may dismay weary negotiators in Vienna and stir fresh Middle East tension, but an extension of talks could reap political gains at home for the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader.<p>Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali …

Israel Launches Gaza Ground Invasion

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Israel

U.S. official: Missile hit Malaysia Airlines plane - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, spurring swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot down the aircraft.<p>The United States has concluded a missile shot down the plane, but hasn't pinpointed who was …