Iraq

Iraqi PM appoints five cabinet ministers who applied online
Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq
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Iraqi PM appoints five cabinet ministers who applied online

Adel Abdul-Mahdi ‘the butt of social media jokes’ after narrowing down 15,000 applications from members of the public
8 Nov 2018
Whistleblowers: YouGov tried to secretly Iraq vote
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Whistleblowers: YouGov tried to secretly Iraq vote

Polling firms face fresh scrutiny after Brexit data scandal
5 Oct 2018
What happened to the Christian women kidnapped by Isis?
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What happened to the Christian women kidnapped by Isis?

Returning survivors tell of rape and violence at hands of brutal ‘owners’
16 Jul 2018
Moqtada al-Sadr poised for victory in Iraqi election
Moqtada al-Sadr looks set to lead largest bloc following Iraq election
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Moqtada al-Sadr poised for victory in Iraqi election

Anti-US firebrand cleric is likely to end up with the largest bloc of seats
15 May 2018
Iraq parliamentary elections: what’s at stake?
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Iraq parliamentary elections: what’s at stake?

Voters go to the polls tomorrow for the first time since the defeat of Islamic State
11 May 2018
Iraq sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining Isis
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Iraq sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining Isis

Human Rights Watch condemns court for issuing death penalty for non-violent crimes
26 Feb 2018
Runaway German schoolgirl Linda Wenzel jailed in Iraq
German IS Girl, Linda Wenzel
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Runaway German schoolgirl Linda Wenzel jailed in Iraq

Teenager fled abroad to become an Isis bride at 15 after being groomed online
19 Feb 2018
Civilian deaths from air strikes doubled last year
17 civilians were killed by Syrian airstrikes on Sunday
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Civilian deaths from air strikes doubled last year

MPs raise questions about how enemy combatants are identified - despite claims the RAF killed no civilians
9 Jan 2018
31 times more civilians die in US airstrikes than reported
Relatives mourn as bodies of Iraqi residents of west Mosul killed in an airstrike targeting Islamic State (IS) group jihadist
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31 times more civilians die in US airstrikes than reported

New York Times investigation finds that one in five airstrikes results in a civilian death, rather than one in 157
17 Nov 2017
Iran-Iraq earthquake kills hundreds
An injured man receives treatment in hospital following deadly earthquake
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Iran-Iraq earthquake kills hundreds

More than 400 confirmed dead in magnitude-7.3 quake felt as far away as Israel
13 Nov 2017
Syria captures last Isis stronghold, turns focus to Kurds
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Syria captures last Isis stronghold, turns focus to Kurds

Questions raised about future US support for Kurdish forces as Assad looks to take eastern oilfields
3 Nov 2017
Kurdish forces abandon disputed oil fields
Iraqi government forces faced little resistance re-taking disputed oil fields
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Kurdish forces abandon disputed oil fields

Withdrawal follows Iraqi government taking back control of Kirkuk
18 Oct 2017
Iraqi military enters Kirkuk
Iraqi forces drive into the centre of the disputed city of Kirkuk
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Iraqi military enters Kirkuk

Thousands of Kurdish residents flee as US tries to de-escalate crisis
17 Oct 2017
Iraqi-Kurd conflict begins after independence vote
Iraqi Kurds campaigning for independence carry their flag through the streets
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Iraqi-Kurd conflict begins after independence vote

First use of military might by Baghdad following referendum poses headache for the US
16 Oct 2017
Iraqi Kurdistan defies Baghdad with independence vote
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Iraqi Kurdistan defies Baghdad with independence vote

UK and US fear referendum will take focus off battle against extremists
25 Sep 2017
Turkey in show of force on Iraqi border
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Turkey in show of force on Iraqi border

Troops and tanks roll in ahead of controversial referendum on Kurdish independence
20 Sep 2017
Israel endorses independent Kurdish state
Iraqi Kurds campaigning for independence carry their flag through the streets
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Israel endorses independent Kurdish state

Iraqi Kurds are preparing to vote in a referendum on independence
14 Sep 2017
Iraq holds 1,400 IS relatives in ‘de facto detention’
A displaced Iraqi boy at the Debaga camp, east of Makhmur in northern Iraq, in August
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Iraq holds 1,400 IS relatives in ‘de facto detention’

Iraqi government must decide what to do with the wives and children of IS fighters held in a Mosul camp
12 Sep 2017
MoD apologises over Snatch Land Rover death in Iraq
Susan Smith, mother of Private Phillip Hewett
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MoD apologises over Snatch Land Rover death in Iraq

Mother finally wins apology for son's death in vehicle dubbed a 'mobile coffin'
18 Aug 2017
Mosul liberated after nine-month battle with Islamic State
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Mosul liberated after nine-month battle with Islamic State

Thousands dead and a million displaced following end of bloody campaign
10 Jul 2017
Will Tony Blair face trial for the Iraq War?
Tony Blair
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Will Tony Blair face trial for the Iraq War?

Lawyers for former Iraqi general argue case for prosecution in the High Court
6 Jul 2017
Coptic Christians: Who are they and what do they believe?
Relatives of Coptic Christians murdered by Islamic State mourn their loved ones
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Coptic Christians: Who are they and what do they believe?

Islamic State claims responsibility after Palm Sunday attacks kill at least 47 worshippers
10 Apr 2017
Mosul air strike: '200 civilians killed by US bombs'
Iraqis in Mosul after air strikes
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Mosul air strike: '200 civilians killed by US bombs'

Children and babies reportedly among the dead as fight to win back IS stronghold continues
27 Mar 2017
IS 'suicide bomber' identified as Brit paid £1m by UK
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IS 'suicide bomber' identified as Brit paid £1m by UK

Family identify Jamal al-Harith from Manchester as man said to be responsible for attack on military base in Iraq
22 Feb 2017
Islamic State caliphate crumbles as east Mosul 'liberated'
TOPSHOT - Members of the Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) walk next to destroyed shops in eastern Mosul on January 18, 2017. Iraqi forces have fully retaken east Mosul fro
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Islamic State caliphate crumbles as east Mosul 'liberated'

Militants face defeat in Iraq's second-largest city after losing a quarter of their territory last year
19 Jan 2017
UK 'risks repeating Libya mistakes in Mosul'
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UK 'risks repeating Libya mistakes in Mosul'

Tory MP Crispin Blunt says lessons learned after 2011 assault should form basis of future foreign policy
25 Nov 2016
Saddam Hussein 'owned secret New York torture chamber'
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Saddam Hussein 'owned secret New York torture chamber'

Dictator kept prisoners in basement of the Iraqi mission to the United Nations, claim officials
13 Oct 2016
Troops to 'opt out' of human rights laws
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Troops to 'opt out' of human rights laws

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claims legal system has been abused on an 'industrial scale'
4 Oct 2016
UK soldiers condemned over death of Iraqi teenager
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UK soldiers condemned over death of Iraqi teenager

Soliders forced teenager into canal before leaving him to drown, says former High Court judge
16 Sep 2016
Dozens of IS militants executed for Iraq massacre
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Dozens of IS militants executed for Iraq massacre

Thirty-six men hanged for their involvement in mass killing at Camp Speicher near Tikrit
22 Aug 2016
Baghdad bombings: Islamic State escalates terror campaign
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Baghdad bombings: Islamic State escalates terror campaign

Three days of national mourning called after IS attack kills 165 people and injures 225 more
4 Jul 2016
Islamic State's morale low after air strikes destroy $800m
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Islamic State's morale low after air strikes destroy $800m

Lack of disposable cash hits recruitments while defections have jumped 90 per cent, say military commanders
29 Apr 2016
Nato warns Islamic State could 'split in two'
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Nato warns Islamic State could 'split in two'

Terror conference told situation 'will get worse before it gets better' as IS looks for new ways to carry out attacks
20 Apr 2016
UN report unveils 'staggering' level of violence in Iraq
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UN report unveils 'staggering' level of violence in Iraq

At least 18,800 people killed by Islamic State in less than two years while millions have fled their homes
19 Jan 2016
Tehran accuses Saudis of bombing its embassy in Yemen
Protests against execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr
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Tehran accuses Saudis of bombing its embassy in Yemen

Row is latest bout in ongoing diplomatic war between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia
7 Jan 2016
John Kerry urges Saudis and Iran to stay calm
Protests against execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr
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John Kerry urges Saudis and Iran to stay calm

Secretary of State in telephone diplomacy blitz as standoff continues
6 Jan 2016
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