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Latest Iraq News

More Than 10 Killed In Baghdad Bombings

Two car bombs have exploded in a Shi'ite area of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people. More

Iran Pledges Support For Iraq In IS Fight

Iran's President Hassan Rohani said his country will support neighboring Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More

Smoke and flames rise over the Syrian town of Kobani after an air strike by a U.S.-led coalition on October 20.

U.S. Praises Turkey For Kobani Move

The United States has praised Turkey's decision to permit the transit of Iraqi Kurdish fighters into Syria to help defend Kobani, as fighting continued in the besieged city. More

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

Iraqi PM In Tehran For Crisis Talks On IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has arrived in Tehran on his first visit to Iran since taking office. More

Bombings In Iraq Kill At Least 33

Deadly attacks targeting Iraq's majority Shi'ite community killed at least 33 people on October 20. More

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Latest Blog Posts

In West Anbar, 'Unprecedented Escalation' By Islamic State

There has been an "unprecedented escalation" by gunmen from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq's Anbar province over the past few days, according to an RFE/RL correspondent in the embattled region. More
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Features & Commentary

Falling Oil Prices Spell Trouble For Some, But Could Also Boost Global Growth

The price of oil has fallen some 20 percent since June, spelling big trouble for oil exporting countries like Russia and Iran. What's behind the drop?
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Video Iraqi Kurds Urge Turkey To Let Volunteers Through To Defend Kobani

Speaking in Prague, the foreign minister of Iraq's Kurdish regional government is calling on Turkey to open its border to volunteers seeking to reinforce the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.
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Iraq's Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By IS To Be Raped, Sold

The winner of the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award says Islamic State militants are raping and selling Yazidi women and that the human rights situation in Iraq is deteriorating.
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Peshmerga General: IS Air Strikes Helpful, But 'We Will Need Ground Forces'

In an interview with Samira Ali Mandee of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq, General Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Peshmerga Ministry of Iraq's Kurdish region, discusses the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants, cooperation with Iraqi and outside militaries, and the mood on the front.
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Iraqi Line Of Defense Goes Unpaid

Tens of thousands of Iraqis took up the call to battle Islamic State. But after months on the front line many who volunteered for the fight say they have gone unpaid, weakening a needed line of defense against an encroaching enemy.
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Tajikistan's 'Jihadist' Village On The Defensive

A small village in northern Tajikistan has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that it was home to a number of suspected jihadists.
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Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways.
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Wide Array Of Countries Expected To Join Coalition Against Islamic State Militants

Various Middle Eastern and European countries are expected to join the U.S.-led coalition to roll back Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. We look at who they are and what they will do.
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Interview: Imam Discusses Islamic State's Recruitment Of European Muslims

Syrian-born Imam Tarfa Baghajati, chairman of the Austrian Muslims Initiative, speaks with RFE/RL about Islamic State's efforts to recruit young people in Europe following reports that hundreds of European-based Muslims have joined their ranks.
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Kicked Off Twitter And Facebook, Islamic State Finds New Tools

Following the beheading of American journalist James Foley, U.S.-based social networks ramped up efforts to ban accounts linked to the Islamic State militant group.
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