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Barzani: Peshmerga Break IS Siege Of Sinjar

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masud Barzani has claimed strategic victories by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who are battling Islamic State (IS) militants in and around the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. More

The reported advance comes a day after the Kurdish forces broke the siege of Sinjar in what they called their biggest victory yet in the war against the Sunni Islamist militants.

Iraqi Kurds Claim More Advances

Kurdish forces in Iraq claim they have made more advances against Islamic State (IS) militants. More

U.S. To Send 1,300 Troops To Iraq

The Pentagon has announced it will send up to 1,300 more U.S. troops to Iraq on a mission to "train, advice, and assist," beginning in late January. More

WATCH: Kurdish forces backed by U.S. bombing have broken the siege of northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain area, where minority Yazidis sought refuge from an Islamic State offensive. Officials say refugees are beginning to evacuate from Sinjar Mountain to Dohuk in the Kurdistan region. Video from December 18 shows the aftermath of clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamic State militants in the region. (Abdul-Khaliq Sultan, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq)

Video Iraqi Kurds Break Siege Of Sinjar

Kurdish forces backed by heavy U.S. bombing say they have broken the siege of northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain area and started to evacuate those refugees who were still on the mountain More

Rear Admiral John Kirby says Washington believes the loss of the Islamic State leaders seriously "degrades" the ability of Islamic State.

U.S.: Top IS Leaders Killed In Iraq

The Pentagon says air strikes by the United States and its allies have killed "multiple" senior and mid-level Islamic State leaders. More

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As IS Advances, Anbar Leader Urges More Air Strikes

As clashes continue between Islamic State (IS) gunmen and Iraqi security forces in Iraq's beleaguered Anbar province, the chairman of Anbar's provincial council Sabah Karhout has called on the United States and its allies to carry out fresh air strikes against the militant group. More
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Features & Commentary

With Hagel Out, Past Contenders Eyed As Next U.S. Defense Chief

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s abrupt announcement of his resignation on November 24 leaves a top cabinet position open in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, and early speculation suggests that candidates previously considered for the job could be tapped to lead the Pentagon.

Who's In, Who's Out: Republicans Take Over Top U.S. Foreign-Policy Committees

Republicans won big in U.S. Congressional elections on November 4, a surge whose impact could ripple beyond the borders of the United States.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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