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UN To Investigate Islamic State's Alleged Crimes In Iraq

The UN's top human rights body has approved an Iraqi government request to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by Islamic State (IS) militants in northern and western Iraq. More

Peshmerga fighters fire toward Islamic State positions during heavy clashes in Duz-Khurmatu on August 31.

Iraq Claims Advances Against IS

Officials say Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces on September 1 retook two more towns from Islamic State (IS) fighters. More

British Prime Minister David Cameron

U.K. To Propose Measures Against Jihadists

British Prime Minister David Cameron was expected on September 1 to outline tougher measures against Britons suspected of joining jihadists in Syria and Iraq. More

Iraqi Forces Break Jihadists' Siege

Officials have said the Iraqi army backed by Shi'ite militias and Kurdish Pershmerga fighters have entered the northern Shi'ite town of Amirli, which has been besieged by the Islamic State for more than two months. More

Australia To Assist Fighting Islamic State

Australia says it will fly military equipment and aid into Iraq to help fight Islamic State (IS) militants. More

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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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Explainer: The Yazidi Minority In Iraq

Islamic militants this week encircled thousands of members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, prompting the Obama administration to carry out humanitarian air drops to the refugees who fled their homes to Mount Sinjar. Who are the Yazidis?
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Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble

The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam.
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Mosul Expulsion Ends Centuries-Old Christian Community

When Mosul's Christians fled for their lives, their once vibrant and centuries-old community scattered to the winds. Who were Mosul's Christians?
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Video Christians Say Terror Drove Them From Mosul

Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul say a mounting campaign of terror by the Islamic State drove them to flee their city en masse. RFE/RL spoke with a refugee from Mosul about her experience.
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Helly Luv: Siren Of Kurdish Independence

Kurdish pop singer Helly Luv has racked up more than 2.5 million hits since she released her "Risk It All" video in February urging independence for Iraqi Kurds.
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Iraqi Kurds Talk Independence But Move For Stronger Position In Iraq

Iraq's Kurdish region is playing the independence card, but there are signs it could simply be upping the ante in a bid for more territory and rights within Iraq.
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Explainer: How Iran Could Help Iraq Fight ISIL

Reports suggest Iran has deployed several of its warplanes in Iraq to help its ally, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in his government’s battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Analysts say Iran's potential military assistance to Iraq could also include training and mobilizing Shi'ite militant groups.
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Explainer: What Is The Islamic Caliphate?

With the militant group ISIL's announcement that it has created an Islamic caliphate in territory it seized in Syria and Iraq, RFE/RL looks at the current and historical significance of the move.
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Nine Months After First 'It's Complicated,' Shifting Priorities In The Middle East

Nine months ago, the world's attention focused on possible missile strikes in Syria in reaction to a deadly chemical attack. Now, as Islamist militants move in on Iraq, world and regional powers are recalibrating their relationships to answer new threats.
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