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Latest Iraq News

Kerry To Reassure Gulf Arab Ministers About Talks With Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia for talks with Gulf Arab officials on March 5 about the status of nuclear negotiations with Iran. More

Iraqis Seek To Trap IS In Tikrit

Reports say Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militias were seeking to encircle Islamic State (IS) fighters in Tikrit on the second day of a military operation to recapture the city some 130 kilometers north of Baghdad. More

Dempsey Says Iranian Role In Tikrit Battle Could Be 'Positive'

A top U.S. general says Iran's direct support for an Iraqi push to dislodge the Islamic State extremist group from the northern city of Tikrit could be "a positive thing" if it does not inflame sectarian tensions. More

Iraqi Forces Continue Tikrit Offensive

Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militias are still battling against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tikrit and in surrounding towns but have been slowed by mines and suicide attacks. More

'Fierce Clashes' In Iraq Near Tikrit

Reports from Iraq say fierce fighting has taken place around Tikrit on the second day of a military operation to recapture late dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State (IS) militants. More

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'IS Said We Must Become Muslims Or They'd Slit Our Throats'

Taolo Rasu, a 60-year-old disabled Yazidi man who was held captive by the Islamic State (IS) group for six months, spoke to RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq about his capture. More
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Iran's Role In Iraq's Fight Against IS

As the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants intensifies, Iran's military role has become increasingly evident.
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It Was A Rough Road For U.S. Foreign Policy In 2014

The Obama administration was confronted in 2014 with a wave of foreign policy crises that sent it scrambling to mobilize U.S. military and economic might to stamp out fires across the globe.
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