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WATCH: Iraqi Forces Battle Islamic State Militants Near Fallujah

Video Iraqi Forces Poised For Attack On Fallujah, Kurdish Troops Attack IS Near Mosul

Iraq's military says its special forces have been deployed around Fallujah as part of an operation aimed at retaking the city from so-called Islamic State (IS) militants. Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurdish forces have launched more attacks in northern Iraq as part of a strategy aimed at cutting off IS militants who control the city of Mosul. More

Iraq's top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged the protection for civilians trapped in a fierce battle for Fallujah.

Iraqi Cleric Urges Protection For Civilians

The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shi'ites called on Iraqi forces battling to retake the city of Fallujah from Islamic State militants to protect civilians trapped there. More

Iraqi pro-government forces fire an antitank cannon near the Al-Sejar village northeast of Fallujah on May 25.

Strikes 'Kill 70 IS Fighters' In Fallujah

Washington says that U.S.-led coalition air and artillery strikes have killed 70 fighters with the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, including their leader in the Iraqi city, Mahir al-Bilawi. More

Iraqi security forces tear-gassed protesters after they broke into Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" on May 20, 2016.

Iraq Calls For Protest Halt During Battle

Iraq's prime minister called on anti-government protesters to halt a demonstration scheduled for May 27 so that security forces can focus on retaking the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. More

Oil prices surpassed $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016, giving a boost to producers in Kazakhstan (seen here) and elsewhere.

Oil Prices Soar Over $50, First In 2016

The price of premium crude oil has surged over $50 a barrel for the first time this year in Asian trading, giving a boost to the economies of oil producers from Russia and Kazakhstan to Iran and Iraq. More

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Video Kerry Hails Efforts Against IS, Says Saudis Could Do More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there's been "slow and steady" progress in the international community's battle against the Islamic State militant group.

Saudi Arabia's 'Islamic' Coalition: Spin Or Substance?

In December, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a new military alliance of Islamic countries to fight terrorism. Months later, questions remain about the makeup and motives of the 34-country coalition.
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