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Iranian President Hassan Rohani (file photo)

Rohani: IS Wants To Kill 'Humanity'

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has condemned the widespread killing by radical Islamic State (IS) militants in the parts of Syria and Iraq that they control. More

U.S. President Barack Obama (center) takes part in a briefing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and the commander of U.S. Central Command, General Lloyd Austin, at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, on September 17.

Obama: No U.S. Combat Role In Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama says U.S. troops will have no combat role in Iraq. More

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (file photo)

Iraq 'Doesn't Need Foreign Troops'

Iraq's new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither needed nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. More

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey on Capitol Hill in June

U.S. Troops 'Could Be Needed In Iraq'

The United States' top military officer says President Barack Obama will evaluate each situation individually before deciding if U.S. military advisers will be put into combat roles in Iraq. More

UN Chief Urges 'Decisive' Action On IS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at UN headquarters, did not say what steps he hoped UN member states would take but said, "It is critical to keep at the forefront the protection of civilians." More

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Features & Commentary

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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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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