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Latest Iraq News

U.S. Judge Rules Kurdish Oil Dispute Should Be Resolved In Iraq

A U.S. judge has said she lacked jurisdiction to order the seizure of a tanker carrying some 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude oil about 100 kilometers off the Texas shore. More

Saddam 'Relative' Seeks Tajik Asylum

A man claiming to be a relative of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is seeking political asylum in Tajikistan. More

At Least 15 Bodies Found In Baghdad

Police in the Iraqi capital reported finding at least 15 bullet-ridden bodies, including three women, raising fears the widespread violence in Iraq could become even worse now that the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is over. More

France Offers Iraqi Christians Asylum

France says it is ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by Islamic extremists ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death. More

People walk through the rubble of a Shi'ite mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants of the Islamic State in the city of Mosul on July 23.

Another Historic Iraqi Mosque Destroyed

Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 600-year-old mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the latest of several religious sites demolished by the group recently. More

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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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What Drives Sunni Anger In Iraq?

As Sunni insurgents take territory in northern Iraq, they hope to win local support by capitalizing on deeply felt grievances within Iraq's Sunni community. What are those grievances and how did they help fuel the current crisis?
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Syrian Refugees In Iraq Face New Uncertainties

More than 220,000 Syrians have sought shelter in Iraq's Kurdistan region, where they found relative stability as war raged at home. However, with ISIL militants entering the scene, Syrian refugees face new uncertainties.
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