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UN Security Council condemns the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

UN Condemns Foley Murder

The UN Security Council has condemned "the heinous and cowardly murder" of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants. More

Iraq Mosque Attack,40 Dead

Iraqi officials say at least 40 people have been killed in an attack on a Sunni mosque in northeastern Iraq. More

Sistani Calls On Iraqis To Confront Islamic State

Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called again on all Iraqis to fight Islamic State insurgents. More

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Islamic State poses an "imminent threat" to U.S. interests and "must be defeated."

Hagel: Islamic State 'Must Be Defeated'

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the militant group Islamic State (IS) poses an "imminent threat" to U.S. interests and "must be defeated." More

U.S. journalist James Foley speaks at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications in Evanston, Illinois, after being released from imprisonment in Libya, in this 2011 handout photo.

U.S. Opens Criminal Investigation Into Journalist Foley's Death

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the killing of journalist James Foley. More

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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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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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