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UN Report Slams IS 'War Crimes' In Iraq

A UN report says Islamic State (IS) militants and other armed groups have committed a "staggering" number of gross human rights violations and "acts of violence" in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes. More

Fighting Intensifies Around Syrian Town

Fighting is reported to have intensified between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters near Kobani, a key Syrian town near the border with Turkey. More

WATCH: Kurdish Peshmerga forces claimed to have captured a string of villages from Islamic State fighters south of Kirkuk on September 30, aided by U.S.-led air strikes. Peshmerga Secretary-General Jabbar Yawar said Iraqi Kurds had retaken about half of the territory seized in northern Iraq by IS militants in August. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq)

Video Iraq Fighting, Air Strikes Continue

Heavy fighting has continued in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar Province between Islamic State (IS) militants and Iraqi government forces that are supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes. More

WATCH: A deadly bombing strikes a Shi'ite neighborhood in Baghdad

Video Car Bombs, Mortars Kill 25 In Baghdad

Iraqi police and medical officials say at least 25 people were killed in car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on September 30. More

A handout picture provided by the British Ministry of Defense shows a Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 returning from an armed mission in support of operation "Shader" in Iraq, to the RAF station in Akrotiri, Cyprus, on September 30.

U.K. Launches First Strikes On IS

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon says British jet fighters on September 30 launched their first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. More

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Tajikistan's 'Jihadist' Village On The Defensive

A small village in northern Tajikistan has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that it was home to a number of suspected jihadists.
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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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