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  • Coalition carries out 26 strikes against IS in Iraq
    Coalition carries out 26 strikes against IS in Iraq 11 hours ago

    US-led coalition aircraft carried out 26 strikes in Iraq over 24 hours targeting the Islamic State jihadist group north and west of Baghdad, it said on Monday. More »

  • Islamic State murders 30 African migrants in Libya, while up to 700 died off … 14 hours ago

    A new video released by the self-declared Islamic State shows the murder of some 30 men, believed to be Ethiopian Christian migrants seeking passage to Europe, by Libyan affiliates of the militant group. The video's release coincides with what may prove the deadliest capsize yet of a boat carrying migrants toward Italy, highlighting that IS is only one danger on an already highly lethal migratory route. The New York Times notes that the video was shot with IS signature production values, suggesting coordination between IS in Syria and Iraq and its affiliates in Libya, which had largely been assumed to be operating independently. Fighters in the three regions of Libya had previously claimed responsibility for various acts of violence carried out in the Islamic State’s name, but most analysts presumed that most of those fighters, at least the ones outside Surt, were operating independently and using the name to capitalize on the group’s fearsome reputation. More »

  • Shi'ite militia hands over suspected body of former top Saddam aide 14 hours ago

    The body of a man believed to be Ezzat al-Douri, top aide to Iraq's executed president Saddam Hussein, was handed over to the Iraqi government by a Shi'ite militia on Monday, live video from the scene showed. A casket with transparent panels containing the remains of a man with red hair like Douri's was transferred from a van into a government vehicle in scenes broadcast on state TV, which said the remains would be taken to the Health Ministry. The Shi'ite militia Kataib Hezbollah on Sunday said it was holding the body and had conducted DNA tests that proved it was Douri's. After the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Douri was ranked sixth on the U.S. military's list of 55 most wanted Iraqis and a $10 million reward was offered for his capture. More »

  • U.S., allies stage 36 air strikes against Islamic State - military 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies launched 36 air strikes targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since early Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations said on Monday. Ten strikes in Syria hit targets near al Hasaka and Kobani. In Iraq, 26 strikes hit tactical units, vehicles and buildings near Ramadi, Mosul, Falluja and other locations, the joint task force said in a statement. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson) More »

  • Ramadi exodus compounds Iraq humanitarian crisis
    Ramadi exodus compounds Iraq humanitarian crisis 15 hours ago

    By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Some pushed wheelbarrows piled high with their belongings across the only bridge to Baghdad. Others balanced battered suitcases on their heads, or held babies aloft so they would not be crushed in the exodus from Iraq's western province of Anbar. More than 90,000 people have fled their homes in Anbar since April 8, when Islamic State militants began gaining ground around the provincial capital Ramadi, about 90 km (55 miles) from Baghdad, the United Nations said on Sunday. The latest migration compounds an intensifying humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where 2.7 million people have been displaced within the country since January 2014. More »

  • BP says taking more oil from Iraq as payment
    BP says taking more oil from Iraq as payment 16 hours ago

    BP has been lifting more crude oil cargoes in the past couple of months as payment for its work in southern Iraq, and is comfortable with that level of shipments, a senior executive of the oil company said on Monday. Low oil prices and the fight against Islamic State have forced Baghdad to delay billions of dollars of cash payments which it owes to international oil companies (IOCs), so they have been allowed to take oil shipments instead. Michael Townshend, BP's president in the Middle East, ‎said current total production from Iraq's giant Rumaila field was about 1.4 million barrels per day and was expected to remain steady in 2015. More »

  • Suspect arrested in bombing near US consulate in Iraq 16 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a bombing near the U.S. consulate in the northern city of Irbil. More »

  • Indonesia military launches anti-IS operation on eastern island
    Indonesia military launches anti-IS operation on eastern island 18 hours ago

    By Kanupriya Kapoor and Randy Fabi JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's armed forces have launched a six-month anti-terrorism operation to crack down on militants with suspected links to Islamic State, the top general said on Monday, amid growing concern about military involvement in internal security. General Moeldoko said special forces personnel and intelligence agents were helping police track down radicals in Central Sulawesi, long known to be a hotbed of militant activity. This is Indonesia's first major military counter-terrorism operation, traditionally the domain of the police, since the aftermath of the 2009 Jakarta hotel bombings. After that, it's easier for the police to arrest them." Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, is growing increasingly concerned about the return of hundreds of its citizens that have fought for IS in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East 20 hours ago

    In the Middle East this week, Iraq's embattled Yazidi people marked their New Year in a candlelit ceremony despite being on the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group. More »

  • Australia and Iran agree to share ISIL intelligence
    Australia and Iran agree to share ISIL intelligence 22 hours ago

    Countries agree to share intelligence on group in Iraq, particularly foreign fighters from Australia who join it. More »

  • Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran
    Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution. More »

  • Iran, Australia pledge cooperation on Islamic State Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Australia and Iran have reached a tentative intelligence sharing agreement to combat Islamic State militants fighting in the Middle East, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Monday. Australia has sent hundreds of soldiers to Iraq to help train forces fighting the Islamic State group, heightening concerns about reprisal attacks at home. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop this week became the first top diplomat from Australia to visit Iran in a decade. More »

  • Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya - video
    Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya - video Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    By Sylvia Westall CAIRO (Reuters) - A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group that has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to conflict-ridden Libya. The video, in which militants call Christians "crusaders" who are out to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size, in an area of shrubland, being shot in the head. Ethiopia said it had not been able to verify whether the people shown in the video were its citizens. More »

  • Australian PM to talk border security on Turkey trip
    Australian PM to talk border security on Turkey trip Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he will use a trip to Turkey for Anzac Day commemorations to push Ankara for increased security on its border with Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Iraqi Kurdish forces widen buffer around oil-rich city of Kirkuk
    Iraqi Kurdish forces widen buffer around oil-rich city of Kirkuk Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Kurdish authorities said their forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, drove Islamic State militants from an 84 square kilometre (32 sq mile) area in northern Iraq over the weekend, widening a buffer around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The Kurdistan region's security council said in a statement at least 35 insurgents had been killed by its peshmerga forces in the offensive south of Kirkuk, which began on Saturday on two fronts. The peshmerga have emerged as a key partner for the United States in its campaign against Islamic State. They have rolled it back in northern Iraq, significantly expanding the formal boundary of their autonomous region in the process. More »

  • Iraqi Shi'ite militia says DNA tests prove Saddam aide dead
    Iraqi Shi'ite militia says DNA tests prove Saddam aide dead Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    An Iraqi Shi'ite militia group said on Sunday it had conducted DNA tests to prove the death of Ezzat al-Douri, former right-hand man to the late president Saddam Hussein, who after the 2003 U.S. invasion was ranked by Washington as the sixth most-wanted Iraqi. The Kataib Hizbollah group published a video on Saturday showing its fighters undressing the body of the man believed to be Douri, who was laid out on a metal trolley, and snipping off a piece of his flame-red beard. "The final results prove that the body belongs to the criminal Ezzat al-Douri," the group's spokesman Jaafar Husseini told Reuters, saying his DNA had been tested in the Iranian-backed Kataib Hizbollah's own special hospitals. The governor of Iraq's Salahuddin province announced on Friday that Douri had been killed in an ambush in the Hamrin mountain area. More »

  • Officials say attacks around Iraq's capital kill 14 people Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings and mortar fire targeting public places have killed 14 people around the capital, Baghdad. More »

  • Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya
    Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group's atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Iraq clears massive oil refinery of IS
    Iraq clears massive oil refinery of IS Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have cleared the country's largest oil refinery of the Islamic State group, the international coalition helping Baghdad fight the jihadists said on Sunday. More »

  • U.S., allies focus on Iraq in latest air strikes - task force statement Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its coalition partners targeted Islamic State militants with 13 air strikes in Syria and Iraq in a 24-hour period ending Sunday, a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force. Twelve of the strikes were in Iraq, hitting tactical units, sniper positions, weapons, vehicles and buildings near the cities of Bayji, Fallujah, Kirkuk, Ramadi and Sinjar. Near the Syrian city of al Hasakah, an air strike destroyed an Islamic State fighting position, the statement said. ... More »

  • A history of the Islamic State group after Ethiopians killed
    A history of the Islamic State group after Ethiopians killed Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group, which controls a third of both Iraq and Syria in its self-declared caliphate, released a video Sunday purportedly showing militants killing two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. More »

  • Jordan hosts international competition of anti-terror squads
    Jordan hosts international competition of anti-terror squads Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Sunday launched a competition among elite anti-terrorism squads from 18 countries, including fellow members of military coalitions fighting rebels in Yemen and Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Over 90,000 flee fighting in Iraq's Anbar: UN
    Over 90,000 flee fighting in Iraq's Anbar: UN Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    More than 90,000 people have fled fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamic State jihadist group in the Ramadi area of Iraq's Anbar province, the United Nations said on Sunday. More »

  • More than 90,000 people flee violence in Iraq's Anbar province - UN
    More than 90,000 people flee violence in Iraq's Anbar province - UN Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    More than 90,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq's western province of Anbar where Islamic State militants have been gaining ground over the past week, the United Nations said on Sunday. Islamic State militants have encroached on the provincial capital Ramadi, displacing thousands of families. "Our top priority is delivering life-saving assistance to people who are fleeing -- food, water and shelter are highest on the list of priorities," Lise Grande, humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations in Iraq, said in a statement. Iraqi forces are preparing to mount a counter-offensive to reverse Islamic State advances on the eastern edge of Ramadi after military reinforcements were sent from Baghdad, officials said. More »

  • Fighting in Iraq's Ramadi displaces thousands
    Fighting in Iraq's Ramadi displaces thousands Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Tents, food and other aid sent to residents fleeing capital of Anbar province as ISIL fighters gain new territory. More »

  • Iraqi forces retake most of Baiji refinery from Islamic State
    Iraqi forces retake most of Baiji refinery from Islamic State Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex in northern Iraq this week. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said troops had recaptured all of Baiji refinery at 11:30 GMT, but officials in Salahuddin, the province where it is located, said there was still fighting around some facilities. The Baiji refinery produced around 175,000 barrels per day before it shut in June when Islamic State fighters seized it at the same time as the city of Mosul. Iraqi forces retook it from militants in November but subsequently lost control again. More »

  • U.S., allies target Islamic State with 20 air strikes in Iraq, Syria - mili … Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies have launched 20 air strikes targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since early on Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations said on Saturday. There were seven air strikes in Syria using attack and bomber aircraft near Kobani and Al Hasakah and 13 in Iraq using fighter and attack aircraft as well as drones near Bayji, Ramadi, Al Asad, Fallujah, Sinjar, Hit and Tal Afar, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Louise Ireland) More »

  • IS claims deadly US consulate blast in Iraq
    IS claims deadly US consulate blast in Iraq Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    The Islamic State group claimed Saturday a bombing near the US consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region a day earlier that killed two Turks. More »

  • Iraq PM's spokesman resigns over pro-Saddam song
    Iraq PM's spokesman resigns over pro-Saddam song Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman Rafid Jaboori has resigned over a video showing him singing the praises of dictator Saddam Hussein more than a decade ago, he said Saturday. More »

  • Australia FM hails Iran effort to defeat IS
    Australia FM hails Iran effort to defeat IS Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Australia's foreign minister on Saturday hailed Iran's efforts to crush the jihadist Islamic State group in Iraq, saying on a rare trip to Tehran that the militants can be defeated. More »

  • Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital
    Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Isabel Coles ERBIL (Reuters) - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region. No U.S. personnel were hurt in the blast, according to the U.S. State Department, which said a "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device" exploded right outside the entrance to the heavily fortified compound. Iraq's Kurdish region is an important partner for the U.S.-led coalition in its campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State group, which overran large parts of Iraq last summer and threatened to reach Erbil. More »

  • Most senior Baathist general to evade US in Iraq reported killed. Does it m … Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Douri's name was one to conjure with before the US invasion - he was one of the organizers of the massacres in the Shiite south and the Kurdish north that followed Iraq's defeat in Kuwait in 1991 - and since. He reemerged last year in alliance with the Islamic State at the time insurgents overran the city of Mosul. More »

  • Deadly Car Bomb Rocks US Consulate In Iraq
    Deadly Car Bomb Rocks US Consulate In Iraq Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Three people were killed and at least five wounded as a car bomb exploded outside the US consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, a rare attack in the Kurdish stronghold. US officials said there were no American casualties among consulate personnel or guards. The State Department said a "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device" detonated by the entrance to the heavily fortified compound. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, reported the SITE Intelligence Group. More »

  • Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP
    Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri. More »

  • Car bomb near US consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan kills 3: officials
    Car bomb near US consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan kills 3: officials Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A car bomb blast near the US consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region killed three people and wounded five on Friday, Kurdish officials said. More »