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Aid workers and refugees say Iraqi authorities are sending refugees back to their homes against their will to ensure elections take place on time.

The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

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The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

This week in Iraq: IS lose final town, Hizballah declares 'Mission Accomplished', Shia militias continue illegal operations in Syria and militia leaders banned from running for election.

Iraq launches offensive near Syria border

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Iraq launches offensive near Syria border

Iraqi forces will advance towards the Syria border, where the some of the last IS fighters in the country are still entrenched.

Iraq investigating claims of horrific cliff-top killing by troops

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Iraq investigating claims of horrific cliff-top killing by troops

Baghdad says it is investigating claims of sickening abuses by members of the Iraqi military, after a video emerged allegedly showing troops ...

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SDF forces breach wall in Syria’s IS Raqqa stronghold

US-backed SDF fighters have entered the most heavily fortified area of the Islamic State's Raqqa stronghold, marking a milestone in the campaign to recapture the city.

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'Islamic State has fallen' says top Iraqi commander

The Iraqi army recaptured Mosul's iconic Grand al-Nuri mosque on Thursday and officially declared an end to the Islamic State group in Iraq.

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Video: Iraqi soldier rams into IS bomber, saving comrades

A video that reportedly captures the dramatic moment an Iraqi soldier saved his squad by driving his bulldozer into an incoming Islamic State ...

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Islamic State loses '90 percent' of west Mosul

The Islamic State group is on the brink of defeat, officials said on Tuesday, after confirming the militant group controls just ten percent of ...

'Islamic State controls less than seven percent of Iraq'

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'Islamic State controls less than seven percent of Iraq'

The Islamic State group now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held nearly three years ago, military ...

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Arrest warrant for 'espionage' reissued against ex-governor of Mosul

Atheel al-Nujaifi, who was the governor at the time of Islamic State's capture of Mosul, allegedly worked with Ankara to allow Turkish troops to ...

Feared Iraqi militias ready to lead assault on Fallujah

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Feared Iraqi militias ready to lead assault on Fallujah

The commander of Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces in Iraq has said that his forces were willing to intervene in Fallujah as the army's ...

Retaking Ramadi: victory declared, battle yet to be won

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Retaking Ramadi: victory declared, battle yet to be won

Iraq has declared victory in the fight to retake Ramadi from IS, but these are early days and pockets of resistance, booby-traps and other ...

Iraqi PM tours Ramadi after city's liberation from IS Iraqi PM tours Ramadi after city's liberation from IS

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Iraqi PM tours Ramadi after city's liberation from IS

The prime minister on Tuesday toured Ramadi, just a day after government troops routed Islamic State militants from the area.

Major Islamic State stronghold 'liberated' by Iraqi forces

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Major Islamic State stronghold 'liberated' by Iraqi forces

Iraq declared the Iraqi city of Ramadi liberated after its forces faced no resistance at a key government complex, while an airstrike killed IS' ...

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Iraqi army asks residents of Ramadi to leave city

The Iraqi military is urging residents of Ramadi to leave within 72 hours, indicating a major operation to retake the IS-controlled city from the extremists was imminent.

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Iraqi forces seize neighbourhood on outskirts of IS-held city

Iraqi troops battling the Islamic State group on Tuesday retook a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ramadi, a provincial capital captured by the ...

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Iraqi defence minister escapes assassination attempt

Iraq's defence minister has escaped a sniper attack unharmed while traveling north of Baghdad officials said on Monday, as air force deploys ...

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