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Five members of the same Iraq family who were members of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia were killed, following an attack on their checkpoint by IS.

Iraqi forces advance against IS group remnants in desert

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Iraqi forces advance against IS group remnants in desert

Iraqi forces captured three oil wells, two gas fields and stormed an Islamic State group camp in the first day of an operation against IS remnants in the desert.

The Iraq Report: ‘Victory’ over IS

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: ‘Victory’ over IS

This week in Iraq: Was Abadi's declaration of victory just a political stunt?

The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

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The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

Welcome to The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

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Iraqi forces 'retake' Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija

Reports say Iraqi-government forces and their allied militias have retaken the Islamic State group's last northern Iraqi stronghold.

Gareth Browne

The final days of the caliphate in Iraq

In-depth: With the military gathering outside Hawija, people who have suffered now have the confidence to fight back, locals tell Gareth Browne.

Gareth Browne

After Hawija: What to expect from Islamic State's commanders

Analysis: After the fall of Hawija, it is highly possible that the Islamic State commanders may regroup and start a new insurgency - so what is ...

Gareth Browne

Hawija: The next battle in Iraq's war against IS

Analysis: After Mosul and Tal Afar, attention is turning to Hawija, a pocket of Iraqi territory long deemed ungovernable and essentially ...

War on IS: Isolating Mosul from Anbar

Ali al-Izzawi

War on IS: Isolating Mosul from Anbar

Washington reportedly plans to isolate the Islamic State group in Iraq from its branches in Syria, and five main bridges between border ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Increasing numbers of Iraqis die fleeing IS

Growing numbers of Iraqis fleeing IS are being killed by ambushes or on treacherous mountain roads said the UN, as civilian casualties from ...

Saddam deputy 'in contact with Iraqi officials before death' Saddam deputy 'in contact with Iraqi officials before death'

Safa Abdel Hamid

Saddam deputy 'in contact with Iraqi officials before death'

Fugitive Izzat al-Douri called senior Iraqi government officials "from a certain segment of society" before he was killed last week, says ...

'Islamic State' digs in and prepares for Mosul siege

Othman al-Mukhtar

'Islamic State' digs in and prepares for Mosul siege

As Iraqi forces prepare for a winter offensive to regain territory lost to the Islamic State group, the group has reportedly planted crude ...

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