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The Iraqi government is attempting to restore control over Sinjar, the Yazidi homeland previously controlled by a web of paramilitary organisations following its liberation from IS.

Comment: If Biden does not acknowledge the failures of the past, and tasks his team with reinstating the status quo, a better result can hardly be expected, writes James Snell.

The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

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The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and influence even further.

The Iraq Report: Diplomatic spat with Turkey intensifies

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The Iraq Report: Diplomatic spat with Turkey intensifies

While Iraqi authorities continue to criticise Turkish military operations, their protestations of sovereignty have fallen on deaf ears.

Iraqi army launches military operation to secure oil-rich Kirkuk

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Iraqi army launches military operation to secure oil-rich Kirkuk

A number of security forces will take part in a new military campaign against Islamic State sleeper cells in the oil-rich Kirkuk governorate, ...

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The Iraq Report: Assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi sparks outcry

Hisham al-Hashimi's killing sparked an outpouring of grief, with many perceiving his murder as the latest manifestation of how powerful Iran-backed militias have become.

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran militias reassert dominance over Kadhimi

Iran's proxies have dealt a humiliating blow to Iraq's newly incumbent Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who has now exposed the limits of his ...

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The Iraq Report: Showdown between government and Iran-backed militias

Iraq's new prime minister has sent the elite CTS force to arrest members of Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah, accused of targeting US soldiers. The ...

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The Iraq Report: Kadhimi takes aim at pro-Iran militias

While hailed as a show of force by Iraq's new premier against malign Iranian influence, the arrest of pro-Iran militants may be little more than ...

Iraq's Mustafa al-Kadhimi takes the helm in stormy waters

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Iraq's Mustafa al-Kadhimi takes the helm in stormy waters

Kadhimi will have to steer Iraq out of the coronavirus crisis, resuscitate an all-but-dead economy, and restore the faith of Iraqis in a ...

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Iraq launches 'Desert Lions' offensive against IS sleeper cells

Iraqi security forces are engaged in a new military operation against sleeper cells belonging to the Islamic State militant group, authorities ...

Iraqi paramilitaries killed as IS launch multiple overnight attacks

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Iraqi paramilitaries killed as IS launch multiple overnight attacks

IS operatives attacked several paramilitary posts across Iraq on Sunday resulting in several casualties, as rural tribespeople complain of daily ...

US launches precision strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq

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US launches precision strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq

The US military launched air strikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq following the deaths of two Americans and a Briton in a rocket attack.

Soleimani managed Syria operations from 'Assad's war room'

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Soleimani managed Syria operations from 'Assad's war room'

Qasem Soleimani boarded an Iranian rescue flight to Damascus, as the capital was on the verge of collapse at the hands of rebel forces.

Soleimani assassination spells trouble for Iraqis, Iranians, the region

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Soleimani assassination spells trouble for Iraqis, Iranians, the region

Comment: Many Iraqis now fear it's their country that has the most to lose from being used as a potential battlefield for two foreign powers, ...

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Iraq militia supporters fully withdraw from US embassy

Pro-Iran demonstrators left the besieged US embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday after the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary force ordered them to withdraw a day after their dramatic incursion.

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Protesters reject Iraqi PM candidate backed by Iran-linked bloc

Iraqi protesters want an independent candidate to take over the government.

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American VP avoids Baghdad leaders on 'stealthy' Iraq visit

In his first visit as vice president, Pence visited American troops at Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq's Anbar province, but was not expected ...

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US vice president lands in Iraq for surprise visit

Mike Pence's unannounced landing at Ain al-Asad base came nearly a year after President Donald Trump made his own surprise trip to the sprawling ...

Mortars strike Iraq base hosting US forces

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Mortars strike Iraq base hosting US forces

Iraqi commander of operations Noman Zobaei said forces responded to the attack in a strike that “killed three terrorists and destroyed a ...

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Mystery mortars strike Iraq base hosting US forces

A security source said two mortar rounds hit a military base where US troops are deployed on Monday, as Iraq struggles to contain ...

Iraq must end forced disappearances, intimidation of activists: Amnesty

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Iraq must end forced disappearances, intimidation of activists: Amnesty

Amnesty International has urged Iraq to rein in security forces and militias accused of intimidating, killing and forcibly disappearing ...

Prominent Iraqi blogger returns home after kidnapping ordeal

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Prominent Iraqi blogger returns home after kidnapping ordeal

Shujaa al-Khafaji's family said armed men had snatched him from his home on Thursday without identifying themselves or showing an arrest ...

Iraq ablaze as protesters defy curfews leaving dozens dead

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Iraq ablaze as protesters defy curfews leaving dozens dead

Iraq finds itself caught in the throes of civil unrest and violence as anti-government protests launch themselves anew in the corruption-ridden ...

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