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Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last

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BAGHDAD - The blind man with just one hand arrived at the main mosque in the centre of the Iraqi city of Ramadi at dusk on Wednesday, flanked by Islamic State fighters.

Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last

BAGHDAD - The blind man with just one hand arrived at the main mosque in the centre of the Iraqi city of Ramadi at dusk on Wednesday, flanked by Islamic State fighters.

World, 29 May 2015

Islamic State "blind judge" shows up in Ramadi as Iraqi forces make slow advance

BAGHDAD - A senior Islamic State figure known as "the blind judge" has made an appearance in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, asserting the militant group's dominion over it as security forces and Shi'ite militias prepare a counter-attack.

World, 28 May 2015

Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits of expansion

LONDON - With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energised its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy.

World, Syria, 28 May 2015

Iraq rebrands military campaign against Islamic State over fears of sectarianism

BAGHDAD - A campaign led by Shi'ite paramilitaries to drive Islamic State militants from Iraq's Sunni heartland was rebranded on Wednesday after criticism that the name chosen for the push was overtly sectarian. | Video

World, 28 May 2015

Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni Muslim population. | Video

World, Top News 27 May 2015

Yemen man pleads guilty to al Qaeda scheme to kill U.S. military

NEW YORK - A Yemeni man who prosecutors said was a member of al Qaeda and engaged in attacks against U.S. military forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to kill Americans overseas.

World, Yemen, 27 May 2015

Pentagon slams 'unhelpful' Shi'ite code name for Ramadi offensive

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Tuesday said it was "unhelpful" for Iraq's Shi'ite militia to have announced an openly sectarian code name for the operation to retake the Sunni city of Ramadi and added that, in the U.S. view, the full-on offensive had yet to begin.

World, 26 May 2015

U.S. does damage control after defense chief's remarks on Iraq

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of the U.S. commitment to help fight Islamic State militants in an effort at damage control on Monday after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' desire to fight.

World, 26 May 2015

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. | Video

Top News, World, 26 May 2015