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Iraqi commander says to complete capture of Mosul in May

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BAGHDAD An Iraqi commander expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district.

Turkish military says kills 14 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

ANKARA Turkey's military said it killed 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq on Saturday, as Ankara steps up a push against the group and their affiliates in Iraq and Syria.

World, 29 Apr 2017

Qatar denies trying to pay ransom money to free hostages in Iraq

DOHA/BAGHDAD Qatar has denied trying to pay ransom money this month to secure the release of 26 Qataris abducted in Iraq a year and a half ago by unidentified gunmen, in a complex saga that has highlighted the Gulf state's strained ties with Baghdad.

World, 27 Apr 2017

Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces.

World, Syria, 27 Apr 2017

Mosul businesses start reconstruction without waiting for final IS defeat

MOSUL, Iraq Some businessmen in Mosul have begun rebuilding their shattered premises without waiting for financial support from the cash-strapped Iraqi government or for the final defeat of Islamic State in the city. | Video

World, Top News, 26 Apr 2017

For some Mosul men, escape leads straight to the interrogator

HAMMAM AL-ALIL CAMP, Iraq The Iraqi intelligence officer kept barking the same question at the 46-year-old man who was looking nervously at his hands after having escaped Mosul: "Why do you still have a beard?"

World, 26 Apr 2017

Turkish jets strike Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq's Sinjar

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkish planes bombed Kurdish fighters in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 20 in a widening campaign against groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

World, Syria, 26 Apr 2017

U.S. says raised deep concerns with Turkey over air strikes

WASHINGTON The United States on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over Turkish air strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq and said they were not authorized by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

World, Syria, 26 Apr 2017

Iraqi forces use siege and stealth against Islamic State in Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq, Iraqi forces are using siege and stealth tactics to drive Islamic State militants out of Mosul's Old City, an Iraqi general said, and minimise harm to civilians trapped in the cramped historic neighbourhood.

World, 25 Apr 2017

Dolls, teddy bears return to eastern Mosul after Islamic State

MOSUL, Iraq Toy shops are thriving in eastern Mosul, with Iraqi children once again able to buy dolls, teddy bears or action figures after Islamic State was driven out of the area. | Video

World, 24 Apr 2017

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