In battle for Iraq's Mosul, many forces with many motives

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group....

UK: British warplanes bomb IS to support Iraqi push on Mosul

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AKROTIRI, Cyprus (AP) -- British Tornado and Typhoon aircraft stationed at a U.K. air base in Cyprus are pounding Islamic State targets ahead of a major offensive by Iraqi security forces next month to recapture the key northern city of Mosul from IS militants, a senior Royal Air Force officer says....

AP Exclusive: Iraq oil fires could jeopardize Mosul mission

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A fire at one of Iraq's oil fields could hinder military and humanitarian efforts as operations to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul get underway....

German defense minister: Fight against IS far from over
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's defense minister says despite recent gains against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the fight is far from over....

Iraq sets ceiling on oil production before Algeria meeting
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Oil Minister said his country supports any deal to prop up oil prices in the international market ahead of next week's meeting of oil producers in Algeria, adding that fluctuating prices have badly affected the producers....

After IS, a painful return for residents of Iraq's Fallujah

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FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- In the three days since the Iraqi city of Fallujah was reopened for residents following its recapture from the Islamic State group, just over 500 families have returned home, Maj. Gen. Saad al-Harbea, the head of west Baghdad operations, said....
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