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AP PHOTOS: Iraqi special forces share treasured possessions

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FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq's special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. Now he's on the front lines of Fallujah, a city that was declared "fully liberated" on Sunday by the commander leading the fight against IS....

Iraqi forces focus on militants in north and west Fallujah

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FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi commanders are preparing to dislodge Islamic State group fighters from pockets of territory in Fallujah's northern and western neighborhoods where the militants have dug in after largely fleeing their positions in the city center last week....

The Latest: US says only 1/3 of Fallujah cleared of IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Iraq's battle against the Islamic State group (all times local):...

UN releases $15 million to help Iraqis fleeing Fallujah
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief has released $15 million in emergency aid to provide life-saving assistance to more than 85,000 people forced to flee recent fighting and military operations in the Iraqi city of Fallujah....

New Zealand to keep troops in Iraq for an extra 18 months
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand announced Monday that it plans to keep its small contingent of troops in Iraq for an additional 18 months as it continues to back the U.S.-led coalition's efforts to defeat the Islamic State group....

Christian militias fighting IS in Iraq hope for US support

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ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) -- Clutching his rifle intently, the Iraqi recruit maneuvered between piles of bricks and cement obstacles. The sound of shooting pierced the air and he jumped behind a wall, lifted his rifle and imitated the staccato sound of gunfire....

Carter: at least 1 Apache helicopter used in combat in Iraq
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that at least one U.S. Apache helicopter has been used for the first time in combat in Iraq....

A personal quest to document IS massacre of Iraqi Yazidis

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DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- The walls and even the windows of Bahzad Farhan Murad's office are covered with lists. They name the thousands of people who were killed or are still missing after the Islamic State group launched an attack on unarmed Yazidi communities in northwestern Iraq nearly two years ago....
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