Falling prices, rising threats cool interest in Kurdish oil
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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But conspicuously absent were international oil giants like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and Chevron that only a year ago were eager to exploit the promising reserves of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region....

Iraqi tribesmen fight their own after breaking with IS group
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MAKHMOUR, Iraq (AP) -- When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq last summer, the Sunni al-Lehib tribe welcomed them as revolutionaries fighting the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. But less than a year later, the tribe is bitterly split between those who joined the extremist group and those resisting its brutal rule....

Flee or return: Ramadi residents face a tough choice
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ON THE BZEBIZ BRIDGE, Iraq (AP) -- In the two weeks since militants from the Islamic State group overran central Ramadi, thousands of people have streamed out of the city, fleeing the brutal clashes between the extremists and Iraqi security forces....

AP PHOTOS: Iraq's Yazidis, haunted by war, mark a New Year
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LALISH, Iraq (AP) -- Only miles from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group, thousands of Iraq's besieged Yazidis lit candles at their most revered shrine to mark the start of their New Year, which began Wednesday....

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Highlights of military assistance delivered to Iraq as of December 2014:...

US vets return to Mideast to battle past and present demons
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BAGHDAD (AP) -- A decade after his first Iraq tour, former U.S. Marine Jamie Lane has returned to the battlefields of the Middle East to fight a still unvanquished enemy and wrestle with the demons of his past....

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