Civilian casualties mount as Iraqi forces advance in Mosul

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The mortar attack that left Um Yousef blind in one eye and killed two of her children came on the same day that Iraqi forces retook her neighborhood in eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group....

In eastern Mosul, small signs of progress amid the fighting

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Small stalls and carts have sprung up outside the bombed-out buildings in eastern Mosul, selling meat and vegetables, cigarettes and cellphones to the thousands of civilians still living in neighborhoods where the Iraqi military has driven out the Islamic State group....

Fierce battles leave hospital in Iraqi city of Mosul gutted

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- After weeks of airstrikes and artillery fire, Mosul's al-Salam hospital is little more than a burnt-out shell. Retaken from the Islamic State group by Iraqi forces this month, the building's top floors were almost completely destroyed. The gardens around the complex are strewn with medical records and supplies. Bright blue hospital bedsheets hang from nearby trees....

Minister: Iraq's oil exports from south climb further
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's crude exports from the country's southern ports inched up last month to 3.510 million barrels per day for the first time, the oil minister said Monday, lauding his ministry's plans and the work of a handful of international companies developing Iraq's prized southern fields....

FBI agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein leads airport case
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The FBI agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein alone for months after the former Iraqi leader's capture is now leading the investigation into the Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five and is being blamed on an Iraq war veteran....

Turkish PM visits Iraq amid spat over unauthorized troops

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim commenced a two-day visit to Iraq Saturday, the first since the two governments quarreled over the presence of unauthorized Turkish troops in northern Iraq, straining relations between the two neighbors fighting the Islamic State group....

At Mosul front, Iraqis fleeing and returning cross paths

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- The two teenage sisters hid at home for most of the 2 years of rule by the Islamic State group. This week, as fighting engulfed their neighborhood in the northern city of Mosul, Rusul and Doha Ghanem and their family made a run for it....

Silenced by IS, displaced Iraqis relish return to phones

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SEWDINAN CAMP, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqis who escaped Islamic State rule during the battle for Mosul are indulging in a newfound freedom - the right to check their phones....
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