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Iraqi Sunni tribe wages costly battle against IS group

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DULUIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River....

Man admits trying to sell guns linked to Saddam Hussein
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A man has admitted that he tried to sell firearms believed to have been owned by Saddam Hussein's family....

Iraq's February oil exports below planned level for IS fight

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's oil exports for last month were below planned levels, the country's Oil Ministry said Wednesday, depriving the nation of badly needed funds for its battle against the Islamic state group....

Sectarian tensions simmer in Iraq shrine city targeted by IS

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SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) -- The al-Askari shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra is surrounded by thousands of Shiite militiamen in mismatched uniforms, many of them awaiting transport to the nearby front lines of the war against the Islamic State group....

US trains Iraqi forces as battle for Tikrit continues

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TAJI, Iraq (AP) -- As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country's security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants....

CIA director: Iran general 'destabilizing' efforts in Iraq

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leader of Iran's elite Quds Force is contributing to instability in Iraq and complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism with his command of some of the Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said....

For Iraqis, years after US invasion seem like unending war

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Alaa al-Qureishi's home is full of ghosts - the photos of dead relatives decorating the walls of every room....

Sunni brigade forms unlikely alliance with Shiite militias

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TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Dressed in green and carrying a heavy rifle, Yazan al-Jabouri paced along the front line on the fringes of the northern city of Tikrit, anxiously awaiting a plan of attack....

Security fears: Austrian flight to northern Iraq aborted
VIENNA (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Austrian Airlines says the carrier has aborted a flight to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil and canceled another over security concerns....

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