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Blowing up shrines, extremists shrug off restraint and unleash their vision on Iraq's Mosul

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa....

In Iraq, Sunni tribal militias undermined by corruption, left vulnerable to extremists

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer....

Police: At least 21 killed in car bombing at Baghdad checkpoint
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month....

A top Iranian general and advisers join front lines of Iraqi military fight against radicals

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say....
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