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Angelina Jolie visits Iraq, says international community 'failing' Iraqi and Syrian refugees

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DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- Actress Angelina Jolie, the special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed Sunday for urgent funding to assist more than three million displaced Iraqis and Syrians living in dire conditions in northern Iraq....

Tensions emerge between Iraq, US-led coalition in battle against Islamic State group

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi commanders heavily dependent on outside support to defeat the Islamic State group are increasingly voicing frustration over the U.S.-led coalition's efforts, complaining of miscommunication, failed deliveries of weapons, inadequate training and differences in strategy....

Results of long-delayed British inquiry into Iraq war pushed back until after election

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LONDON (AP) -- The report of an inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war will be delayed until after a national election in May, its chairman said, provoking dismay from politicians of all parties Wednesday....

A year after Fallujah's fall, Islamic State group still rules Iraqi city with an iron fist

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Nearly every night for a year, mortar and sniper fire from Islamic State group militants has pinned down outgunned Iraqi troops on the edge of Fallujah....

Iraq's fight against IS draws its top Shiite cleric into key political role

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NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Since Sunni militants of the Islamic State group overran large parts of Iraq, the country's most prominent Shiite cleric has fundamentally altered his spiritual role and has plunged straight into politics, weighing in on government policy and the fight against the extremists....

At Yazidi shrine, armed Iraqi faithful recount battling the Islamic State group

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SHARAF AL-DEEN, Iraq (AP) -- As thousands of Yazidis fled up the rocky slopes of Mount Sinjar to escape the Islamic State group during its rampage across northern Iraq last summer, 18 men armed with assault rifles remained behind to face the extremists and defend a holy site....
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