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Iraqi officials say the destruction in Mosul of the historic 12th century al-Nuri Mosque and its iconic leaning minaret was an indication that the Islamic State's defenses are crumbling in the fight for the country's second=largest city

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret....

The United Nations says fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said Thursday....

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has spoken out against a referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds set for later this year
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has spoken out against a referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds set for later this year....

A French video journalist and an Iraqi colleague have been killed in a mine blast while covering the operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul
PARIS (AP) -- A French video journalist and an Iraqi colleague have been killed in a mine blast while covering the operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul....

With regional visit, Iraqi prime minister reaches out to Saudi Arabia, Iran for support for his anti-terror campaign
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi prime minister is reaching out to regional powers such as Saudi Arabia and Iran for support for his anti-terror campaign....

AP Interview: The U.N. humanitarian chief in Iraq says the United Nations believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul's Old City, where Islamic State extremists want to keep them as human shields _ and shoot at anyone trying to flee
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul's Old City where Islamic State extremists want to keep them as human shields - and are shooting people trying to flee, the U.N. humanitarian chief in Iraq said Friday....

UN mission in Iraq says it won't play any role in Iraqi Kurds' independence vote planned for September
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations said it will not be "engaged in any way or form" in the process surrounding the independence referendum in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region planned for September....

Iraqi officials say food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized

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HASSAN SHAM U2 CAMP, Iraq (AP) -- Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday....

Police and medical officials say a suicide attacker has blown himself up in a market south of the capital Baghdad killing at least 21 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide attacker blew himself up in a market south of the capital Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 21 people while another bomb in a nearby city wounded five others, police and medical officials said....

Iraqi government criticizes announcement by the Kurdish autonomous government that it will hold a referendum on independence in September
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