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Kurdish oil grows less attractive amid falling prices and rising threats

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But conspicuously absent were international oil giants like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and Chevron that only a year ago were eager to exploit the promising reserves of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region....

Iraqi Sunni tribesmen battle their own after breaking with Islamic State group over killings

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MAKHMOUR, Iraq (AP) -- When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq last summer, the Sunni al-Lehib tribe welcomed them as revolutionaries fighting the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. But less than a year later, the tribe is bitterly split between those who joined the extremist group and those resisting its brutal rule....

As fighting grips Iraqi city of Ramadi, some flee even as others return to uncertainty

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ON THE BZEBIZ BRIDGE, Iraq (AP) -- In the two weeks since militants from the Islamic State group overran central Ramadi, thousands of people have streamed out of the city, fleeing the brutal clashes between the extremists and Iraqi security forces....

AP PHOTOS: Iraq's ancient Yazidi sect, haunted by raging Islamic State war, marks its New Year

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LALISH, Iraq (AP) -- Only miles from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group, thousands of Iraq's besieged Yazidis lit candles at their most revered shrine to mark the start of their New Year, which began Wednesday....

Highlights of military assistance delivered to Iraq and aid the US still expects to deliver
Highlights of military assistance delivered to Iraq as of December 2014:...

American veterans return to Mideast to fight IS group in unfinished war

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- A decade after his first Iraq tour, former U.S. Marine Jamie Lane has returned to the battlefields of the Middle East to fight a still unvanquished enemy and wrestle with the demons of his past....

As Shiite militias battle Islamic State group, vast holy cemetery in Iraq grows ever larger

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NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Every chapter of Iraq's modern history can be seen in this great, sprawling city of the dead, its mausoleums stretching across the horizon from one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines. And now, its sandy expanse grows again yet with the war dead killed by the country's latest adversary, the extremists of the Islamic State group....
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