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Iraq: Amid violence, religious extremism, Baghdad ballet school speaks to city's resilience

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Ann Khalid did not feel well but she insisted on dancing a brief scene from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake with her classmates. The 12-year-old is determined to one day have a career dancing and teaching ballet, not an easy path in a country torn for years by conflict....

AP Exclusive: Jailed Iraqi militant helps government in its fight against Islamic State group

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The former Islamic State group commander walked into the visitors' room of his Baghdad prison, without the usual yellow jumpsuit and shackles his fellow inmates wear. In slippers and a track suit, he greeted guards with a big smile, kissing them on the cheeks....

UN rights chief calls for Muslim-led campaign to undermine Islamic State group's ideology
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. human rights chief called Tuesday for a campaign led by Muslims to undermine the ideology of the Islamic State terrorist group, saying this may ultimately be more effective than airstrikes....

Kurds demand long-term solutions to oil dispute after agreement reached with Baghdad

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Goran Mohammed had just completed his second year of university in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil when he dropped out to help his father run the family grocery store. When that still didn't earn the family enough money, the 19 year old was forced to take a second job as a taxi driver....

Iraq: Northern Baghdad car bomb kills 15, taking to 34 the day's violence-related death toll

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi hospital and police officials say a car bomb has gone off in a busy market area in northern Baghdad, killing 15 people and injuring 34....

Baghdad war room in battle against IS group is model for future joint Iraqi-US command center

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Washington warns of a drawn-out fight against the Islamic State group and the Obama administration looks to send more American troops to help Iraq in the war against the extremists, Baghdad has offered its top war room as a model for a future joint U.S.-Iraqi command headquarters....

Shiite domination of Iraqi capital on display during holy month, fueling tensions

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Red and green Shiite banners line the streets of Baghdad, portraits of religious figures and slain "martyrs" stare down from billboards, hymns blare from shops and cafes, and grim-faced militiamen prowl the streets in pickup trucks....

Mideast's biggest airline restarts flights to Iraqi city of Irbil after halting them in August
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Mideast's biggest airline, Emirates, says it will resume flights from Dubai to the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital of Irbil after halting them following advances by the Islamic State group....

Iraqi Christian militia patrols village retaken from Islamic State group, vows to hold ground

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BAKUFA, Iraq (AP) -- The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month after Islamic State militants were pushed out and the extremists' black banner was taken down....

US faces uphill battle in Iraq's embattled Anbar province as it prepares to send more advisers

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The defeat was the most humiliating for the Iraqi military in months....
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