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Army chief says militant fighters hiding among Iraqis will make airstrikes more difficult
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population....

Dempsey: US appreciates French airstrikes against Islamic State militants

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CAEN, France (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. appreciates France's airstrike against Islamic State militants....

Millennia-old archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria face looting, destruction under militants

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia - from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria....

AP Photos: Scenes from Iraq's second largest city before militant takeover

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CAIRO (AP) -- Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, is locked under the rule of extremists from the Islamic State group trying to purge it of everything they see as contradicting their stark vision of Islam....

US officials grapple with how to explain military role in Iraq, define combat

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants....

Bombings, including a suicide attack on a security post, kill at least 11 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide car bombing on a security post outside Baghdad and explosion on a crowded commercial street in the Iraqi capital killed at least 11 people Wednesday, officials said....

US airstrike in Iraq is first step in wider campaign against Islamic State group
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters....

Defiant residents in Iraqi city keep children out of school as militants issue new curriculum

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled."...

Officials: Iraq's new prime minister surrenders British passport
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has renounced his British citizenship since assuming office last week, three government officials close to the premier said Sunday....

For Iraqis displaced by militant violence, the idea of going home causes fear

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GWER, Iraq (AP) -- Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed to free it from militant control....
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