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AP PHOTOS: Iraqi forces contend with booby traps and snipers as they try to take back Tikrit

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The Iraqi offensive aimed at driving the Islamic State group out of the northern city of Tikrit has been slowed by booby traps, snipers and suicide bombers, but received a powerful boost last week when a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes in support of the operation....

Sunni tribe that repelled Islamic State pays heavy price for bridging Iraq's sectarian divide

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DULUIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River....

Man admits trying to sell guns believed to have been owned by Saddam Hussein's family
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A man has admitted that he tried to sell firearms believed to have been owned by Saddam Hussein's family....

Iraq's oil exports in February below planned, depriving nation of funds to fight Islamic State

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's oil exports for last month were below planned levels, the country's Oil Ministry said Wednesday, depriving the nation of badly needed funds for its battle against the Islamic state group....

Sunnis in Iraq's Samarra fear growing presence of Shiite militias fighting Islamic State group

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SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) -- The al-Askari shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra is surrounded by thousands of Shiite militiamen in mismatched uniforms, many of them awaiting transport to the nearby front lines of the war against the Islamic State group....

US trains Iraqi security forces as battle to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State group goes on

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TAJI, Iraq (AP) -- As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country's security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants....

CIA director says Iran Quds Force leader is destabilizing Iraq, further complicating mission

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leader of Iran's elite Quds Force is contributing to instability in Iraq and complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism with his command of some of the Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said....

For conflict-weary Iraqis, the 12 years since US-led invasion seem like an unending war

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Alaa al-Qureishi's home is full of ghosts - the photos of dead relatives decorating the walls of every room....
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