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Australia sending troops to Iraq to train local forces in fight against Islamic State group
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia will send more troops to Iraq to help train local security forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday....

Iraq state TV: Large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown begins
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants....

Iran offers to protect Iraqi artifacts after Islamic State group filmed smashing relics

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has offered to safeguard potentially at-risk Iraqi artifacts after a video released by the Islamic State group showed its militants using sledgehammers to smash relics in Iraq's northern city of Mosul....

UN chief appoints veteran diplomat Kubis to head UN political mission in Iraq
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a veteran United Nations diplomat from Slovakia to head the United Nations political mission in Iraq....

New Zealand to send troops to Iraq to train local forces in battle against Islamic State
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand will send a small number of troops to Iraq to help train local forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister John Key announced Tuesday....

Mideast's biggest airline Emirates to restart Baghdad flights next week after shooting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, said on Tuesday that it plans to resume flights to Baghdad after halting them last month when an incoming passenger plane came under fire....

France deploys aircraft carrier in Iraq for fight against Islamic State extremists
PARIS (AP) -- France has deployed an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to strengthen its military operation against Islamic State extremists in Iraq....

War on Islamic State group makes for uneasy alliances in divided Iraq

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KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite Arab militias have flooded into northern Iraq's Kirkuk region to help Kurdish forces battle the Islamic State group, but their uneasy alliance threatens to reignite a much older conflict over the oil-rich area pitting the largely autonomous Kurds against the Arab-led government in Baghdad....
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