Trapped civilians stall Iraqi forces battling IS in Anbar
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Trapped civilians stall Iraqi forces battling IS in Anbar

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians have stalled the government’s advance in the battle against the Islamic State group in the western Anbar province, the spokesman for Iraq’s elite counterterrorism said Friday, Apr. 1. The civilians are trapped between the Iraqi forces’ lines and the IS extremists hunkered down in the … Continue reading

AP Newsbreak: Iraq warned of attacks before Paris assault
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AP Newsbreak: Iraq warned of attacks before Paris assault

BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group of imminent assaults by the militant organization just one day before last week’s deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, The Associated Press has learned. Iraqi intelligence sent a dispatch saying the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, … Continue reading

Iraq’s top cleric demands real steps in fighting corruption
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Iraq’s top cleric demands real steps in fighting corruption

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must start hunting the “big heads” as part of its anti-corruption drive, calling for “convincing and assuring steps” as proof of the government’s seriousness in implementing its highly-touted reform plan. Last month, Iraq’s Shiite-led government announced a package of reforms following large rallies … Continue reading

Iraq’s top cleric says government must genuinely seek change
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Iraq’s top cleric says government must genuinely seek change

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must show it was seeking genuine change to combat corruption and improve services and not just introduce temporary measures to placate the embattled nation. In a message delivered by a representative in a Friday sermon, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani also cautioned protesters who … Continue reading

Iraqi troops, militias repel IS attacks in Anbar province
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Iraqi troops, militias repel IS attacks in Anbar province

BAGHDAD (AP) — Government forces and Shiite militiamen repelled two Islamic State group attacks in Anbar province on Saturday, officials said. In one attack, they used anti-tank missiles to stop four would-be suicide car bombers, officials said, as violence continues to roil the war-torn country. Police and military officials said IS fighters attacked the government-held … Continue reading