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Tehran's border restrictions on Iraqi-Kurdistan following Erbil's vote for independence have been lifted, with Iran reopening all its crossings.

Comment: The Iraqi army's operation in Kirkuk concluded almost a decade of efforts on Baghdad's part to force the hand of the Kurds, writes Paul Iddon.

Macron: Victory against IS imminent

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Macron: Victory against IS imminent

French President Emmanuel Macron says he expects the Islamic State group to be defeated in Syria within two months.

Stockholm summons Iraqi ambassador following execution of Swedish national

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Stockholm summons Iraqi ambassador following execution of Swedish national

Iraq has broken precedent and executed a European dual national, sparking anger at his home in Sweden and sparking fears that more non-Iraqis ...

Hashd al-Shaabi 'should be absorbed into Iraqi security forces'

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Hashd al-Shaabi 'should be absorbed into Iraqi security forces'

Iraqi Shia paramilitary groups should not disband but be incorporated into the country's state security forces, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani ...

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Reconstruction starts at Iraq's biggest oil refinery

The aim is to complete work early next year on one of the units that will produce 70,000 barrels per day at the Baiji complex which is currently shut.

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Human rights groups condemn Iraq's mass executions

Iraq hanged 38 people accused of belonging to militant groups as international rights groups voice concerns about use of the death penalty in ...

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Iraq hangs 38 members of IS, al-Qaeda for 'terrorism'

Iraq has executed 38 militants belonging to the Islamic State group or al-Qaeda for terrorism offences, days after declaring victory over ...

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The Iraq Report: ‘Victory’ over IS

This week in Iraq: Was Abadi's declaration of victory just a political stunt?

UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

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UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

The UN mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses following clashes between the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters ...

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IS 'seeking shelter' in Afghanistan after Middle East losses

Afghanistan's military said it plans to launch a major operation to stop IS making inroads into the country's northern provinces, officials said ...

Iraq's former oil hub deserted years after IS defeat

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Iraq's former oil hub deserted years after IS defeat

Two years after IS were forced from the industrial hub of Baiji the city remains a devastated ghost town as funds to help rebuild life have ...

Thousands of IS fighters could return to Africa

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Thousands of IS fighters could return to Africa

More than 6,000 Africans who fought for IS in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned, calling on ...

Iraq holds military parade to celebrate 'victory' over IS

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Iraq holds military parade to celebrate 'victory' over IS

The Iraqi military has held a celebration to celebrate the end of the campaign against IS, while others warn the fight is not yet over.

Islamic State re-enters Syria's Idlib after clashes

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Islamic State re-enters Syria's Idlib after clashes

After several days of clashes, IS recaptures villages in Syria's Idlib province, four years after they were first expelled, as Russian ...

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Abadi declares 'end of war against IS' in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared victory over IS following a bloody three-year campaign, a group which at its height endangered Iraq's very existence.

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After IS, corruption should be Iraq's next target

Analysis: The injustice of a corrupt state fuels recruitment to armed groups, notes Hadani Ditmars.

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Iraq militia threatens US forces after Trump Jerusalem move

Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital makes US troops in Iraq a target, a militia has said, while Abadi's government has ...

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Iraq slams calls to disband Hashd al-Shaabi militia alliance

Iraqi politicians slammed calls by the French president to disband a militia alliance that was pivotal in the battle against the Islamic State ...

Badr Organisation militia to form party for Iraq elections

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Badr Organisation militia to form party for Iraq elections

After helping defeat IS, Iraq's largest militia the Badr Organisation is setting its eyes on political influence with next year's elections, ...

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The Iraq Report: US 'violated child soldiers law'

This week in Iraq: Insurgent attacks intensify after the Islamic State group is routed from its territory, while fears are raised over next ...

Britain's May on surprise visit to Baghdad

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Britain's May on surprise visit to Baghdad

Theresa May and Haider al-Abadi discussed "efforts to restore stability and economic cooperation while respecting the unity of Iraq and ...

Iraq's Sunnis and the 2018 elections

Gareth Browne

Iraq's Sunnis and the 2018 elections

Analysis: Next year will see the most competitive elections Iraq has seen, writes Gareth Browne.

The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

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The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

This week in Iraq: IS lose final town, Hizballah declares 'Mission Accomplished', Shia militias continue illegal operations in Syria and militia ...

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