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The United States' ambassador in Iraq says the defeat of IS will allow Iraq to reassert its sovereignty after three years of war.

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.

Iraq slams calls to disband <em>Hashd</em> <em>al</em>-<em>Shaabi</em> militia alliance

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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 group.

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, ...

French president calls for Iraq militias to be disbanded French president calls for Iraq militias to be disbanded

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French president calls for Iraq militias to be disbanded

France President Emmanuel Macron has called for Iraqi militias to be disbanded during a meeting with Kurdish leaders who remain threatened by ...

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Yazidi women and children's bodies in Iraq mass graves

Iraqi militias have uncovered two more mass graves containing the bodies of 140 civilians in a Yazidi area in the north of the country.

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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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Iran's General Soleimani spotted with Iraqi fighters in Syria

Iran's General Qassem Soleimani has been filmed with Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces in eastern Syria, in new footage that emerged on Sunday.

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Prime Minister Abadi bans Iraq militia leaders from elections

Abadi has banned militia leaders from standing in next year's elections, as the Iraqi prime minister attempts to limit the power of paramilitary ...

The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

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The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

This week in Iraq: Kurdish leadership decries ‘treasonous elements’ over Kirkuk loss; Militias become more politically assertive and fears grow ...

Paul Iddon

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

Interview: Najmaldin Karim, the former governor of Kirkuk, speaks exclusively to The New Arab.

Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

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Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

Syrian regime forces and allied militias recaptured the last major Islamic State-held town in Syria on Wednesday, having launched an operation ...

Iraqi troops target IS remnants on Syria border

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Iraqi troops target IS remnants on Syria border

Iraqi national armed forces have advanced on al-Rumana, days after liberating al-Qaim from Islamic State militants in a ...

Iraqi forces enter <em>al</em>-Qaim, last IS bastion in Iraq Iraqi forces enter al-Qaim, last IS bastion in Iraq

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Iraqi forces enter al-Qaim, last IS bastion in Iraq

Iraqi forces backed by US-led coalition air strikes have entered the al-Qaim, the main town in the Islamic State group's last bastion ...

Iraq plans May parliamentary elections

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Iraq plans May parliamentary elections

Iraq plans to hold parliamentary elections on May 15 to choose a prime minister.

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Iraq: IS fighter killed every hour over three days

Iraqi forces killed 75 Islamic State group militants in the past three days, since launching an offensive against the extremists' last bastion in the country, Anbar.

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Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga 'agree on ceasefire'

Iraq's armed forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reached an agreement on Friday to halt fighting in northern Iraq, the US-led anti-IS ...

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Iraq forces assault last IS bastion, advance on Kurds

Iraqi troops launched an assault on the last Islamic State bastion in the country Thursday as the Kurds said Baghdad's forces had attacked their ...

Yomi Kleinmann

Exclusive: Iraqi troops surrender after attacking Kurdish village

Iraqi forces attacked a Peshmerga checkpoint east of the Kurdish-held village of Mahmud on Tuesday morning, leaving at least 15 killed and more ...

Kurdish forces repel Iraqi push towards Turkish border

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Kurdish forces repel Iraqi push towards Turkish border

Kurdish Peshmerga repelled an assault by pro-Baghdad forces near the Turkish border on Tuesday which aimed to capture a strategic oil export ...

Yomi Kleinmann

Behind the story: On the Kurdish frontlines

Reporter's diary: Working in northern Iraq to report on the takeover of Kirkuk is a story worth telling in itself.

Kurds issue arrest warrants for 11 Iraqis amid tensions

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Kurds issue arrest warrants for 11 Iraqis amid tensions

Eleven Iraqis including leaders in a powerful paramilitary group were issued with an arrest warrant by Kurdish authorities on Monday, in an ...

Iraq dismisses Tillerson's demands for Iran-backed militias to leave

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Iraq dismisses Tillerson's demands for Iran-backed militias to leave

Iraq's Prime Minister has responded to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remarks that Iran-backed militias should leave Iraq after fighting ...

Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil

Yomi Kleinmann

Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil

After capturing the city of Kirkul, Iraqi government fighters are driving deeper into Kurdish territory and look poised to make a grab for the ...

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