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Places of worship, such as those of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, were targeted by IS, and many fled their homes during the three years of the group's occupation.

Iraq’s prime minister says he will lead a 'cross-sectarian' list in national elections proposed for May, hoping to build off last year's victory against the Islamic State group.

Iraqi Yazidis celebrate restoration of temple destroyed by IS Iraqi Yazidis celebrate restoration of temple destroyed by IS

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Iraqi Yazidis celebrate restoration of temple destroyed by IS

Iraq's Yazidi community have celebrated the restoration of a temple in Bashiqa, one of 68 temples destroyed by Islamic State militants.

The Iraq Report: IS blamed for PMF's mass graves

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The Iraq Report: IS blamed for PMF's mass graves

This week in Iraq: The Islamic State group were monstrous, but they were not the only ones.

<em>Mosul</em> teachers learn to cope with traumatised pupils

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Mosul teachers learn to cope with traumatised pupils

Iraqi teachers in Mosul are learning how to help heal their students' mental scars of living under brutal Islamic State rule and a ...

Charlie Hoyle

Airstrike civilian-fatalities doubled in 2017, driven by Iraq, Syria

The huge increase in airstrikes and civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria was driven by US-led military operations to defeat the Islamic State group.

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More than half of Iraq's displaced have returned home

More than half of Iraq's internally displaced have returned to their homes, the UN's International Organization for Migration said on Thursday.

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The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

This week in Iraq: Baghdad’s heavy-handed approach towards its own citizens has tempered people’s expectations regarding a new Iraq that was ...

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Mosul still divided due to river crossing challenges

The destruction of bridges in the Iraqi city of Mosul during its devastating recapture has proven a major challenge for residents.

Thousands still missing after Iraq's victory over IS

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Thousands still missing after Iraq's victory over IS

The Islamic State group might have been defeated, but thousands of families are waiting in limbo for news about their loved ones who are still ...

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After IS, who will foot Iraq's $100bn reconstruction bill?

While the defeat of IS brought an end to three years of death and destruction across northern and western Iraq, Baghdad estimates $100 billion ...

A review of Trump’s first year in power

Usaid Siddiqui

A review of Trump’s first year in power

Comment: As the credits begin to roll on 2017, President Donald Trump’s first year in office concludes, tainted with uncertainties and division, ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

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The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

This week in Iraq: Kurdish politicians are being blamed for an ongoing and deep economic crisis, leading to deadly protests and the resignations ...

Yazidi fighters killed 52 civilians in revenge attack: HRW

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Yazidi fighters killed 52 civilians in revenge attack: HRW

Human Rights Watch has alleged that Yazidi fighters in Iraq were responsible for the forced disappearance and killing of 52 civilians in a ...

<em>Mosul</em> celebrates its first Christmas since IS defeat

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Mosul celebrates its first Christmas since IS defeat

For the first time in four years, Christians in Mosul celebrate their first Christmas in the city once ravaged by the Islamic State ...

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Iraqis denounce ban on mannequins in Shia holy city

Residents in Iraq's Shia holy city of Karbala have denounced a local decision that could soon see salesmen in trouble for displaying female mannequins in anything but Islamic clothing.

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The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

This week in Iraq: Rights organisations denounce mass executions while British soldiers found responsible for abuses in High Court.

Tanya Goudsouzian

Long-held grievances fuel protest in Iraqi Kurdistan

Comment: As many young Kurds mourn the loss of the independence dream, the economic situation continues to worsen, fuelling political ...

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'Hollow victory': Over 9,000 deaths in battle for Mosul

Civilians in Mosul have died in ever growing numbers at the hands of their liberators during the operation to defeat the Islamic State ...

Syria, Iraq most dangerous places for journalists in 2017

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Syria, Iraq most dangerous places for journalists in 2017

New figures published by Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday said sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017.

Paul Iddon

Iraq's penchant for the 'military option' with Kurdistan

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 ...

Iraqi Christians in Jordan dream of fresh start abroad

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Iraqi Christians in Jordan dream of fresh start abroad

Thousands of Iraqi Christians who sought refuge in neighbouring Jordan from IS are dreaming of a brighter future far from the war-torn country ...

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 ...

Hizballah's new alliances on show in calculated media stunt

Mona Alami

Hizballah's new alliances on show in calculated media stunt

Comment: PMF militia commander Khazaali's visit to Lebanon was an astute bit of publicity on the part of Hizballah, writes Mona Alami.

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